New lanes open in Fortify work zone in south Raleigh

Posted June 20, 2016 6:24 a.m. EDT

— Drivers who commute through the Fortify work zone on Interstate 40 were enjoying new travel lanes Monday morning after a traffic shift took place overnight.

Crews on Sunday shifted traffic from west of Lake Wheeler Road to west of the Avent Ferry Road bridge, a sign of the continued progress of the giant highway reconstruction project in south Raleigh.

A similar shift took place last month on I-40 East.

Crews spent much of last week preparing for the move by moving barriers and painting new lane markings.

Eventually, concrete barriers will be moved in place in the area to provide additional protection for workers still finishing other parts of the highway.

There are more lane shifts on inside travel lanes planned for the summer, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said.

All traffic in the 8.5-mile I-40 section of the project should be on the new travel lanes by early fall.