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Weekend closures on I-540 to correct problems

Posted June 11, 2008

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— The state Department of Transportation is temporarily reducing the number of lanes along a mile stretch of eastbound Interstate 540 this weekend to make repairs.

Two of three eastbound lanes near Triangle Town Boulevard (mile marker 17) will close Thursday at 8 p.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. Friday. They will close again from Friday at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday, weather permitting, the DOT said.

The closure, the first over the next three weekends, is necessary for the contractor to correct problems on two isolated areas of the roadway before it opened in January 2007.

"We made the decision to go ahead and open the corridor knowing that once our testing and preparations were complete we would have to come back for some intermittent lane closures," DOT engineer Dennis Jernigan said.

It will be at no additional cost to the state.

"This is a good thing," Jernigan said. "We caught this before the department accepted the project for maintenance. The contractor is accepting full responsibility for the repairs."

Motorists can use a detour to U.S. Highway 1 south/Capital Boulevard (Exit 16) to Old Wake Forest Road to Triangle Town Boulevard, back to I-540 east.

The ramp to I-540 east from U.S. 1 north will also be closed. Motorists can take Old Wake Forest Road to Triangle Town Boulevard to I-540 east.

"We wanted to put the word out as quickly as possible," Jernigan said. "We wanted to do it on the weekend to have the least impact as possible on commuter traffic and to let people know so that they could find alternate routes when possible."

In the past, the state has had to pay for road repairs that were not noticed in a timely manner.

Buckling pavement along a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 40 in Durham County last year cost the state $22 million. A pothole problem on a stretch of Interstate 795 in Wayne County could cost the state as much as $7 million to fix.

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  • captain103 Jun 13, 2008

    I think RoadGeek is either on the Raleigh City Board or works for DOT. Let's tax everything more, I'm not nearly paying enough, I still have some left now to eat!

  • turnpike420 Jun 12, 2008

    RoadGeek - No Tolls on 540 - http://www.notollson540.org

    We offer solutions to the supposed "transportation funding crisis" in NC. We don't believe transfer taxes are the way to go, no way. But, more impact taxes on developers and getting rid of the "equity plan" which distributes money evenly across NC instead of on an as needed basis are just a couple of the examples of ideas on our site. The equity plan allows rural counties to have immaculate 4 lane roads where there are more cows than people per square mile... and we have a funding problem... HA!

  • john60 Jun 12, 2008

    Roadgeek,

    That's already been proposed and is being tested in a couple of states. How they are going to handle the out-of-state mileage I have no idea, though.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 12, 2008

    So lets see how would this GPS thing work. I have a job and I live within bike or walking distance of my place of work. Then I get laid off. So I look for a job close to where I live, and finally end up taking a new job that is 15 miles from where I live. So I guess at that point RoadGeek I would have to move, or my other choice is do not work until I can find employment close to where I live. I just hope that Social Services has plenty of money available to support me in this new GPS world.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Jun 12, 2008

    We Need Tolls, Then all those people that dont want to pay can find another way to travel and this will keep the traffic flowing verses those that fail to wait in line when traffic stops and think that they can merge right in at the last minute each day.

  • OpinionOnEverything Jun 12, 2008

    So what would you have the state do for roads, Longshanks?

    Would you rather the county property taxes increase to pay for those roads? How about transfer taxes, or tolls? Why don't we just put up a wall around the Triangle and stop people from moving in? Or better yet, get Liddy Dole to go to the gubbamint trough to get billions of federal $$ to encourage more highways to nowhere. It's free money isn't it?

    You don't seem to offer any solutions, except lower taxes across the board. In case you haven't noticed, our infrastructure hasn't been keeping up with the growth. The cost of asphalt, concrete, steel, land, and labor have all grown dramatically. If you don't want to pay for roads you don't use, then a mileage fee is the only fair way for everyone to share the burden. Those who chose a less wasteful lifestyle will benefit. Those who move closer to work, or don't use the roads will pay less. That's the benefit of less sprawl and better planning.

  • Longshanks Jun 12, 2008

    Hey RoadGeek, that's exactly what we need. More taxes (which is pretty much what your GPS idea is), just to be able to drive on roads OUR tax money has already paid for. Sounds like something Obama would come up with. Let's all make the economy WORSE by putting more burden on the middle class worker that drives to work each day, pays their taxes and bills on time, and just wants to not live paycheck to paycheck and have a piece of the nonexistent "American Pie". With ideas like mileage taxes and tolls, we're ALL doomed....

  • WHEEL Jun 12, 2008

    If the DOT "hood-leaners" were doing their jobs properly the contrtactor would never have been able to do improper work.

  • tux Jun 12, 2008

    TarheelsDontLikeEdwards - the work was done by a contractor, not ncdot. The problem was caught by ncdot before completion and the contractor is having to pay out of their own pocket to fix it at no cost to you.

  • OpinionOnEverything Jun 11, 2008

    I have a better idea than tolls.

    Affix a GPS transponder to every vehicle when it gets inspected, and charge for miles driven...ON ANY ROAD! Add that to higher gasoline costs, and more people will consider moving closer to work.

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