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Washington State Department of Transportation - NEWS
Southwest Region – P.O. Box 1709 - Vancouver, WA 98668-1709 – 360-905-2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                    
Jan. 4, 2013
Contacts:    Colin Newell, WSDOT project engineer, 360-740-8600 (Chehalis)
Abbi Russell, WSDOT communications, 360-905-2058 (Vancouver)
New I-5 bridge at Blakeslee Junction takes shape
Crews setting girders next week, on track to complete bridge this spring
CENTRALIA – Crews widening Interstate 5 in Centralia have spent the last seven months building support structures for a new Interstate 5 bridge over West Reynolds Avenue. Next Wednesday night, they’ll set the first of 18 girders to start forming the bridge deck.
To complete this work, crews must close West Reynolds Avenue at I-5 for three nights:
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 10, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 11, 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
These closures will give crews room to stage two huge cranes that will lift and place the girders on the new support structures. The girders vary in length from 110 feet to 165 feet.
The I-5 Blakeslee Junction bridge is one element of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s I-5, Mellen Street to Blakeslee Junction project. The new bridge will improve sight distance and reduce the curve for drivers north of Harrison Avenue.
Crews are on track to complete the bridge this spring, a critical window for starting the second stage of this $155 million gas-tax funded project. During Stage 2, the bridge will carry both directions of I-5 traffic while crews demolish the existing bridge and build a second new bridge.
The second bridge will eventually carry three lanes of northbound traffic when the entire project is complete in early 2015.
Sign up online to receive email updates and follow the project through construction. Stay in the loop on construction-related traffic impacts by visiting WSDOT’s travel alerts and Southwest Region construction update Web pages, or download WSDOT’s mobile app.
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WSDOT keeps people, businesses and the economy moving by operating and improving the state's transportation systems. To learn more about what we're doing, go to www.wsdot.wa.gov/news for pictures, videos, news and blogs. Real time traffic information is available at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic or by dialing 511. 


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