The commute only worsened as the morning went along from Yolo County into Sacramento as a result of Fix 50, with eastbound traffic backed up for several miles on the highway through West Sacramento.
One alternate route that appears to have been lightly used today is Interstate 80, branching east from Highway 50 in West Sacramento. That freeway connects with I-5 into downtown after it crosses the Sacramento River. Traffic was light on that eastbound portion of I-80 through West Sacramento today and light as well late in the commute, about 8:50 a.m., on I-5 heading south into downtown from the Natomas area.
Bee transportation reporter Tony Bizjak, traveling westbound on Highway 50, observed at 8:45 a.m. that traffic was slowed all the way past Harbor Boulevard. Traffic on the Pioneer Bridge, the sweeping concrete highway bridge that carries Highway 50 over the river, linking Sacramento and West Sacramento, was jammed but moving at a crawl.
Some people were trying to use a freeway exit to get off Highway 50 and go over to the Tower Bridge, but that only clogged that route. Traffic on that exit that loops over to the Tower Bridge was at a standstill.