Final Shift to I-40 Inside Lanes Set for This Weekend Friday, June 23, 2017

RALEIGH – The final shift to the inside lanes of Interstate 40 on the Fortify project is set for this weekend. Crews will be closing the left lane for about 1,000 feet of I-40 East near exit 293 (U.S. 1/64) at 9 p.m. Friday to prepare for the shift.

Later in the evening, that lane will be reopened as traffic is moved into a two-lane pattern on the inside lanes. The outside third lane will then be closed. That closure will be in place through 6 a.m. on Monday, June 26, with all three lanes open for Monday-morning traffic.

The shift and closure are needed as crews continue to prepare the highway for the final traffic pattern being put in place through the summer. Once all traffic lanes are open, the contractor will resurface the entire 8.5 miles of the project along I-40 in both directions, including permanent lane stripes and lane reflective markers. This will provide a smooth riding surface, including the transitions on and off bridges in the work zone. That work will last through the fall.

Drivers are urged to continue to pay extra attention while driving through the work zone and to obey the 60 mph speed limit, especially in the section with the weekend lane restriction.

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