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Hit the Brakes: Weekend Repairs Close Lanes on I-40

Posted November 14, 2007
Updated November 17, 2007

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— The holiday travel headaches started early on Interstate 40 in Raleigh and Durham County when the state Department of Transportation closed lanes for scheduled repairs.

Transportation workers closed two of three eastbound lanes between exits 293 (U.S. Highways 1/64) and 295 (Gorman Street) at 9 p.m. Friday. The lane closures were scheduled to last until 6 a.m. Monday.

Starting Sunday morning, crews will also be repairing pavement in both directions of I-40 in Durham. The work will close intermittent lane closures between exits 276 (Fayetteville Road) and 273 (N.C. Highway 54).

The road work in Raleigh is part of a project to repave a 12.9-mile stretch of I-40 where the asphalt was laid back in the 1980s. Regular drivers over the stretch had complained about its condition.

"You can always hear the bumps as you're driving on 40," Raleigh resident Leslie Hatch said.

DOT officials said the nearly 30-year-old pavement needs an upgrade.

"It's work we've got to do," Andy Barry, a DOT engineer, said. "Hopefully, we'll be in and out real quick, and we'll give the road back, better than it was."

Drivers familiar with the sometimes bumpy ride on I-40 said the sooner the work gets done, the better.

"I'm sure it's going to be a headache for everybody, but in the end, it's O.K.; we can suck it up," Hatch said.

"Hey, it's got to be done," shrugged motorist Torrell Massey. "We'll find a way around it."

Raleigh resident Barbara Leoffler expressed hope that the project signaled better roads in the future.

"I look forward to expanding the road system around here to fit the population," she said. "At least, I'm hopeful that I have that to look forward to."

DOT officials advised that motorists can expect heavy delays during the lane closures. They recommended drivers use these alternate routes:

  • From I-40 East: Take Exit 283 onto I-540 to Exit 26-A U.S. 64/264, and then merge onto the I-440 Inner Beltline back to I-40 East via Exit 301.
  • From U.S. 1/64 to I-40 East: Take Exit 14 onto the I-440 Inner Beltline to I-40 East via Exit 301.

Crews will resume nightly lane closures on I-40 between Exit 289 (Wade Avenue) and the I-440/I-40 split (mile marker 301), starting at 9 p.m. Monday. There will be no weekday lane closures during construction. Lanes will remain open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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  • Mr. Iowa Nov 18, 2007

    All of you people complaining about Thanksgiving travel being disrupted- what part of "The lane closures were scheduled to last until 6 a.m. Monday" do you not understand? If the lanes are open during the week, how is that going to impact your plans?

    Some people whine for no reason.

  • Emerald Nov 18, 2007

    Just in time for the Thanksgiving travel - way to go DOT. We were stuck in that nightmare tonight and it was no fun. Just think how many drivers will travel that section during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Every year it seems that there is something going on on the highway just in time for the Thanksgiving travel time. Way to go DOT.

  • OpinionOnEverything Nov 17, 2007

    The patches will be needed to cure and settle for quite some time before the third lanes are added. I hear the widening project is getting moved up to the top of the list for Wake. It is most needed, but once it's finished, other traffic bottlenecks on I-40 will be created as a result. Until we stop growing it won't get much better out there.

  • pbjbeach Nov 17, 2007

    MAYBE THEY WILL MAKE THESE REPAIRS WITH THE GOOD OLD RELIABLE MIXTURE OF HDS ASPHALT SINCE THEY THINK THAT IT IS THE CURE ALL FOR EVERYTHING IF THEY WERE TO GO BACK TO LETTING STATE INSPECTORS DO THEIR JOBS AN RETURN TO THE OLD MIXTURE OF I-2 THIS PAVEMENT MIGHT LAST 15-17 YEARS BEFORE HAVE TO BE REPLACED AGAIN

  • 1Rx4FN Nov 14, 2007

    Too bad that the nightly closures won't involve adding a 3rd lane to I-40 beyond the Wade Avenue split.

    I'm glad they are working on this section of road - it is in bad repair.

  • Lissa13082 Nov 14, 2007

    Bob Sidel - well at least you get fair warning and a detour. You'll have nothing to complain about if you decide to go that way instead of another way. They do night work a lot but now that it's getting colder at night, it's harder for asphalt to stay warm at night in order to do night work...

  • Nobody but Carolina Nov 14, 2007

    They should actually be doing both weeknight and weekend. Adding the weeknight closures, they might not need to have as many lane closures while making these repairs. Too much sense, perhaps?

  • packandcanesfan Nov 14, 2007

    I know maintenance must be done but why wait until the weekend?? Do it overnight on weekdays when there is less traffic. I don't get it.

  • 2MuchPork4Just1Fork Nov 14, 2007

    This news could only be made better if "THEY" decided to close up lanes of 40 for Thanksgiving weekend. Perhaps they still will...

  • Bob Sidel Nov 14, 2007

    oh my gosh, when I was complaining about them needing to fix that section of 40 I didnt think they would get in my way in order to make the repairs, I have to go to home depot and bed bath & beyond this weekend. Im still gonna go that way and get stuck in traffic and then I'll be able to whine about that on monday.

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