Fortify construction changes traffic pattern on Hammond Road
Posted May 15
Updated May 20
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.