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Crews beef up lane striping in Fortify work zone on I-440

Posted April 4, 2014

Construction crews put the finishing touches on the Fortify asphalt plant on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

Hoping to ease confusion for drivers, construction crews working on the Fortify project on Interstate 440 east of downtown Raleigh have beefed up lane markings throughout the work zone. 

Crews have re-applied lane striping several times in the last two and a half months after receiving complaints from motorists who traveled through the work zone. 

State Department of Transportation engineers say the old pavement in the work zone absorbed the lane stripes like a sponge. 

"We have to go deeper with our removal than you typically would," Alan Shapiro said. "And when you apply the new temporary stripes, you have to apply multiple times because the original (markings) tend to go down."

Crews have filled grooves created by the lane marking work in the I-440 pavement with new asphalt.

New pavement could hit sections I-440 West by mid-April

Construction crews responsible for rebuilding I-440 West and East between the I-40/440 split and U.S. Highway 64/264 could begin putting down new sections of highway by the middle of April, DOT officials said Friday.

Crews are continuing to tear up the old highway on I-440 West and East, but certain parts of the I-440 West between the I-40/440 split and Poole Road could be ready for new pavement by the week of April 14. 

On I-440 East, crews have also been working to break up the median barrier between U.S. 64/264 and the I-40/440 split. 

Once it is pulled up, the asphalt will be crushed and used in the asphalt plant that was built in the middle of the work zone. All of the highway being replaced will be recycled and put back down when crews begin repaving, officials said.


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  • Phillip Holmes Apr 4, 2014
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    Thats the absoloute poorest excuse for a TRAFFIC construction that I have ever seen in my 55 years...........If I were the State of NC........I would suspend the contractors contract in this first phase..........point out the issues ECSPECIALLY LANE MARKING!!!......USE RED, OR USE YELLOW THROUGHOUT THE CONSTRUCTION ZONE, ,,,,, BUT,,,, CLEARLY MARK THE LANES...!!!!....I hardly cant tell where the lanes in the middle of the day!!! mch less when its raining and at night time........its impossible to know where your at........entirley the fault of the contractor not CLEARLY marking the lanes........and in my opinion ,when you come off of I-40 going west onto i440 towards #1, north hills/ crabtree areas........the darkness of asphalt , the discoloration of the merge lanes, actually through out into the oncoming lanes of 440/ thebetline as was the terrible accident the other morning that shut the hiways down.......ABSOLOUTELY CLEARLY THE FAULT OF THE CONTRACTING COMPANY!!....

  • rduwxboy Apr 4, 2014

    I'm sure that they just are recycling the concrete as is. How crazy it would be for them to know how and why the old concrete deteriorated and not chemically alter it.

  • HGA_Matt Apr 4, 2014

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    I was thinking the EXACT same thing. To be fair, I think the problem was with the concrete foundation that is under the asphalt, as the asphault itself is only a decade or so old.

  • Christopher T Snyder Apr 4, 2014
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    Seems strange they would recycle and reuse the asphalt that caused the issue in the first place. By doing so, that guarantees another crawleigh in about another 30 years

  • EricaSliver Apr 4, 2014

    It is very confusing with all the news lines and old lines going all over the place....I'm used to it now, but for someone that doesn't drive that stretch frequently, it is quite chaotic!