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I-80 Construction, Closures Causing Drivers to Run Out of Patience

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SACRAMENTO -- Patience is wearing thin in North Sacramento. Just a couple of months ago residents dealt with major closures on I-80 westbound for the Across the Top project. Starting 10 p.m. Friday there will be more closures.

"I think it sucks, it really does," said Farm Saetern who lives near I-80.

Caltrans said weather pushed back the completion date of the project from mid November to mid December.

"It backs up really bad for us," said Saetern.

Striping, electrical and drain work will intermittently shut down westbound I-80 lanes and ramps from Longview Drive to the Sacramento River just west of El Camino Avenue according to Caltrans.

It could back up your drive an entire hour. Some have their detours planned already even if it's not the quickest way to go.

"We take a little small road all the way in the back it takes longer maybe another 20 to 30 minutes," said Saetern.

The $133 million project has caused delays for the last five years but Caltrans said this is the last major closure for the westbound side of the project. There could eventually be a major closure on eastbound I-80, but that depends on weather.

If needed here is the closure schedule from the CHP:

• From 10 p.m. Friday, November 4 through 1 p.m. Saturday, November 5: Only one westbound express lane will be open through the entire construction area – from Longview to the Sacramento River, just west of West El Camino Avenue. All westbound on- and off-ramps and the connector ramps to northbound and southbound Interstate 5 will be closed. Motorists traveling on Interstate 5 will not be able to connect to westbound I-80.

• From 1 p.m. Saturday, November 5, through 4 a.m. Sunday, November 6: From Longview to Northgate Boulevard, the two westbound express lanes will be open while the one local lane will be closed. All ramps from Longview to Northgate will remain closed. From Northgate to the Sacramento River, the one express lane and two local lanes will be open. The connector ramps to Interstate 5 will be open.

• From 4 a.m. to noon on Sunday, November 6: Two westbound lanes and all ramps and connector ramps will be open from Longview to the Sacramento River, just west of El Camino Avenue. The express lanes will be closed permanently.