Construction on I-5 near La Center causing backup

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer



Drivers in the La Center area are advised to take an alternate route this afternoon, as construction on southbound Interstate 5 is causing a six-mile backup.

Crews closed the left and center lanes at 9 a.m. today to repair nearly a mile of rutted and potholed pavement. The work closed the lanes between the East Fork Lewis River Bridge and the La Center exit.

A spokeswoman for Washington Department of Transportation said the work should wrap up at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, there was a long backup as of 1 p.m., meaning drivers should give themselves extra time or find other routes, she said.