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I-5 south to close overnight for repairs

Southbound I-5 at the I-405 junction reopened before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday after crews removed a jacknifed semi-truck that snarled morning rush hour traffic.

The Oregon Department of Transportation will close it overnight to repair damage caused by the rash, however. Southbound traffic will be diverted onto I-405 from 8:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Wednesday.

The crash closed all southbound lanes of the freeway early Tuesday morning. Motorists could not take I-5 south to the Rose Quarter area and I-84 exit. Instead, all southbound traffic was routed over the Fremont Bridge.

According to ODOT, the overnight closure is needed replace a damaged impact barrier at the end of the ramp and to continue cleaning up the diesel fuel that leaked from the truck.

The impact barrier, known as an attenuator, is placed at the beginning of most on-ramps and absorbs the impact of vehicles that crash into it and protects vehicle occupants from directly hitting the end of the concrete barriers.