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Warm weather helps speed pace of Fortify paving

Posted May 2, 2014
Updated May 3, 2014

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— Thanks to warmer and drier weather, crews are making significant progress paving two lanes of Interstate 440 West in the Fortify work zone east of downtown Raleigh. 

Paving began about a week ago, and state Department of Transportation officials said Friday that if the weather continues to be warm and dry, crews could reach N.C. Highway 64/264 by Mother's Day weekend. 

Traffic will continue to maintain a two-lane pattern outside the barriers until paving is completed. 

Once paving is done on I-440 West, crews will transition to I-440 East and begin work near U.S. 64/264 and head south toward the Interstate 40/440 split. 

Prep work has already started in eastbound lanes, and crews will likely begin paving that side of the highway by the end of May. 

Once paving is complete on both sides of the highway, traffic will be shifted to the newly paved lanes so that crews can rip up and replace exterior lanes. 

Crews from Granite Construction are recycling the old asphalt removed from the highway and incorporation it into the new pavement mix. By using reclaimed asphalt, the need for virgin materials is lowered by 30 percent.

The recycled asphalt is being fed into machines at the asphalt plant built to support the project. It will produce nearly 2,500 tons of asphalt per day.

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