Raleigh – Progress on the Fortify project continues
with work in several areas of the project along I-440 in southeast Raleigh
planned for the coming week.
the contractor plans to complete the final 1,500 feet of traffic shifts and
lane striping for I-440 West approaching the U.S. 64/264 interchange overnight
on Saturday. That would be followed by the placement of concrete barriers along
that stretch of highway on Monday through Wednesday nights. About the middle of
next week, crews will be milling and sawcutting pavement along the project area
to prepare for the removal of the roadway.
Once the I-440 West
traffic shift is complete, it will be time to switch to the eastbound side. But
before that happens, lane closures on I-440 East between Poole Road and the
I-40/440 split will be put into place tonight, with the two-lane traffic
pattern remaining in place through the weekend, including during the daytime.
This will give the contractor time to do some final paving in that area to get
it ready for the traffic shift for that side.
The closed lanes
will be open by 5 a.m., Monday, and possibly earlier if the work is completed.
That will allow the traffic shift to the outside lane and shoulder, and lane
striping on the eastbound side to begin Sunday night, and continue through
Saturday night, weather permitting. Then the following week the concrete
barriers will be put in place on that side.
through the work zone are reminded to slow down to the reduced speed limit in
that area, and use extra caution for the safety of themselves, their
passengers, other motorists and construction crews. A conviction for speeding
in a work zone an cost a motorist an additional $250 above the original
speeding fine and court costs.
In addition to the
traffic shift work, there is considerable activity on other parts of the
installing the girders and decks for a bridge that will carry construction
vehicles over I-440 East at the median of the I-40/440 split. That work,
expected late next week, will require a brief closure of the interstate so the
girders can be put in place.
The Fortify project is the removal and
replacement of an 11.5-mile
stretch of I-40 and I-440. The initial phase focuses on replacing the
section of I-440 between the I-40/440/U.S. 64 split and 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 start
in late 2014 or early 2015, with the entire project expected to wrap up Fall
Drivers going from
I-40 West onto I-440 West merge
from two lanes at the start of the ramp to a single lane on the right side of
the ramp, and then merge again into the two travel lanes coming from the I-40
East ramp onto I-440 West.
Because of the expected
traffic impact of the project, NCDOT has a Fortify website that provides
comprehensive information, including alternate transit options, project maps
and links to live traffic cameras. Employers 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.
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