Countdown To I-5 Closures

posted by Brad Ford -

Travelers will experience the first major delays for the Interstate 84 at Interstate 5 Rehabilitation Project and the I-5 Interstate Bridge to Hassalo paving project. 

Two week closure of I-5 southbound ramp to I-84 eastbound

The ramp that connects I-5 southbound to I-84 eastbound will close 24-hours a day for two-weeks from 10 p.m. Sunday, July 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 23. 

During the closure, Hamilton Construction, will replace 16 bridge joints that link  the ramps, , remove the existing concrete, perform repairs to metal below the concrete surface and emplace new concrete. As the concrete cures, traffic cannot use the ramp.

I-5 southbound weekend closure

I-5 southbound will close for paving between the Fremont and the Marquam Bridges from 10 p.m. Friday, July 13 to 5 a.m. Monday July 16 and from 10 p.m. Friday, July 20 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 23.

During these closures travelers will use the Fremont Bridge and Interstate 405. 

Significant Delays Expected

Travelers should expect delays and backups on I-5 southbound that last most of the day and night and that could stretch to the Interstate Bridge during this closure. Information on options to avoid delays are available at BigFixPDX.com and on an online open house. 

People heading south should consider using Interstate 205 or other southbound routes, take transit, bike, walk, consider telecommuting or working from an alternate location. 

Go by Transit

TriMet’s MAX Light Rail System is a great option to avoid the traffic congestion. TriMet has a number of free Park & Rides in outlying areas that connect with their services. 

Four of the Park & Rides are located between Portland and Vancouver:

Along I-5

Expo Center Park & Ride

2060 N Marine Dr, Portland, 97217

300 free spaces (must arrive before 10 a.m.)

Connects to MAX Yellow Line

*Additional spaces available weekdays between July 8-20, July 25-Aug. 6 and Aug. 17-27 for a fee.

 

Delta Park/Vanport Park & Ride

1940 N Victory Blvd, Portland, 97217

300 spaces

Connects to MAX Yellow Line

 

Along I-205

Parkrose/Sumner Transit Center Park & Ride

9525 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, 97220

193 spaces

Connects to MAX Red Line

*This Park & Role typically fills up around 7:00 a.m. on weekdays

 

Gateway/NE 99th Ave Transit Center Park & Ride

1321 NE 99th Ave, Portland, 97220

690 spaces

Connects to MAX Blue, Green and Red Line

*This Park & Role typically fills up around 7:30 a.m. on weekdays

 

More multi-day ramp and interstate closures and delays in July and August

Two-week, around-the-clock ramp closures will take place at I-84 and I-5 throughout July and August along with directional closures of I-5 between the Fremont and Marquam Bridges. Here is the schedule:

10 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6: I-84 westbound to I-5 northbound is closed.

10 p.m. Friday, July 27 to 5 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2: In addition to the I-84 westbound to I-5 northbound ramp closure, the center lane of I-84 westbound will close near Lloyd Boulevard. This will only leave the left lane open on I-84 westbound.

10 p.m. Friday, July 27 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 30: I-5 northbound will close between the Marquam and Fremont Bridges.

10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 to 5 a.m. Aug. 6: I-5 northbound will close between the Marquam and Fremont Bridges.

10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27: I-84 westbound to I-5 southbound will close. This means only one lane, the right lane, of I-84 will remain open.

Travelers can download the closure schedule to their calendar.

Expected westbound delays 

During these westbound ramp and lane closures, it is expected that it could take up to three hours to travel between I-205 and I-5 along I-84. Backups are expected to stretch to Troutdale along I-84 and to the Glenn Jackson Bridge and to Sunnyside Road along I-205. Backups are also expected on local streets as people detour around the I-84 closures.

Travelers should plan ahead to avoid delays. Visit TripCheck.com before heading out. Information about detour routes and what travelers can do to avoid gridlock is available at I-84 at I-5 online open house and BigFixPDX.com.

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