I-5: Glendale to Hugo Paving and Sexton Climbing Lane project With most construction work conducted off Interstate 5 during the winter, motorists might be inclined to think the I-5: Glendale to Hugo Paving and Sexton Climbing Lane project is finished. However, that’s not the case. Work continued on curbs, inlets and erosion control. Once the weather improves (drier and warmer), prime contractor Knife River Corporation of Central Point will tackle a short list of items to wrap up the $28 million improvement project. “When it warms up, we’ll work on the Sunny Valley (exit 71) and Glendale (exit 80) bridge decks, along with some final paving, striping and fencing,” said ODOT Project Manager Ted Paselk, “and then the project will be a wrap.”
March 21, 2014
By late last summer, the most visible work — excavation and rock blasting to construct a new, northbound Sexton Mountain truck climbing lane — wrapped up, allowing Knife River Corporation to transition into paving and striping work and making safety improvements along the project’s 17-mile stretch of I-5 from Hugo north to Glendale. The project’s safety improvements included adjusting the southbound curves located south of Smith Hill. The new 12-foot climbing lane for commercial trucks, notorious for a slow climb over Sexton Mountain, extends 2.8 miles from the northbound on-ramp at the Hugo (exit 66) interchange and ends just beyond the crest of the Sexton Mountain pass. The climbing lane was partially built on the former shoulder, which was replaced with a new, 10-foot shoulder built to the right of the truck climbing lane.
Moving Ahead - Spring 2014