Fortify Daytime Closures on I-440 West Postponed until Early Next Week to Help Ease Traffic Flow Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Raleigh – As work moves forward, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the contractor for the Fortify project are continuing to work through a plan that will optimize the traffic flow for vehicles traveling through the two-lane construction zone for the next several months on I-440 West between the I-40/440 split and the U.S. 64/264 interchange.

Traffic was expected to come off one-lane ramps from I-40 East and West onto I-440 West to travel through the construction zone. This week NCDOT and the contractor identified a modification to the traffic plan to improve the flow approaching the work zone.

The change requires some adjustments by the contractor over the next few days, and planned daytime closures on I-440 West will be held until next week, when the new pattern will begin.

The change has no effect on the work scheduled for I-440 East tonight through next week between U.S. 64/264 and the I-40/440 split. The outside lane will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next two nights, and until 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday to allow crews to safely mill away rumble strips and pave over those areas to provide a smooth driving surface. This will add an additional travel lane for the traffic shift for the I-440 eastbound lanes later this month.

Drivers are reminded to be careful while going through the work zone during the lane closures and to follow the posted speed limit for their safety, as well as other travelers, and the construction crews.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The Fortify project is the removal and replacement of an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440. The initial phase focuses on replacing the section of I-440 between the I-40/440/U.S. 64 split and just north of the U.S. 64/264 Knightdale Bypass. Work will then switch to rebuilding I-40 between the split and the I-40/U.S. 1/64 interchange near Cary. That is expected to start in late 2014 or early 2015, with the entire project expected to wrap up Fall 2016.

Because of the expected traffic impact of the project, NCDOT has a Fortify website that provides comprehensive information, including alternate transit options, project maps and links to live traffic cameras. Employers can also access online resources to help them develop and implement a flexible work program. The site includes links to Twitter, Facebook and other social media to stay engaged with NCDOT and other commuters.

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