Caltrans Fix 50 Repairs to Impact West Sacramento and Capitol Commute, April 22-June 25

Fix 50Caltrans is preparing to replace the top deck on a segment of Highway 50 between 18th and 24th streets in Sacramento, a segment often identified as the W-X freeway. Originally built in 1968, the freeway segment is a key portion of the commuting network for thousands in the region. Caltrans starts construction work on the eastbound lanes of the W-X freeway, Tuesday, April 22, continuing thru May 21. During this period, three lanes of eastbound traffic will remain open to traffic. All freeway lanes and on- and off-ramps in the westbound 50 direction will stay open, April 22 thru the Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26.

Effective May 22, all eastbound lanes and on- and off-ramps of Highway 50 reopen. Fix 50 construction then shifts to the westbound side of the W-X freeway, May 27-June 25. Three westbound lanes will remain open to traffic in the W-X construction area. Westbound construction is expected to be completed June 25. Afterwards, all westbound lanes reopen.

Impact on connectors to and from I-5, Highway 99, and the Capitol City Freeway is also anticipated during Fix 50 construction. Caltrans is coordinating with all other construction project closures in the vicinity to help reduce impact on vehicle and transportation traffic.

In addition to traffic backups and significant commute delays, the Fix 50 project is expected to be felt on various boulevards in the region, including those in West Sacramento, especially:

  • Jefferson Boulevard,
  • Harbor Boulevard,
  • 5th Street,
  • Tower Bridge Gateway, and
  • West Capitol Avenue.

Public patience and safe driving is necessary during the Fix 50 project to reduce the risk of collisions. Avoid distractions, watch for sudden traffic stops and merge over as directed to do so.

The schedule of the Fix 50 project presents challenges to all commuters. Police, fire and emergency responders will take priority. The public is advised to make plans for transportation alternatives: mass transit, carpools, adjusted work schedules, and working from home. Between now and the start of construction, try exploring alternate routes to avoid the construction zone on Highway 50 between 18th and 24th streets, especially in the morning and afternoon commute periods.

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