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Work progressing on adding lanes to I-40

Posted November 29, 2010

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— Crews have finished 88 percent of a project to widen Interstate 40 between Raleigh and Cary from four to six lanes, but the project won't be finished until next summer, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The $49 million project to expand I-40 between Jones Franklin Road and Harrison Avenue started in June 2009, and DOT engineer David Moore said it is on schedule to be completed by the end of next June.

"It was the last missing bottleneck between the two ends of I-40," Moore said.

I-40 traffic, road work Work progressing on adding lanes to I-40

Reducing the traffic flow from three lanes to two creates westbound delays every weekday morning and eastbound back-ups during the evening commute.

Crews have finished paving the extra lanes and have shifted to working on drainage improvements on the outside lanes before filling cracks in the existing pavement and resurfacing all lanes, Moore said. In the coming months, they also will work on I-40 bridges over Wade Avenue and U.S. Highway 1 and build sound barrier walls along parts of the interstate, he said.

"We're hoping for an easy winter to help along with that," he said. "It will be worth it come June. We'll have some happy travelers, including myself."

The project also will provide the foundation for eventually expanding I-40 to eight lanes, he said.

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  • timbo10.0 Nov 30, 2010

    "Here's a hint; they aren't cheap, and we're talking about tens of thousands of square yards of concrete, not some small amount you might pour for your patio."

    Hey. They don't pour tens of thousands of yards at one time on a road/bridge.

    I was a rod buster back in the day and helped build Sharon Harris nuclear power plant. So, take it from me, I've seen some really large pours. I also helped build the spillway at Harris Lake. Same there.

    In the winter, we were putting up steel so fast the sissy form carpenters couldn't keep up because they were too "cold". Was out of a job for 3 weeks. Anyway, no matter the weather, they poured the concrete. And it snowed that year.

  • Bendal1 Nov 30, 2010

    Well, timboduck, how about you tell everyone how much more those additives and mixes would cost over the usual amount that concrete costs? Here's a hint; they aren't cheap, and we're talking about tens of thousands of square yards of concrete, not some small amount you might pour for your patio.

    As for asphalt not being poured, you're right. Still can't place it in cold weather. Oh look, there's an asphalt layer UNDER the concrete!

  • timbo10.0 Nov 30, 2010

    "Concrete and asphalt can't be poured in cold weather."

    Asphalt is not poured.

    And Concrete can be poured all year around, successfully. They now can create various mixes and use additives, which, along with heaters prevents the cold from interfering with the cure.

  • Bendal1 Nov 30, 2010

    felton,

    Concrete and asphalt can't be poured in cold weather. If you do, it falls apart really quickly (as in, right after traffic drives on it).

    Also, the inside shoulders are designed to become the 4th lanes in the future. They have the same type of pavement the new lane has, so when the time comes to make the route 4 lanes each direction, all that's needed is to add new asphalt paved shoulders on the median side and regrade the grassed part, restripe the old shoulder as a lane, and there you go.

    That design decision right there probably saved the state $10 million in future work.

  • Bob Sidel Nov 30, 2010

    Looks good out there, cant't wait till June. Thanks DOT

  • leo-nc Nov 30, 2010

    "June???? What? Are you serious? 7 more months....wow Good grief it takes forever to do road construction."

  • ncmickey Nov 30, 2010

    Good Job DOT

  • haggis basher Nov 30, 2010

    They have done a pretty good job so far with little impact on my commute. Looking forward to those extra lanes next summer :)

  • Felton23 Nov 30, 2010

    June???? What? Are you serious? 7 more months....wow Good grief it takes forever to do road construction.

  • sammyg Nov 30, 2010

    June? Please just finish the road! It's a nightmare out there and the sooner it's done the better. Hurry up, people!!
    PS- And thanks for fixing it finally!!

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