SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – If you commute on Highway 50 near Sacramento State University, expect some delays for the next few weeks.

A new construction project started Wednesday morning on the exit loop that takes drivers off eastbound Highway 50 to Hornet Drive.

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The $2.9 million project will improve the overall ride quality on the ramp and includes adding an additional much-needed lane.

Caltrans officials say the extra lane will help alleviate traffic during the morning rush of students.

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The around-the-clock closure is slated to last until August 24, but Caltrans hopes to have the work wrapped up before Sac State students move in for the fall semester.