Raleigh – The contractor for the N.C. Department of
Transportation Fortify project
will do more roadway testing on I-440 East tonight. Crews will be drilling for
core samples on the existing pavement of the interstate on about a one-mile
stretch between Poole Road (exit 15) and the I-40/440/U.S. 64 split.
For the safety of
the crews, two lanes of the eastbound interstate will be closed at about 11
p.m. The lanes will re-open by 5 a.m. for rush hour traffic. The contractor has
the flexibility to determine lane closure times depending on the volume of
motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the
posted speed limit.
drilling is part of the prep work being done for the removal and replacement of
stretch of I-40 and I-440. The nighttime lane closures started this week, with
the project expanding to daytime closures on I-440 in December.
The initial phase of the project will focus on replacing the highway from the
I-40/440/U.S. 64 interchange to just north of the U.S. 64/264 Knightdale
Bypass. Then work will move onto rebuilding I-40 between the split and the
I-40/U.S. 1/64 interchange near Cary. That is expected to happen in late 2014
or early 2015, with the entire project scheduled to wrap up by the fall of
In addition to
rebuilding the road, crews will extend two miles of auxiliary lanes to help
manage additional traffic. They will also rehabilitate 14 bridges within the
project zone to extend their life by many years.
Because of the
traffic impact of the project, NCDOT has launched a new Fortify website to provide
comprehensive information, including where to catch alternate transit options,
project maps and links to live traffic cameras. Employers and human resources
professionals can also access online resources
to help develop and implement a flexible work program. The site includes links
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