Weekend Road Work and Closures on Interstate 5

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May 14, 2022
Edward Smith

Partial Road Closures Scheduled for Northbound I-5

If you are driving through the downtown Sacramento area this weekend, you may want to plan for additional travel time. There will be some major road work and road closures from 10 p.m. Friday, May 13, through 5 a.m Monday, May 16.

Northbound Interstate 5 is scheduled for more road work and closures this weekend. Caltrans said crews are expected to continue partial highway closures for the FixSac5 Project.

Crews will set and remove k-rail, haul concrete, pour concrete, stripe, drill, and drainage work on northbound Interstate 5 from the Highway 50 interchange to J Street.

Locations Expected to be Closed

The following locations will be closed:

  • Westbound Highway 50 to the northbound I-5 connector
  • W Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • P Street on-ramp to northbound I-5
  • 15th Street on-ramp to the westbound U.S. 50
  • Northbound I-5 to J Street off-ramp

All ramps and lanes are scheduled to reopen on Monday, May 16, by 5 a.m.


If you must drive through downtown Sacramento, you can take a few detours to avoid the roadwork area. If you are coming from Highway 50 westbound to Interstate 5 northbound, continue on Highway 50, keep right, then take the Interstate 80 towards Reno.

To access northbound I-5 to the J Street off-ramp, there are two options:

  • Option 1: use the exit at Q street.
  • Option 2: use the Richards Boulevard exit, turn left at Richards Boulevard, then left onto southbound I-5 to J Street.

Taking Alternative Routes

To help reduce traffic and minimize delays around Sacramento, drivers are encouraged to:

  • Take State Highway 99.
  • Use Interstate 80 as an alternate route around the construction work zone.
  • Use alternative transportation such as ride-sharing, public transportation, biking, or walking to your destination.

Those choosing to take Interstate 5 during the partial roadwork and closures should expect traffic delays.

Be Cautious of Work Vehicles in the Area

Commercial work vehicles will be traveling in and out of the Sacramento project site. Residents living nearby can expect to hear commercial truck backup beeping noises and loud construction throughout the day and night hours.

The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph through the construction zone. The California Highway Patrol will be in the area to patrol and give tickets to drivers who do not adhere to the posted speed limit signs. Reducing the speed limit is essential to keep the workers and motorists safe.

About the FixSac5 Project

The road work is part of the Interstate 5 Corridor Enhancement Project to build 23 miles of new carpool lanes and fix 67 miles of roadway. The $370 million project extends from the American River Bridge to one mile south of the Elk Grove Boulevard Overcrossing.

The project will:

  • Construct new carpool lanes
  • Rehabilitate pavement, replace a pedestrian overcrossing
  • Install new fiber-optic lines
  • Install new ramp meters
  • Construct sound walls
  • Repair existing electrical and drainage systems

Once the project is completed, the newly upgraded highway will:

  • Provide more reliable peak travel times
  • Improve traffic operations by reducing travel time and congestion
  • Improve air quality by promoting carpool
  • Provide travel time incentives for drivers to use carpools or buses during peak travel times

The project is expected to be completed by December 2022. For more information on the road work schedule and current road conditions, visit quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or follow @CaltransDist3 and @FixSac5 on Twitter, or text ‘FixSac5’ to 74121. Drivers can also call California Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) to listen to the automated message.

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