Starting Tuesday night, Cal Trans will begin the two-day task of lifting the Horseshoe Bar overpass on Interstate 80. On Sunday, crews closed the overpass in Loomis and will keep it closed for two weeks.
Liza Whitmore with Cal Trans says the bridge does not meet the 16 feet 6 inches federal height requirement for overpasses.
"We basically cut the overcrossing on each end. Our contractor brings in the hydraulic jacks and they basically, very synchronized and very carefully, lift up that entire overcrossing to the required height," says Whitmore.
Crews will then install new rebar and concrete.
Whitmore says the freeway will be closed and a mile-long detour will be open Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
This is the fifth of six overpasses to be lifted. The $36 million project also calls for the road below three over-crossings to be dug out to achieve the required clearance.
The Weimar offramps are also closed in anticipation of work that is scheduled to begin May 10th.
The project calls for work on nine overcrossings between Brace Road and Magra to meet the height requirement.