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Caltrans is scheduled to rehabilitate a section of U.S. Highway 50, known as the W/X Viaduct, in 2014. Built in 1968, this section of freeway is comprised of two 2,530 foot-long parallel structures that carry six lanes of traffic over city streets, freight, and light rail lines in downtown Sacramento. These structures have extensive cracking on the deck and are in need of rehabilitation in order to enhance safety, reduce recurring maintenance costs, and increase the life of the concrete decks.

The project broadly includes:

    • Placing a 4-inch concrete deck on top of the existing deck and tying it to the girders
    • Repairing cracks in the existing deck
    • Adding steel column casings for seismic strengthening.
    • Improved traffic operations throughout the project area.

The service life of the structure decks will be extended to about 20 years, which will significantly reduce maintenance expenditures. The completed project will also provide widening at the shoulders, new joint seals, new concrete barriers and railings, energy-efficient lighting standards, and enhanced safety.

Project Timing:
Each phase of the project, described below, will be worked on 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Eastbound Highway 50: April 22 – May 21

During Eastbound, Phase 1 (April 22-May 6), the 11th St. onramp will be closed.

During Eastbound, Phase 2 (May 7 – 21), the following ramps will be closed: - 16th Street On-Ramp - Connector ramp from eastbound Highway 50 to southbound Highway 99 - Connector ramp from eastbound Highway 50 to eastbound Business 80

  • At least 3 lanes will be open
  • westbound traffic will be fully open as normal with no impact
Westbound Highway 50: May 27 – June 25

During Westbound, Phase 2 (June 11-June 25) the following ramps will be closed: - 16th Street Off-Ramp - Connector ramp from westbound Business 80 to westbound Highway 50

  • At least 3 lanes will be open
  • Eastbound traffic will be fully open as normal with no impact
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