Traffic

DOT to Begin I-40 Paving Around Raleigh

Posted October 18, 2007
Updated October 22, 2007

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— The state Department of Transportation plans to begin repaving almost 13 miles of Interstate 40 west and south of Raleigh Monday night, officials said.

The "rehabilitation" project involves replacing damaged concrete slabs that are more than 20 years old between the Wade Avenue exit west of Raleigh to the I-40 split with the Interstate 440 Beltline southeast of the city.

Weather permitting, the work will begin at 9 p.m. Monday, and lanes will likely be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Some lanes also could be closed on weekends.

S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson will oversee the $8.5 million project, which is expected to be finished by next August.

Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid anticipated heavy delays.

Eastbound drivers can take Interstate 540 to U.S. Highway 64/264 West to the Inner I-440 Beltline and back to I-40 East.

Westbound drivers can take the Outer I-440 Beltline around Raleigh to I-40 West at Wade Avenue.

The speed limit will be 55 mph through the construction zone when lanes are closed and 65 mph at all other times. Restrictions on trucks in the left lane will be lifted during construction.

17 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • likemenow Oct 20, 2007

    RE:"Stud...this idiotic numbering so complicated that they will end up repaving eight miles of I-59 in Birmingham before they realize they're on the wrong road."....Another priceless Crisp blast....too funny...errr wait, he's actually got a point...this is the NCDOT

  • NeverSurrender Oct 19, 2007

    "Stud...this idiotic numbering so complicated that they will end up repaving eight miles of I-59 in Birmingham before they realize they're on the wrong road."

    ---

    I always chuckle when I visit relatives in Columbus, OH. Someone really boobed to have I-70 and I-71 in the same city...especially if you weren't aware that even-numbered Interstates are generally east-west roads.

  • Steve Crisp Oct 19, 2007

    Stud...this idiotic numbering so complicated that they will end up repaving eight miles of I-59 in Birmingham before they realize they're on the wrong road.

  • Professor Studley Oct 19, 2007

    "Have I just got really good suspensions on my cars? I travel I-440 all the time between Western and Crabtree and am not experiencing the same thing as apparently all others are."

    Steve you are thinking about the wrong section of road... The I-40/Western Blvd. interchange effected by this project is at MM 291 (signed Cary Town Blvd. exit 291). This story is not about any sections of interstate 440. (Barring the multiplexed I-40/440/ US 1/64/70 bypass / NC 50 route on the southern leg of the beltline MM 293 - MM 301) Ok... breathe... *pants*

  • Steve Crisp Oct 19, 2007

    Have I just got really good suspensions on my cars? I travel I-440 all the time between Western and Crabtree and am not experiencing the same thing as apparently all others are.

  • buzzcub Oct 19, 2007

    It's about time! This section of 40 has been in need of repaving or total concrete replacement for several years now. Concrete has crumbled badly nearly the entire stretch in both directions. The lane markers are faded so much that you can't see them at all in the dark, when the road is wet. Thanks DOT!

  • iamforjustice Oct 19, 2007

    I will be glad when the bottle neck on US1 South/I-440 is turned into 4 lanes or more. It needs to be 4 lanes all the way to Sanford actually. Raleigh needs a mass transit bad so I can ride the lite rail around the city. I hate driving downtown by the way. Never can find a good park either.

  • Bob Sidel Oct 19, 2007

    why cant the DOT just repair/widen the roads that I drive on. My times too important to be wasted in traffic, and my cars to valuable to be riding on poor roads. Im going to send them a map of the roads I drive on so they can stop wasting money.

  • Professor Studley Oct 19, 2007

    The Western Blvd. 40 interchange would be really easy to upgrade it is simple diamond interchange with one loop ;-). It needs a traffic light though.

    I agree, the section from Wade Ave (MM 289) to I-440 (MM 293) should be widened, yesterday... There's a lot of pavement to be replaced from MM 294 to MM 301, I wonder if they will be done by August...

  • ncmickey Oct 18, 2007

    I reread it and see its more than that....all the way to south east Raleigh at the 40/440 split. That pavement is real bad down there, but is plenty wide. That upper area needs to be wider though.

More...