Drivers should expect late-night delays this week as crews repair a cracked concrete panel on Interstate 5 in Lacey.
The first lane closures will begin at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 19) on northbound I-5 near Carpenter Road Southeast. Lanes will reopen Thursday at 4 a.m.
Lanes will close again at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on northbound I-5 and re-open at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The Washington State Department of Transportation reports that backups could reach up to 3 miles when the first lane closes. The new concrete panel on the roadway will measure 6 feet long by 12 feet wide and will need time to cure, which is why drivers may not see active work during the entire closure, according to WSDOT.
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The project could be rescheduled, depending on the weather.
WSDOT spokeswoman Cara Mitchell said the concrete replacement is part of routine maintenance on I-5, where some of the concrete on the roadway is more than 50 years old. Two more concrete panels could be installed later this year on I-5 in the Nisqually area depending on weather, she said.