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Nighttime lane closures returning to I-440 Monday

Posted November 8, 2013

40/440 Fortify

— Nighttime lane closures associated with the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Fortify project will return Monday night and run all week on Interstate 440 between the Interstate 40 split and the bridge over Crabtree Creek just north of the U.S. Highway 64/264 exit. 

Work crews will begin grinding down rumble strips along the edge of the outside lanes on I-440 East and West, prepping the shoulder to become a travel lane once the Fortify project begins in earnest. 

Weather permitting, crews will close lanes between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Monday through Friday, with the start time of work remaining flexible based on traffic volume. Work could be delayed until as late as 11 p.m. on each night if traffic is heavy, and work could also continue on Saturday night if it is not completed during the work week. 40/440 Fortify Fortify - Rebuilding I-40/440

Drivers should use caution when accessing the shoulder in the work area, as the milling work on the rumble strips is expected to leave about 1.5-inch drop between the outside lanes and the shoulders in both directions. Uneven pavement signs will be installed, and the shoulders will be lined with barrels, officials said. 

Crews will also continue work next week on an asphalt plant in the median of the split. The work will occur during the day, but no lane closures will be required, DOT officials said.

Nighttime lane closures on I-440 are expected to continue until work is halted for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Daytime lane closures could begin in early December, and the 2.5-mile section of I-440 that is part of the rebuild will be complete by late 2014.

Crews will then move to I-40, with daytime lane closures beginning late in 2014. The entire project should be complete by the fall of 2016, DOT officials said.


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