Fortify construction crews waiting for good weather
Posted February 7, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Triangle children and parents haven't been the only ones watching weather forecasts lately.
Crews for Granite Construction, the company tasked with completing the massive overhaul of Interstates 40 and 440 south of Raleigh, may have spent just as much time checking out weather maps and forecasts.
The cold temperatures and on-again, off-again wet weather have continued to delay the installation of Fortify-related lane closures on a 1,500-foot section of I-440 West and 3-mile stretch of I-440 East.
State Department of Transportation engineer Steve Abbott said Friday that crews need one night of good weather to finish milling and striping work on I-440 West between Poole Road and the U.S. 64/264 interchange. Once that work is done, concrete barriers will be installed from the I-40/440 split to U.S. 64/264.
Then crews will then move to I-440 East. They will need six days of good weather to complete milling and striping work between U.S. 64/264 and the I-40/440 split, and then a few extra days to install concrete barriers that will be in place until late this year.
Where concrete barriers are in place, on I-440 West between the split and Poole Road, crews have already begun ripping up portions of the roadway.
Crews will work around the clock to cut out the interstate and rebuild it piece by piece.
Once that section of I-440 is replaced, the crews move on to the bigger piece of the Fortify project – replacing pavement on the stretch of I-40 that circles south of downtown Raleigh.
They have also continued work on parts of the project not dependent on weather. Early Friday morning, crews briefly shut down I-440 East to install girders for a temporary bridge that will be used by construction vehicles. The bridge will allow dump trucks and heavy equipment to access the I-40 and 440 sections of the project without impacting travel lanes.
Crews are also continuing to put the finishing touches on an asphalt plant that will supply the crews throughout the duration of the three-year project.