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$25.7 million project targets I-5 bridges near Ashland The Neil Creek Bridge replacement project on Interstate 5 went into hiatus earlier this month. The bridge, located three miles south of Ashland, is one of five I-5 bridges being replaced in the Ashland area.

After nearly 50 years, the bridges must be replaced to meet modern traffic and freight requirements. Motorists are advised to watch for traffic shifts and occasional lane closures as construction progresses on the bridges.

The Neil Creek Bridge is in the Siskiyou summit snow zone. Prime contractor Hamilton Construction Co. of Springfield, Ore. will resume work on the bridge in the spring.

Ashland’s I-5 interchanges Drivers are seeing orange-vested survey crews working at Ashland’s I-5 interchanges. The crews, which are taking measurements, are a prelude to construction work that is currently scheduled to begin in 2010 on the exit 14 and exit 19 interchange bridges.

“Construction through the winter would not only be difficult given the unpredictable snow levels but the safety of workers and motorists would be at risk, too,” said ODOT Project Information Specialist Gary Leaming.

“There are a number of improvements that However, work will continue on the four will be made,” said ODOT Area Manager other bridges – spanning Eagle Mill Road Art Anderson. “Our agency is sensitive The Neil Creek bridge replacement project on interstate 5 is in hiatus until spring 2009. and Bear Creek – included in the to Ashland’s needs. We’ll have an extensive $25.7 million project. outreach program with nearby businesses, residents and the community at large.” “The contractor has made great strides this spring and summer,” said Leaming. “The overall project hasn’t quite reached the halfway point yet. Construc- According to Anderson, the City of Ashland will take the lead between now tion is scheduled to continue through November 2009.” and April 2009 in selecting the aesthetic designs while still staying within project’s schedule and budget. Age, weather and heavy use have taken their toll on the five I-5 bridges.

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