Phoenix interchange opens; watch for single lane
northbound I-5 traffic
PHOENIX – Wednesday night, the permanent new I-5 exit 24 northbound
on-ramp will open to traffic, the vanguard to the partial opening the new Diverging
Diamond Interchange by early Thursday morning.
“With the dry weather, the contractor’s able to stripe the interchange
to get it open to traffic,” said Project Manager Tim Fletcher.
The partial opening will allow traffic to cross the new interstate
bridge plus access the Phoenix exit 24 ramps to and from Medford.
Beginning Wednesday night through Friday, I-5 northbound traffic
will be in a single lane configuration so traffic on the new northbound on-ramp
can accelerate in the northbound I-5 slow lane. This will allow construction
workers to complete the new on-ramp’s connection to I-5.
During the transition, drivers should be mindful of the traffic
control changes and the I-5 construction speed limit of 50 MPH. Watch for possible
congestion and delays during this transition.
On Friday, the temporary northbound off ramp will open to traffic
using Pear Tree Lane and South Phoenix Road.
The Diverging Diamond design
provides more traffic capacity and safety for motorists. To enter I-5 or cross
over the interchange, drivers will move to the left side of the bridge, which
reduces the number of signal phases a driver needs to clear.
The $72 million Fern Valley Interchange project began in spring 2014.
Due to its size and complexity — encompassing east and west Phoenix roadways,
I-5 and Oregon 99 — the project requires more than two full construction seasons
for completion. ###