Traffic

Lane closures planned this weekend in Wake, Durham counties

Posted July 30, 2010 11:32 a.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2010 3:46 p.m. EDT

— Drivers in Wake and Durham counties should be prepared to face some delays this weekend.

Interstate 440 East will be reduced to two lanes between the U.S. Highway 64/264 interchange and the Interstate 40 East ramp in Wake County from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday, North Carolina Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

Drivers will be directed to the two inside lanes.

The closure is part of a $3.4 million project to resurface a 2.5-mile section of I-440 from I-40 to the U.S. 64/264 Bypass.

Motorists traveling on I-440 East will not have access to Poole Road, but those exiting off of U.S. 64/264 will have access to I-440 and Poole Road.

The ramp from Poole Road onto I-440 East and the I-40 East exit ramp will also be closed.

People driving on I-440 East who want to access I-40 East should use a detour from I-440 East to Rock Quarry Road to I-440 West to I-40 East.

Motorists traveling on I-440 East who want to access Poole Road should use a detour from I-440 East to Rocky Quarry Road to I-440 West to Poole Road.

Drivers traveling on Poole Road who need to access I-440 East should detour to Raleigh Boulevard/Rock Quarry Road to I-440 East.

To avoid delays, the DOT is encouraging drivers to take the following alternate routes during the lane closures:

  • New Bern Avenue to Raleigh Boulevard to Rock Quarry Road to I-40.
  • New Bern Avenue to Sunnybrook Road to Poole Road.
  • I-440 East to U.S. 64/264 East to New Hope Road to Rock Quarry Road to Jones Sausage Road to I-40.

Ramp from I-540 West to I-40 in Wake, Durham counties also closed

The ramp from Interstate 540 West to I-40 will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday so crews can add an extra lane.

The new outer lane will start south of the Pleasant Grove Church Road overpass on I-540 and continue onto I-40 West, ending at the Page Road exit.

A signed detour route will direct drivers traveling on I-540 West to both directions of I-40. Drivers should stay on I-540 past I-40, where it becomes N.C. Highway 540, then take the N.C. Highway 54 West (Exit 69) toward Chapel Hill and follow it onto Miami Boulevard to access I-40.

DOT officials will have to close the ramp for a few more weekends over the next month.