I-40 Closure Set for Early Sunday Morning as American Tobacco Trail Bridge is put in place in Durham Wednesday, April 24, 2013

RALEIGH — A City of Durham project to set an American Tobacco Trail bridge in place  over I-40 this weekend will require a seven-hour overnight closure of the interstate in both directions. The closure between Fayetteville Road (Exit 278) and N.C. 751 (Exit 274) will be in effect from midnight until 7 a.m. on Sunday.

The closure will allow crews to safely use a crane to set the four pre-assembled sections of the 270-foot bridge in place on its foundations.

Local traffic going westbound will be directed to exit at Fayetteville Street, turn onto N.C. 54 to N.C. 751 back to I-40 West. Eastbound motorists should exit at N.C. 751, turn onto Renaissance Parkway to Fayetteville Road at the Streets of Southpoint to get back on I-40 East.

The recommended route for drivers traveling through the Triangle in either direction is to use the Durham Freeway (N.C. 147) to get around the closure.

Once the bridge is in place, the project will move forward with the installation of the bridge deck, fencing and lighting. The $9 million construction project is scheduled to wrap up in July. It will provide a 4.2-mile connection between Fayetteville Street and N.C. 54 and the Chatham County line.

To learn more about this project, go to the City of Durham website or contact Contract Management Supervisor Edward Venable of the Durham Public Works Department at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30233 or at Ed.Venable@DurhamNC.gov.

NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. Updated travel information is also available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.

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