Delays expected on I-5 in southern Douglas County

Officials said the lane closure will allow fire crews to clear debris from the side of the road.

Posted: Jul 27, 2019 10:11 AM
Updated: Jul 29, 2019 4:51 PM

CANYONVILLE, Ore. -- Drivers on Interstate 5 should expect delays in the Canyonville area on Tuesday due to the Milepost 97 Fire, Oregon Department of Transportation Officials said.

Between 7 and 10 a.m. Tuesday, ODOT will administer a rolling slowdown in both directions between mileposts 88 and 101, allowing crews to remove hazards like trees south of Canyonville.

MORE: Milepost 97 Fire 10 percent contained 

Flaggers will hold drivers entering I-5 southbound for up to 20 minutes at on-ramps at Exit 101 (Riddle Road), Exit 99 (North Canyonville) and Exit 98 (North Canyonville). Northbound drivers will be delayed at Exit 88 (Azalea).

Meanwhile, I-5 southbound is still limited to one lane between mileposts 97 and 93 about two miles south of Canyonville. 

They said northbound and southbound off-ramps at Exit 95 (Canyon Creek) remain closed.

RELATED: Milepost 97 Fire grows to just 'under 9,000 acres'

ODOT officials said to watch out for possible congestion and delays. They also said to be cautious of low visibility from smoke. 

The fire is currently burning more than 11,000 acres and threatening more than 500 buildings. 

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