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Fortify project to limit lanes on I-40 East in Raleigh

Posted July 31, 2015

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— Crews working on Raleigh's Fortify project on Interstate 40 plan to shift traffic Friday night in the eastbound lanes to three outside lanes, allowing room for work to rebuild the inside lanes. The net result is two fewer travel lanes between U.S. Highway 1 to Lake Wheeler Road.

Steve Abbot, a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, said crews will take about a week to work on the inside lanes from U.S. 1 to the Interstate 440 split, then they will reverse course and do the same on the westbound side.

All work will happen at night, but lane shifts and reductions will be in place 24 hours a day.

Drivers can expect increased travel times through the Fortify work zone, especially Friday afternoon as weekend travelers hit I-40 headed for the coast, Abbot said.

Engineers said to expect a 30 minute delay on I-40 during the morning and evening commutes with ideal conditions.

Abbot said if public transit isn’t an option, I-440 can be used as an alternate route.

“It looks longer on paper,” Abbot said. “It is longer, but if traffic is flowing, that’s a better way to go.”

The Fortify project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.


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  • Keith Raker Jul 31, 2015
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    This is one of the most confusing articles I have ever read on WRAL, and yet another brilliant decision by the NC DOT. It talks about happening from US-1 to Lake Wheeler road, yet the picture appears to show Lake Wheeler road to the I-40 / I-440 split? Also, why in the world would they keep the lanes shifted and impact traffic 24 hours a day if they are only working at night? One of the main reasons to work at night is to prevent the impact to daytime traffic! If they are going to impact traffic all day, why don't they work multiple shifts and get things done faster? I guess maybe 90+ degrees could be a good reason, but at least open the lanes up when not working (like they did when widening US-1 N in Cary). Traffic in that region around US-1/I-40 is already a nightmare on a normal afternoon. Guess I'll be requesting to WFH next week.

  • Rodney Hill Jul 31, 2015
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    Yeah, the first paragraph doesn't make sense. There's already (and always have been) 3 EB travel lanes from US1 to Lake Wheeler... Not sure what they're trying to say.

  • Jim Frei Jul 31, 2015
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    I believe that section is already 3 lanes and has been for some time now. When was this article written?