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DOT closing I-40 lanes to widen highway

Posted November 8, 2010

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— The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close lanes on Interstate 40 East from Wade Avenue to east of the Jones Franklin Road overpass in Wake County beginning Monday night, weather permitting.

The lane closures are necessary for crews to begin shifting traffic as part of the project to widen I-40, according to the DOT. Once the shift is complete, crews can begin working on the existing lanes to seal the cracks, repave and repair the shoulders.

Work will take place from east of the Jones Franklin overpass to the U.S. Highway 1/64 bridges Monday from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Crews are expected to continue nightly on the following sections of I-40 until the re-striping and subsequent traffic shifts are complete.

  • I-40 East from Cary Towne Boulevard (Exit 291) to the U.S. 1/64 bridges on Tuesday from 9 p.m. until Wednesday at 6 a.m.;
  • I-40 East from N.C. 54 (Exit 290) to Cary Towne Boulevard on Wednesday from 9 p.m. until Thursday at 6 a.m.;
  • I-40 East from Wade Avenue (Exit 289) to N.C. 54 on Thursday from 9 p.m. until Friday at 6 a.m.

At least one lane of traffic will remain open at all times.

More work is scheduled to complete the eastbound shift next weekend. Once crews complete the shift in the eastbound direction, they will move to the westbound direction. Additional information will be released next week.

The work is a part of the project to widen 6.2 miles of I-40 from Wade Avenue to east of the Jones Franklin Road bridge. The project is anticipated to be complete by June 30, 2011.

Updated travel information is also available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter.

For more information on this project, visit www.ncdot.gov/projects/I4744/ or contact the resident engineer at 919-250-4202.


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  • Bob Sidel Nov 11, 2010

    I have to say, the work they've done on I-40 looks great, especially at night with the bright lighting. I never thought I'd say this but, thanks DOT.

  • Bendal1 Nov 9, 2010


    You are clueless if you think "double decking US 1 to Wake Forest" would only cost tens of millions of dollars. There is a plan in the works to widen US 1 north of I-540 but the cost is a lot more than tens of millions of dollars.

  • Bendal1 Nov 9, 2010

    Whine, whine, whine. Some of you would gripe about being hung with a new rope. That section of I-40 is LONG overdue for widening, it's a project that has zero impact on the surrounding area, it's cost effective and set up for future expansion, and some of you are STILL whining about the slight inconvenience. How about getting up a few minutes earlier so you'll get to work on time if you're so vital to your business that you must get there at a certain time? Sheesh.

  • Baybee Doll Nov 8, 2010

    I avoid 40 & 440 as much as possible. If you get in an accident at 45 mph at least you have a chance. People drive 80+ mph on the highways.

  • white0333 Nov 8, 2010

    mugu... blah blah blah if it want for those dump trucks you would not have a road.not like your little computer job they make a differnce for everybody that drives in raleigh.

  • jockeyshiftspringer Nov 8, 2010

    mwerevu2002 said: "its even cheaper to get you a helicopter"

    My helicopter is in the shop having new instruments installed so I'm having to drive for now.

  • Mugu Nov 8, 2010

    If we got rid of the yankees we would not have to widen the roads.

    I hate construction because of these inconsiderate dump truck drivers spreading gravel all over our windshield because they are speeding and spilling their loads all over the freeway.

    It makes me laugh when I see the sticker "Not Responsible For Windshields" because if the offending item that breaks your windshield comes from the bed of the truck, they are sure as heck responsible for not securing their loads.

  • pulstar40 Nov 8, 2010

    Gswalker51 states " Zig-zagging is fun at 85 miles an hour with dump trucks on my bumper."

    85 mph? Where in the entire state is the speed limit 85? Perhaps that's why you are having trouble driving the curves.

  • gswalker51 Nov 8, 2010

    This is going really well. Especially the part where we're going to eventually have twice as many lanes which will snarl to the same stop because they weave through the same blind curves and treelines as the 2 lanes did. Whatever we do, don't upset the wildlife and recreation zones near precious Cary. Zig-zagging is fun at 85 miles an hour with dump trucks on my bumper.

  • baracus Nov 8, 2010

    " ...which begs the question:who are you and what have you done for NC for us to do all that work to make you happy?Have you looked into moving to another state?"

    uh-oh, looks like somebody has a bad case of the Mondays.