SACRAMENTO -- The first of two weekend closures on I-80 is wrapping up. Delays and detours are slowing down drivers during the construction of the Across the Top Project, but Caltrans assures it will be worth the hassle.
Westbound I-80 is reduced to two lanes from Longview Drive to Winters Street. The closure began Friday night and ends Monday morning.
"It's easy to drive through an area and expect to follow your normal routine, but we ask that they observe the signs and be patient," said engineer Leo Morales with Caltrans.
The Across the Top Project paves the highway from east of the Sacramento River bridge to Watt Avenue and adds bus, carpool and auxiliary lanes. It's in its final stages of construction.
Winters Street, Raley Boulevard, Northgate Boulevard and Norwood Avenue exits are shut down until 5 a.m. Monday as the $133.3 million project, which is five years in the making, replaces decades-old concrete this weekend.
"By design, it's supposed to last 40 years," said Morales.
If this is your normal route, plan for delays of at least 30 minutes, according to Caltrans.
There's one more 55 hour closure next weekend, but after that, no more major closures are planned.
Next weekend's closure starts Friday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. and ends Monday, Aug. 29 at 5 a.m.
The No. 3 and 4 lanes on westbound I-80 west of Truxel Road will be shut down. Traffic will be redirected to I-5.
Northbound and southbound I-5 freeway ramps that connect to I-80 will also be closed.
The project is set to be completed by the fall.