A temporary southbound on-ramp at the Phoenix Interstate 5 interchange has reopened, the Oregon Department of Transportation reported.
The on-ramp at Exit 24 is the first of many temporary on- and off-ramps being built during the ongoing Fern Valley interchange project. The old ramp closed on Monday. The temporary ramp was expected to open today, but opened Thursday evening.
To reach the ramp, motorists must go to the intersection of Luman and Fern Valley roads.
Contractor Hamilton Construction also has started a temporary southbound off-ramp. It's expected to open later this month. Following its construction, crews will shift their focus to building the new interchange bridge, adjacent ramps and roads.
The $72 million project is intended to transform Exit 24 into the first diverging diamond interchange in the state. In a diverging interchange, vehicles approach the overpass in the right lane, allowing a free right turn onto the freeway. The lanes then cross, allowing a free left turn onto the freeway headed the opposite direction, then cross back to put vehicles in the usual right-hand lanes as they continue on the road.
— Ryan Pfeil