Work Gears Up Again on the Fortify Project Thursday, November 30, 2017

RALEIGH - With the holiday break over, the contractor for the Fortify project is back in full swing. On the westbound side, crews plan to do final surface paving, adding an inch of new asphalt with new striping and reflective markers, from the Lake Dam bridge to U.S. 1. We are getting close to the end of the "paving season", when overnight temperatures will consistently be below the mid 40's, and asphalt won't set right and paint takes too long to dry, so they want to get this part done ASAP.

Look for new big overhead exit signs going up for South Saunders Street and Lake Wheeler Road.

Good news for folks who use Hammond Road to get to I-40 East. The long-closed original ramp to the east lanes is expected to re-open early next week. That means a lot of changes in the light and traffic patterns on Hammond Road in the area of the exit so please use caution until everyone adjusts to those changes.

As an FYI, the same no lane closure policy that was in place over Thanksgiving will kick in again on Dec. 22 and stay in place until after the New Year's holiday.

In regards to traffic safety, the Highway Patrol has stepped up patrols in the work zone, even using motorcycles to catch speeders, so SLOW DOWN. Save your money for fun holiday stuff instead of forking over hundreds of dollars for a fine and court costs.

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