RALEIGH – The series of ramp closures for the Interstate-40 Fortify rebuild project continues this weekend with the westbound exit onto Hammond Road (Exit 299). The closure allows crews to begin to adjust the ramp to fit the new traffic pattern along I-40 West in that area. Another weekend closure will be needed to complete the adjustment, with no date set for that work.
The exit ramp will be closed about 6 p.m. on Thursday. At 9 p.m., the right lane of I-40 West will be closed and concrete barrier walls will be put in place so crews can work safely over the weekend. The exit ramp will be opened again by 6 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 21.
To access Hammond Road, drivers will have a short signed detour, going on to South Saunders Street (Exit 298), turning left at the end of the ramp, going under the interstate, then taking an immediate left to get to I-40 East and back to Hammond Road.
Motorists need to pay extra attention approaching the Hammond Road exit and should watch for possible late lane changes as some drivers realize the ramp is closed.
The upcoming holiday weekend means work that requires lane closures in the project area will be suspended from 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22 thru 9p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. However, other work on the project can continue so drivers need to obey the 60 mph speed limit for their safety, as well as their passengers, occupants of other vehicles, and crews working near the travel lanes. They should also avoid distractions like talking on a cellphone, changing radio stations, eating, or looking at construction activity.
Project details, as well as traffic updates, live traffic cameras and information about alternate transit options can be found on FortifyNC.com. Real-time travel information for Fortify and other highways across the state is also available in the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or by following NCDOT on Twitter.
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