I-5 - E Fork Lewis River Bridge to Kelso Resurfacing

Project news

Construction scheduled to begin in June 2018

Needs & Benefits

This stretch of interstate was last repaired in the late 1990’s. Stress from seasonal weather changes and the increasing number of cars and heavy trucks on the road have contributed to the deterioration of the highway. By replacing the existing pavement, the roadway will last longer and provide a smoother and safer drive.

Beginning in summer 2018, contractor crews will resurface large sections of both northbound and southbound I-5 Lexington Bridge Drive in Kelso and the East Fork Lewis River Bridge south of Woodland. 

Crews will install approximately 70,000 tons of asphalt on sections of I-5 between Lexington Bridge Drive in Kelso and the East Fork Lewis River Bridge south of Woodland.  

The northbound and southbound I-5 on- and off-ramps to Todd Road, Kalama River Road and North Kelso Avenue, as well as the northbound I-5 on- and off-ramps to Lexington Bridge Drive will be paved.

A new high strength waterproof layer and pavement will be installed on the I-5 Todd Road overpass and the I-5 Kalama River Bridge.

New expansion joints will be installed on the I-5 East Fork Lewis River Bridge south of Woodland in Clark County.

During the work, crews will close one lane of the interstate during daytime hours and up to two lanes at night. Nighttime closures of the northbound and southbound I-5 off-ramps to Todd Road, Kalama River Road, North Kelso Avenue and Lexington Bridge Drive will be needed to repave the off-ramps. Note: No two consecutive on-and -off ramps will be closed at the same time. Travelers should use caution and slow down through the work zone. Construction is weather dependent. No lane or ramp closures during holiday weekends. Get current travel information from the WSDOT mobile app or by visiting the Southwest Region travel advisory page. 

Rehabilitating the joints and pavement on this stretch of I-5 will provide a safer and smoother drive for the nearly 70,000 drivers who travel this section of interstate each day. Improving the highway surface helps prevent future potholes, cracks and wheel ruts, making for a smoother ride for drivers. Replacing expansion joints reduces the chances that an aging expansion joint could become dislodged, creating a hazard to drivers and forcing an emergency closure of the interstate.

Timeline

Spring 2018: Project goes to competitive bidding
Summer 2018: Construction begins
Fall 2018: Project completion

Funding

Project estimated to cost $13.3 million (PEF)

Contact

Joanna Lowrey
WSDOT Project Engineer
360-442-1350 or toll free 1-800-545-1393

Tamara Greenwell
WSDOT Communications
360-905-2056

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