If you're planning to head west this weekend, the I-80 bypass across northern Sacramento may not be your best option. Caltrans has just one lane open as they're replacing the concrete on all other lanes.
"It could actually take up to 45 minutes of a delay on the roads," said Amarjeet Benibal, Caltrans District 3 Director. "So if travelers do not need to come through this section, please try to stay away from this section."
Benibal told FOX40 that by 5 a.m. Monday morning, I-80 West will open back up to two lanes. And by doing a little construction at night, Caltrans should have the whole project done by November.
"And at that point there is going to be one additional lane in both directions from the Sacramento Yolo County line connecting all the way up to Highway 65 in Placer County," Benibal said.
But until then, Caltrans crews are working around the clock to tear up 1300 feet of a six foot wide and three feet down section of freeway. It's all part of a $133 million construction project to add 10 miles of carpool lanes. So far about 400 truck loads of debris have been removed.
"After they have done excavation, then we're going to start doing the preparatory work, start laying the base material and then tomorrow morning we'll be doing the concrete paving," Benibal told FOX40.