Crews putting final touches on new section of I-440 in Fortify zone
Posted July 11, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — As the Fortify project picks up steam during the summer months, Triangle drivers will soon get their first look at newly paved travel lanes east of downtown Raleigh.
By the end of July, Granite Construction will shift traffic on Interstate 440 West from old lanes to new lanes between the Interstate 40/440 split and U.S. Highway 64/264, state Department of Transportation officials said Friday.
Paving in two lanes of I-440 West is complete, and crews are working to prep the stretch of highway for cars, including adding lane striping and making concrete barriers that will keep cars where they need to be as work continues on the two old lanes. Crews are also working on the median between eastbound and westbound lanes.
DOT officials are planning to release more specific details about the shift in the next week.
Crews are also continuing paving work on I-440 East, and traffic will be shifted onto new lanes on that side of the highway by mid-August.
Once the paving on I-440 is done, crews will shift their attention to I-40, which makes up the bulk of the 11.1-mile rebuild project.
Although no major work is ongoing along I-40, there is bridge prep work and shoulder paving to prepare the road for the major portion of the project.