I-5 repaving project begins after July 4

Work near downtown to take much of summer

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Smoother, safer driving on Interstate 5 through downtown Vancouver is only a few months away. In the meantime, drivers can expect rough nighttime travel on the interstate corridor as crews begin paving work.

Drivers can expect weeknight lane and ramp closures on both directions of I-5 through the downtown area beginning next month, as crews grind out the existing pavement, lay fresh asphalt and restripe the lanes. The work could cause long delays and drivers are encouraged use alternate routes during construction.

Work is scheduled to start July 5, but paving is weather-dependent and wet forecasts will play a heavy role in determining when crews can work.

“We want to thank drivers in advance for their patience and flexibility as we work to make their commute safer and smoother,” said Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Project Engineer Leon Winger. “Drivers can help out by staying informed and planning ahead to avoid lengthy backups.”

WSDOT will provide traffic updates via email and text messages to let drivers know when and where crews will be working and how they can avoid delays. Stay informed by subscribing to project updates on the project website, or by calling the project hot line at 800-725-9669.

This work is part of a project to repair the cracked and rutted pavement on both directions of I-5 between the Interstate Bridge and 39th Street (mileposts 0 to 2). This $2 million project is funded through state highway improvement dollars and is scheduled to be complete this fall.