I5 reopens for Memorial weekend with more work ahead

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, May 22 2014 at 11:48 AM, Updated: Thu, May 22 2014 at 3:22 PM

Phoenix, Ore. -- If you plan to travel via Interstate 5 this Memorial holiday you'll be happy to hear that all lanes of traffic are back open near exit 24.

For the past month, drivers going through Phoenix on I5 have been asked to find an alternate route or be subjected to delays. The Oregon Department of Transportation has finally complete an important phase of the Fern Valley Interchange Project and ahead of schedule.

The Fern Valley Interchange Project involves revamping the North Phoenix interchange to carry more traffic safely. ODOT is expected to build the west-coast's first diverging diamond interchange. It's different from other interchanges in the way that drivers merge to the left of the overpass to cross.

Even though the work there is done, drivers can still expect to see work happening near mile post 24 through 2016. In the coming month's workers will be tying-in temporary on and off ramps in the south bound lanes. Transportation officials say there will be a period of a few days where drivers will be detoured and the southbound ramps will close.

ODOT says the project will reduce the infrastructures footprint and increase safety for pedestrians and drivers while replacing one of the area's poorest-quality overpasses.

One other reminder from transportation officials is that the area is still a construction zone. That means a reduced speed limit of 50 MPH. Traffic fines are also double in construction zone and there's a good chance that more police will be paroling the roadways this Memorial weekend.

Below is a link ODOT's website and includes a video of the completed project.



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