“T ’was the day of the closure and all through Vancouver…”

Friday, June 7, 2013

There’s a lot of hubbub surrounding the I-5 closure in Vancouver this weekend. Crews will close all lanes of I-5 in Salmon Creek at 11 p.m. Friday, June 7. The interstate will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday, June 10.

In the meantime…

Drivers are doing their prep work – making detour plans, downloading the WSDOT mobile app and planning for delays. We’re also preparing for this massive closure – here’s what it looks like in our world this morning. 

Line ‘em up!

Six of the 12 girders are lined up on the side of I-5, waiting to be hoisted into the air over the interstate. Crews are looking to make the most of every second that I-5 is closed. By staging girders on site ahead of time, they won’t waste any down-time between girders.

Bracing for impact…
It’s no small feat to close I-5 and detour tens of thousands of drivers. Our traffic control team has sorted and stacked traffic signs for the weekend and will put them all in place on the highways Friday night.

Ready for heavy lifting…

Crews are currently assembling the three, 500-ton cranes that will be doing all the heavy lifting this weekend. The size of the crane gives a little perspective to the scale of this weekend’s undertaking. Each girder is 175,000 lbs. – it will take three of these monster cranes to install them.

Fill ‘er up!

This one should be self-explanatory. It’s going to be a long weekend, and we’re in it with you.

Plan for delays if you’re traveling through Vancouver this weekend, and make sure to visit the project website to find more information about the closure location and detour routes. Good luck, all – we’ll see you on the other side!

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