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Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday

Construction on Hwy. 50 caused traffic delays Saturday

For more than three hours, construction on westbound Highway 50 in Sacramento caused a major traffic back up Saturday afternoon.

Caltrans tweeted
Pioneer Bridge was open around 5:30 p.m. It also said road work would resume at 10 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday.

At it's peak, traffic was backed up on Hwy. 50 from 39th Street to Westacre Road. Drivers were also seeing a backup on northbound Interstate 5 and Highway 99.

The traffic was due to the "Sac Decked Out" construction project, which started in the spring and is expected to last 17 months.

I-80 in Natomas speed limit reduced to 55 mph

Slow down to 55 mph in the Interstate 80 construction project in Natomas in Sacramento County.

That's the new speed limit, reduced from 65 mph, in the work zone. Caltrans is implementing the reduced speed limit in response to 38 crashes in the work zone, 29 of them rear-end collisions where drivers didn't stop in time to avoid hitting the vehicle in front.

The California Highway Patrol will issue traffic citations to those found traveling over the 55 mph speed limit, Caltrans spokesperson Dennis Keaton said.

The "Across the Top" project is adding a lane in each direction to I-80 between West El Camino Avenue and the I-80/Interstate 5 exchange. Additionally, carpool/bus lanes are going in between West El Camino Avenue and Watt Avenue. The project costs $133 million and is expected to be fully completed in fall, 2016, according to Keaton. It began in 2012.

Detectives crack kid's birthday party fatal shooting in Natomas with arrests

Two men have been arrested for a shooting at a child's birthday party in Sacramento that left one man dead, and six others injured, including a 7-year-old girl.


1 killed, 6 injured in shooting at child's birthday party in Natomas

Fans head to Levi's Stadium on the train

Fans head to Levi's Stadium on the train

With the San Francisco 49ers' first game at their new Levi's Stadium set for Sunday, some in the Central Valley are seeing the Capitol Corridor Amtrak train as the best way to get there, while saving both time and money.

"I cannot wait. I cannot wait. I mean, the first train - I will probably be on it because I want to go to the 49er game. I do not like the drive," said Carrie Croteau, as she stood in line at the Sacramento Amtrak station ticket window.

Several Sunday trains can get you Levi's Stadium in time for 49ers games for $55.50 round trip, that includes a 25 percent discount Amtrak is providing through April 2015. The trip should take about 2 hours and 40 minutes, according to Amtrak.

The trains drop passengers within a short five minute walk of the stadium, eliminating the need to pay for parking.

Overturned lumber hauler spills load, diesel fuel across I-5 in Natomas

SACRAMENTO - An overturned big rig spilled diesel fuel and its entire load of steel pipes across the northbound side of Interstate 5 in Natomas Friday afternoon.

In addition to causing a mess on the roadway, the wreck forced the temporary closure of the freeway, leading to major traffic delays in the area, the California Highway Patrol says.

Traffic was being diverted onto Arena Boulevard while crews cleaned up the spills. No estimated time of reopening was provided.

The CHP said the driver of the big rig suffered minor injuries in the wreck. No information was provided on why he rolled the truck.

Noted California zoo director dies while on a trip

Noted California zoo director dies while on a trip

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Officials say the executive director of a zoo in Northern California has died unexpectedly during a trip overseas.

Mary Healy, the executive director and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Zoo, died Thursday while traveling to the Galapagos Islands.

Zoo spokeswoman Tonja Candelaria said Saturday the 61-year-old Healy had left a port in Ecuador by ship when she suffered a cerebral aneurysm and was declared brain dead.

Candelaria says Healy was headed to the Galapagos Islands on business and vacation to see animals in the wild and their habitats. Healy's husband was traveling with her.

The widely respected Healy, who had been the Sacramento Zoo's director for nearly 15 years, also worked at zoos in Texas and South Carolina and at a Disney animal park in Florida.

Classic cars cruise streets of Sacramento

Classic cars cruise streets of Sacramento

Hundreds of classic cars will be cruising down Sacramento streets Saturday afternoon during this year's California Automobile Museum Car Cruise.

The route starts at Sacramento State University at 4 p.m. as cars drive down Fair Oaks Boulevard and Fulton Avenue.

The event ends with a huge car show between El Camino and Marconi Avenue and will feature a beer garden, food trucks and a music festival.

People can register their classic ride at Sac State starting at 1 p.m. The on-site fee is $50.

You can find all the information about the California Automobile Museum Car Cruise at http://bit.ly/1shkv7P