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I-5: Martin Creek to Anlauf Paving

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Expect long delays this Sunday on I-5 near Cottage Grove
COTTAGE GROVE – Motorists traveling north on Interstate 5 should expect long delays Sunday afternoon and evening, April 26, through a work zone (milepost 162-169) south of Cottage Grove.
Similar delays are expected to occur on Sunday, May 3.
Heavy traffic congestion and long delays have occurred the previous two Sundays as weekend travelers return home to northern Oregon and Washington. Some delays have exceeded 1-2 hours. Most congestion has occurred between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
No delays are expected in the southbound direction of I-5.
Northbound motorists are advised to take alternate routes or adjust their travel times to avoid peak hours.
Motorists traveling along the southern Oregon coast are advised to continue north on U.S. 101 and take Oregon 126 (Florence to Eugene Highway) to I-5.
Road cameras and traffic information are available at ODOT’s travel website, www.tripcheck.com.
Updated: April 24, 2015

Project Information


This project will repair or replace much of the concrete road surface along a seven-mile section of Interstate 5 between the south Cottage Grove interchange (Exit 170) and the Oregon 38 junction (Exit 162).

Project facts

Location: I-5 milepost 162.2-169.2 

Construction budget: $20 million (estimate) 

Bid let date: April 10, 2014 

Construction schedule: Spring 2014 to spring 2015

What is ODOT planning to do?
The seven-mile section of Interstate 5 between Martin Creek (milepost 169) and the Anlauf interchange (Exit 162) links Eugene and Cottage Grove to the Oregon 38 (Umpqua Highway) junction. The road surface in this area dates back several decades. Although it has held up remarkably well, the concrete is cracking and vulnerable to ongoing drainage problems.

At the north end of the project area, workers will dig out the existing highway to a depth of 3-4 feet, install a new rock base, and pour new 8-11” concrete travel lanes in both northbound and southbound directions. In the rest of the work zone, damaged concrete will be repaired or replaced and an additional 3” of asphalt will be paved over the road surface to protect the concrete below.

Additional work includes paving 10 interstate ramps in the project area, repairing the Oregon 38 overcrossing at the Anlauf interchange, and replacing substandard median barrier and guardrail.

Construction will begin in spring 2014 and continue until fall. Some additional work will be scheduled for spring 2015.

How will traffic be affected during construction?
I-5 traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction for most of the spring, summer and fall of 2014. Some ramp closures will be necessary.

From May to August, workers will rebuild the southbound lanes between Exit 170 (south Cottage Grove) and Exit 162 (Drain). During this time, the northbound lanes will be modified to carry one lane of traffic in each direction. Some southbound ramps will be closed.

During the fall, the process will be reversed. All traffic will be shifted into the southbound lanes, with one lane in each direction, so that workers can rebuild the northbound lanes. Some northbound ramps will be closed.

Work not completed by Thanksgiving will resume after the holiday season, when weather is favorable to construction.

Traffic impacts
ODOT will provide more information to the public and local media prior to and during construction. 

For updates on construction and traffic impacts, see ODOT’s Weekly Construction Report or visit TripCheck.com

Project Materials

NEWS RELEASE: I-5 off-ramp at Drain opens ahead of schedule.pdf (June 27, 2014)

NEWS RELEASE: I-5 ramp at Oregon 38 to close for several weeks.pdf (June 10, 2014)


For More Information:

Dan Latham
ODOT Public Affairs
3500 NW Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 957-3601
E-mail: Dan.Latham@odot.state.or.us