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  • Randy Pench / Sacramento Bee

    Backed-up traffic is seen in this aerial view looking west above Highway 50 on Tuesday morning.

  • Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee

    Construction workers take a break during the first day of lane closures on the Fix50 project along a key stretch of Highway 50 in Sacramento.

  • Tony Bizjak / Sacramento Bee

    Fix50 contractor CC Myers speaks with a reporter on Tuesday morning, the first day of the project to upgrade a stretch of Highway 50 through Sacramento.

  • Joe Small, an employee at Sacramento State, turned to his bicycle instead of a motor vehicle on the first day of lane closures on Highway 50 as part of the Fix50 project.

  • Tony Bizjak / Sacramento Bee

    Traffic flows into Sacramento toward downtown across the Tower Bridge on Tuesday morning.

  • Hector Amezcua / The Sacramento Bee

    Myers & Sons crew members work on Highway 50 eastbound in downtown Sacramento during the first day of work on the Fix50 project on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

  • Darrell Smith / Sacramento Bee

    Lines of traffic move slowly toward downtown Sacramento across the Tower Bridge on Tuesday morning.

Fix50 update: Backup on Highway 50 reaching into Yolo County

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 6:59 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 5:16 pm

The commute from Yolo County - even before getting to the Fix50 construction zone - is not good.

A Bee reporter traveling on westbound lanes of Highway 50 from Sacramento to Yolo County over the Pioneer Bridge observed traffic at a crawl on the eastbound side of the highway.

Traffic was backed up on eastbound Highway 50 in West Sacramento beyond Jefferson Boulevard. The traffic could be backed up as far as Harbor Boulevard by 7:15 a.m.

Much of the traffic is big rig trucks mixed within the commute traffic. The big rig drivers, perhaps from outside the area, might not have even known about the Fix50's start on Tuesday.

Two through lanes are open approaching the construction area, but, beyond that into Yolo County, traffic is at a stop at some points -- and crawling at 5 mph at others. Commuters beware: a bad situation could get worse as the commute continues through the morning.

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