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Drivers warned of lane closure at I-40/Clayton Bypass merge

Posted January 25, 2012

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— A lane on Interstate 40 westbound at U.S. Highway 70 (the Clayton Bypass) will be closed Wednesday as crews work to re-paint the lanes. 

North Carolina Department of Transportation crews are closing the left lane from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The work was supposed to take place Sunday, but was delayed due to rain.  Traffic flow map On-Time Traffic: Maps, speed data any time  

The lane shift is designed to ease congestion on I-40.

Since September, cones and barrels have marked a temporary fix, a move DOT says has resulted in drivers merging more quickly from the bypass onto I-40. Initial reports on the trial were positive. So, officials decided to make it permanent. 

"(We) love it. It has made our commute much faster each day," Robert and Amanda Willis told WRAL News in December.

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Traffic is a little slower approaching the Clayton Bypass on westbound I-40, DOT spokesman Steve Abbott said, but in the merge area itself, the change has improved traffic flow.

"Overall, the trip is shorter and faster," he said.

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  • Bendal1 Jan 26, 2012

    Innocentbystander,

    Yes, in a perfect world everything would be done just as you believe they should. I-40 would have been widened first, and then the bypass built. Except, those two projects fall in two different divisions, with different funding amounts and priorities, and politicians wanting different things done first. Division 4 (where the bypass was mostly) wanted it built now, and not wait on Division 5 (where I-40 is) to widen that road. Don't like that? Welcome to NCDOT's world then, because the planners and engineers have to deal with that kind of thinking every single day.

  • Pseudonym Jan 25, 2012

    Quote from redwidow2009: "if i'm sitting there with my turn signal on, and i HAVE to get over, what's wrong with letting me in front of you..."

    One thing I have learned is that the only thing people like that understand is if you're rude right back. Step on the gas, cut them off, and then slow down to posted speed. No amount of reason, turn signals, or middle fingers will get through to them.

  • VW girl 2013 Jan 25, 2012

    I hate the lane closure. When coming from Hwy 42, traffic is way more backed up than it was before. This has ADDED a good 15 minutes to my commute and it SUCKS!

  • innocent bystander 3 Jan 25, 2012

    "In other words, it's a smart design because it saves the state money in the long run."

    No, a smart design would have been to widen 40W to the 70Bus merge BEFORE building a bypass that would dump more traffic onto that stretch of road than it could possibly handle. Further, NCDOT engineers know (or should know) a little bit about the less than optimal driving habits of people in this area, and should have allowed for that. Letting 2 lanes of busy commuter traffic from the bypass to merge onto a road that immediately reduces down to 2 lanes is simply poor planning.

  • country4ever Jan 25, 2012

    "I've yet to see one woman not flapping her gums while driving."

    "I believe you are addicted to exaggeration."

    Yes, YOUMAKEITSOEASY does!!

  • country4ever Jan 25, 2012

    Hey AWAKEMOM....I did not make that original statement: "Prove it! I've yet to see one woman not flapping her gums while driving." -- country4ever

    Umm -- well -- maybe you ought to follow me around sometime, cause I DO NOT TALK ON MY CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING. I do agree, I see more women on their phones than their male counterparts. However, not EVERY woman talks on their phone while driving.

    youmakeitsoeasy did...please read before pointing fingers. I was simply disagreeing with his statement. DUH

  • Bendal1 Jan 25, 2012

    timcapwell,

    The extra lane on I-40 that is now closed to traffic was built because it was cheaper to build it then to go back into that interchange and build it later when I-40 is widened up to US 70. In other words, it's a smart design because it saves the state money in the long run. The mistake was in opening it up now to traffic and thinking motorists would use it in an intelligent way. It should have always been kept closed until I-40 was widened further north, because motorists aren't smart when it comes to lane usage.

  • passport423 Jan 25, 2012

    "I've yet to see one woman not flapping her gums while driving."

    I believe you are addicted to exaggeration.

  • AWakeMom Jan 25, 2012

    "Prove it! I've yet to see one woman not flapping her gums while driving." -- country4ever

    Umm -- well -- maybe you ought to follow me around sometime, cause I DO NOT TALK ON MY CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING. I do agree, I see more women on their phones than their male counterparts. However, not EVERY woman talks on their phone while driving.

  • country4ever Jan 25, 2012

    "not everyone drives with a phone in their ear."

    Prove it! I've yet to see one woman not flapping her gums while driving. Just an hour ago had one come sliding through the intersection in front of me, tires just squealing, I look up, she's sliding through the light, smoke raging behind her and guess what she's doing?

    FLAPPING HER GUMS ON HER PHONE!

    I hope when she got back in her car after I screamed like a crazed mammal at her that she had soiled underwear and was shaking so bad she had to call someone to come get her. She deserves to enjoy the same feelings she just gave about 12 others. I hope she's still shaking!"

    OMG...you need to calm down and get over your self. I don't drive with a phone in my ear...so it's proven...not everyone does!!

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