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I-40 Repaving Will Be Up and Down – the Ramps

Posted May 18, 2007
Updated August 13, 2007

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— Ramp paving is the order of the day – and the week – for the Interstate 40 project in Durham County.

Work is slated for 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday nights to 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights to 8 a.m.

This week's and next weekend's schedules from the state Department of Transportation are:

  • Monday, Aug. 13, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14 (westbound ramps at Exit 278)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 14, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15 (westbound ramps at Exit 276)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 16 (westbound, Exit 276 to Exit 274)
  • Thursday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Friday, Aug. 17 (westbound ramps at Exit 274)
  • Friday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 18 (westbound, Exit 278 to Exit 276)
  • Saturday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 19 (westbound, Exit 278 to Exit 276)
  • Sunday, Aug. 19, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday, Aug. 20 (westbound ramp at 273)

Work on the highway is always subject to weather, and rain prevents paving.

Check on WRAL's traffic cameras page to see how traffic is – or isn't – moving on the stretch of I-40 that affects you.

The overall project covers 10.4 miles between the Durham County line, just west of U.S. 15-501, and the Durham Freeway, Exit 279. NCDOT hopes crews will get almost all of both eastbound and westbound sides done by fall, then will finish up next spring.

The repaving zone is where the highway was widened a few years ago. Workers are taking out the concrete and replacing it with blacktop. The concrete was not installed properly and began to break up shortly afterward.

The NCDOT posts the schedule on the project Web site. It is usually updated on Fridays.

NCDOT's first recommended detour for hours when the road is narrowed is for eastbound motorists to take Interstate 85 to the Durham Freeway south back to I-40, circumventing the road construction. The westbound detour is the Freeway to I-85 to I-40.

For travelers going farther, the department offers a second detour, taking U.S. 1 south to U.S. 64 west to U.S 421 north to I-85 south to U.S. 220 north to the Greensboro/Triad area, and U.S. 1 south to U.S. 64 west to U.S. 421 north to I-85 south to Charlotte.

Crews began widening the Durham stretch of I-40 to three lanes in each directions in 2003 and completed the $50 million project in 2004, but the top layer of the interstate began crumbling and forming potholes in the summer of 2005.

The DOT said the problem was because workers with Granite Construction failed to make 3-inch pavement expansion grooves along the I-40 stretch.

Last November, Granite Construction agreed to pay $3 million for repairs, and the federal government agreed to pay $14.4 million.

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.

The DOT announces details about closures, including specific dates, times and locations, as the construction goes on and the project progresses. Information is in the NCDOT I-40 project Web site announcement.

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  • Steve Crisp Jul 29, 2007

    If you wanted to eliminate all thermal expansion and cracking, build the roads out of Pyrex. Of course, that would give a whole new meaning to the road being "slick as glass."

  • Steve Crisp Jul 29, 2007

    What I find funny is all the folks complaining about the "detour" around the construction zone, namely I-40 to 147 to I-85.

    That's not a detour; it's the original route to get from Raleigh to I-85. Except 147 used to terminate at Erwin Road and you had to take residential surface roads to get back to the Interstate. I-85 that is; I-40 didn't exist yet.

    Your only other option was Glenwood/Hwy. 70 to I-85, but that was even worse. I really believe all those traffic lights were installed and intentionally mis-timed back during the Triassic Period and THEN they build the road millions of years later.

  • areadriver Jun 23, 2007

    NC to GA, the problem is that they DIDN'T rip up the old concrete. They poured three more inches of new concrete over the old. Concrete is much harder than asphalt. That is why it needs expansion joints, to expand and contract. No joints or joints that weren't the right size and its going to break somewhere other than where its supposed to (the expansion joint). Asphalt is "flexible". That's why there's no expansion joints in it. It gets hot, it flattens out a little more and spreads sideways a little. You wouldn't know it even by looking at it. In the winter it gets cold and contracts (shrinks) just barely, but it does.
    But you are right, we will be replacing this again...soon. Concrete and aspahalt expand and contract at differnt rates. So they put asphalt over concrete. WHen the concrete moves under the asphalt, its going to crack the asphalt. For an example look at the ramp from US1 N in Cary onto I-40 east, you can see where the expansion joints are under the asphalt

  • gopanthers Jun 23, 2007

    engineer - I heard you can only lay asphalt when the temp is above 55 degrees. I'm no expert and don't know. Is that ture?

  • engineerNCSU Jun 21, 2007

    Actually, asphalt mixtures are better than they ever used to be. The problem is, the complete behavior of asphalt (thermal expansion, crack propagation, etc.) is not completely understood. I'm an engineer at State and I have a friend who worked for the DOT and has told me about how well asphalt works and how bad it USED to be.

  • pbjbeach Jun 19, 2007

    just a new little tid bit for you'll it isn't just the section of I-40 THAT IS GETTING REPAVED US-64 AROUND THE TAROBORO, NC AREA IS GETTING A NEW REPAVING ALSO AN THIS SECTION OF ROADWAY IS ONLY AROUND SEVEN YEARS OLD AN A RESURFACING PROJECT HAVING TO BE DONE ON A RELEATIVE NEW SECTION OF HIGHWAY IS JUST CRAZY ASPHALT PAVEMENT USE TO LAST 15-17 YEARS AN NOW IT IS HAVING TO BE RESURFACED AROUND EVERY 5 TO 7 YEARS. ASPHALT MIXTURES JUST AREN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE IN THIS STATE THAT IS WHY WE ARE GOING TO LOSE THE TITLE OF THE GOOD ROADS STATE WE USED TO HAVE

  • Nobody but Carolina Jun 5, 2007

    Hmm, I wonder if that weekend work on I-40 east from June 9 to June 11 will finish up that part of the project. It would be nice as I come home from the mountains the following weekend and it would be nice not to have to try and remember the detour around if I don't have to.

  • JustMyView Jun 3, 2007

    anybody notice that the traffic cameras are mislabeled on the WRAL traffic page (4:30p on Sunday) -- the camera for Holly Springs & Cary Pkwy is wrong -- I think the others are as well ?????

  • nosouthernershere Jun 3, 2007

    yes, imports are more expensive to repair, nice thing is, they rarely break down. Your Caravan has inherit tranny problems too. Did you not do any research. If you had, you would have found out the all Chrysler products are plagued with tranny and electrical problems, I went Honda

  • casper20000 Jun 3, 2007

    whats it to ya posted::but our Country needs to lookout for our own economy..Our new Dodge Grand Caravan gets better Gas economy than the sorry KIA did.

    I had a Kia Sedona, replaced the transmission twice b4 50,000 miles, when the tranny messed up a 3rd time, went and traded it for a Dodge Grand Caravan SXT. American name, but made closer to home.

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