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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Randy Pench / Sacramento Bee

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

Delays worsen on first morning of Fix50 project

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 9:02 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 5:16 pm

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.

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