ODOT: Reduce speed and watch for potholes on I-5 south of Drain interchange

DRAIN, Ore. -- Interstate 5 motorists are advised to reduce speed and drive with caution south of the Drain interchange (Exit 162) due to potholes and uneven pavement, Oregon DOT said in a news release.

The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph in both directions through the construction zone.

Due to the condition of pavement, ODOT recommends motorists slow to 45 mph in the southbound direction between milepost 161 and 160.

Motorists should watch for lane closures and congestion. Traffic delays up to 20 minutes may occur the next several weeks due to pothole repairs.

The I-5 Anlauf to Elkhead Road Paving project will resurface eight miles of I-5 (milepost 154-162), replacing the asphalt road surface with concrete, ODOT said.

Officials sy potholes in the old asphalt have been a persistent problem during construction, particularly in the southbound direction. Frequent repairs are necessary since the temporary asphalt used to fill potholes often crumbles in cold and wet conditions.

Construction will require intermittent lane closures, delays and traffic control changes until late May.

The project is scheduled to be completed this summer.

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