Fortify Daytime Lane Closures on I-440 West Expected to Start Next Week
Posted 12/6/2013 4:52:34 PM
Raleigh – Long-term daytime lane closures on I-440
West for the Fortify project in
southeast Raleigh are expected to start early next week, weather permitting. The
work zone traffic flow on the westbound side will be reduced to two lanes using
the current outside lane and the shoulder, which has been strengthened for
regular traffic. Those lane closures will be in place for the next several
The change means
motorists traveling from westbound I-40 onto I-440 West will have a new traffic
pattern. Near the
bottom of the two-lane ramp to I-440, traffic will merge briefly into a single
lane, then merge into the two travel lanes on I-440 before going through the three-mile
on eastbound I-40 will use the same exit ramp pattern already in place, with
the two left lanes carrying traffic onto I-440, and through the work zone.
This change in the original
traffic pattern at the I-40/440 split is intended to optimize the flow for
vehicles approaching the work zone, which is between the split and the U.S.
64/264 interchange, as well as on I-40 itself.
The schedule for
next week’s change in the traffic pattern and the addition of daytime closures
for I-440 West is heavily contingent on the weather. Lane striping must be
put in place for traffic safety reasons before any lane shifts can take place,
and that requires a minimum night-time temperature. If it is going to be too
cold for striping, the scheduled lane shifts and closings will be moved to
If the weather
allows, the lane closures will be put in place starting Monday night about 11
p.m., striping the new traffic pattern and using orange traffic barrels on the
I-40 West ramp to I-440, and near the Sunnybrook Road bridge. Then it goes to
Poole Road the next night, and to the end of the project at U.S. 64/264 the
Crews will then go
back to the start and replace the orange barrels with concrete Jersey barriers
to provide a safety wall for crews who will be working on the interstate’s
inside lanes. It will take about six nights to get all the barriers in place.
Prep work on
eastbound I-440 to get it ready for the same traffic shift to the outside lane
and shoulder will continue through the weekend. Weather permitting, the outside
lane in the work zone will be closed from 9 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. on
Saturday morning, and the same hours overnight Saturday. That will allow crews
to mill off rumble strips and pave over those areas.
Work along I-440
East early next week will concentrate on excavating, widening and paving at the I-40/440
split to prepare for the project asphalt plant that will be built there.
Later next week, the same striping and traffic shift work being done on the
westbound interstate will take place for the eastbound lanes. Using plastic
barrels to close off the two inside lanes, putting traffic on outside lane and
shoulder, t will start at the U.S. 64/264 interchange, and take three nights to
the split. Installation of the Jersey barriers will start the following week and
that will take most of the week.
Drivers are reminded
to be careful while going through the work zone during the lane closures and to
follow the posted speed limit for their safety, as well as other travelers, and
the construction crews.
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
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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