Beginning this weekend, drivers on Interstate 80 in the Natomas area of Sacramento will have to deal with a new round of freeway lane closures that could slow commute times by 10 to 15 minutes, Caltrans officials warn. Meanwhile, Highway 50 gets a corset.

Jody Jones, Caltran’s longtime Sacramento district chief, talks about her most memorable highway projects. Some memories are pure gold, others less sparkling.

The Back-seat Driver is all over the road today, dealing with pet peeves, carpool lane questions, mysterious “photo enforced” freeway signs, and, of course, Fix50

It’s summer, but that doesn’t mean the driving is easy around Sacramento, thanks to a long list of freeway projects and lane closures.

The Back-seat Driver this week contemplates the effects of Fix50, including fears of missed plane flights. It also reports on a study that suggests fewer people are talking on cellphones while driving.

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