North I-5 overpass to be demolished

Southbound Interstate 5 motorists will detour up and over the Ashland exit 19 interchange from 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, to 5 a.m. the next day, so the old structure can be demolished. Northbound I-5 traffic will use a similar nighttime detour beginning Wednesday, April 20.

Dennis Steers, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said the schedule could be affected by rains, which could interfere with striping needed to guide traffic.

A private contractor, Oregon State Bridge, is replacing Ashland's exit 19 overpass (Valley View Road) with a wider structure featuring a center turn lane and wide shoulders to accommodate bicycles.

The $5.7 million project began in summer 2010.

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