PORTLAND, Ore. – If you were bracing for another traffic nightmare around I-5 in Portland this weekend, you can rest easy. Wet weather forced the Oregon Department of Transportation to cancel their closure, at least for this weekend.
An ODOT spokesman said the polymer concrete that was going to be applied on the freeway is sensitive to moisture, which means work can’t be done this weekend.
Crews had originally planned to close the southbound lanes of I-5 between the Fremont and Marquam Bridges starting at 11 p.m. on Friday.
The rain could prevent the polymer to bond correctly before traffic was scheduled to re-open on Monday morning.
Weather permitting, ODOT still plans to close the same southbound stretch July 27 through the morning of July 30.
Closures are also scheduled for the these dates:
• 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6: I-5 northbound will close
• 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20: I-5 northbound will close
It’s not clear if any more dates will be added to make up for the scrapped days.
Map of the area that was previously scheduled to be closed this weekend: