New travel lane opens on I-440 West in Fortify zone

Posted January 30, 2015

As crews finish paving two of four lanes on Interstate 440 West, they will shift traffic and allow cars to travel on the newly paved section of the highway.

— After several months of work, one of the first major milestones of the Fortify project was completed early Friday when crews completed the opening of the Interstate 440 West section of the project east of downtown Raleigh.

Crews opened up the new third travel lane between Interstate 40 and the U.S. Highway 64/264 exit, and officials said Friday that they expect the third lane to improve traffic flow for drivers coming off Interstate 40 as they head toward north Raleigh. 

Additional work will have to be completed on I-440 West in the coming weeks. Crews will work on some additional paving and lane striping in specific areas, and they will also be setting light poles and installing highway signs that include the new Interstate 495 designation for exit 14. 

Work continues on I-440 East, as crews are paving, installing signs and doing shoulder and drainage work. In mid-February, there is expected to be a weekend closure of one of the Poole Road ramps so it can be tied in with the rebuilt interstate. Construction crews could open up three new travel lanes on I-440 East by early March, weather permitting. 

As temperatures warm during the spring, crews will add a final top layer of asphalt on the I-440 section and put down permanent lane striping. 

Drivers will continue to notice more work on the I-40 section of the project. Crews have been preparing shoulders on both sides of the highway so they can become travel lanes in the spring. 

In the coming months, drivers on I-40 will start to see more barrier walls go up, limiting access to shoulders and the median. Once the I-40 zone is put into a three-lane pattern, which is expected to happen in late spring, the traffic patterns will remain in place until the entire project is completed in late 2016.


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  • archmaker Jan 30, 2015

    yea......that eastbound lane was backed up for nearly an hour Tuesday night.

    You know its bad when the fire truck behind you turns off their lights and gives up going to the accident.

    obviously realized they were not going to be the "first" responder.

  • Cindy Rose Jan 30, 2015
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    It was nice this morning, a little slow with folks getting used to it in the dark, but I like it!

  • Malakai Bluebone Jan 30, 2015
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    Would have been a lot more sensible to complete the East bound lanes first. Since this began it has been the eastbound side that backs up, the westbound side very little. But I guess sense or logic is lost on these clowns.

  • Paul Jenkins Jan 30, 2015
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    Thanks for the update. Oh, and thanks for the Friday humor!

    "[T]he traffic patterns will remain in place until the entire project is completed in late 2016."

    That's hilarious!