Caltrans' Dennis Keaton says several factors have helped push the Fix50 project ahead of schedule.

Video: Smooth running continues during commute through Fix50 closures

Published: Friday, May. 2, 2014 - 7:07 am
Last Modified: Friday, May. 2, 2014 - 7:28 am

Traffic was moving smoothly early in the Friday commute on Highway 50 after an initial series of backups cleared.

Caltrans spokesman Dennis Keaton said crews did not complete the lane change-overs until about 5:30 a.m. The result was bottleneck congestion on the freeway and on several off-ramps. That cleared about 6 a.m. when the crews finished moving night lights off the freeway.

Keaton said he hasn't heard reports of problems on surface streets yet, something officials have feared with this morning's closures of the eastbound 50 ramps that lead to Highway 99 and Business 80.

"We saw some congestion on X Street, but that's cleared up," he said. "We haven't heard of any major issues yet."

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California Highway Patrol Officer Rich Wetzel says that Caltrans' decision to start Phase 2 lane closures and work on eastbound Highway 50 over downtown Sacramento on Friday was a good move.

"Good call by Caltrans. Since the AM Friday commute tends to be light, the switch-over to Phase 2 went well this morning," Wetzel wrote in an email to The Bee. "Moments ago (6:30 a.m.), I looked at the downtown cameras and noted NO back-ups along (southbound or northbound) Interstate 5 to eastbound 50, or on eastbound 50 through FIX50 itself. Subject to change without notice."

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