The one-hour earlier start is part of an overall safety review in response to recent work zone fatalities, including one in this I-5 work zone.
"We've seen three people killed in Oregon work zones in just the past month," said ODOT Director Matthew Garrett. "We have to do everything we can to protect everyone in work zones—workers and travelers alike."
The project will replace badly rutted pavement on 12.5 miles of I-5, from milepost 271.5 in Woodburn to milepost 283 at the Boone Bridge at Wilsonville. This work, scheduled to be completed in October, will produce a smoother, safer ride and extend the life of the road.
Up to two lanes will be closed at a time. The closures will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday night through Friday morning. Travelers should anticipate delays, lane changes and rolling slowdowns in the area. Longer work hours will mean fewer nights of closed lanes. Even one hour's additional work time each night could mean a reduction in the number of nights needed to complete the paving project, potentially reducing the time needed for the project by as much as three weeks, an ODOT press release said.
The work is being done at night when traffic volumes are low to minimize public inconvenience. Travelers should always expect delays in work zone areas and plan their journeys accordingly, using alternative routes or delaying trips if necessary.