60-hour ramp closure planned at Lancaster Drive and OR 22 in Salem
SALEM— A contractor for the Oregon Department of Transportation will close the OR 22 westbound off-ramp to Lancaster Drive for 60 consecutive hours starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 and reopening at 6 a.m. on Friday, June 7.
The ramp closure is part of a much larger project that increases the vertical clearance under four bridges (overcrossings) just east of I-5 on OR 22. The contractor completed work on two of the bridges last summer and has two remaining, including the Lancaster Bridge. The project also includes a full width paving overlay of a five mile stretch of OR 22 from I-5 to Joseph Street and rebuilding the ramps on the east side of the interchange.
The work on the westbound off-ramp during June 4 to June 7 will horizontally and vertically re-align the ramp to meet new standards and allow it to blend into the lower profile of OR 22 below the Lancaster Bridge. The goal of the project is to increase clearance under these bridges to a minimum of 17 feet and rebuild the pavement from I-5 to Joseph Street.
The contractor has already completed the vertical clearance work on the Cordon Road and Albus Road overcrossings. The Lancaster and the 72nd Avenue overcrossings remain.
While closed, most traffic will be able to get around the closure by continuing westbound on OR 22 to Hawthorne Avenue, to State Street, to Lancaster Drive.
Variable messages signs will be posted around the interchange warning motorists of the ramp closure. Area businesses have been notified of the closure and the contractor will do what it can to address concerns and ensure as little congestion as possible.
Work on the project will continue through much of this year with project completion expected in fall 2013. The estimated project cost is $17.3 million.