Downtown residents have lived with the good, bad, and ugly of Fix 50 for almost a week. For the most part, people are now getting used to the noise, dust, and inconvenience, which startled many initially.
Five days into the project, Caltrans representative Dennis Keaton said Friday evening showers did not set the crews behind schedule. In fact, contractors pre-calculate rainy days in their plans, which keep them on target.
This weekend, they are laying down the rebars in lanes 1, 2, and 3 on I-80 Eastbound between 18th and 24th Streets. The long steel bars are being placed in a crisscross pattern, and secured with adhesive and hooks to make the skeleton of the new roads. Keaton said if the dry weather conditions continue, they should be able to move onto major concrete work by April 29, 2014.
Once they finish this process, they do the same to update the remaining lanes on I-80 Eastbound, the two off ramps, and 99 and 80 connectors.
Fix 50 is scheduled to be complete on June 25, 2014.