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Interstate 5 North Fork Lewis River Bridge work set to begin Sept. 8

By , Columbian staff writer

Two months of critical bridge deck repairs on the northbound Interstate 5 North Fork Lewis River Bridge near Woodland will begin on Sept. 8.

During the repairs, traffic will be reduced to two lanes around the clock. Delays and backups will vary depending on the time and day of the week, but at peak times delays could exceed 50 minutes and cause backups of seven miles or more.

Real-time traffic information will be shown to travelers on electronic signs at about 1-mile intervals leading up to the work zone.

Over the next two months, the Washington State Department of Transportation contractor will repair the deck, apply a polyester concrete overlay, modify expansion joints and install new bridge joint seals. Additionally, once the repairs are complete, a weight restriction will be lifted and freight truck drivers will no longer be required to move to the center lane when crossing the bridge.

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