Traffic

I-40 widening project nearly complete in Wake County

Posted May 9, 2011 5:53 p.m. EDT
Updated May 9, 2011 6:51 p.m. EDT

— Road crews are on track to finish a widening project on a 6-mile stretch of Interstate 40 in Wake County.

Since June 2009, the North Carolina Department of Transportation has been expanding I-40 by an extra lane between Harrison Avenue and the Jones Franklin Road overpass as part of a $43 million effort to help ease a bottleneck for drivers during rush hour.

Crews opened eastbound lanes last week and westbound lanes on Sunday, but they still have to resurface the roadway.

That work begins Tuesday. Traffic will shift to one lane from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and shouldn't affect morning commutes, the DOT says.

The project is expected to be complete by its original June 30 deadline.