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Southbound I-5 closed at Birch Bay-Lynden Road at night

Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol employees assess damage to the Birch Bay-Lynden Road overpass on the southbound side of Interstate 5 on May 21. The overpass was damaged by an excavator being hauled on a flatbed truck.
Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol employees assess damage to the Birch Bay-Lynden Road overpass on the southbound side of Interstate 5 on May 21. The overpass was damaged by an excavator being hauled on a flatbed truck. eabell@bhamherald.com

Crews will close all southbound lanes of Interstate 5 at the Birch Bay-Lynden Road overpass near Blaine the nights of Feb. 17 and 18 as they continue to repair the damaged bridge.

During the five-hour closure from midnight to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights, vehicles will use the Birch Bay-Lynden off-ramp and immediately get back on the interstate using the on-ramp to bypass the closure. There also will be occasional single lane closures on I-5 near the overpass from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the week.

Washington State Department of Transportation contractor crews are replacing a 60-foot girder on the bridge, and the repairs are expected to be completed in early April. The overpass was damaged last spring when it was hit by an excavator being carried on a flatbed truck.

Updates on the project can be found at wsdot.wa.gov/projects/i5/birchbaylyndenbridgerpr/.

The Bellingham Herald

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