Some test blasts will be going off today (Wednesday) and tomorrow at the site of the Fern Valley Road Interchange project. ODOT Project Manager Tim Fletcher says there won’t be any “Hollywood level” explosions, but people in the area may hear some popping noises, and a dust cloud or two.
The test blasts in the area of I-5 exit 24 will occur between 12 p.m and 3 p.m. These will be analyzed before moving forward with blasts to fracture rock as work begins on a new roadway alignment.
The $72milliondollar project will begin impacting traffic around April 21st. Northbound and southbound traffic on the freeway will be reduced to one lane in each direction for close to a month. Speeds will be reduced to 50 mph for the remainder of the project in the work area.
Excavation across I-5 will also occur to install a drainage pipe for storm water.
When complete, exit 24 will feature Oregon’s first Diverging Diamond Interchange with a narrower footprint that ODOT officials say will increase efficiency of movement and save right of way costs.
The project’s completion is expected in September 2016.