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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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