Work Set for I-40 Thursday Night

Posted May 4, 2007
Updated May 19, 2007

— Lane closures for repaving on Interstate 40 in Durham County were scheduled to proceed Thursday night.

The project has been so hampered by weather that drivers cannot know in advance whether work will be going on every night, and the state announces every afternoon whether work will proceed.

Weather has interfered several times since the state Department of Transportation tried to get things rolling on April 9. The plan has been for a regular work schedule so drivers can accommodate it into their plans.

The current official work zone is from mile marker 275 to marker 277.Officials make day-by-day calls on working conditions.

Work is supposed to reach the Durham Freeway, N.C. 147, in June and then head back westbound and go on through November. The contractor is supposed to wrap up next spring after a winter layoff.

That schedule was devised before the NCDOT caught the string of bad breaks with weather. The effect of those delays is unclear.

The project involves replacing deteriorating concrete with asphalt while trying to keep road disruption to a minimum. NCDOT has to do the work because the contractor who widened the road — and snarled traffic in the process — a few years ago didn't put expansion joints in the pavement, and it began to break up shortly after the work was done.

Who was to blame for the mistakes originally has been in dispute, but the parties have agreed to divvy up the $21 million repair tab.

The DOT contracted Lane Construction Corp., of Meriden, Conn., for the repair job, which will continue through November and resume in March 2008. It is set to be complete by May 2008.

Information about lane closures is posted on the NCDOT I-40 project Web site.

The DOT is also talking with the trucking industry to help avoid major delays that motorists experienced during the original paving in 2003 and 2004.

"Our folks are meeting with the trucking industry to talk about this project, how long it's going to take, how much safer and quicker it'll be if they take the alternate route that we're suggesting," said DOT division engineer Wally Bowman. "We really think the trucking industry will abide by that."

The alternate route for motorists traveling east on I-40 is to take Interstate 85 to the Durham Freeway and for motorists traveling west to take the reverse route.

"No matter which way you go—we can't emphasize enough—this will not affect the morning commute or the afternoon commute," Bowman said.


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  • Dizzy May 6, 2007

    The DOT needs alot of training on repairing roads..they fill holes and now we have this nice little hump..or worse..a dip..nice you dont drive down the road you just semi-repaired

  • killing_me_softly May 5, 2007

    What has to happen to warrant repaving downtown Raleigh streets? I don't care how big or good your tires and/or shocks are, driving through there makes me feel like my vehicle is going to need repairs when I leave there.

  • CherryDarling May 4, 2007

    Sidenote... when they are done with I-40, I suppose we'll all have to watch them repave 540... which is falling more and more apart (for every hole they fill, five more are born)...

  • CherryDarling May 4, 2007

    I guess tomorrow the repaving will be delayed due to it being sunny... then the next day - delays for it being a day of the week that ends with "d-a-y"... then...

    well, you all get the point.


  • nc lover May 4, 2007

    Damn_Yankee - The roads in N.C. sure do suck. Your right about
    that. But give some credit - They sure do know how to landscape them. LOL

  • edits May 4, 2007

    Thanks Damn_Yankee.
    I'll look it up.

  • voicenurhead May 4, 2007

    NC DOT is not hittin' on much...never has. Think about the Raleigh beltline. As soon as they had the final leg completed, they turned around and started widening the beltline in sections. Why couldn't they have the foresight to build what we needed in the first place. The stretch of I40 between Chapel Hill & Greensboro has been under construction for 20 years.

  • Damn_Yankee May 4, 2007

    Portland Concrete Cement is the material that many roads are made from. Here's a link on it...

  • edits May 4, 2007

    What is Portland Concrete Cement?

  • Damn_Yankee May 4, 2007

    Virtually every road in NC sucks. Construction people here don't know Portland Concrete Cement from a pig roast. Hire some people who know what they are doing. Up north they build good roads and they build them relatively fast because of the short construction season. Down here, every day is nice, so what's the rush? And BTW, roads are supposed to be smooth and clean when completed, not undulated and covered with filthy asphalt tire tracks. Sheesh!