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Fix 50

Construction projects planned along Highway 50 in Sacramento could cause an ongoing traffic headache for drivers.

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After weeks of slowdowns and detours, the downtown Sacramento freeway renovation project known as Fix 50 has wrapped up Thursday morning, almost a week ahead of schedule.

Commuters will enjoy the use of all westbound lanes on Highway 50.

Cal Trans will release more details about the early completion Thursday. However, the construction company has reportedly said new technologies in road construction allowed the project to be more efficient and be completed faster.

Report filed by Colin Poseley

For our complete coverage of Fix 50, click here

Yolobus is offering discounted train tickets

RT is providing more train cars and more trains during the Fix50 construction

Cyclists can find Sacramento-area bike-friendly maps here

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After nearly 2 months of heavy traffic and dusty construction, Sacramento’s Fix 50 project is wrapping up on June 19, 6 days ahead of schedule.

“Motorists will be able to enjoy the open highway and newly repaved deck, which can now serve us for many years to come,” said Caltrans District 3 Director, Jody Jones. “We are grateful for the support and cooperation by our community partners and the public for their help to reduce traffic congestion and make this Fix50 project such a big success.”

On Wednesday evening, crews will begin moving traffic back to normal, reopening all lanes and ramps. The change-over will begin at approximately 9 PM Wednesday, and will take all night. There will also be short traffic breaks after midnight to take down the existing overhead sign structure. The full transition will finish by 8 a.m. Friday morning, marking the end of all major construction on the project.

There will be periodic, small projects throughout the year, including occasional lane closures and lighting and fencing installation beneath the highway. The minor projects are expected to be completely finished by December 2014.

Greg Cotta filed this report.

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The first half of Fix 50’s 2nd phase is ahead of schedule, so the final phase will begin 5 days early.

The Fix 50 project’s Westbound Phase 1, which began on May 27, will finish 5 days early, so crews will be transitioning straight into Westbound Phase 2.

Crews will begin the process overnight on Thursday, June 5. They will move traffic from the outside lanes to the inside 3 lanes that have already received a new concrete deck. The transition will be completed by 10 a.m. Friday morning, thus marking the start of Westbound Phase 2.

READ MORE: River Cats, Raley Field Feeling Effects of Fix 50 Project

Westbound Phase 2 is still expected to take 15 days to complete. The highway is scheduled to be completely reopened on June 25, and it is now expected to to reopen ahead of schedule because of the early start to the final phase.

It is good news that the project is finishing early, but that also means all of the changes and closures are coming early as well.

Additional ramps will be closed during Phase 2. On Westbound Highway 50, the 16th Street off-ramp will be closed, and you are asked to use the 26th Street off-ramp instead.

The connecter between Highway 50 and Eastbound Business 80 will be closed, and the connector between Highway 99 North and US-50 West will be merged down to one lane.

If you plan to commute through this construction zone, you are highly encouraged to plan out alternate routes, and to prepare for extra traffic.

WATCH: Fix 50: Do Alternate Routes Save Time?

If you want to get on westbound Highway 50 from Business 80, you can take Eastbound Highway 50 to the Howe Avenue / Power Inn Road exit. This loop will take you onto Hornet Drive near Sacramento State, where you can then turn onto westbound Highway 50 and continue through the construction zone. Detour signs will be up marking the route. The Fix50 construction team is estimating you will need to prepare for an extra 10 minutes because of the detour.

CLICK: Fix 50 Workers Urge Safety Despite Unchanged Speed Limit

“Because of the additional ramp and connector closures, congestion could be worse during Westbiound Phase 2 than in Westbound Phase 1,” said Caltrans District 3 Director, Jody Jones. “Major congestion is expected throughout the region, including on other area highways and surface streets. Motorists are strongly encouraged to use alternate transportation whenever possible.”

Caltrans says Light Rail is the best way to get around the traffic, and recommends you avoid any unnecessary trips to the freeway. For more information on alternate forms of transportation, click here.

There will also be a separate project starting on Friday that will affect westbound Highway 50’s traffic that heads to northbound I-5. The inside lanes of northbound I-5 between L Street and Richards Blvd will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. For more information on this short closure, you can head to SacDECKEDout.com.

For all project updates regarding Fix50, you can head to their website, Fix50.com, or follow the project’s twitter account.

Greg Cotta filed this report.

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Highway 50’s westbound closures will begin May 26 at 9 p.m.

Crews will be working around the clock for one more month to finish the remainder of the project.

The first phase of the Westbound construction includes the closure of three inside lanes between 18th and 24th Streets, as well as one of the lanes for the 99 North connector.

This phase is scheduled to run until June 10th. Westbound phase two will include closures of the remaining lanes, Business 80 connector, and 16th Street off-ramp.

Caltrans said Eastbound work was completed five days ahead of schedule. Commuters said they hope the same will happen for the Westbound side.

“I was pleasantly surprised they did it pretty quickly this time,” commuter Jeremy Bailey said.

The entire project is slated to be completed by June 25. Until then, the speed limit on Westbound 50 in the Fix 50 zone will be 55 mph.

Local News
05/26/14

Fix50: Westbound Closures Begin Memorial Day

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A friendly reminder, the major construction project along Highway 50 through Midtown Sacramento is not over, just taking a halftime break. Lane closures for Fix50 westbound will begin Monday at 9 p.m.

The first phase, the eastbound lanes, was completed five days ahead of schedule, and rather than start the westbound lanes early, crews decided to leave all lanes open through the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Monday night at 9, construction crews will begin blocking the three inside lanes of westbound Highway 50 between 18th and 24th Streets, and one lane of northbound Highway 99 connector to westbound Highway 50.

By the time commuters get back on the road Tuesday morning, the three inside lanes will be blocked, and traffic could be slowed to a crawl.

The inside three lanes will be closed until June 10, when crews will switch and close the outside westbound lanes.

READ: Speed Limit Lowered Through Fix50 Zone

“Traffic delays are expected to be longer with the westbound work than they were with the eastbound side due to additional ramp closures and the larger volume of commuters from El Dorado and eastern Sacramento Counties,” Caltrans District 3 Director, Jody Jones said in a press release.

Drivers are encouraged to plan in advance; avoid unnecessary trips along westbound Highway 50 through Sacramento, take alternative transportation to work, and keep in mind the alternate routes for the eastbound lane closures may not be the best routes for westbound closures.

FROM MAY 27-JUNE 25, WESTBOUND CONSTRUCTION:

If traveling from Rancho Cordova/Folsom to Sacramento: Use Highway 50 to Business 80 north, exit at N or H Streets.

If traveling from Elk Grove to Sacramento: Use I-5 north to J Street; do not use Highway 99 to Highway 50.

If traveling from Rancho Cordova or Folsom to Natomas or Davis: Use Highway 50 to Business 80 north, exit at Watt Avenue, head north to I-80 west.

Phase 2 full

Recommended alternate routes during Phase 2 of Fix50

 

For more information on detours and travel alternatives, check out Fix50.com

Yolobus is offering discounted train tickets

RT is providing more train cars and more trains during the Fix50 construction

Cyclists can find Sacramento-area bike-friendly maps here

 

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Highway 50 lanes closed by the expansive Fix 50 project will reopen Friday morning, according to Caltrans, because the project was ahead of schedule.

The next phase, which will clog westbound lanes, won’t start until May 27. Caltrans says motorists can expect a break from construction through Memorial Day weekend.

Eastbound construction had been problem-free, but Caltrans says westbound construction will cause more congestion.

Eastbound lanes will be back open by 7 a.m. Friday.

The entire project is expected to wrap up June 25.

For our complete coverage of Fix 50, click here.

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As morning traffic braced for major congestion Friday morning due to the Fix 50 project, commuters got a surprise.

For the first time since the Fix 50 project began, commuters got the opportunity to drive across the three left lanes on Highway 50. But now the three right lanes are closed, causing new closures.

READ: Fix 50 Phase 2 Begins Early, So Do the Closures

Here’s how it breaks down: Highway 50 eastbound onramps at 11th and 16th Streets are closed.

The connector ramps from Highway 50 eastbound to either southbound Highway 99 or eastbound Capital City Freeway are closed.

Caltrans recommends taking I-5 for those people trying to get to South Sacramento or Elk Grove.

READ: Speed Limit Lowered Through Fix50 Zone

Several drivers tried to sneak across 59th Street Friday morning, and made illegal u-turns. CHP is watching, and will ticket motorists for illegal turns.

Yolobus is offering discounted train tickets

RT is providing more train cars and more trains during the Fix50 construction

Cyclists can find Sacramento-area bike-friendly maps here

Video: Alternate Ways Around Fix50 Construction

ICYMI: Traffic Monitoring Center Not Ready in Time for ‘Fix 50′ Project

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Driving is all about shifting – but the new shift facing folks behind the wheel in the Fix 50 construction zone through downtown Sacramento will require some coping skills not defensive driving ones.

“That will be a challenge,” Bob Cacic said after FOX40 crews explained to him which major highway connectors would be closing.

Starting at 9 p.m. Thursday, and lasting for about two weeks, eastbound access from Highway 50 to the Cap City Freeway and southbound to Highway 99 won’t be anything like normal.

READ: Speed Limit Lowered Through Fix50 Zone

“We’re shifting from work on the interior lanes.. to the exterior ones. There will be three lanes available,” said Rod Murphy, Caltrans WX Freeway Project Manager.

The WX freeway is the focus of the FIX50 project, where  Interstates 80, 99 and Highway 50 run together between W and X streets in Sacramento.

The shift means street routes already congested by detouring drivers are about to get a double whammy.

“It’s hectic, very hectic,” driver Edward Willis said.

“I got caught yesterday and it took me an hour – what usually takes me half an hour. I was not very happy,” driver Aisha Jones said.

With ramps to 80 and 99 blocked to eastbound traffic how can you get around?

Cal Trans is suggesting eastbound drivers trying to get to south Sacramento on 99 or Arden on Business 80 keep straight on 50 and  loop around to make those connections via Hornet Drive and then westbound 50.

All of the shift changes are happening five days ahead of schedule because the construction work is going so smoothly.

Drivers are longing for their smooth ride as they await all construction efforts moving  to the westbound WX freeway before the Fix 50 project is complete.

ICYMI: Traffic Monitoring Center Not Ready in Time for ‘Fix 50′ Project

Yolobus is offering discounted train tickets

RT is providing more train cars and more trains during the Fix50 construction

Cyclists can find Sacramento-area bike-friendly maps here

Video: Alternate Ways Around Fix50 Construction

 

Local News
04/30/14

Fix50 Ahead of Schedule, More Closures Coming this Week

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Five days. Construction on Highway 50 through Sacramento is five days ahead of schedule.

The work being done on the eastbound lanes between 18th and 24th Streets will finish early, with Phase 1 ending Thursday. Phase 2, construction on the eastbound outside lanes, will start Thursday evening, May 1. That means additional on-ramp and connector closures by the end of the week.

READ: Speed Limit Lowered Through Fix50 Zone

Overnight between Thursday and Friday, crews will move traffic from the outside lanes to the three inside lanes that were just resurfaced. The process involves new signage and barriers, and should be completed by 5 a.m. Friday.

By the end of this week, the 11th and 16th Street on-ramps will be closed, and the eastbound Highway 50 connector to both southbound Highway 99 and eastbound Capital City Freeway (Business 80) will be closed.

The remainder of the eastbound lanes should be completed within 15 days.

Despite the faster-than-planned completion of the eastbound lanes, the westbound lanes will not be closed until May 27. The construction will still take a break for the Memorial Day weekend to allow maximum lanes to be open for holiday drivers.

Soccer fans planning to attend the Sacramento Republic games on May 3 and 17 at Hughes Stadium should allow extra time for detours before and after the matches.

ICYMI: Traffic Monitoring Center Not Ready in Time for ‘Fix 50′ Project

Yolobus is offering discounted train tickets

RT is providing more train cars and more trains during the Fix50 construction

Cyclists can find Sacramento-area bike-friendly maps here

Video: Alternate Ways Around Fix50 Construction

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