Fix 50 commuters encouraged to find alternate routes

SACRAMENTO - In less than two days, Sacramento-area commuters will begin to experience their own version of "Carmageddon" and drivers are always feeling a bit frustrated.

"Traffic is not good. I don't want to be on a freeway, in a parking lot," said Michael Robinson of Sacramento.

The Fix 50 project begins Tuesday on the east bound direction of the highway. The three left lanes will be closed, as will the 11th St. on-ramp. The closures will impact traffic throughout the Sacramento metro area.

Northbound I-5 from Elk Grove, south from Natomas and West on Hwy. 50 will be impacted the most. Highway 99 will be delayed as drivers avoid I-5.

People are highly encouraged to find alternate routes to and from work.

"My mom is finding new routes to work. Leaving at 6:30 in the morning as opposed to 7:30," said Rachelle Henthorn of Sacramento.

But not everyone has planned ahead.

Officials say drivers should know what detours to take before getting on the road Tuesday morning.

Some are even choosing to leave their car at home and take public transportation.

Taking the light rail is one option some commuters have started doing in preparation for the construction project.

"Usually I ride the 50 here but it's too packed because of all the work they're going to be doing on it, so I'm not riding it now," said Lucas Carmichael.

Others are trading in their vehicles for bicycles - at least for the time being.

"People are saying they're preparing to ride their bikes a lot more just because of the amount of traffic on the city streets that everyone is talking about," said Brian Durling of Mike's Bikes in Sacramento.

Drivers are making changes anyway they can in hopes of avoiding major traffic delays.


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