DOT patrols to help after wrecks in Fortify zone

Posted March 28, 2014

— Although many drivers who routinely use Interstate 440 to get from east Raleigh into downtown and beyond have become familiar with the challenges of making it through the Fortify work zone, the area hasn't been devoid of accidents and delays.

On Tuesday morning, a minor wreck just past the Interstate 40/Interstate 440 merge created major delays all the way back into Johnston County.

State Department of Transportation crews have been patrolling the area more actively since lane closures were completed in early March, and they have several suggestions for drivers to help keep traffic flowing in the event of accidents of break downs.

If you break down or get into a wreck in the Fortify work zone, follow these DOT tips:

  • When an accident involves injuries, call 911 and remain in your car with flashers on.
  • When an accident does not involve injuries, call 911 and drive to the nearest exit. Don't stop in the construction zone.
  • If you see an accident, slow down, drive around the wreck if possible and call 911.

DOT engineer Ben Griffin, who manages the Triangle's I-MAP - Incident Management Assistance Patrols - program, said officials are constantly patrolling the work zone looking for drivers who may need help.

"The guys are carrying extra supplies on their trucks, extra gasoline, extra diesel fuel," Griffin said.

Some I-MAP trucks also include display panels that can direct traffic around wrecks.

To help clear cars from the work zone, the DOT has hired East Coast Towing to remove broken down or damaged vehicles.

Drivers that need help from an I-MAP crew can dial *HP on their cellphone.

Construction in work zone picking up pace

Crews responsible for rebuilding I-440 West and East between the I-40/440 split and U.S. Highway 64/264 are continuing work to rip up the old highway, officials said Friday.

Weather permitting, crews could begin putting down new asphalt on I-440 West in mid-April.


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  • carolinaprincess62 Mar 28, 2014

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    You are so right! People know there is a lane closure and they still go speeding up and then try to get in front of someone and I try to drive slowly and keep a good distance in front of me so I don't have to slam on brakes.

  • Billy the Kid Mar 28, 2014

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    This. This. This!

  • Michael Lashley Mar 28, 2014
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    Viva la Crawleigh!!!

  • Namey Names Mar 28, 2014
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    Why would the DOT have to "hire" a towing company ??? If anything it should be vice versa? They will be making plenty of money with ridiculous towing fees and lot "storage" like every other towing company

  • alaserguy Mar 28, 2014

    I think they have done a very poor job when rearranging the lanes. The marking are poor and the road is in bad condition this helps in making it tougher to drive in

  • Billy Smith Mar 28, 2014
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    This was faulty work done under Democrat DOT fat cats and their cronies.

  • Ben Sanders Mar 28, 2014
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    More tips:

    When you know the lane ends a half mile down the road, go ahead and merge over. Don't drive to the very end and expect someone to let you in.

    When the car in front of you marginally slows down, don't slam on your brakes forcing everyone behind you to also slam on theirs.

  • Pseudonym Mar 28, 2014