Paving work to close E 39th Street’s I-5 southbound ramps on June 25

Paving of 39th Street, I-5 to Washington Street, June 24-28, follows water utility project

VANCOUVER — Southbound Interstate 5 on- and off-ramps at East 39th Street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tue., June 25, to allow for paving work following a city of Vancouver water main construction project. Drivers who typically use those southbound ramps to and from 39th Street, on the west side of I-5, are urged to plan ahead and take an alternate route.

Tuesday’s work is part of the overall paving planned for portions of East/West 39th Street, from Washington Street to I-5, from Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28. In general, construction hours are 7 a. m. to 5 p.m., though at least one night of work should be expected. Weather permitting, here’s what is currently planned:

– From Washington Street to Creston Avenue, crews will be grinding the existing surface, then paving in the parking and bike lane areas where the water main was installed, along the south side of West/East 39th Street.

– From Creston Avenue to the I-5 overpass, crews will be grinding the existing surface and paving in the eastbound (south side) travel lane. Please note: Paving of the intersection of Main and East 39th street is expected to occur at night.

Traffic will be maintained through the project area using flaggers, cones and signs. However, expect possible delays and allow more time if traveling through the construction zone. Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians should be alert to construction workers and equipment in the roadway, lane shifts, and rough roads. Street parking on portions of 39th Street will be unavailable where paving is occurring. Please check “No Parking” signs, which will be posted in advance.

The new water main line installed along the south side of 39th Street, from Washington Street to Interstate 5, replaced an old water line that dated back to 1911. The project is funded by the City of Vancouver’s Water Utility in keeping with ongoing efforts to improve, maintain and protect the community water supply and systems.

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