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DOT To Start I-40 Widening Project Monday

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Starting Monday, people driving I-40 in RTP will see the beginning of a two-year widening project.

The DOT will widen the interstate between the Interstate 540 interchange and N.C. 147 -- the Durham Freeway. The $12 million project will take two years to complete with most of the work being done at night.

Three lanes each way now carry 142,000 cars and trucks a day. Lanes will be shifted and narrowed during the project, which will call for close attention and patience from drivers.

"There's a lot of back-up now about seven miles in all directions in the mornings and evenings without any construction," says engineer Jon Nance. "Obviously, when you start doing things on the road that are different, folks are going to want to see what's going on."

DOT officials say drivers should plan an extra 15 to 30 minutes to get through the area.