Westbound I-40 is next up as Fortify lane reductions, shifts continue

Posted August 7, 2015

DOT: Fortify lane shifts, reductions will cause big delays by summer's end

— Crews working on Raleigh's Fortify project could introduce more significant lane reductions on Interstate 40 West next week, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

Weather permitting, next week's work will take I-40 West from five lanes to four between the I-40/440 split and Hammond Road and from four lanes to three between Hammond and Lake Wheeler Road.

All work will happen at night, but lane shifts and reductions will be in place 24 hours a day.

Additional lane reductions are also expected on I-40 East in the coming weeks, specifically between Rock Quarry Road and the I-40/440 split. Eastbound lanes from U.S. Highway 1 to Rock Quarry Road are already in the three-lane pattern that will remain in place until the project is completed in late 2016.

As lane reductions continue, drivers can expect to see gradually longer commute times through the work zones.

Once the final three-lane patterns are in place on both sides, engineers expect up to an average of 30 additional minutes of travel time through the zone. The beginning of the school year for traditional-calendar schools could also generate delays.


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