Drivers Encouraged to Keep Up Their Alternate Routes

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 2, 2008

It was so far so good on the first morning commute with the shutdown of I-5 in downtown Sacramento… But what about the rest of the week?  CalTrans Spokesman Mark Dinger says Monday morning may not be the best measurement—and warns things may change mid-week.

 “Alot of state workers have 9/80 work schedules where they’re nine days on and one day off and particularly they like to choose Friday or Monday to do that so really we’re expecting a heavier traffic load, but hopefully commuters have made their plans to get around this…”

Tim Wahl is a state worker who changed his route — he says he’s prepared to do even more to avoid traffic. 

  “I get up pretty early and if need be I can always come down here at five o’clock in the morning, go work out, shower down here, for me I’m able to adjust to it.”

The Northbound lanes will re-open June ninth—but then southbound lanes will shut down in mid-June. 

Alternating lane closures on the so-called Boat Section of I-5 downtown will continue through the middle of July.