Sacramento-area commuters had to deal with significant congestion on the roads Tuesday morning when several lanes of eastbound Highway 50 were closed for construction. It could become a familiar experience for drivers, as highway lane closures will continue through June 25.
We asked News10 traffic anchor Melissa Crowley what lessons commuters should take from the first day of the Fix 50 project. Here's what she said:
1. Expect backups in West Sacramento. Traffic on eastbound Highway 50 was at a standstill west of Jefferson Boulevard by 7:17 a.m. Tuesday. By 8:37 a.m., the backup reached the Highway 50 split with Interstate 80.
2. Take Interstate 80. If you're commuting east into Sacramento in the morning, you can avoid the Highway 50 congestion by taking Interstate 80 east around downtown. There was almost no backup on Interstate 80 eastbound from Highway 50 during the Tuesday commute.
3. Get to Light Rail early. The Sacramento Regional Transit District said five Gold Line parking lots closed during Tuesday morning's commute because they were full. The Gold Line runs east and west between downtown and Folsom.