DOT: Wake paving projects will be 'a lot of hassle for traffic'

Posted June 15, 2012
Updated June 16, 2012

— Two big highway projects will have a major impact on Wake County drivers, bringing years of potential traffic headaches.

U.S. Highway 70 Business, a major shopping and industrial corridor that runs through the heart of Garner, will get a $6-million face lift beginning Saturday as crews repave U.S. 70 from Hammond Road to Interstate 40.

Hammond Road also will get a fresh layer of asphalt between U.S. 70 and I-40, but state Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Abbott says the good news is the work will happen overnight.

U.S. 70 paving in Garner

“Motorists shouldn't really notice anything, except the road getting better,” Abbott said.

The work should be finished by Thanksgiving, but more road work lies ahead. The repaving work in Garner has to be finished before crews can begin work on another big repaving project on I-40 in Raleigh.

Starting next March, the DOT plans to reconstruct I-40 from U.S. Highway 1 near Cary all the way through south and east Raleigh, including Interstate 440 to the Knightdale Bypass. The rehabilitation will take two years and require major daytime lane closures along the Interstate.

“Some projects, you can do the work at night, open the lane in the morning. The road is going to be torn up,” Abbott said.

I-40 reconstruction in Raleigh

With those major closures, the DOT has to find a way to funnel about 30,000 cars a day off that section of I-40. U.S. 70 Business through Garner will be one of those alternate routes.

“It's going to be a lot of hassle for traffic. You may want to find alternate routes, change your schedule,” Abbott said.

US 70 Paving projects present problems

Michael Robinson uses that stretch of I-40 all the time and said he’s already thinking about how that repaving project will change his life.

“I’m going to have to plan ahead, that's obvious, (and) try to figure alternate routes to take to get back and forth to work,” he said.

A freshly paved U.S. 70 through Garner might be his best option.


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  • MindBomb Jun 15, 2012

    So agree with you, Justafella. Who's bright idea was it to go from 3/4 lanes down to 2??? It takes forever to drive thru there sometimes.

  • bandit Jun 15, 2012


    "Must have used the same poor quality asphalt that was used on I-795 between Wilson and Goldsboro"

  • liskm Jun 15, 2012

    Get what you moved here for and wasn't prepared for, nor payed for in advance! Nor do you seem to want to foot the bill for since arrival

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 15, 2012

    Rarely go to Raleigh, so don't care. I do wonder where all this money is coming from though.

  • we-r-just-human Jun 15, 2012

    "Steve Abbott says the good news is the work will happen overnight." I think they mean "during the night" We all know it won't happen "overnight"

  • justafella Jun 15, 2012

    They need to redo the section of 440 from WADE avenue to US1 south. 2 lane nightmare until you get to Cary.

  • woodybeez Jun 15, 2012

    yes they did rehabiltate that same stretch of I40 and 440 a few years ago and it took them forever and ever to do it. along with another stretch close to Poole Rd as well.

  • woodybeez Jun 15, 2012

    all this state does is go tear up a road so they can fix it. where I live they have worked and worked and worked on the road and fiddled and fiddled and accomplished very little. Just a BIG waste of tax payers dollars as usual. great how money is wasted away when it belongs to some one else.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 15, 2012

    WRAL, it's I-440. It's not NC-440.

  • ConservativeVoter Jun 15, 2012

    Didn't they rehabilitate that same stretch of I-40 and I-440 a few years ago?

    Must have used the same poor quality asphalt that was used on I-795 between Wilson and Goldsboro.