I-40 construction through Raleigh should finish by summer

Posted January 3

— After about three-and-a-half years of work, the Fortify project, repairing and rebuilding travel lanes across 11.5 miles of major highway just south of downtown Raleigh, is nearing an end.

Since the summer of 2013, commuters have dealt with narrowed and shifting lanes, limited space on the shoulder and the risk that a minor fender bender could prompt a major backup.

"It is horrible," said Shabrittany Dowtin. "I almost get into a car accident every morning."

Dowtin says her Interstate 40 commute is a tight, twisted squeeze.

"I cannot merge over, and I am tired of this construction," she said.

She'll welcome the end of the road work that Steve Abbott, spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said is in sight.

Through the rest of the winter months, crews will be working in the outside lanes of Interstate 40 through Raleigh. Drivers can expect intermittent ramp closures, Abbott said.

After that, it won't take long.

"We think you'll be back on the full road in the late spring or early summer," Abbott said.

After all lanes are open, crews will go back and add a final layer of fresh pavement. They'll do that work overnight, when fewer drivers are on the road.

Dowtin is counting down the months to a smoother ride.

After the Fortify project is complete, the DOT will turn to other big projects. In 2018, work could begin on widening I-40 through Garner and also on widening Interstate 440 in west Raleigh.


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  • Robert Swiger Sr. Jun 26, 7:30 a.m.
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    Need to enforce work zone speed limit.

  • Andrew Stephenson Jan 4, 2017
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    Err, speech-to-text program.

  • Andrew Stephenson Jan 4, 2017
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    Not to be THAT guy, but...this post was very hard to read. There isn't a single punctuation mark in the entire post and odd word usage, like "an" instead of "and" in almost every instance. These are two completely different words with different uses. Is English not your first language, or did you use some Voice-to-speech program?

  • Andrew Stephenson Jan 4, 2017
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    In all reality, the Fortify project (Crawleigh) has been far less intrusive than I had imagined. I drove it daily until just last month when I moved to Northeast Raleigh. It was never that big of a problem.

  • Paige Hall Jan 4, 2017
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    When the dot an it's fRadu lent contractors get through screwind over the taxpayers with unjustified an unjustifiable non specification work that does not meet the ncdot own states specification what are contractors going to do to make a living when they no longer have.project like this oNE to feed theur corruption an false claims an unjustified monthly Estimate payments with unjustified payments for undesevered payments line codes in these highway construction projects contracts that allows them to deregulated an defraud this states taxpaying citizens by allowing for unjustified payments to contractors at taxpayers expense with sorry non specification work that Wil fail an fall to pieces in short order after the completion of projects like these all across this state this article posted by Jim hall

  • Reggie Berryman Jan 3, 2017
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    I wish VDOT (Virginia Dept of Transportation) could complete a project in a timely fashion! Heck, it takes VDOT years to complete a few feet of sidewalk! Every project they undertake requires at least 15 years of study and by the time its completed...It's obsolete!