Interstate 5 motorists should expect weekday traffic delays through southern Douglas County the next two weeks for tree removal.
Starting Monday, Feb. 20, contractors for ODOT will fell trees along the center median and shoulder of I-5 between Glendale and Azalea (milepost 80-88). The work is scheduled from Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rolling slowdowns will be used in both directions and most delays will be less than 20 minutes. Southbound traffic will be affected between Canyonville (Exit 98) and Glendale (Exit 80), while northbound traffic will see slowdowns from Sunny Valley (Exit 71) to Quines Creek (Exit 86).
Flaggers will hold traffic at each on-ramp in these areas for 10-20 minutes.
The work may also require lane and shoulder closures in both directions. Motorists should watch for construction vehicles entering and exiting the travel lanes.
Removing the trees will help improve safety by establishing a clear zone along the I-5 travel lanes in this area.
High-speed crashes with fixed objects often result in serious injury or death. Each year between 2016 and 2018, an average of 3,500 highway fatalities nationwide involved a vehicle departing a roadway and striking a tree, according to the Federal Highway Administration.