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Crews to close I-440 ramp in Fortify zone this weekend

Posted September 16, 2014

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— Construction crews will close a ramp from Interstate 440 West to Poole Road Friday evening so that workers can complete the section of the rebuilt ramp that merges onto Poole Road.

The closure is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, weather permitting, and it will last throughout the weekend, state Department of Transportation officials said. The outside eastbound lane of Poole Road will also be closed throughout the weekend.

A signed detour will send motorists who want to access Poole Road in either direction to the next exit on I-440 West, which is Interstate 495/U.S. Highway 64/264 (Exit 14). They will go to the first exit, which is South New Hope Road (Exit 420) and turn left to get to Poole Road.

A similar closure is planned later this month for the ramp going from Poole Road to I-440 West.

Work on the outside lanes of I-440 West has been under way since traffic was shifted from those lanes to the newly built inside lanes in mid-July. Ramp and bridge work and the paving of those outside lanes will continue for the next several weeks.

The same traffic shift to the new inside lanes of I-440 East took place in mid-August, and crews are in the process of tearing up and rebuilding those outside lanes and ramps as well.

Crews are still scheduled to finish the I-440 section of the Fortify project by the end of 2014. The larger Interstate 40 section of the project, between the I-440/U.S. Highway 1/64 interchange in Cary and the I-440 split in southwest Raleigh, will begin in earnest next year.

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