Drivers coming into Sacramento from areas east of Sacramento on Highway 50 had a tough commute this morning.
Caltrans officials said they thought westbound work may cause more traffic delays than the eastbound work as they expected more drivers to come in from El Dorado and eastern Sacramento counties -- and they were right.
So far, westbound work has proven to be much more disruptive to the normal traffic flow.
Westbound lane closures to Highway 50 on the W-X Viaduct started late Monday night. Two to three westbound lanes will be closed at any given time as workers repair the aging stretch of highway known as the W-X between 18th and 24th streets.
Two to three lanes will remain open to traffic.
No ramps will be fully closed at this time, however, the Highway 99 connector ramp will be down to one lane. Full ramp closures will begin June 11.
Delays on westbound Highway 50 stretched all the way back to Watt Aveunue, with some commuters experiencing delays close to one hour during the peak of the morning commute.
Highway 99 seeing significant backups, as well, due to the connector ramp having only one open lane. Traffic stretched back for about a mile, all the way to Florin Road.
Even after the peak commute time had ended this morning, traffic through the Fix 50 construction site remained sluggish, but was moving.
The current road conditions are scheduled to last through June 10. Then the open and closed lanes will swap and more ramp closures will go into effect, including the connector ramps from Highway 99 and Business 80 to westbound Highway 50.
Caltrans officials continue to urge commuters to use alternate routes and seek alternative transportation, such as bus or light rail.
Eastbound Highway 50 work has been fully completed.
NB 99 starting to backup w traffic trying to get onto 50 WB due Fix50. pic.twitter.com/AWq7nPaIm3— Tim Lantz (@Tim_Lantz) May 27, 2014