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Driving in and out of Sacramento this weekend? Expect delays.

Peeling and patching: A big Highway 50 fix needs fixing

A multimillion-dollar resurfacing job on the Highway 50 bridge over the Sacramento River has failed – mysteriously, officials say – and will have to be scrapped and replaced this summer at three times the original cost.
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A multimillion-dollar resurfacing job on the Highway 50 bridge over the Sacramento River has failed – mysteriously, officials say – and will have to be scrapped and replaced this summer at three times the original cost.

Eastbound and westbound lanes on Highway 50 near the Pioneer Bridge were reduced to a single lane early Saturday afternoon as construction crews worked on paving the highway’s roads, Caltrans spokesman Gilbert Mohtes-Chan said.

Drivers in both of directions of the freeway were also blocked from entering onto connector ramps for northbound and southbound Interstate 5, though those closures could change as construction work is completed, he said.

The construction caused delays for commuters on Saturday, with drivers heading into Sacramento hitting stop-and-go traffic for about a mile before reaching the Pioneer Bridge. Mohtes-Chan said generally drivers should expect delays of up to 20 to 30 minutes.

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The number of lanes open for drivers are also expected to change throughout Saturday and Sunday as crews see fit, Mohtes-Chan added.

“Everything is varied,” he said.“Allow extra time when you go into the area and be alert of congestion.”

The construction is part of a $25 million project to grind down part of the highway’s existing roads, then adding a new inch-thick overlay.

“They’re going to be concentrating on paving in the westbound direction and in the eastbound direction, they’ll be doing small, minor work,” Mohtes-Chan said on Saturday. That minor work included patch-up work on pavement laid down earlier this week.

Caltrans expects three additional weeks of nighttime construction work during the workweek, as well as nonstop work during the weekend, before the project is complete.

Crews will switch back to the nighttime schedule on Monday morning at 6 a.m. Mohtes-Chan urged drivers to use Caltrans’ QuickMap to get the most updated information on construction in the area.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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