Fortify

New travel lanes on I-440W to be opened Sunday

Posted July 18

— Freshly paved lanes of Interstate 440 West in the Fortify work zone will be opened this weekend, state Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

Construction crews from Granite Construction will be forced to work quickly overnight Saturday to switch travel lanes from the two outside lanes to the two inside lanes of I-440 West between the Interstate 40/440 split and U.S. Highway 64/264. Weather permitting, crews will begin to move construction barrels and median barriers at 11 p.m. Saturday.

The new traffic pattern will be slightly more complicated for drivers as they move up I-440 West, because they will be forced to cross two lanes under construction and the shoulder when they use exit ramps at Poole Road and U.S. 64/264. The lane shift for drivers accessing I-440 West from I-40 will also be more noticeable, officials said Friday.

The new traffic pattern will also essentially eliminate the shoulder along the stretch of I-440 in the work zone. DOT officials say drivers that experience car trouble should make every effort to get to the next exit. If a driver does break down in the work zone, the driver should stay inside the vehicle, turn on its flashers and call 911.

Crews are also continuing paving work on I-440 East, and traffic will be shifted onto new lanes on that side of the highway by the middle of August.

Once the paving on I-440 is done, crews will shift their attention to I-40, which makes up the bulk of the 11.1-mile rebuild project.

Although no major work is ongoing on I-40, there is bridge prep work and shoulder paving being done to prepare the highway for the major portion of the project.

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  • viking416 Jul 18, 3:38 p.m.

    When this things goes to the South 440 it will be chaos...it's bad enough now on that little stretch East of 40. When the beach traffic and rush hour traffic merge on Friday's it will be a parking lot

  • tracy6 Jul 18, 2:58 p.m.

    So will people actually go the posted 55 mph speed limit on this part or will they zoom past everyone else as usual?

  • UpChuck Jul 18, 1:51 p.m.

    Any guesses on how long this "new" pavement will last ? 1 yr. or 2 yrs?

    "The Good Roads... View More

    — Posted by mike275132

    Have you seen the roads in SC or VA? Our roads are infinitely better.

    — Posted by Anita Woody

    SC roads are by far better ...with a lower gas tax.

  • Anita Woody Jul 18, 12:07 p.m.

    Any guesses on how long this "new" pavement will last ? 1 yr. or 2 yrs?

    "The Good Roads... View More

    — Posted by mike275132

    Have you seen the roads in SC or VA? Our roads are infinitely better.

  • CherryDarling Jul 18, 10:22 a.m.

    I still maintain the state symbol should be those orange cones. They have been working on all the major roads in the area for years... and years... and years... with little progress being made.

  • mike275132 Jul 18, 10:01 a.m.

    Any guesses on how long this "new" pavement will last ? 1 yr. or 2 yrs?

    "The Good Roads State"