Fix 50 and UC Davis: Resources
Caltrans has a website, Fix50.com, where you can get up-to-date information on the U.S. 50 rehabilitation project and sign up for alerts. The site also includes alternate routes (with maps).
If you don't recognize "U.S. 50" as a highway in downtown Sacramento, consider that the route is also known as the W-X freeway (because it runs between and parallel to W and X streets) and Business 80 (also known as the Capital City Freeway). Starting at Interstate 80 (where it veers northeast toward Reno), U.S. 50 crosses Sacramento and continues east to Lake Tahoe and ultimately to Ocean City, Md. Business 80 also goes east from I-80 (where it heads toward Reno), then goes north from U.S. 50, looping around east Sacramento and reconnecting with I-80 in north Sacramento. See Bing map.
Here is the work schedule, revised as of June 11:
- Stage 1, April 22-May 16 — All lanes, ramps and connectors scheduled to be open by 7 a.m. Friday, May 16.
- In between stages — The contractor may do some work at night in the westbound lanes, but not on or around Memorial Day (May 26).
- Stage 2, May 27-June 19 — Construction in the westbound direction, three lanes open, two to three lanes closed; all eastbound lanes and ramps open.
Ramp closures-changes June 6-19 (outside lanes closed):
- Business 80-U.S. 50 connector — Westbound Business 80 to westbound U.S. 50, closed. Suggested detour: Go east on U.S. 50 to the exit for Howe Avenue-Power Inn Road. Halfway down the ramp, there's another exit, this one for California State University, Sacramento. Careful as you take this exit — it's a sharp curve onto Hornet Drive. Then go a short distance under the freeway and make a quick left turn to get on U.S. 50 going west.
- 99-50 connector — Northbound state Highway 99 to westbound U.S. 50, connector ramp reduced to one lane.
- 16th Street — Offramp closed (use 26th Street).
Work hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"FIX 50: The commute's OK, the copters are noisy," Dateline UC Davis (May 27, 2014)
"Fix 50 begins: Round-the-clock, eastbound, until May 21," Dateline UC Davis (April 22, 2014)
"8 detours to help you avoid Hwy. 50 construction traffic,” News10 (April 20, 2014)
"Commuter trains, bus systems gear up for Fix 50 crowds," The Sacramento Bee (April 17, 2014)
“$3 Amtrak tickets, free Unitrans during Fix 50,” Dateline UC Davis (April 17, 2014)
"New and expanded shuttle service during Fix 50," Dateline UC Davis (April 8, 2014)
"Highway project will get you coming or going," Dateline UC Davis (April 1, 2014)
"Will Sacramento freeway closures cause a ‘Carmageddon’?" The Sacramento Bee (March 21, 2014)
"Major repairs to U.S. Highway 50 to cause delays, congestion," The Insider, UC Davis Health System intranet site, accessible only from UC Davis computers (March 20, 2014)
"FIX 50: Plan for it, think about changing your commute," Dateline UC Davis (March 18, 2014)
"THE FALLOUT: For commuters and lots of others," Dateline UC Davis (March 11, 2014)
"Be prepared for the 'Fix 50' highway project," Dateline UC Davis (March 4, 2014)
Updated 7 a.m. June 19: The Sacramento Bee issues an alert stating: "Fix 50 is finally over. All lanes on Hwy. 50 reopened at 5 a.m. before this morning's commute."
By Dateline staff
The California Department of Transportation isn’t confirming it, but the “Fix 50” contractor has said he will finish the project this Thursday (June 19). Caltrans is sticking with the previously scheduled end date of June 25.
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