More lane shifts expected in Fortify zone Friday night

Posted September 11, 2015

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— Additional lane shifts are expected Friday night on Interstate 40 East in the Fortify work zone in south Raleigh.

Weather permitting, crews will shift traffic on I-40 East from Hammond Road to Rock Quarry Road. The resulting three-lane pattern will remain through that stretch until the completion of the project. Shifts planned for Friday night are similar to those already in place on I-40 East between Jones Franklin Road and Hammond Road.

State Department of Transportation officials said the new travel lanes will be marked with white lane stripes. Old lane markings will be blacked out or ground out of the highway, creating a bumpier trip through the construction zone.

Officials said drivers should use extra caution as they adjust to the new pattern.

Similar lane shifts on I-40 West are expected later in September. The complete rebuild of I-40 in south Raleigh is expected to be finished in late 2016.

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  • Andrew Stephenson Oct 8, 2015
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    I never got to experience the 440 part of Fortify, so I wonder how lane shifts will work once they start closing off inner-lanes. I assume they will force traffic to pick either going left or right around the construction lane. Do they then allow you to get back to the right lane at specific spots near exits, or are you just kinda stuck in the inner lane all the way through the construction zone? It's going to be terrible when there is only one lane available to the right of the construction lane.