Crewsto close I-5 lanes this week

Published on Thu, Sep 13, 2007 by ara Nelson

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Crews to close I-5 lanes this week

By Tara Nelson

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews will alternately close I-5 lanes this week during the day and ramps at night to dig trenches and install traffic detection systems.

The construction is part of a larger DOT project to install 10 new traffic cameras and traffic detecting equipment at Blaine, Lynden and Sumas border crossings, said Dustin Terpening, a spokesperson for the WSDOT’s Burlington office.

The new system will be used to broadcast wait times to roadside signs, radios and the internet so drivers can choose the quickest route to Canada.

Drivers can expect single-lane closures of both northbound and southbound lanes between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., from the U.S./Canadian border to just north of the Dakota Creek bridge at milepost 274.

Crews will close on and off ramps at Peace Portal Drive between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday and Friday, September 13 and 14.

Terpening said the new system will be up and running by October and will also be available to drivers on their cell phones by calling 5-1-1. For more information, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov.