A major Highway 99 closure is expected to cause a major nightmare when it comes to traffic this weekend.
- Now to a major road closure, expected to cause a traffic nightmare for drivers in Sacramento. Crews plan to shut down Highway 99 for four days between 47th Avenue and the 50 interchange. Well the area is a major artery, and with more people hitting the road with loosened COVID restrictions, there's concern.
- CBS13's Rachel Wulff with a warning from Caltrans.
RACHEL WULFF: John Sampley is a handyman who works in and around South Sacramento.
JOHN SAMPLEY: I'm trying to fix the fence here.
RACHEL WULFF: After hearing Highway 99 will be shut down for four days, he's not looking forward to all the congestion.
JOHN SAMPLEY: I have no choice, you know. Worse comes to worse, you got to do it.
- We have to put up with the noise. It's going to start pretty soon.
RACHEL WULFF: The closure will take place between 47th Avenue and the Highway 50 interchange, from 8:00 PM Friday, June 11th, until 4:00 AM Wednesday, June 16th, so crews can replace a bridge deck.
AMARJEET BENIPAL: The existing bridge on Highway 99 to 21st Avenue under-crossing has deteriorated to the point that the deck has to be replaced.
RACHEL WULFF: Caltrans says it's part of a nearly $6 million project, needed after six decades. Until work is done the designated detour is I-5. Construction will cease there, and along Route 50 during the shutdown.
AMARJEET BENIPAL: But keep in mind, there is going to be plenty of company on that road during that period.
RACHEL WULFF: It's expected instead of taking I-5, many people will cut through on city streets and it's likely to get congested, and City Police will be there to monitor it all.
- We'll be looking for people who aren't obeying the law. We're also going to have our freeways service patrol, which is a free service, for people that actually break down if they're stuck in traffic. They will be working 24 hours a day providing services.
RACHEL WULFF: Police getting the word out and Caltrans as well, asking people to look for alternatives to avoid the area and all the traffic that is expected.
AMARJEET BENIPAL: Alternative options such as a tele-work, telemedicine. Plan your trips before you actually have the closure to deal with, such as going grocery shopping, running to Home Depot and things of that nature.
- Sacramento Regional Transit will give free rides on the light rail during the closure.