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Birch Bay-Lynden Road lane closures set to begin as bridge repairs get underway near Blaine Project will require several road and highway closures
BLAINE – Drivers should prepare for two months of lane closures, including on Interstate 5, as crews begin to fix the Birch Bay-Lynden Road overpass. The bridge near Blaine was damaged last May when it was hit by excavator being carried on a flatbed truck.
Lane closure information
Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, the overpass will be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic until most of the repairs are complete. Flaggers will direct traffic during peak morning and afternoon travel times, while a temporary signal will be used outside of those peak travel hours. The work will also require occasional nighttime closures of all lanes on southbound I-5 near milepost 270. Southbound drivers will use the Birch Bay-Lynden off-ramp and immediately re-enter the interstate using the on-ramp to get past the closure.
Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews will replace a 60-foot girder on the bridge. The repairs are expected to be completed in early April.
“The crews will cut out a piece of the existing bridge with the damaged girder,” said Jason Koreski, project engineer for WSDOT. “We’ll then replace the old girder with a new one before pouring a new concrete deck to connect the bridge again.”
Drivers are encouraged to visit WSDOT’s website and use the online tools when closures will happen throughout the project.
Hyperlinks within the release:
- Birch Bay-Lynden Road overpass: wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/I5/BirchBayLyndenBridgeRpr
- Online tools: wsdot.com/traffic/trafficalerts
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