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Take heed, drivers. Highway 50 will have major congestion again this weekend.

Pioneer Bridge repair squeezes traffic over the next six weekends

The resurfacing of the Pioneer Bridge linking Sacramento to West Sacramento began today. The project will affect traffic in both directions between Jefferson Blvd and Sacramento’s 5th Street for the next six weekends.
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The resurfacing of the Pioneer Bridge linking Sacramento to West Sacramento began today. The project will affect traffic in both directions between Jefferson Blvd and Sacramento’s 5th Street for the next six weekends.

Highway officials are warning drivers to expect major traffic congestion again this weekend on Highway 50 in downtown Sacramento as all but one or two freeway lanes in both directions will be blocked for repaving work.

It marks the fifth consecutive weekend of major closures to allow crews to lay down a new road surface on the Pioneer Memorial Bridge, which carries the highway over the Sacramento River between Sacramento and Yolo counties.

Work is being done because a previous Caltrans’ paving in 2014 mysteriously failed. The paving material began peeling off almost immediately after being placed down. (For more from The Sacramento Bee about the problem, the cost, and the debate over who is responsible, read here.)

Recent weekend closures have caused lengthy traffic back-ups at times and required some drivers to take lengthy detours. Caltrans officials warn drivers to expect the same this weekend.

Officials say they are hurrying to finish the mile-long overlay project before Labor Day weekend in September, when travelers traditionally hit the road for their final summer trips.

Officials say 70 percent of the paving has been finished. Next weekend should be the final set of weekend closures.

This weekend’s lane and ramp closures will start at 8 p.m. Friday and run through 6 a.m. Monday.

Information on ramp closures and detour routes is available at www.pioneerbridgeproject.com.

Work-related lane closures will continue weekdays at night, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Tony Bizjak: 916-321-1059, @TonyBizjak

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