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Caltrans Roughs Up Skid-Prone Section Of I-5

Caltrans has completed work on the Seamas Avenue overpass on Interstate 5 in Sacramento.

Steve Nelson with Caltrans says crews worked through the night to rough up a section of road that had become so smooth it had become a hazard.

"There were some high-profile crashes last month including a fatality. So, the CHP is still investigating those crashes. But, that prompted us to go out there and take a look and our traffic-safety folks wanted to look into that too," says Nelson.

Nelson says it's rare to perform skid tests on a section of interstate. Recent tests performed on the area failed to meet standards.

Crews last worked on that section of interstate five or six years ago.

Caltrans has a plan to replace seven miles of I-5 including the Seamas Avenue area, but has not yet received funding for the project.

The department is examining data to see if other skid tests may be required on area roads.

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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