Fewer drivers on I-40 limit Fortify delays
The delays the North Carolina Department of Transportation predicted would add 30 minutes to a cross-town trip have not materialized in south Raleigh, in part, because drivers are taking alternate routes to avoid construction on Interstate 40.Posted — Updated
DOT spokesman Steve Abbott says volume has been lighter through the work zone during that period.
Abbott recommends that driver who must use I-40 through Raleigh slow down and pay careful attention.
"In a work zone, people are going to stop suddenly or change lanes," he said. "The faster you go, the less reaction time you have, and that's a big cause of the problems."
He had good news for drivers who have complained that the lane stripes and ruts along the travel lanes are confusing and dangerous. Crews will be smoothing some of those ruts as they get ready for winter.
The entire project is on track to be finished by the end of 2016.