Watch for potholes south of Drain interchange (Exit 162)
DRAIN -- Interstate 5 motorists should watch for potholes south of the Drain interchange (Exit 162) as construction continues on the I-5 Anlauf to Elkhead Road Paving project.
The roughest pavement is located between milepost 160 and 162. Motorists are advised to slow down and drive with caution.
Construction on the project is expected to continue until summer.
All lanes will be open during spring break (March 25 to April 2) and Memorial Day weekend (May 26-29). Otherwise, motorists can expect work zone lane closures, congestion and delays until June.
(Updated: February 17, 2017)
This project will replace the asphalt road surface with concrete along a 7.4 mile section of Interstate 5 between the Elkhead Road interchange (Exit 154) and the Oregon 38 junction (Exit 162).
• Location: I-5 milepost 154.8-162.2
• Construction budget: $40.3 million (estimate)
• Contractor: K&E Excavating Inc. (Salem, Oregon)
• Construction schedule: January 2016 to Summer 2017
What is ODOT planning to do?
The section of Interstate 5 between Elkhead Road (milepoint 154.8) and the Anlauf area (milepoint 162.2) was last paved in 1997 and has been repaired multiple times due to normal wear and tear.
In an effort to reduce ongoing maintenance costs, this project will replace the asphalt road surface with concrete.
While asphalt on interstate highways is usually repaved every 10-15 years, concrete is designed to last 50 years.
Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2016 and continue until the summer of 2017.
How will drivers be affected?
Motorists should expect intermittent lane closures and congestion through the work zone. Most traffic delays will be brief (less than 20 minutes), though some long delays may occur at peak travel times.
Suggestions for motorists:
• Before leaving home, visit www.TripCheck.com
to get the latest road and travel information.
• Use a smartphone app that shows real-time traffic information and delays.
• If you’re driving through the work zone, give yourself extra travel time to reach your destination.
• Familiarize yourself with the available alternate routes and carry a map in your vehicle.
• Watch for construction signs and electronic message boards leading up to the work zone.
The best way to avoid traffic delays is to find out what’s going on and plan ahead. We understand there are a lot of ways people get information and stay connected. Here are a few options for getting the latest project news, construction updates and traffic information.
• Email updates:
ODOT will provide project updates once or twice a month during construction, unless more frequent messages are necessary. These messages will include information about the progress of construction and upcoming traffic impacts. To receive these updates please send an e-mail to Dan.Latham@odot.state.or.us
(subject line: “I-5 Anlauf-Elkhead updates”).
• Project website:
We will be updating information from time to time on the project website.
• TripCheck: Learn about road conditions throughout Oregon and view our roadside cameras by visiting www.tripcheck.com. You can also dial 511.
• Social media: You can follow ODOT on Twitter and Facebook @OregonDOT. Please note these are statewide services and will include information about construction and road conditions throughout Oregon.
• Local news media: We will be sending news releases and weekly updates to the local media. Just pick up a paper, go to your favorite news website, or turn on the TV or radio.
• Smartphone apps: Although ODOT doesn’t endorse any product, several apps provide real-time traffic information. Two of the more popular are Inrix and Waze. Check the reviews online to see if these apps are for you.
• Give us a call: Sometimes the easiest way to get an answer is to pick up the phone. Please call 541-957-3601 or 541-957-3500.
For More Information:
ODOT Public Affairs
3500 NW Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 957-3601