Hammond Road Ramp Closure This Weekend; Fortify Project Gets Closer to final Traffic Pattern on Westbound Side Friday, July 21, 2017

RALEIGH – As the contractor for the Interstate 40 Fortify project in Raleigh continues to move the westbound lanes into their final traffic pattern, work will require the weekend closure of the ramp to Hammond Road (exit 299) from the westbound lanes, weather permitting.

Crews will begin shutting down the ramp at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 21. It will re-open by 6 a.m. on Monday, July 24, to be ready for rush hour traffic.

The closure will enable the contractor to safely rebuild and resurface the ramp.

A short detour will direct drivers to exit 298-A just as they cross over South Saunders Street. They should immediately get in the left lane to turn left onto the ramp for eastbound I-40 to get back to Hammond Road.

An alternate route for motorists who want to use northbound Hammond Road to head toward downtown Raleigh would be to use the exit 298-B ramp for northbound South Saunders Street and turn right toward downtown.

Drivers are urged to pay attention to detour signs and to continue to slow down while traveling through the work zone, which has a 60 mph speed limit.

Particular attention should be paid to the sections of the westbound lanes that are getting their final asphalt surface, such as between Lake Wheeler Road and Gorman Street. There will be a temporary bump in the roadway as vehicles switch on and off the new pavement. Signs warning drivers of a bump ahead are in place, but drivers need to be aware that the faster they travel through the area, the more severe the bump.

Meanwhile, the re-opening of travel lanes on I-40 West is continuing. The tentative schedule has it being in its final traffic pattern between the project asphalt plant along I-440 at the split with I-40 and west of the Gorman Street exit next week if the weather cooperates.

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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