Description of Construction Work
Major construction has completed on a section of U.S. Highway 50 in Sacramento between 18th and 24th Streets, known as the W/X Viaduct. Age and heavy use had caused extensive wear and cracking. The roadbed, which was built in 1968, needed to be completely resurfaced in order to enhance safety, reduce recurring maintenance costs, and increase the life of the concrete decks.
The project broadly included:
- 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
The service life of the structure decks now extends to about 20 years, which will significantly reduce maintenance expenditures. The completed project also provides widening at the shoulders, new joint seals, new concrete barriers and railings, energy-efficient lighting standards, and enhanced safety.
2014 Project Dates
Public outreach and education began January 23 and continued through the project. Non traffic interfering work began January 15.
- Major traffic-interfering Construction Timing: 24/7 operation to speed completion
Eastbound U.S. Highway 50: April 22 – May 16
Westbound U.S. Highway 50: May 27 – June 19
Non traffic interfering work will continue through winter 2014. Further details can be found at http://fix50.com/project-map-schedule.
Contractor: Myers & Sons Construction