Newly paved lanes to reopen as Fix50 project moves to second phase

Crews are preparing to reopen newly paved lanes on the W-X stretch of Highway 50 tonight as the Fix50 reconstruction project moves into its second phase.

Deanna Shoopman, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation, said the two inside lanes of eastbound Highway 50 are scheduled to reopen to traffic by 10 p.m. The No. 3 lane is scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Friday.

As the newly paved lanes reopen, the two outside eastbound lanes will close, as will the 11th and 16th Street onramps and connecting lanes from eastbound Highway 50 to Highway 99 and Business 80.

Shoopman said eastbound motorists who want to access Highway 99 or Business 80 will be detoured at Power Inn Road to Hornet Drive and onto westbound Highway 50. She said the detour takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

She urged people to continue to use alternate routes and other modes of transportation, including bicycles, buses and light rail. Thanks to the public’s cooperation, she said, the first phase of the Fix50 project proceeded quite smoothly, but this second phase will be more intense, with closure of the onramps and Highway 99 and Business 80 connections.

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