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Construction In Durham County Forces DOT To Use Stop Signs On I-40

Posted April 23, 2003

— The North Carolina Department of Transportation will temporarily shift traffic on Interstate 40 in Durham County.

Beginning Tuesday, engineers will move the eastbound lanes of I-40 near Highway 54 to the existing right lane and the outside shoulder. During the shift, trucks should use the left lane.

The merge lanes onto I-40 will be eliminated and the entrance ramps from the overpasses will have stop signs at the connection with I-40.

"Because a lane of traffic is going to have to be on the outside shoulder, there will not be an acceleration lane for people to merge into traffic," DOT project engineer Wiley Jones said. "They are going to have to come to a stop at the end of the exit ramp, wait for a gap in traffic and go when it is safe."

The new traffic pattern will be in place for about two months.

Eastbound lanes will be affected first. The stop signs will pop up at other interchanges over the next few months.

NCDOT reminds motorists to obey the posted speed limit, and be aware of construction workers in the work zone. Stay alert and watch signs for construction information.

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