Massive Freeway Closure Taking Place In Sacramento This Weekend


State Route 99 freeway will be closed from Friday June 11th at 8pm until early Wednesday June 16th at 4AM. That will make the Monday and Tuesday morning commutes more tricky as well as impact weekend travel plans through and around Sacramento. The plan is to close the freeway for 99 hours to fix freeway 99. During the closures, crews will be replacing part of the bridge deck for maintenance in order to preserve the bridge that is 62 years old. In order to avoid a 6-months long construction site on the side of the freeway to do this repair, crews are using innovative accelerated bridge construction techniques to complete the work as quickly as possible. The work is imperative to continue to provide a safe route. Motorists are advised to use Interstate 5 or take advantage of the Free Light Rail Service during the 99-Hour closure. Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) is providing free light rail service beginning June 12 through June 15. Masks are required on light rail services and trains start running at 5am and go every 15 minutes. Here is a list of suggested alternate route for the closure.

Traveling north from San Joaquin County (Stockton and Lodi) to Sacramento:

  • Use SR-4/Crosstown Freeway to northbound I-5
  • Use SR-12 to northbound I-5

Traveling south from Sacramento to San Joaquin County

  • Use southbound I-5

Traveling north from Lodi or Galt to Sacramento

  • Use SR-104/Twin Cities Road to northbound I-5

Traveling north from Wilton or Elk Grove to Sacramento

  • Elk Grove Boulevard to northbound I-5 or
  • Laguna Boulevard/Bond Road to northbound I-5 or
  • Cosumnes River Boulevard/Calvin Road to northbound I-5

Traveling south from Sacramento to Elk Grove, Wilton or Galt

  • Use southbound I-5

Traveling north from Florin or South Sacramento to Downtown/Midtown Sacramento

  • Stockton Boulevard/Mack Road to northbound I-5
  • Florin Road to northbound I-5
  • 47th Avenue to northbound I-5

Traveling south from westbound Business 80 (North Sacramento area or Cal Expo) towards San Joaquin County

  • Use westbound US-50 to southbound I-5

Traveling east from Davis or West Sacramento towards San Joaquin County

  • Use eastbound US-50 to southbound I-5

Traveling south from Airport, Natomas or westbound I-80 towards San Joaquin County

  • Use southbound I-5

Traveling west from El Dorado, Folsom or Rancho Cordova towards San Joaquin County

  • Use westbound US-50 to southbound I-5

Plan ahead, expect delays and consider alternative methods of transportation. Please also practice PATIENCE if you have to travel by vehicle near the the project during construction. Plan ahead. Go grocery shopping for the weekend before the project begins. Use FREE light rail to get downtown. The project is expected to cost nearly $6 million. To find out about current road conditions, Caltrans has an app called “Caltrans QuickMap" which is also available online. Motorists also can call the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).Motorists also can call the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

Photo: Caltrans

Photo: SacRT