Lane Marking Points the Way Toward End of I-40 Repaving Project

Posted August 21, 2007
Updated October 5, 2007

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— Crews working for the state Department of Transportation will close two of three westbound lanes of Interstate 40 in places in Durham County on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights, but the project is close to completion.

According to the state's weekly update, issued Friday afternoon, lane marking will close the westbound lanes:

  • From 8 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m., Saturday from Exit 279 (N.C. Highway 147/Durham Freeway) to Exit 278 (N.C. Highway 55)
  • From 8 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m., Sunday from Exit 278 (N.C. 55) to Exit 276 (Fayetteville Road)
  • From 8 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m., Monday from Exit 276 (Fayetteville Road) to Exit 273 (N.C. Highway 54)
  • From 8 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m., Tuesday from Exit 273 (N.C. 54) to Exit 270 (U.S. Highway 15/501)

After that, it looks like drivers will have clear sailing.

Tuesday night's and Wednesday night's work will be on eastbound exit and entrance ramps, leaving all travel lanes open. On Wednesday night, workers will begin cleaning up from the project, NCDOT said. No work at all is planned from Friday, Oct. 12 through Oct. 22 to allow clear sailing for people going to the State Fair in Raleigh.

The state had to rip up concrete that had been laid improperly over the two lanes that were in place before the road was widened. The third lane – the left-most lane in each direction – was put in new at that time and didn't have the break-up problems that happened with the repaved two lanes, NCDOT engineers explained.

Lane Construction Corp. of Meriden, Conn., is doing the work.

The DOT posts schedules for work and lane closures on a Web site for the project. Drivers can always check traffic conditions on the interstate on WRAL's traffic cameras page.


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  • jasonicholas Oct 1, 2007

    still allowed to post on this one WRAL?

  • jasonicholas Oct 1, 2007

    Is this the reason I am going to have to pay to drive on southern loop of I-540, excuse me, NC-540 (change name so they can take money/toll)? It was always supposed to be I-540 all the way around. Toll it all or don't toll at all. Sorry off topic, just this road mess around here is never ending...

  • smdrm Oct 1, 2007

    Everytime you post an article on this topic, you mention the DOT's website as a source for the latest news on the closures. It sure would be nice if you would include that URL instead of just mentioning it in passing.

  • oldrebel Oct 1, 2007

    I'm beginning to wish I'd invested heavily in a local paving company rather than Honeywell and Progress Energy.

  • FloydRTurbo Sep 7, 2007

    local football fans trying to get to area stadiums next Saturday will have something else to cuss about ....

  • mrtwinturbo Sep 7, 2007

    I haven't been on I-40 in a couple of years now, but the way I see it they need to either add two more lanes at each Cary exit (or close them altogether no one wants to go there anyway)That is the biggest bottle neck I have ever seen. Stopped traffic on an interstate should not happen

  • pbjbeach Aug 22, 2007

    in the origial bothced concrete overlay job it wasn't lane or granite construction companies it was a sub-contractor of granite's which was mccarthy improvements co

  • chargernut69 Aug 22, 2007

    maybe they won't pick the lowest bidder next time..... The new NC-540 section of the road is great, nice and smooth.....

  • youtoo Aug 22, 2007

    William Tell - The same company did not get paid twice. Granite Construction was the company that did the original botched job. Lane Construstion is the company doing the repais.

  • William Tell Aug 21, 2007

    I am just glad that the same company was able to make money twice from the same job. Bend over john q. public. someone at DOT must have taken a bribe for this to be able to happen. Can we get an indepth investigation of this.