Crews finish I-5 paving work in downtown Vancouver

By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter

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Construction crews finished repaving and striping a 2.3-mile section of Interstate 5 in downtown Vancouver overnight Thursday, wrapping up six weeks and $2.8 million of work.

Workers began the project in early July to smooth out cracked and rutted pavement between the Interstate Bridge and West 39th Street. The project caused more than a month of nightly lane and ramp closures.

More than 100,000 drivers travel that stretch of I-5 each day, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation, which led the project. That traffic load includes thousands of vehicles moving commerce up and down the west coast, according to WSDOT.

The project laid down 14,000 tons of new asphalt. The work was funded by state highway improvement dollars.