Fortify

Good News: Fortify construction close to completion

Posted July 27

— After years of construction, the Fortify project is coming to a close.

All westbound lanes are now open on most of Interstate 40. The last stretch between Gorman Street and Interstate 440 will reopen in the coming weeks.

Eastbound lanes will also be opening soon.

But drivers will still have to deal with a few problems, including uneven pavement and grooves in the road. Department of Transportation officials say overnight repaving will add a fresh layer of asphalt.

"If you're going to that new asphalt, there is that bump going up and coming off, which is why we keep pushing for the 60 mph. The faster you go, the more severe the bump," said DOT spokesman Steve Abbott.

Interstate 40 should be in its final traffic pattern by the fall.

The South Saunders Street exit should reopen fully sometime next week.

3 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Jim Frei Jul 27, 9:11 p.m.
    user avatar

    Hasn't this same article been published very other week since February?

  • Charles Boyer Jul 27, 9:07 p.m.
    user avatar

    They keep saying it is nearly done, but I keep passing by the US1 to Gorman Street area where the new road's subbase is not even built, much less its base course or final paving.

    And if parts that are finished are any indication of the final product then you may as well figure they'll be out there rebuilding it again in 10-15 years because it's going to fall apart pretty quickly.

  • Matthew Rose Jul 27, 6:48 p.m.
    user avatar

    If you call that bumpy, sloppy, uneven sad excuse for a road almost finished, then i guess i don't know what a road is supposed to be. I lived in Thailand for a while and i used to always make fun of their highways and compared them to roads in the us. The belt line project makes those roads look like they were done by professionals. I hope that they decide to spend money on roads that really need help than waste it on this terrible raod.