Delays from Caltrans’ work on the Pioneer Bridge shouldn’t exceed 30 minutes on Sunday, a representative said Sunday morning.
That was the maximum delay reported on Saturday and agency spokeswoman Deanna Shoopman predicted a similar situation on Sunday for people headed to and from the California State Fair and Lake Tahoe. Overnight, there was one minor incident with an errant driver, Shoopman said, and the police took that individual into custody. No one was injured.
“Be work zone alert, because the workers are only behind the cones,” Shoopman said. “There’s no ... concrete barrier.”
She said Caltrans wants people to get out to the fair and to the Tahoe region, but asks that drivers be patient. The two left lanes in each direction are open Sunday. Workers and equipment are in the two right lanes and on off-ramps.
On Saturday, Caltrans reported delays of about 20 minutes heading east across the Pioneer Bridge in the afternoon. Longer delays of up to 30 minutes were experienced in the stretch of Highway 50 between the Highway 99 interchange and the bridge.
The $25 million project involves grinding down the existing road surface, then adding a new inch-thick overlay. It will require several more all-weekend closures, as well as numerous nighttime closures during the workweek. The work should be done by Labor Day. Shoopman said Sunday the work is still on schedule.
Some lanes over the bridge were closed beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and lanes will intermittently be shut down until 5 a.m. Monday. Traffic back-ups could extend onto surface streets, freeway on-ramps and Interstate 5.
On Saturday afternoon, The Sacramento Bee’s traffic condition map was showing vehicle speeds as low as 13 mph through the area.
The state is shutting several lanes in each direction for about a half-mile between Sacramento and West Sacramento for resurfacing, as well as several downtown freeway ramps intermittently, causing traffic backups on nearby Interstate 5.
With the state fair in progress and hot valley weather calling for a trip to Lake Tahoe, Caltrans was tweeting out the word Saturday to prepare for delays over that section of highway.