Extra Lane At Durham's I-40/Highway 54 Intersection To Ease Congestion
Posted November 16, 2005 6:56 a.m. EST
DURHAM, N.C. — Crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation will start moving utility lines in the next few weeks to make way for a new traffic lane at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Highway 54 in Durham.
Each day, about 100,000 cars pass through the intersection, where drivers say traffic gets congested, especially in the mornings for motorists who want to get to Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
The traffic backs up across the Highway 54 bridge, down the ramps, and all over I-40 westbound.
More traffic and more traffic lights right off the interstate, near a growing commercial area, seem to create the trouble. Engineers have tried re-timing the lights, but it has not helped.
The bulk of the construction will start in the spring and should be finished a few months after it begins.