Big load to slow Ore. I-5 traffic Wednesday night

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Updated: 6/17/2014 8:25 pm

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Transportation Department says drivers should expect Interstate 5 delays late Wednesday night between Cottage Grove and Sutherlin as an oversized load moves through the area.

The agency says that between 10:45 p.m. and midnight Wednesday, northbound traffic could be delayed as long as 45 minutes. Southbound traffic is likely to be delayed for a half hour.

The big load is a massive dam gate bound for the Folsom dam near Sacramento, Calif.

When loaded onto a 142-foot-long truck and trailer, the 23-foot-wide gate reaches into two travel lanes.

The Transportation Department says the slowdowns are necessary because the dam gate will be passing through a construction zone with narrowed travel lanes.

The gate is the fourth of 10 being moved through Oregon. The first three were hauled before the lane restrictions began. The others will be moved later this summer.

Oregon Iron Works manufactured the gates at its Vancouver, Washington, facility. Gresham Transfer is transporting them.

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