Sections of the Pioneer Bridge near downtown Sacramento will be closed at night and on weekends at various points this summer as Caltrans puts a new surface on the span, replacing the deck overlay with a thicker, more durable surfacing material.

The Pioneer Bridge is the main connector for Sacramento and Yolo counties on U.S. Highway 50 over the Sacramento River. The work is being performed every night from 7pm to 6am and all day and night on weekends in an effort to complete the work by Labor Day. The work requires removing the damaged roadway surface, cleaning and preparing the bridge deck, and repaving and restriping the new deck overlay.

Caltrans urges the public to plan ahead before traveling on the bridge and to seek alternative routes when necessary. Delays are expected during the weekend closures.

“The department understands the frustration of the public, which is why we are looking forward to completing the repairs this year,” said Acting Caltrans District 3 Director Ray Zhang. “The polyester concrete material, which is different from the previous resin-based product that was used more than three years ago, is more durable and longer lasting.”

Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department will issue construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, QuickMap or download the QuickMap app on iTunes or Google Play.

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