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.
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.