Traffic flowed well Monday on Interstate 80 through North Sacramento after major changes on the freeway over the weekend.
For the first time in two years, the temporary “express” lanes have been removed, allowing traffic to flow more freely across three westbound lanes.
The express lanes are part of a 10-mile-long freeway reconstruction project that is now in its final stages, Caltrans officials said.
The agency plans to open two new carpool lanes before the end of the year, likely in late November on the westbound side and mid-December on the eastbound side – depending on rain. Crews will spend the next few weeks finishing construction of the new median barrier.
That will largely conclude what has been a $133 million, 5-year project on the freeway between Longview Drive on the east and the Sacramento-Yolo county line on the west.
The project involved ripping out and replacing all lanes of the freeway, and adding new HOV or carpool lanes, as well as several new auxiliary lanes that run between on- and offramps.
Caltrans officials said that though all new freeway lanes should be open in a few weeks, some finishing work will be done next spring, after winter rains.
The past weekend’s partial closure on the westbound side was among the biggest at the project site. At one point Saturday, traffic delays reached 45 minutes.