Fortify crews postpone putting final touches on new lanes of I-440 West

Posted January 16, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015

Fortify work on Interstate 40 south of Raleigh.

— Construction crews are putting the final touches on new travel lanes of Interstate 440 West that have been repaved during the Fortify project – the behemoth rebuild of Interstate 40 and Interstate 440 on the southeast side of Raleigh.

The westbound lanes of I-440 will be in their final, three-lane traffic pattern within a few days, state Department of Transportation officials said. Crews were forced to postpone the opening of the third lane to traffic on Saturday evening due to rain in the weather forecast. Crews will need at least four nights of good weather to re-open three miles of westbound interstate to the new traffic pattern.

Once that is finished, crews will complete similar work on I-440 East. Weather permitting, that section of the highway should be open by the end of February.

Work on I-40 is ongoing, as crews continue to set up barrier walls and converting the outside shoulders into travel lanes.

DOT officials said drivers should use extra caution as they travel on I-40 south of Raleigh, an area known as the "Cattle Chute" because of the Fortify construction.

The 11.5-mile project is expected to be completed sometime in 2016.

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  • ncsuweatherboy Jan 16, 2015

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