Paving Begins on the I 40/440 Fortify Project in Raleigh Thursday, April 24, 2014


No traffic impact expected

Raleigh—Motorists traveling through the I-40/440 Fortify project in southeast Raleigh  may notice crews today have begun paving the lanes inside the barrier walls currently up between the I-40/440 split north to beyond the Poole Road exit.   Traffic is not expected to be impacted and will continue to maintain its two-lane traffic pattern outside the barrier walls until paving is completed at the end of the summer in this section of the 11.5 mile project.  At that time, traffic will be shifted inside to the newly paved lanes as crews pave the exterior lanes.

Granite Construction is recycling the old asphalt removed from the highway and incorporating it into the new pavement mix that will be used to repave this stretch of highway.  By using reclaimed asphalt, the need for virgin materials is lowered by up to 30 percent.

Nearly 2500 tons of asphalt is made each day in the two silos on the Fortify construction site. And to keep traffic running as smoothly as possible, trucks gather and distribute the asphalt by entering and exiting the on-site plant via a temporary bridge built to keep trucks from merging with traffic and potentially creating congestion.

For more information on the I-40/440 Fortify project, visit www.ncdot.gov/fortifync/.

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