Major I-5 Construction Project Set to Start in Sacramento

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The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) reports that major I-5 construction is scheduled to begin June 21 for a pavement repair project that will require partial daytime and nighttime lane closures on Interstate 5 just north downtown Sacramento.

The work also will include six 55-hour partial weekend closures and closures to connector ramps to Interstate 80 (I-80). The project is expected to be completed by October.

The project limits are from 0.2 miles south of the American River Bridge to Arena Boulevard in Natomas.

Crews are scheduled to start placing protective concrete barriers (k-rail), and then will be removing the deteriorating roadway and replacing with asphalt and concrete, replacing guardrail and restriping the roadway.


  • Richards Boulevard on-ramp to northbound I-5 will be closed from 10:00 p.m. Friday, June 21 through 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 24
  • Northbound I-5 at Garden Highway will be reduced to two lanes from 10:00 p.m. Friday, June 21 through 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 24
  • Southbound I-5 at the I-80 interchange will be reduced to two lanes from 10:00 p.m. Friday, June 21 through 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 24


  • From Richards Boulevard to northbound I-5:

Continue westbound on Richards Boulevard and take southbound I-5, keep right and take the J Street off-ramp (EXIT 519B), stay left and continue to 5th Street, make a left at the signal onto I Street (stay in the far-right lane) and take the north I-5 on-ramp to Redding.

Motorists and airport employees scheduled for flights out of Sacramento International Airport (SMF) should leave at least 40 minutes earlier than the recommended time to be on time for flights and work shifts.

Motorists are encouraged to use an alternate route around the construction work zone. Motorists choosing to use I-5 during the partial closures should expect delays and plan for additional travel time. Some locations will be reduced to 1-2 lanes.

Motorists should be aware of commercial work vehicles traveling in and out of the area that will cause traffic slowdown.

The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph through the construction zone 24/7.The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be patrolling the project site ticketing motorists who are not adhering to the posted speed limit signs. The closures and speed-limit reductions are necessary for the safety of motorists and workers. Please “Be Work Zone Alert” Nearby residents can expect loud construction and commercial truck back-up beeping noises during day and nighttime hours.

Work is scheduled to begin as listed but subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and construction-related issues. The extended lane closures will help to minimize the duration of the work and improve workers’ safety.

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