Lane closures to begin this week on I-440W
Posted December 9, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The long-awaited daytime lane closures associated with the Fortify road project are scheduled to begin on Interstate 440 West this week, according to state Department of Transportation officials.
Weather permitting, construction crews will reduce traffic on I-440 West to two lanes by midweek.
DOT officials said drivers traveling the roadway will see a new traffic pattern designed to improve traffic flow and make the work zone safer.
On I-440 West, crews plan to begin putting up construction barrels near the ramp from I-40 to I-440 West at about 11 p.m. Monday. Once closures are completed, crews will go back and replace barrels with concrete barriers that will stay up throughout the duration of the I-440 work.
Meanwhile, motorists on eastbound I-40 will use the same exit ramp pattern already in place, with the two left lanes carrying traffic onto I-440 and through the work zone.
The schedule for daytime closures for I-440 West is "heavily contingent" on the weather, transportation officials said. Lane striping must be done for safety reasons before any lane shifts can take place, and that requires a minimum nighttime temperature.
If it too cold for striping, officials said, the lane shifts and closings will be moved to a later date.
Fortify is the state's project to rebuild an 11.5-mile stretch of the heavily traveled I-40/440.