Posted: Sun, April 20 2014 at 10:21 PM, Updated: Mon, April 21 2014 at 11:53 PM
Phoenix, Ore. -- A massive construction project set to begin Monday evening has been delayed due to wet weather.
“You cannot stripe when the weather is wet,” said Project Manager Tim Fletcher in an Oregon Department of Transportation news release. “It’s unfortunate to have such a dry spring, and then have rain in the forecast for the week we’re trying to get our traffic control in place.”
Project officials will monitor the forecast and give notice prior to beginning the single lane closures so excavation can begin on installing a four-foot diameter pipe across both lanes of I-5. Once the lane closures are set Hamilton Construction will have 25 days to complete the work.
According to ODT an average of nearly 38,000 vehicles a day travel that section of I-5 between Medford and Phoenix, about 7,000 fewer than travel between the two Medford interchanges.
The pipe installation work is part of the $72 million Fern Valley Interchange construction project which runs through September 2016.
Traffic will be narrowed to one lane in each direction on I-5 near exit 24 when the project begins. Drivers are encouraged to use Highway 99 and North Phoenix Road as alternative routes.