Traffic through the FIX 50 construction zone on U.S. 50 through Sacramento improved dramatically today. Crews shifted the work site from the left three lanes to the right two lanes. But there were still delays because CalTrans reduced the number of available to two before the construction area.
Dennis Keaton with Caltrans says work crews are widening the freeway, preparing to pour concrete and strengthening the support structures.
"What we're looking to do is demolition work for the outside wall and for them to continue to do some bead blasting to the surface," he says. "That's basically some maintenance work on the surface until they start doing some dowel work and putting down some more steel."
The 16th Street off ramp and the westbound Cap City Freeway connector are closed. Caltrans has established 65th Street as a detour for trucks. Most drivers used 34th Street. Only one lane of the northbound 99 connector is open.
Crews have finished every section of roadway in the FIX 50 project ahead of schedule.
The ramp from westbound Cap City Freeway to westbound 50 is now closed.
Traffic was occasionally heavy on Interstate 80 as commuters went over the top of town to avoid going through the Fix 50 project.
A specially-equipped jackhammer assists with demolition work being performed on the right side of westbound U.S. 50 through Sacramento.