First phase of Fortify project nearing completion
Posted November 25, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — The first phase of the Fortify road project, which includes the complete repaving of Interstate 440 from the Interstate 40 split to the U.S. Highway 264/64 interchange, is expected to be completed by the end of January, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday.
Work on I-440 West will be done first and should be wrapped up by the end of December, officials said.
As crews work to complete the final stages of the first phase of the project, drivers that use Interstate 40 south of Raleigh will begin to see work ramp up on that section of the rebuild.
Weather permitting, construction crews in January will phase in traffic shifts on both I-40 East and West near the Gorman Street and Lake Wheeler road exits to allow construction to take place outside of barrier walls.
Following that work, crews will continue to add barrier walls along the rest of the I-40 section of the Fortify rebuild until the entire 8-mile stretch of highway is reduced to a three-lane traffic pattern.
“Rebuilding this roadway is critical to keeping thousands of North Carolinians connected to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation each day,” NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata said in a statement. “I’m proud that state government agencies, as well as other community partners, are working together to provide innovative ways to keep traffic flowing and help drivers to get where they need to go while these important safety improvements are under way.”
DOT officials are asking local employers for their help to get 30,000 vehicles off the road during peak commute times, which are 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
State government agencies are proactively helping the road rebuild effort by offering employees ways to avoid I-40 and I-440 during peak travel times through alternate work schedules, alternate work sites, teleworking and alternate forms of transportation, officials said.
The North Carolina Department of Administration is also offering government workers in Wake County a GoPass as part of a pilot program associated with the Fortify project.