I-5 NB at Woodland Two Lanes Open

WOODLAND, Wash. —  As of This morning WSHDOT opened two of three lanes of I-5 northbound.  It hopes to have the third lane open sometime this weekend.  Tamera Greenwell with WSHDOT says,” Driver and worker safety is most important as the hillside is made stable and the roadway cleared.”

For hours, hundreds of tractor trailer rigs were parked along I-5 northbound beginning at the Battle Ground exit and rest stop.

The rest areas were full as drivers in cars and trucks don’t know where to go.  The use of Highway 30 to divert traffic between Portland and Rainier created it’s own nightmare.

A major back-up on the Lewis and Clark Bridge at Longview, Washington pushed traffic back into Multnomah County through Scappoose.

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Two shelters are open in Woodland at exit 21.  One is at the high school and the other is a Red Cross Emergency Shelter at Grace Community Church on Lewis River Road.  That shelter is open to anyone providing food, a place to sleep and restrooms.

For Information on the closure, travelers can go to www.wsdot.wa.gov.  For information in Oregon, tripcheck.com.

Brett Reckamp contributed to this story

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