NCDOT: Slow down in constantly changing Fortify work zone

Posted September 7

North Carolina Department of Transportation officials are urging drivers to slow down in the Fortify work zone in south Raleigh as multiple lane shifts are continuing to take place along 8.5 miles of Interstate 40.

The latest lane shift was completed early Wednesday when crews shifted traffic to the newly paved inside lanes of I-40 West between South Saunders Street and Lake Wheeler Road.

The new lanes now connect with earlier shifts that took place between Lake Wheeler and Avent Ferry roads.

It gives workers needed space so they can begin tearing up and rebuilding the outside lanes of the highway.

NCDOT spokesman Steve Abbott says the freshly paved lanes are leading to a dangerous trend for some drivers.

"The newly paved lanes are leading people to speed even faster, and most of the accidents in the Fortify zone are due to speeding," Abbott said.

Recent early morning wrecks in the work zone have resulted in huge delays and caused major headaches during morning commute hours.

More lane shifts are expected in the coming weeks for eastbound and westbound lanes of I-40 in the work zone.

The new pattern will be in place by early fall, and all of the lanes should reopen next spring, officials say.


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  • Rick Nolte Sep 7, 5:47 p.m.
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    Took about 30 seconds to determine the need for the work Jimmie.

    About the I-40/I-440 Rebuild

    Long-term work is underway to rebuild an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40/I-440 in southern Raleigh that is in need of repair as the result of both crumbling asphalt and heavy traffic.

    The Fortify I-40/I-440 Rebuild project – set to be complete in spring 2017 – is part of a 10-year plan to strengthen North Carolina’s roadways and alleviate traffic congestion in the Triangle.

    The Fortify project includes these major improvements:
    •Replacing the pavement along the southern stretch of I-40/I-440
    •Extending the lanes between ramps in each direction at:
    ◦U.S. 1/64 (Exit 293)/Gorman Street (Exit 295)
    ◦Gorman Street (Exit 295)/Lake Wheeler Road (Exit 297)
    •Extending the deceleration (off-ramp) lane for Rock Quarry Road (Exit 300-B)
    •Rehabilitating 14 bridges within the project zone

    Safety is the primary purpose of the project.

    The 30-year-old pavement and materials underneath I-40/

  • Jim Frei Sep 7, 2:32 p.m.
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    All this work, $$$, and inconvenience - yet, there will be no additional lanes or increase in traffic capacity.