RALEIGH — Work resumes Monday on I-440 in southeast Raleigh for the N.C. Department of Transportation's Fortify project. Motorists can expect lane closures to start between 9 and 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday night on the eastbound side of the interstate between the Sunnybrook Road underpass and the I-40/440/U.S. 64 split. All lanes are scheduled to re-open by 5 a.m. to accommodate rush hour traffic.
The lane closures will allow crews to safely set up barrier walls along both shoulders to prepare for the construction of a temporary asphalt plant that will be located in the median of the split. The plant will increase efficiency and safety during the project by reducing the need to truck in materials from plants located elsewhere.
Drivers going through the split area next week will also see additional work at the site as crews prep the area for the start of the plant construction later this month. That work will not require any lane closures.
Additional nighttime lane closures can be expected as prep work for the removal and replacement of an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440 continues through the month, with the project expanding to daytime closures on I-440 in December.
The initial phase of the project will focus on replacing the highway from the I-40/440/U.S. 64 interchange to just north of the U.S. 64/264 Knightdale Bypass. Work will then switch to rebuilding I-40 between the split and the I-40/U.S. 1/64 interchange near Cary. That is expected to happen in late 2014 or early 2015, with the entire project scheduled to wrap up by the fall of 2016.
In addition to rebuilding the road, crews will extend two miles of auxiliary lanes to help manage additional traffic. They will also rehabilitate 14 bridges within the project zone to extend their life by many years.
Because of the expected traffic impact of the project, NCDOT has a Fortify website to provide comprehensive information, including where to catch alternate transit options, project maps and links to live traffic cameras.
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