RALEIGH - Crews doing roadway patchwork on I-40 in
Raleigh as a preliminary phase of the upcoming $130 million I-40/440 rehab
project are making good progress. Drivers are urged to continue to be on
the lookout for nightly lane closures between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. as work continues
between the interchanges for I-440/US 1/64 (Exit 293) in Cary and Rock Quarry
Road (Exit 301) for about another week, weather permitting.
The patching is
intended to keep the roadway in a safe traveling condition until the major I-40
construction work begins in 2014. Once this initial phase is completed, it will
be done on an as needed basis.
Additional work has
also begun along the I-40 shoulders as crews are drilling for core samples to
determine their strength. It is anticipated that in some areas the shoulders
will become travel lanes during the I-40 reconstruction so the contractor can
keep three lanes of traffic open in each direction.
For the safety of
the drilling crews and to expedite that work, the outside lane of I-40 in
either direction may be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., seven days a week. The
drilling work is expected to continue until late September.
Drivers are urged to
use caution when approaching the work crews, watch for construction signs, stay
alert and obey the posted speed limit.
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