Road Roundup: More lanes for I-40 interchange; Where is Citrix Cycle?

Posted February 4, 2019 11:53 a.m. EST
Updated February 4, 2019 11:55 a.m. EST

— We are going to enjoy this taste of spring weather this week, but winter in North Carolina has a way of pulling the rug out from under us.

The fairly early winter storm in December kept NCDOT maintenance crews busy on pothole patrol into January. However, the winter has been fairly mild since that snowstorm. NCDOT's Wake County maintenance supervisor, Jason Dunigan, tells me the salt supply is at full capacity as we head into February, traditionally the snowiest month on average in Raleigh.

All it takes is a little moisture and freezing temperatures to crack enough asphalt to keep you on your toes, dodging craters on your commute. We can see wintry weather into May around here (Raleigh picked up a trace of snow on May 2, 1939!), so don't get too comfortable.

I-40 interchange improvements

NCDOT has good news for drivers who use the Interstate 40 interchange at Chapel Hill Road.

Work starts as early as February 25 on a project to widen eastbound and westbound off-ramps. Crews will widen the off-ramp from westbound I-40 to Chapel Hill Road to four turn lanes. The off-ramp from eastbound I-40 will be widened to three turn lanes.

The work will continue through the summer and into the fall. It should be finished by October 1. Drivers should not see lane restrictions during the morning or evening commute.

S.T. Wooten Corporation is handling the $2.7 million project.

Resurfacing for Granville roads

Many roads in Granville County will get some attention this year under a couple of new NCDOT contracts.

Parts of N.C. 50, N.C. 56 and Rock Springs Church Road are among about 36 miles of roads in the county that will get a fresh coast of asphalt. That work will begin as early as June 1, and crews will have just over a year to finish it.

Another contract will upgrade the Northside Road bridge over Ledge Creek, which is just south of Creedmoor. Construction that project begins later this month and should be finished by mid-September.

Whatever happened to Citrix Cycle?

You might have seen those Citrix Cycle docking stations sprinkled all over downtown Raleigh for several months now -- and you might be wondering when we'll see the bikes themselves.

I checked in with Eric Lamb, the city's transportation planning manager. He says the project is still in the permitting phase, but they hope to have a clearer timeline in the coming days.

Citrix Cycle is Raleigh's bikeshare program. Citrix is the title sponsor. There are 30 docking stations around central Raleigh with 300 bikes for rent. You'll be able to rent them for $2 for a one-way trip between stations. A daily pass will cost $6. The program also will sell monthly and annual memberships.