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Crews to fix lane marking issues in Fortify work zone

Posted March 21, 2014

Construction crews replace piping under Interstate 440 on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

— Construction crews working on the Fortify project on Interstate 440 east of downtown Raleigh will fix some issues with lane markings and uneven pavement on Friday and Saturday nights, officials said Friday.

In response to public complaints, crews will work on lane markings from Interstate 40 West onto I-440 West to clarify lane shifts entering the work zone. 

On I-440 East, crews will patch on-ramps at U.S. Highway 64/264 and Poole Road.

Crews are also continuing work to tear up sections of I-440 West between the Interstate 40/440 split Poole Road. In eastbound lanes, crews are still saw-cutting and milling portions of the median 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.

The asphalt plant is nearly operational, and crews will be producing up to 250 tons of asphalt per day during the next several days as they make sure the mix is ready to use on the road rebuild. 

Full-time production of asphalt – up to 350 tons per hour – will likely begin by mid-April, officials said. Once the inside lanes on I-440 East and West are repaved, crews will shift to the outside lanes.


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  • cdwoodberry Mar 24, 2014

    OK what I am trying to figure out why the citizens had to complain in order for them to repair the lanes that are obviously dangerous and rough - Just goes to show that if you dont speak up - nothing will be done and they will see how long they can get away with it,

  • lewiskr45 Mar 21, 2014

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    They are digging up the whole thing, all the way to the soil, it's all going.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Mar 21, 2014

    They should clarify the article. If it is just the top asphalt being recycled, someone should clarify that the concrete or rock that was causing the problem is not included.

  • James Barefoot Mar 21, 2014
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    recycled ???? Yep some items back discussed the part that some of the material used earlier was not up to standard, or experimental.. Or would not carry the loads of the big trucks, The 7 P's would have solved the problems, Of course the lowest bidder and lack of supervision, had nothing to do with it.

  • Henry White Mar 21, 2014
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    People please read the previous articles, it is not the asphalt that is bad, it is the concrete base that the asphalt is covering that is bad. Recycling the asphalt is the right thing to do.

  • Obamacare rises again Mar 21, 2014

    So they're recycling the bad asphalt which was the problem in the first place? What??

  • baldchip Mar 21, 2014

    GOOD_this area is a real mess!! It's hard to know which lane is which-and I travel this area mid afternoons!! Imagine this area in the rain or at night!!

    Come on DOT-help us out!!

  • katzlover Mar 21, 2014

    how long will the "recycled" asphalt last??? i still think concrete if better and lasts longer even if more expensive initially as long as they dont use lowest bidder who will scrimp on quality and quantity..