Raleigh – Work resumes next Monday on I-440 in
southeast Raleigh for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Fortify project. Motorists can
expect lane closures to start between 9 and 11 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday
night on the eastbound side of the interstate between the Sunnybrook Road
underpass and the I-40/440/U.S. 64 split.
All lanes are
scheduled to re-open by 5 a.m. to accommodate rush hour traffic.
The lane closures
will allow crews to safely set up barrier walls along both shoulders to prepare
for the construction of a temporary asphalt plant that will be located in the
median of the split. The plant will increase efficiency and safety during the project by reducing the
need to truck in materials from plants located elsewhere.
reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and
obey the posted speed limit.
through the split area next week will also see additional work at the site as
crews prep the area for the start of the plant construction later this month.
That work will not require any lane closures.
lane closures can be expected as prep work for the removal and replacement of
stretch of I-40 and I-440 continues through the month, 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. Work will then switch to 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 expected
traffic impact of the project, NCDOT has a 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 them develop and implement a flexible work program. The site includes
links to Twitter, Facebook and other social media to stay engaged with NCDOT
and other commuters.
For real-time travel
information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel
or follow NCDOT on Twitter at
www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a
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