Overnight closure Highway 50 at Watt Avenue Monday through Wednesday

Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Drivers who travel on eastbound U.S. Highway 50 near Watt Avenue will need to take a detour for three nights this week, as part of the freeway and the Watt Avenue off-ramps will be closed for construction work on the interchange.

The closures will start at 11:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. All lanes of the eastbound highway will be closed, and traffic will be rerouted to local streets. Expect possible 5 to 15 minute delays during the detour period. Travelers can expect the following detours:

Eastbound US-50 at Watt Avenue: Motorists will have to use the southbound Watt Avenue off-ramp, turn left at Folsom Boulevard, continue east, turn right at Bradshaw Road, and take the eastbound US-50 on-ramp to get back on the freeway.

Southbound Watt Avenue Loop to eastbound US-50 : Drivers will need to go south on Watt Avenue across Folsom Boulevard, make the first available U-turn to northbound Watt Avenue, and take the on-ramp to eastbound US-50.

Eastbound US-50 off ramp to northbound Watt Avenue: Travelers can take the southbound Watt Avenue off ramp across Folsom Boulevard, and make the first available U-turn to northbound Watt Avenue.

The closures are needed so that crews from the Sacramento County Department of Transportation can take down support beams called falsework from the US-50/Watt Avenue interchange. The interchange is being modified to reduce congestion, and improve access and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians. Transit facilities will also be installed.

For more information on the detours or the interchange project, call senior civil engineer John Jaeger at (916) 874-7507 or e-mail him at jaegerj@saccounty.net, or contact associate civil engineer Anthony Voo at (916) 874-7871 or vooa@saccounty.net.

Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.

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