‘Across the Top’ Closures to Force Heavy Weekend Traffic on I-80

Construction, cones and detours -- some drivers don't mind the inconvenience. Others drivers like Jordan Bolder do.

Bolder, like other drivers, dealt with westbound I-80 closures last weekend when Caltrans reduced the freeway to two lanes. This weekend, when Caltrans reduces traffic to just one lane, he has a new plan.

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"I have to find some back roads," Bolder said.

That's a good tip for all drivers planning on using westbound I-80 from Truxel Road to the Sacramento River Friday evening through Monday morning. Caltrans spokesman Dennis Keaton told FOX40 that drivers should prepare for some heavy backup.

"[Drivers] should be ready for some serious delays that will probably going to be upwards of 45 minutes or more," said Caltrans spokesperson Dennis Keaton.

Map Alt RoutesThe Across the Top project is nearing the end after five years of construction. One more major closure is all Caltrans says it needs to get the project near completion.

By 6 p.m. Friday, if you want to stay on westbound I-80, starting at Longview Drive, you'll need to be in the fast lane. If you're in the other two lanes you'll be redirected to I-5.

If you want to avoid the hassle avoid I-80 all together until Monday at 5 a.m. when lanes and ramps reopen.

After this weekend Caltrans will continue construction at night. The project is expected to be done by the end of November.