I-5 near Ferndale, Blaine restricted to one lane for repaving

Beginning Monday night, May 9, a 12-mile section of northbound Interstate 5 will be reduced to a single lane as the state Department of Transportation begins repaving the section of freeway.

For the next three months, northbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane between the Nooksack River Bridge and Slater Road beginning at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 11 the next morning, the DOT said.

The $6.7 million project aims to repair ruts, cracks and potholes on the highway, and also will repair ramps at seven exits along I-5:

▪ Exit 260, Slater Road: northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps.

▪ Exit 262, Main Street (Ferndale): northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps.

▪ Exit 263, Portal Way: northbound and southbound on- and off-ramps.

▪ Exit 266, Grandview Road: northbound on- and off-ramps and southbound off-ramp.

▪ Exit 270, Birch Bay-Lynden Road: northbound on-ramp and southbound on- and off-ramps.

▪ Exit 274, south Blaine: northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp.

SR 543 (truck route crossing), southbound on-ramp.

The DOT estimates that 20,000 drivers use the stretch of road daily, adding that no significant delays are expected during the work. Crews may work on Sunday nights after the first few weeks of repairs.

The stretch of highway was last paved in 1998, according to the DOT.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan