Before more lanes comes the pain: Work begins in Garner

Posted October 29, 2018 3:39 p.m. EDT
Updated October 29, 2018 5:49 p.m. EDT

— Interstate 40 through Garner is a common sticky spot when rush hour traffic exceeds road capacity.

Those who make that drive will be happy to hear that the North Carolina Department of Transportation is planning to add two lanes in each direction between I-440 and N.C. Highway 42.

Of course, there's a lot of work that goes into that construction, work that means drivers face short-term pain for long-term gain. Beginning this week, four miles of I-40 eastbound between Rock Quarry Road and U.S. 70 business will be shifted to temporary, more narrow lanes.

After work in the eastbound lanes are complete, the DOT will work in the westbound lanes, shifting drivers there.

So backups might get worse before they get better.

The DOT also plans to expand the I-40 interchange at N.C. 42, easing heavy traffic coming off the highway there.

The entire project is expected to take about three years.