It’s the two words every motorist hates to see: Expect delays.
But that’s what the Caltrans announced this week as nighttime construction work began Monday to repair and resurface Interstate 80 from west of Mace Boulevard to east of Richards Boulevard in Davis.
Crews will work weeknights from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on westbound I-80 and 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on eastbound I-80. Weekend construction work is scheduled from 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday for both directions.
Throughout the course of the project, Caltrans will be forced to close lanes and ramps intermittently at various locations on I-80 between Mace and Richards boulevards.
One lane will be open at all times and two consecutive ramps will not be closed at one time, however.
Caltrans expects to complete the ongoing work by late 2012.
The $2.4 million project, awarded to Teichert Construction of Sacramento, will repair and rehabilitate the roadway using rubberized open-grade asphalt for improved drainage and a smoother ride.
Caltrans also will use roadside message boards to inform motorists of updates and other information regarding the project. Unexpected weather may prolong or cause the work to be rescheduled. Caltrans urges motorists to use caution in this area and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”