The Sacramento City Council last night approved spending $1.5 million to help ease traffic congestion on city surface streets when major construction work begins later this month on Highway 50.
Caltrans is closing several freeway lanes and ramps near the WX section of 50 to do rehab work - the project is called Fix 50.
"It's important that we get the local traffic from taking that section of Highway 50," Caltrans' Thomas Brannon told city council members last night, "and making other trip paths available to them in order to reduce the volume of traffic that'll be going down the highway."
The 26th Street exit is expected to be particularly busy when Caltrans closes the 16th Street exit.
The city will spend money on: extra police to help direct traffic; painting temporary stripes on some streets to add lanes; and putting in cameras at some intersections so that engineers can alter signal timings. Caltrans says it will reimburse the city for the expense.
Construction starts on April 22 and is set to end on June 25.
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