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There's No Way Out of I-40 Traffic This Weekend

Posted May 8, 1998

— Anyone with plans to travel Interstate-40 this weekend between Raleigh and Durham will need to allow extra time for sitting in traffic. In one section of the busy highway, two lanes in both will be closed in each direction while road crews work, leaving only one lane open each way.

The construction will run from Aviation Parkway to Highway 54. Crews will also be working on the Harrison Avenue bridge. Crews are working during daylight hours when most people use the interstate.

The department of transportation are completing work on the Harrison Avenue Bridge. Some motorists told WRAL's Stephanie Hawco they didn't mind the temporary inconvenience if, as promised, this project will relieve congestion a few months down the road.

The I-40/Harrison Avenue interchange is used by 35,000 cars every day. When the construction is complete, there will be two left-turn lanes on westbound I-40, but it won't be completely finished until August of this year.

"It is worth it to have a four-lane road instead of just two," said motorist Billy Dickerson.

I-40 will have all lanes open again by Monday morning, but the same areas will be closed again next weekend, from Friday evening to Monday morning.

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