Highway 50 weekend closures to begin

CalTrans will implement 55-hour closures of Highway 50 in Sacramento beginning this week, Friday, July 21. Highway 50 will be closed down to one lane of traffic in both directions starting at 7 p.m. on Fridays and ending at 6 a.m. on Mondays mornings. The weekend closures will continue all summer until Labor Day weekend.

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Anyone with plans for weekend travel on Highway 50 in the Sacramento area this summer needs to be prepared for a long wait. According to CalTrans spokesperson Deanna Shoopman, drivers should plan for at least a one-hour delay traveling over the Pioneer Bridge, with only one lane open in each direction.

These 55-hour closures, which begin at 7 p.m. on Friday evenings and end at 6 a.m. on Monday mornings, will be in place beginning this week, Friday, July 21, and will continue each weekend for the remainder of the summer, with a target completion date of Aug. 31.

In addition to the highway lane closures, the on and off ramps and connector ramps will be completely closed during the repair project.

“Seek alternate routes and plan ahead,” advises Shoopman.

The resurfacing project became necessary when the prior resurfacing project failed. Shoopman says the first resurfacing project was a three-quarter of an inch thick overlay of “poly-cement,” which failed over the winter for unknown reasons. This project will be a one-inch thick overlay.

Myers & Sons Construction, the same company that did the first overlay repair, is in charge of the $25 million project. Shoopman says the work area is 1.2 miles long, with four lanes in each direction — not a job that can be completed quickly.

“It’s a huge structure, but the repair will last 20 years,” says Shoopman, adding that this type of repair has been used successfully on more than 1,200 bridges.

For more information and current updates on the Highway 50 repairs and closures, go to www.pioneerbridgeproject.com.

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