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    Freshly poured concrete is covered by tarps to keep it from drying too fast in the warm weather while a construction worker guides a form into place for the new median walls on the W-X freeway on Tuesday in Sacramento.

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    New light standards are wired by a construction worker under the W-X freeway on Tuesday. The next stage of work includes replacing freeway signs, which will require stationing cranes beside the roadway.

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    Construction workers build forms for the new concrete median walls on the eastbound W-X freeway. Work is scheduled to wrap up on the three interior eastbound lanes on Tuesday.

Speedy Fix50 construction means big changes for commuters this week

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 - 7:31 am

The Fix50 project, because it is five days ahead of schedule, will shift which lanes are closed on eastbound Highway 50 -- and close four ramps to motorists this week.

That will present a whole new set of challenges for commuters traveling into Sacramento.

The change-over will begin at about 9 p.m. Thursday and take all night, according to Caltrans. The schedule had called for work to finish on the three interior eastbound lanes on Tuesday.

However, the early completion means that the three interior lanes will be reopened for use, while the two exterior lanes are closed, as well as the connector ramps to southbound Highway 99 and eastbound Business 80.

Also to close on eastbound Highway 50 will be the 11th Street on-ramp and the 16th Street on-ramp.

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California Highway Patrol Officer Rich Wetzel said that eastbound Highway 50 motorists who want to transition from eastbound to southbound Highway 99 or Business 80 will have to take Hornet Drive or Howe Avenue and come back west on Highway 50 and take ramps back to their destinations.

“It will be interesting to watch,” said Wetzel. “It has been folks from Yolo County who have had to shift over to the right side. We will see folks on both north and south Interstate 5, who right now don’t have to change lanes once on Highway 50, have to shift over to the left side.”

Wetzel said it is wait-and-see to find out how the change will affect travel on Interstate 5.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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