The good news: 10 miles of Interstate 5 in Thurston County is getting some love from the state Department of Transportation.
The not-so-good news: The $5.4 million paving project will involve a series of lane reductions and ramp closures.
Work begins Monday on the construction project, which includes northbound I-5 between Maytown and Lacey, and southbound I-5 between Tumwater and Maytown, according to the state Department of Transportation. The contract was awarded to Tucci & Sons, Inc.
Most of the work will be done at night, and the number of lanes closed will vary.
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Between 65,000 to 124,000 vehicles use I-5 in the areas each day.
“I-5 is a critical highway in Washington,” said Dewayne Matlock, Washington State Department of Transportation project engineer . “This work to keep the pavement in good condition will ensure that I-5 stays functional and reliable for the thousands of drivers who use it each day.”
Crews are scheduled to rebuild the northbound I-5 Pacific Avenue bridge approach slabs and repair expansion joints this summer. That work will require two weekends of lane restrictions on northbound I-5. Those dates will be announced when they are scheduled, officials say.