Fortify construction changes traffic pattern on Hammond Road

Posted May 15, 2014
Updated May 20, 2014

— Crews working on the Fortify project in south Raleigh switched the way drivers access Interstate 40 East from Hammond Road early Tuesday.

For the next several months, drivers on Hammond Road north will access Interstate 40 East by turning left onto a ramp at a traffic light.

The old traffic pattern – which allowed drivers to access I-40 East via an on-ramp on the right side of Hammond Road – will be blocked so that crews from Granite Construction can prepare the bridge for lane shifts coming to I-40 in 2015.

Drivers on southbound Hammond Road won't notice any difference in the traffic pattern, officials said.

The bridge work at Hammond Road is also happening at several other bridges along I-40, between U.S. Highway 1 in Cary and I-440 in southeast Raleigh.

Crews will mill down rumble strips on bridge shoulders in order for them to become travel lanes once work begins in earnest on the I-40 portion of the Fortify project, which is a rebuild of an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440 between Cary and the U.S. 64/264 interchange in southeast Raleigh.

Crews are paving portions of I-440 West and will likely begin paving I-440 East in June. Major work on I-40 is not scheduled to begin until next year.


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  • Itsmyopinion67 May 20, 2014

    Which way do I go? Left or left-er?

  • norainonmyparade May 20, 2014

    Now, those who are used to driving in the left lane on Hammond to get onto 40-W now will find that staying in that lane directs them into the left turn lane for 40-E.

  • Eric Hammond May 20, 2014
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    during WWII a battalion of Seebees built a 10,000 ft runway (about 2 miles long) and fully functional airbase - everything from clearing jungle so thick you had to hack your way through it with a machete, crushing the coral rock for the runway base layer, building the concrete plant, laying the runway, building the support infrastructure, their own housing for the project, etc. and they did it in 90 DAYS! (less than 3 months for newly constructed runway (much thicker than a road) and they did it with small bulldozers, a couple of road graders and MANUAL LABOR! now explain to me why this is taking so dog-gone long!! (I know why, but want to see if anyone else tumbles to the right answer)

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  • bejeweled23 May 20, 2014

    The US 1 bridge on I-40 is City of Raleigh WRAL. Raleigh annexed I-40 from Wade Ave to the I-40/I-440 split several years ago. Is accurate and factual reporting a thing of the past?

  • norainonmyparade May 15, 2014

    They're already closing lanes each day on Hammond for the past few days and traffic is already getting backed up. Next week is going to be an adjustment... with even more delays.

  • SaveEnergyMan May 15, 2014

    This is going to be a disaster next week. Lots of people make that right turn to go up to I-40 East. Making them wait at a light is going to clog up the left lane where the other 50% of traffic goes to make the trip to I-40 West. During rush hour in the morning, traffic to 40 West routinely backs up to the previous light where the 40 East people will be turning next week. Looks like Fortify will be a 2 year headache for some.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning May 15, 2014

    It's actually gone surprisingly well so far. Once they hit a large portion of 40 it will be rough. Hopefully I can limit my trips on it to 2 or 3 days a week.