More Changes Coming for I-40 West in the Fortify Project Work Zone Friday, July 14, 2017

RALEIGH – The contractor for the Interstate 40 Fortify project in Raleigh continues to make progress toward the rebuilding of the highway. Drivers using I-40 West will notice a couple of changes over the next week.

Crews will begin prep work tonight to be ready to put down the final layer of asphalt for a section of the interstate in the area between the Lake Wheeler Road and Gorman Street exits. That paving is expected to start Sunday night, July 16, weather permitting.

While the new asphalt will provide a smoother ride, until the entire westbound side has been repaved there will be a noticeable bump where drivers transition from the current roadway surface onto the new surface. Signs will be posted warning drivers of a bump ahead, and it makes it even more important for them to slow down and observe the 60 mph speed limit. The faster a vehicle is going, the more severe the bump. Motorists also need to make sure they are paying attention to the roadway when traveling through the area.

Then on Tuesday night, July 18, crews will continue putting I-40 West into its final traffic pattern by opening additional rebuilt lanes. The work takes place between the Hammond Road exit and the I-40/440 split at the eastern end of the project, with crews moving in an eastward direction.

Meanwhile, the rebuilding of the closed off outside lanes on I-40 East continues, getting them ready for the same traffic pattern shifts and resurfacing through the rest of summer and into the fall as the project wraps up.

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

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