SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A road construction boom along the outskirts of Sacramento is keeping drivers behind the wheel. Three highways in Sacramento will be in the middle of construction.
Caltrans says traffic problems and a slowdown will occur in Sacramento because these three construction projects are happening on multiple major roads at the same time: the Interstate 5 project, the Fix Sac 99 and the Fix 50 expansion project.
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“It was agony to deal with. A lot more traffic and congestion and the lanes keep shifting, ”said a Sacramento driver. “Sometimes it is not easy to see where the lines are.”
Long term projects on I-5 and I50 could take years. Commuting is also made more difficult by the Fix Sac 99 project, which will shut down a three-and-a-half mile stretch of Highway 99 in both directions for four days starting Friday evening.
Drivers see more accidents on construction sites.
“I think it’s really dangerous,” said Jarrell Triplett.
Recently, there was a six-car pile-up on Highway 50. Nobody was seriously injured, but the crash landing occurred in the middle of the Fix 50 construction project.
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Now Caltrans is reminding drivers to slow down in construction areas. But why are these projects running at the same time?
According to Caltrans’ Anglea DaPrato, one of the main reasons is funding. The money now flowing from Senate Bill 1 is intended to improve California’s infrastructure.
“We are really getting the funding that we have long needed for many large projects,” said DaPrato.
Caltrans says the designs for these projects weren’t finished when COVID hit in 2020. Currently, drivers say they can handle delays in the hopes that these traffic issues will be worth it and no one will be injured.
“I know it’s a chore, but I think you have to do what you have to do to get things done,” said Triplett.
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Caltrans has been working on the 99 project for months. Therefore this project only lasts 4 days. They built entire sections of the motorway in a facility in Lathrop. They bring these pieces onto the highway and put them together like a piece of a puzzle, which makes the process go faster.