Lane closures planned this weekend in Wake, Durham counties

Posted July 30, 2010
Updated July 31, 2010

— Drivers in Wake and Durham counties should be prepared to face some delays this weekend.

Interstate 440 East will be reduced to two lanes between the U.S. Highway 64/264 interchange and the Interstate 40 East ramp in Wake County from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

Drivers will be directed to the two inside lanes.

The closure is part of a $3.4 million project to resurface a 2.5-mile section of I-440 from I-40 to the U.S. 64/264 Bypass.

Motorists traveling on I-440 East will not have access to Poole Road, but those exiting off of U.S. 64/264 will have access to I-440 and Poole Road.

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The ramp from Poole Road onto I-440 East and the I-40 East exit ramp will also be closed.

People driving on I-440 East who want to access I-40 East should use a detour from I-440 East to Rock Quarry Road to I-440 West to I-40 East.

Motorists traveling on I-440 East who want to access Poole Road should use a detour from I-440 East to Rocky Quarry Road to I-440 West to Poole Road.

Drivers traveling on Poole Road who need to access I-440 East should detour to Raleigh Boulevard/Rock Quarry Road to I-440 East.

To avoid delays, the DOT is encouraging drivers to take the following alternate routes during the lane closures:

  • New Bern Avenue to Raleigh Boulevard to Rock Quarry Road to I-40.
  • New Bern Avenue to Sunnybrook Road to Poole Road.
  • I-440 East to U.S. 64/264 East to New Hope Road to Rock Quarry Road to Jones Sausage Road to I-40.

Ramp from I-540 West to I-40 in Wake, Durham counties also closed

The ramp from Interstate 540 West to I-40 will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday so crews can add an extra lane.

The new outer lane will start south of the Pleasant Grove Church Road overpass on I-540 and continue onto I-40 West, ending at the Page Road exit.

A signed detour route will direct drivers traveling on I-540 West to both directions of I-40. Drivers should stay on I-540 past I-40, where it becomes N.C. Highway 540, then take the N.C. Highway 54 West (Exit 69) toward Chapel Hill and follow it onto Miami Boulevard to access I-40.

DOT officials will have to close the ramp for a few more weekends over the next month.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 2, 2010

    Another incompetent act done by the DOT.

    Then we had the I-40 paving fiasco and the I-795 paving fiasco.

    The same incompetent that runs the DOT must also run the SHP.

    Those that can't compete in the real world become government employees.

    It's very obvious the poor caliber of people who work for the government in North Carolina.

  • rowuncw Jul 30, 2010

    I drive past that I-40 exit every morning and it's usually the most entertaining part of my day (sadly). I get to see people get cut off, jump in front of the line, or sit in the back of the line well before the actual exit lane begins. All I have to do is cruise down the left lane past the exit and wave. Hopefully adding a lane will alleviate a little of the mess around that exit.

  • EvilSithLord Jul 30, 2010

    Whoever designed that ramp I-540 West to I-40 should have his Engineering license revoked. It is such a disgrace, people will cut you off (kill you if they could get away with it) just to get off on that ramp. NC DOT thought that making the sole and only lane exit ramp longer would prevent that. Here we are 3-4 years later redoing the same stretch of road. In my line of work, we usually compare software development with engineering, but these folks at the DOT defeat all common sense.