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Heat Could Delay Final Weekend Of Pioneer Bridge Project


This is the final weekend of a six weekend long project to repave the stretch of Highway 50 over the Pioneer Bridge near downtown Sacramento.

The work is again expected to cause significant delays. The work might also be delayed due to high temperatures in the forecast.

Dennis Keaton with Caltrans said the material being put down is a concrete overlay, and if it gets too hot, it doesn't have a chance to set and cure properly.

“It gets hot already, and progressively hardens as it gets cooler, and if it stays 100 degrees or more, you won't be able to have it cure properly, and more importantly, it won't dry," Keaton said. "You'll basically have to keep these closures in place even longer than what we normally do.”

Motorists should factor in up to one hour of additional travel time due to the roadwork. The work on the bridge that connects Sacramento and Yolo Counties is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Friday and last until 6 a.m. Monday.

“There's always transportation options such as using Regional Transit so that you don't necessarily have to be on the road, if you have RT available to you," Keaton said. "You can park your vehicle farther out of downtown Sacramento and make your way back into the city that way, that helps with having less vehicles on the road and less congestion.”

Drew Sandsor

Senior Producer, News

As Senior Producer of News, Drew works with reporters and anchors on the daily production and presentation of news stories on Capital Public Radio. He also works closely with the station's digital team on news coverage across various online platforms  Read Full Bio 

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