Highway 50 Construction Could Close Lanes this Spring

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The W/X Viaduct along Highway 50 in Sacramento.


Caltrans announced Thursday they will be performing major renovations to a stretch of Highway 50 known as the W/X Viaduct starting in early May, and it could lead to headaches for commuters.

“We will be placing a 4-inch concrete deck on top of the existing deck,” said Caltrans Tom Brannon.

The $46 million project will at no time shut down both directions of the highway at the same time, but traffic could be directed to use other lanes if work is being done.

For example, when crews are working on the westbound lanes, some of the eastbound lanes will be used for westbound traffic.

The lane switches could lead to delays in the area. The W/X Viaduct is between 18th and 24th Streets.

Caltrans says the remodel will give the stretch of road a continued life-span of about 20 years.

Construction is expected to start at the beginning of May and end in the middle of June.

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