Ramp work postponed

A construction-related closure of northbound ramps connecting Interstate 5's exit 55 and U.S. 199 in Grants Pass has been postponed, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

Contractor Holm II wasn't ready to remove temporary bridge-construction supports over the roadway, so the work originally slated to start today will begin Tuesday instead.

The ramps are now set to be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. If the work can't be finished in that period, overnight work will be set from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Officials recommend that drivers avoid exit 55 and use exit 58 instead. Message boards and other signs will notify drivers of the construction and detour routes. All I-5 traffic lanes will remain open

Southbound freeway ramp access will be unaffected.

— Anita Burke

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