Delays possible at Ferndale's I-5 bridges for repainting


FERNDALE - Drivers over the Nooksack River bridges on Interstate 5 should be prepared to slow down this summer, to accommodate painting of the bridges' steel structures.

While workers set up the job site beginning Tuesday, May 27, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction overnight, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Once painting begins, lanes in both directions will be narrowed and the speed limit will be reduced from 70 mph to 60 mph.

Work is weather dependent and will continue into 2015 if necessary.

The work could cause congestion and minor delays, the Department of Transportation said. The bridges carry about 41,000 vehicles per day.

The bridges will be wrapped in plastic to prevent old paint, rust and debris from falling into the river during sandblasting.

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