Day One of the potentially intrusive closure of three eastbound lanes of the W-X portion of Highway 50 through Sacramento is here with major impact expected to be felt by motorists.
Traffic was beginning to slow behind the partial closure this morning.
The freeway repair work, on the stretch between 18th and 24th streets, is expected to cause extended commute-hour congestion not only on Highway 50, but also on Highway 99, Interstate 5 and Business 80.
No rain fell overnight in the Sacramento area, providing dry pavement on the first day of the project.
The National Weather Service had called for a slight chance of overnight showers, but they failed to materialize. The forecast for Tuesday is for partly sunny skies.
The W-X, the elevated section running between and parallel to W and X streets, acts as a hub of the region's freeway system and is a trasnportation workhorse, carrying 250,000 vehicles a day.
The Bee will provide updates throughout the day through news reports and a live blog (below).