Rainy Conditions Keep South Saunders Street Ramp to I-40 East Closed Monday, May 22, 2017

RALEIGH – Rainy weather overnight Monday is preventing the contractor for the Fortify Interstate 40 rebuild project from completing paving for the ramp from South Saunders Street onto the eastbound interstate lanes. The ramp will remain closed until paving can wrap up and new lane striping is in place.

The closure started Thursday night, May 18, as the contractor continues ramp prep work throughout the work zone for the upcoming opening of rebuilt outside lanes. 

Drivers on South Saunders Street have multiple options to access I-40 East. They can go east on Ileagnes Drive, which becomes Rush Street when it crosses Wilmington Street. They will then turn left on Hammond Road and left onto the loop ramp at I-40 to go east at exit 299. They can also continue north on South Saunders Street, go right onto McDowell Street and right again on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, then turn right onto Blount Street, which becomes Hammond Road and access that same loop ramp at exit 299. Or they can continue on MLK Jr. Boulevard and go right on Rock Quarry Road to get to I-40 East at exit 300.

Travelers should anticipate needing extra time to reach their destination as they go through a detour route.

Drivers need to continue to slow down while traveling through the work zone, where the speed limit is 60 miles per hour.

Fortify project details, as well as traffic updates and live traffic cameras can be found on FortifyNC.com.

Real-time travel information for Fortify and other highways across the state is available at any time at DriveNC.gov and by following NCDOT on Twitter.

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