Closures on northbound I-5 begin

A 12-mile long paving project along I-5 began on May 9.

Construction crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will be fixing ruts, cracks and potholes along the highway. The $6.7 million project is expected to take around three months.

Traffic has been reduced to one lane between the Nooksack River bridge and Slater Road in Ferndale. Construction crews will be working on the stretch of highway from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

“We want to stress to drivers that it’s important to drive cautiously and obey the speed limits when traveling through the construction area,” said WSDOT project engineer Jason Koreski. “Crews will grind the existing surface before repaving it, and drivers may have to go over some rougher sections of highway between the repaving.”

According to WSDOT, the affected stretch of I-5 sees about 20,000 commuters daily.

In addition to patching the potholes, crews will be making needed repairs to off-ramps near Blaine and Birch Bay:

Exit 260, Slater Road: northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps.

Exit 262, Main Street (Ferndale): northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps.

Exit 263, Portal Way: northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps.

Exit 266, Grandview Road: northbound on- and off-ramps and southbound off-ramp.

Exit 270, Birch Bay/Lynden Road: northbound on-ramp and southbound on- and off-ramps.

Exit 274, south Blaine: northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp.

SR 543 southbound on-ramp.

WSDOT reps say they don’t expect the construction to cause any significant delays.

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