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Construction will close southbound I-5 on-ramp at Phoenix next week

 Posted: 4:00 PM June 04, 2014

Phoenix's Interstate 5 southbound on-ramp will be closed Monday through Friday next week for the construction of a new, temporary southbound on-ramp.

Work is estimated to wrap up Friday, June 13, Oregon Department of Transportation officials said in a news release.

During the closure, motorists who want to drive south on I-5 will need to take Highway 99 to Talent. Detours for commercial truck traffic, particularly that from the Petro truckstop, will be lengthier, sending them north on Interstate 5 to Exit 27 to turn around and head south.

The construction of temporary ramps is the next phase of the $72 million Fern Valley Interchange project. A temporary southbound off-ramp is set for construction the following week, officials said.

The Fern Valley Interchange project is intended to turn exit 24 into a diverging diamond interchange, the first of its kind in Oregon. ODOT officials say the design moves traffic safely and more efficiently.

Following the construction of the temporary ramps, Hamilton Construction crews will tackle the new interchange bridge, adjacent on- and off-ramps, and roads.

— Ryan Pfeil

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