Lane shift work to continue on I-440 east of Raleigh
Posted January 10, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Department of Transportation crews will continue work over the weekend and in the next two weeks to complete lane closures in both directions on Interstate 440 just east of downtown Raleigh.
Work on the Fortify project began in December, with lanes reduced between the I-440/Interstate 40 interchange and Poole Road. Since then, crews have been trying to complete lane closures in both directions up to the U.S. Highway 64/264 interchange in order to install permanent construction barriers that will remain in place until late in the year.
Weather permitting, crews will return to I-440 West on Sunday and Monday night to complete lane closures from Poole Road to U.S. 64. Concrete barriers will replace orange construction barrels in that stretch of highway by the end of next week.
In sections of I-440 West already blocked by barriers, crews will begin milling work to replace the highway surface.
Duke Energy crews will create a rolling closure on I-440 West near the I-40 split early next week to run power to a temporary asphalt plant that will supply materials to work crews throughout the project.
Closures will last less than 15 minutes at a time as Duke Energy installs power.
On I-440 East, lane closures will be installed by the middle of next week from U.S. 64 toward I-40. Concrete barriers will likely be installed on both sides of I-440 by late January.
Once the concrete barriers are in place, that's when the big work begins. Crews will work around the clock to cut out the interstate and rebuild it piece by piece.
Once that section of I-440 is replaced, the crews move on to the bigger piece of the Fortify project – replacing pavement on the stretch of I-40 that circles south of downtown Raleigh.
That work should begin early next year and continue into 2016.