I-84 Westbound Reopens
New pavement eastbound
July 22, 2013, 5:00 am
By Jeremy Scott
UPDATE- 7/22/13 5am
Crews wrapped up work on the westbound lanes of I-84 nearly 90 minutes early on Monday, concluding the second of three planned closures of the freeway.
A third week of construction will take place the weekend of August 3rd, where new signs and striping will take place on the westbound lanes.
A major construction project
on Interstate 84 continues with another weekend closure. The westbound lanes and ramps between Interstate 205 and I-5 will close at 10:00 tonight and re-open by 5:00 on Monday morning. Work last weekend eastbound was completed ahead of schedule.
The Banfield is the busiest freeway in Oregon with over 170,000 cars traveling daily. The near 6-mile stretch has become rutted and worn since it was paved last in 2002.
This is the second of three planned closures and the first westbound. The final will be in two weekends for striping and sign replacement.
There's a special emphasis on the I-5 interchange. It's being restriped to reduce the number of rear-end and sideswipe collisions. 95% of the 237 crashes
in the past five years have been from drivers making last-minute lane changes.
When the work is done, there will be two dedicated exit lanes from I-84 westbound to I-5 southbound, and one to the Convention Center/Rose Quarter. That merge carries over 76,000 vehicles daily with two-thirds taking the I-5 southbound exit.
The summer project also includes paving the lanes and ramps, installing new signs, restriping the lanes and repairing the Halsey Street overpass at 82nd Avenue.
To get around the closure, there are many alternates including Sandy, Broadway, Burnside or Glisan to name a few. Public transit is also a good option. Max travels on the tracks next to the freeway. There are park and ride lots along the way.