Fortify

Prep work for 'Fortify' asphalt plant to begin Monday

Posted November 1, 2013

40/440 Fortify

— Lane closures associated with the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Fortify project will continue next week on Interstate 440 East between the Sunnybrook Road underpass and the I-40/440/U.S. Highway 64 split. 

Crews will close the lanes between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Wednesday, with the start time of work remaining flexible based on traffic volume. Work could be delayed until as late as 11 p.m. on each night if traffic is heavy. 

The closures will allow crews to begin setting up barrier walls along both shoulders for the construction of an asphalt plant that will be used during the project. 

The plant, which will be located in the median, is designed to increase efficiency and safety during the project and keep crews from needing to truck in materials from plants outside the work zone. The asphalt plant should be completed sometime in the next four to six weeks, officials said.

Daytime closures will begin in early December, and the 2.5-mile section of I-440 that is part of the rebuild will be complete by late 2014.

Crews will then move to I-40, with daytime lane closures beginning late in 2014. The entire project should be complete by the fall of 2016, DOT officials said.

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  • Pseudonym Nov 4, 5:06 p.m.

    I think we should keep the Crawleigh name alive in the comments section. Don't ever refer to it as the PC name "Fortify". Always refer to it as the truthful, voted-on name "Crawleigh".

  • dwntwnboy2 Nov 1, 12:53 p.m.

    Thought they voted on the name Crawleigh? Fortify sounds like it's a vitamin supplement or breakfast cereal.