Parts of the freeway will be re-routed in May and some of the connections to the other freeways in Sacramento will be closed.
The eastbound side of Highway 50 will be closed May 2nd between Highway 99 and I-5. Crews will seal cracks in the concrete between 18th and 24th Streets and install a new four-inch slab of concrete on top of the existing roadway. The process will be repeated on the westbound side.
Rod Murphy is Caltrans Project manager.
"This structure has cracks in the deck which in some cases go through the entire bridge deck -not the whole structure, but the upper surface,” he says. “The other structures further on down towards Interstate 5 are not suffering that level of degradation."
Murphy says the repairs will extend the life of the roadway by 20 years and reduce maintenance costs.
Traffic will be limited to two lanes each way on the side not under construction.
Project Website - http://fix50.com/
Murphy says the timing of the project was determined by several factors.
"The contractor has a 30-day window for the bridge resurfacing,” he says. “It's an overlay. There's temperature and weather requirements and we have to avoid the State Fair, the Fourth of July holiday, and Memorial Day weekend."
Construction on the eastbound lanes is scheduled to end May 22 (Stage 1). Work on the westbound lanes (Stage 2) will start May 28th and end June 17th. Construction will halt for the Memorial Day weekend.
The elevated section of roadway was completed in 1968.
-Closure of 11th St onramp and 16th St. onramp: Detour to eastbound U.S. Route 50
-Closure of 11th St. onramp and 16th St. onramp: Detour to northbound Route 51/Business 80
-Closure of 11th St. onramp and 16th St. onramp: Detour to SB Route 99
-Closure of eastbound U.S. Route 50 connector to southbound Route 99: Detour to SB99
-Closure of eastbound U.S. Route 50 connector to southbound Route 99: Detour to NB51/SB99 Connector
-Closure of NB Route 5 connector to eastbound U.S. Route 50: Detour to eastbound U.S. Route 50