I-5 traffic to be diverted in Central Point

CENTRAL POINT — All traffic on Interstate 5 will be diverted between Exit 30 and Exit 35 to Highway 99 in Central Point on Monday and Tuesday night.

Southbound traffic will be detoured between 10 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday. Traffic will be routed from Exit 35 to Highway 99, then back on to I-5 at Exit 30. Northbound traffic will be detoured to Highway 99, between exits 30 and 35, from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. Regular interstate traffic will resume in the daytime.

The work is part of a $16 million Oregon Department of Transportation bridge project. The work includes replacing the Upton Road bridge over I-5, the Upton Road bridge over Bear Creek and the I-5 bridge over Foley Lane, said Gary Leaming, ODOT project information coordinator. The project is scheduled to finish in November 2008.

Upton Road, the "back way" into the Jackson County Expo Park, will be closed Monday for seven months as part of the project. A detour will funnel vehicles onto Peninger Road, East Pine Street and North Tenth Street. ODOT will detour westbound traffic on Upton Road south on Peninger to Pine Street. Eastbound traffic that would normally cross I-5 on Upton will be detoured south on Tenth Street to Pine Street.

There will also be possible night-time lane closures on Foley Lane Road in preparation of demolition of the east side of the bridge. The undercrossing is scheduled for a one-day closure 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Local traffic on Foley Lane will have to use Old Stage Road Wednesday and Thursday, said Leaming.

The projects are part of ODOT's 10-year, $3 billion Oregon Transportation Investment Act program. OTIA funds are repairing and replacing hundreds of bridges, roads, interchanges and intersections statewide.

Reach reporter Meg Landers at 776-4481 or at mlanders@mailtribune.com

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