Upcoming Traffic Change- August 4, 2014
New permanent I-5 southbound off ramp to open at the Woodburn Interchange
The new permanent southbound I-5 off ramp at the Woodburn Interchange (Exit 271) is scheduled to open on Wednesday, August 6 at 5 a.m.
The following traffic movements will occur with the opening of the new ramp:
- Westbound traffic coming off of the new ramp will make a right turn using the new alignment on the north side of OR 219;
- Southbound ramp traffic turning eastbound will continue to use the old alignment; and
- West bound traffic will split from eastbound traffic coming off of the bridge and use the new alignment as well.
The completion of the southbound off ramp is the first of six new ramps that will be constructed as part of the Woodburn Interchange Project. The on and off ramps are being replaced with new ramps that meet current standards and have higher capacity. In addition, the project adds two new loop ramps for traffic getting on I-5.
While motorists should not experience delays, it may take a day or two to get use to the new configuration. Other alignment changes are ongoing. Signs will be posted warning motorists of the changes. Motorists should proceed with caution and follow the striping through this area.
Construction on the project began last summer. Most of the funding for the project comes from the Jobs and Transportation Act (JTA), a funding plan adopted by the 2009 Oregon Legislature to improve and upgrade the state’s transportation system.
Major project elements include: OR 214/219 improvements to a half mile east and west of the interchange; a reconstructed interchange that includes higher capacity on and off ramps, and wider bridge over I-5; new multi-modal transit/park and ride facility with electric vehicle charging stations; and “gateway” design package that will be unique to Woodburn and promote economic development.