Next Stage Of Fix I-5 Starts Tuesday

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Work crews will shut down all southbound lanes starting at eight o’clock tonight. But transportation officials aren’t too worried about a big traffic jam…at first. 

"I think the real test will be Wednesday morning for that commute." 

Mark Dinger is with Caltrans. 

"Hopefully on Wednesday morning people remember the things that got them through the first southbound closure..." 

Things like taking alternate routes, taking the bus or light rail and carpooling. 

Dinger says work crews will be putting the final layer of polyester concrete on the south bound lanes. Only problem is…they can’t do it when it gets over 90 degrees outside. That’s a problem when the forecast calls for triple digit heat all week long. 

"So we’re going to be trying to do most of that concrete work at night or in the early morning hours." 

Southbound I-5 is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, July 15th. Then, after a one-day break, crews will shut down all northbound lanes from July 17th to July 24th for the final stage of the Fix I-5 project.