PORTLAND -- The closure of Interstate 5 southbound that slowed traffic last weekend will not be happening again this weekend, the Oregon Dept. of Transportation announced.
A one-mile stretch of the freeway, between the Fremont Bridge and the Marquam Bridge, was scheduled to be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, according to ODOT's Don Hamilton. But recent rainfall canceled the construction plans for the weekend.
Concrete pavement is being replaced in the area. Deck joints on the elevated freeway are also being replaced.
The polymer concrete being applied in this mile-long section of old freeway is very sensitive to moisture, Hamilton said. The continuing rain jeopardizes the polymer's ability to bond appropriately by Monday morning when traffic would resume on the highway.
The southbound lanes of I-5 were still expected to be closed next weekend as construction resumes, and the northbound lanes will be closed the following two weekends.
Powell Boulevard will be closed from SE17th Avenue to SE 21st Avenue throughout the weekend. Traffic will be detoured to SEHolgate via SEMcLoughlin and SE Cesar Chavez boulevards.
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