DOT: Drivers going too fast as Fortify lanes reopen

Posted August 28

— The improvements are evident on Interstate 40 west through Raleigh. Construction on that part of the Fortify project is complete, and all lanes are open between Interstate 440 and Gorman Street.

Perhaps it is excitement that prompts drivers through that area to exceed the speed limit, said Steve Abbott, spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Vehicles on that stretch have been averaging 70 mph.

"It's still a work zone area," Abbott said. "The speed limit is still 60. As the speeds increase, you might see a bigger police presence. If you get caught speeding, in addition to speeding, it's another $250 fine, so it's a very expensive thing to do."

This weekend, the contractor hopes to open the eastbound I-40 lanes between State Street and I-440. That should make the Labor Day beach trip flow a little smoother.

Other eastbound sections will open over the next several weeks into their final traffic pattern.

Crews still have some work to do on the ramp at I-40 at South Saunders Street, and the section of I-40 westbound from Gorman Street to U.S. Highway 1 still has a lane closed.

Abbott says the overall project, which began in 2013, is on track to be completed sometime in October.


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  • Jerry Sawyer Aug 29, 10:12 a.m.
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    This is shocking. I would never have believed that anyone would be exceeding the maximum speed limit. It is clear from their actions that the highway patrol does not care about speeders. They have a long list of excuses. They wait until a deadly car crash happens, then they show up and say "they were speeding". Well duh. The blood is on the highway patrols hands. They do not care.

  • Mark Dufur Aug 28, 11:51 p.m.
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    sorry but this story is a little ridiculous. Try driving the speed limit through the construction area or anywhere on the freeway and you will be run over. I drive the speed limit and spend most of my time looking in the rear view mirror at the traffic getting ready to zip by and I pass no one. Cars zoom by me and zip in and out of lanes like Nascar. I would love to see more enforcement on 40, 440, 540, 70, and 85. Mark