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I-40, I-85 Ramp Closures

Posted August 20, 2004

— Rotating ramp closures strike again on Interstate 40 and Interstate 85 this weekend.

FRIDAY

The Department of Transportation temporarily will close the southbound Interstate 85 off-ramp and the northbound I-85 on-ramp at Hillandale Road in Durham, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday.

The closure will be in place until late September. DOT officials said the closure is necessary to reconstruct the ramps for the new Hillandale Road Bridge as part of the I-85 widening project.

Also beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, the DOT temporarily will close the westbound I-40 on and off-ramps at N.C. 751 (Exit 274) in Durham County.

The ramps will remain closed for approximately 60 days.

Motorists traveling on I-85 South needing to take Hillandale Road can use the following detour:

  • Take Guess Road (exit 175) to Carver Street to Hillandale Road.
  • Take Cole Mill Road (exit 173) to Rose of Sharon Road to Carver Street to Hillandale Road.
  • Hillandale Road motorists needing to take I-85 North can use the following detour:

  • Take Hillandale Road to Carver Street to Rose of Sharon Road to Cole Mill Road to I-85 North.
  • Take Hillandale Road to Carver Street to Guess Road to I-85 North.
  • Motorists affected by the closure of the 751 exit ramps can use the following signed detours:

  • I-40 westbound traffic needing to exit at N.C. 751 will continue westbound to the N.C. 54 exit (Exit 273) and then take I-40 East back to N.C. 751.
  • N.C. 751 motorists needing to access I-40 West will take I-40 East to the Fayetteville Road Exit (Exit 276) and then access I-40 West.
  • The closures are necessary as part of the I-40 widening project. The NCDOT is widening I-40 from 4 to 6 lanes and installing concrete median barriers. The 10.6 mile section extends from the Orange County line to N.C. 147 (Durham Freeway).

    The westbound I-40 on and off-ramps at Fayetteville Road (Exit 276), which were closed on July 29, will be re-opened Friday prior to the ramp closures at N.C. 751.

    SAT.

    The DOT temporarily will close the westbound I-40 on-and-off ramps at N.C. 55 (Exit 278) in Durham County beginning Saturday.

    The ramps will remain closed for about 60 days.

    Motorists should use the following signed detours:

  • I-40 westbound traffic needing to exit at N.C. 55 will continue westbound to the Fayetteville Road exit (Exit 276) and then take I-40 East back to N.C. 55.
  • N.C. 55 motorists needing to access I-40 West will take I-40 East to the N.C. 147 exit (Exit 279) and then access I-40 West.
  • The westbound I-40 on-and-off-ramps at N.C. 147 (Exit 279), which were closed July 9, will be reopened Saturday before the ramp closures at N.C. 55.

    The closures are necessary as part of the I-40 widening project. The department is widening I-40 from four to six lanes and installing concrete median barriers. The 10.6 mile section extends from the Orange County line to the Durham Freeway.

    The project is anticipated to be completed in late 2005.

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