Safety Project Expected to Cause I5 Delays South of Ashland

Starting Monday, August 7, drivers headed south on Interstate 5 through the Siskiyou Pass should prepare for potential delays as crews embark on a crucial safety project. The initiative aims to enhance road safety by preventing rocks and boulders from falling onto the roadway.

Between mileposts 11 and 4 in the southbound lanes, daytime hours from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, will witness rolling slowdowns to facilitate the completion of rock scaling work. This project is estimated to last approximately two weeks.

To ensure the safety of both workers and motorists, traffic control vehicles will maintain a slow but steady pace during the rolling slowdowns, allowing the crews sufficient time to perform their tasks without resorting to prolonged road closures. Emergency vehicles will be permitted to pass through the area, as needed.

Rock scaling plays a vital role in identifying and removing loose rocks and boulders from steep slopes along the road. This preventive measure significantly reduces the risk of rocks falling onto the road below, thus safeguarding those who utilize the route.

Travelers planning to drive through this region are advised to anticipate delays and incorporate extra travel time into their schedule. For the latest updates on the project’s status, please visit

Source: ODOT

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