It’s spring time. The flowers are blooming, baseball is starting. So is the pesky road construction we are all dreading.
In just over a week, the W/X freeway construction project will begin.
“We are expecting traffic to be very severe in the Downtown core area and in West Sacramento,” said Michael Luken.
About 30 River Cats baseball games fall into the construction window, meaning it could be a challenge to make it before the first pitch is thrown if you don’t plan ahead.
“Definitely leave early. That is the plan. Our gates are open usually about an hour before the first pitch. You can defiantly come hang out before the games. We are going to do the best we can to manage the traffic around our area,” Luken said.
Hundreds of hours are going into planning for the River Cats home games and traffic.
The city of West Sacramento will put up several message boards, offering detours and better routes to the game. They will also have police officers working several intersections.
“They will be manually directing traffic and we have seen that as the most efficient way through the intersection,” said Luken.
The city also suggests using public transportation or riding your bike to the game, where the River Cats will valet it for you.
But, if you don`t want to ditch the car, the city says stay off Highway 50 altogether.
“We have established an alternative route for fans coming to games and that is to utilize Interstate 80. Get off at the Reed Avenue exit and then there will be signs to direct fans to Raley Field from there,” Luken said.
The best way to make sure you’re up to date with the best routes to get to Raley Field is to watch the electronic message boards. They will have messages that will save you time when trying to get around this traffic nightmare.