The Latest – Tuesday, June 15
Caltrans officials say Highway 99 between 47th Avenue and the Highway 50 connector is now open.
Caltrans’ Angela DaPrato told FOX40 that Highway 99 will reopen at 12:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Caltrans crews are working around the clock to reopen Highway 99 by their deadline of 4 a.m. on Wednesday.
Officials told FOX40 Tuesday they were on schedule.
“We’re really excited to get FixSac99 done as soon as possible. This was in record time,” Caltrans’ Angela DaPrato told FOX40. “We are very excited to deliver this project on schedule and opening the roadways at 4 a.m. Wednesday.”
DaPrato told FOX40 there are 25 workers during each 18-hour shift, along with machine operators with the goal to finish the project as soon as possible.
Caltrans says the dayslong project would normally take six months to a year to complete.
Phase one of a four-day project that closed Highway 99 from 47th Avenue to the Highway 50 connector began Friday evening.
Over the past four days, construction crews have demolished the previous 62-year-old bridge over 21st Avenue, installed support beams for the new bridge, poured concrete and re-paved the road.
Tuesday morning, their focus was on putting a polyester overlay over the concrete they poured Monday. The goal of that polyester overlay and the special concrete they are using is to make the new bridge more durable and longer-lasting.
Caltrans estimates about 100,000 vehicles drive on the stretch of Highway 99 every day.
They say with increasing traffic volumes and more freight carriers using the freeway, it’s especially important the new bridge stands the test of time.
Crews will also spend the rest of the day inspecting the new bridge, installing medians between the northbound and southbound lanes, re-striping the pavement and reconstructing the barriers on the sides of the bridge.
Monday, traffic was backed up on surface streets around Oak Park and Curtis Park. Franklin Boulevard saw a constant line of cars stopping and going in both directions for most of the day.
The project will be completed in the fall of this year, so drivers may still see some lane closures in the area periodically over the next few months.
The $5.9 million project is funded by Senate Bill 1, which was passed in 2017.