Major Lane Shifts Planned This Weekend at I-40W, U.S. 1 Near Cary Thursday, April 27, 2017

RALEIGH – Drivers who use I-40 West on the western end of the Fortify project near Cary need to use extra caution over the next week as the traffic pattern will change at U.S. 1 (Exit 293) to allow crews to move traffic onto newly built inside lanes.

This is the final section on the westbound side of the work zone that has not already been shifted inside.

The changes to prepare for the move will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, April 28, when a one-lane closure takes place. At 11 p.m., a second lane will be closed to allow crews to put in barrier walls and temporary pavement markings for the longer temporary shift. That prep work is scheduled to be completed by 6 a.m. on Saturday, with traffic then placed in a two-lane pattern through 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 6. That is when traffic will be returned to a three-lane pattern, but all on the new inside lanes.

Westbound motorists approaching Exit 293 should slow down during the week as they get used to the new pattern. They also need to be alert for possible sudden lane shifts by other drivers who notice the changes at the last moment, even though there will be message boards up in advance of the work location.

A similar switch for drivers on the eastbound side of the interstate is expected to take place in late May.

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