Fortify Project to Close I-40 East Ramp to Lake Wheeler Road Friday, August 11, 2017

RALEIGH – The I-40 East ramp to Lake Wheeler Road in south Raleigh is scheduled to be closed for much of next week as Fortify contractor crews continue preparations to open the interstate’s newly rebuilt outside lanes.

Weather permitting, crews will close the ramp 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 and reopen it by Saturday morning, Aug. 19.

A signed detour will send eastbound drivers to the next exit, South Saunders Street, where they can turn left at the end of the ramp, go under I-40 and then turn left again to return to Lake Wheeler Road.

Depending on their destination, they can also use alternate routes that include:

  • Exiting in advance of Lake Wheeler Road on Gorman Street and turning right off the ramp and then left onto Tryon Road to get to Lake Wheeler Road.
  • Turning left off the ramp at Gorman Street, then right on Avent Ferry Road and right on Centennial Parkway to get to Lake Wheeler Road by the State Farmers’ Market.

Drivers can access downtown Raleigh by going to South Saunders Street, then continuing north and skipping the rest of the detour route.

The N.C. Department of Transportation urges motorists to slow down through the Fortify work zone, use extra caution and stay alert for drivers becoming aware of the ramp closure.

They should also anticipate potential traffic backups as a result of increased traffic volume at the Gorman and South Saunders exits.

Project details, as well as traffic update and live traffic cameras, can be found at

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

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