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Will Tom Petty fans be singing ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ to Caltrans this weekend?

Tom Petty fans may hit freeway congestion post-concert Friday.
Tom Petty fans may hit freeway congestion post-concert Friday. Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

Tom Petty concert fans might find themselves singing “Don’t Do Me Like That” to Caltrans on Friday night.

State highway officials are warning Golden 1 Center arena concertgoers to expect potentially significant traffic delays on Highway 50 over the Sacramento River due to construction lane and ramp closures. The freeway at times will be restricted to one open lane in each direction over the weekend.

It appears concertgoers will be able to get over the bridge without trouble before the event, but will run into congestion and delays heading home afterward. Lane closures are set for 8 p.m. Caltrans officials say road crews have been instructed not to start closing lanes before that time.

This weekend marks the final of six straight weekends of closures and traffic jams on the Pioneer Memorial Bridge as state crews finish up a $26 million repaving project.

The state recommends people leaving the concert and heading west toward Yolo County use alternate routes. That could include heading north on Interstate 5, then taking Interstate 80 west.

The state warned of travel delays of up to one hour at times during the weekend. All freeway lanes will be reopened by 6 a.m. Monday morning.

Lane closures will continue, however, on weeknights until the project is finished. Caltrans is hoping for a finish date before Labor Day.

More information, including recommended detours, is at www.pioneerbridgeproject.com.

Tony Bizjak: 916-321-1059, @TonyBizjak

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