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Lane closures on I-40E slow traffic through Raleigh

Posted April 10, 2010 11:54 a.m. EDT
Updated April 10, 2010 1:45 p.m. EDT

— Two of four eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 have been closed for construction this weekend.

The left lanes of I-40 East will be closed between the Harrison Avenue exit in Cary to the Wade Avenue split in Raleigh. The lane closures began at 9 p.m. Friday and will last until 6 a.m. Monday.

Traffic sensors showed that traffic moving slowly from around Aviation Parkway, and vehicles were traveling at about 20 mph in the construction zone.

The work is part of a project to widen 6.2 miles of I-40 from Wade Avenue to the Jones Franklin Road bridge. Construction is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2011.

The Department of Transportation suggested the following detour for eastbound motorists:

  • Take Exit 283 onto Interstate 540 East.
  • Follow I-540, then get onto to U.S. 64 Bypass West.
  • Merge onto Interstate 440 East back to I-40.