Allow extra time to get to Sacramento International as exit closes three nights

Detour for three-night closure of airport ramp
Detour for three-night closure of airport ramp Caltrans

Construction work on Interstate 5 will prompt three night closures of an exit to Sacramento International Airport, affecting drivers and airport travelers.

Crews plan to close the northbound I-5 exit to the airport from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. on April 18, 19 and 20. Crews will start to close down a lane leading to the exit at 7 p.m. The closure will cause a 6-mile detour to get to the airport.

Caltrans said Thursday that the project on northbound I-5 will lengthen the auxiliary lane and exit ramp to the airport beginning April 18. The $1.1 million project will last an estimated 30 days.

Motorists also can expect lane restrictions. Caltrans is encouraging motorists to add about 30 minutes in travel time to get to terminals.

Daytime work will also cause delays due to construction traffic traveling in and out of the work zone that will be behind concrete barriers.

The project will lengthen the exit ramp and auxiliary lane by about 1,800 feet in an effort to lessen traffic backups onto the freeway.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews