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Expect delays on I-5 in Roseburg, ODOT says

Crews will be removing rocks from cliffs along the roadway.

Posted: Dec 18, 2019 6:35 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2019 6:35 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Drivers should expect up to 20 minutes of delays on Wednesday and Thursday nights on Interstate 5 through Roseburg.

Officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation said they will be conducting their rock scaling project, which is the process of removing rocks from large cliffs.

Drivers normally see these rock cliffs on I-5 between Roseburg and Myrtle Creek.

“These rocks are anywhere from six inches to three feet in diameter,” said Dan Latham, a spokesperson for ODOT. “So we knock them down, we take care of them, make sure they don’t roll into the travel lanes.”

Latham says ODOT will conduct work 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. both nights.

If you’re driving northbound, slowdowns will begin north of Myrtle Creek. Flaggers will be leading traffic from Boomer Hill Road (exit 110) to McLain Avenue.

If you’re driving southbound, slowdowns will begin in Winchester going into Roseburg. Flaggers will be posted from the Del Rio/Winchester interchange (exit 129) to McLain Avenue (exit 121).

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