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Fortify lane closures in place on I-440

Posted March 14, 2014

Construction crews replace piping under Interstate 440 on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
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— Construction crews working on the Fortify project on Interstate 440 east of downtown Raleigh have finished installing lane closures that will allow workers to begin the massive overhaul of the highway.

Milder weather in the past two weeks has allowed crews to finish installing concrete barriers on I-440 East from U.S. Highway 64/264 to the Interstate 40/440 split, state Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

Granite Construction completed similar lane shifts on I-440 West from the I-40/440 split to U.S. 64/264 several weeks ago, and crews have been ripping up large portions of the highway.

DOT officials said Friday that the current traffic pattern will be in place through at least May.

Once it is pulled up, the asphalt will be crushed and used in the asphalt plant that was built in the middle of the work zone. All of the highway being replaced will be recycled and put back down when crews begin repaving, officials said. The asphalt plant could begin producing new asphalt for the project by the end of the month.

Once the inside lanes on I-440 East and West are repaved, crews will shift to the outside lanes.

Officials said Friday that crews hope to have the I-440 portion of the massive road rebuild done by Thanksgiving. Once that section is complete, crews will move on to the bigger piece of the project – replacing pavement on the 8-mile stretch of I-40 that circles south of downtown Raleigh.

Work on bridges on I-40 has already started. Crews have been doing nighttime prep work to widen bridges, and they are also continuing work to install a temporary bridge near the I-40/440 split that will allow trucks access to the asphalt plant and parts of the work zone without the trucks needing to use travel lanes.

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  • OBXBound Mar 14, 2014

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    That's what I thought as well.

  • Lee Howell Mar 14, 2014
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    "Once it is pulled up, the asphalt will be crushed and used in the asphalt plant that was built in the middle of the work zone. All of the highway being replaced will be recycled and put back down when crews begin repaving, officials said. The asphalt plant could begin producing new asphalt for the project by the end of the month."
    Not that familiar with asphalt recycling but isn't the reason that they are having to do all of this work is because of chemicals used when the road was put down the first time caused a degradation of the road base layers? If that is the case, aren't these same chemicals still in the asphalt and the same problem will occur if the asphalt is recycled, just at a slower rate?