RALEIGH - Motorists are reminded to be aware of
possible overnight lane closures along I-40 and I-440 as the preliminary phase
of the upcoming $130 million I-40/440 rehab
The outside lanes in
either direction on both interstates may be closed to allow crews to safely
drill for core samples along the shoulders of the highways to determine their
strength. It is anticipated that in some areas the shoulders will become travel
lanes during the I-40/440 reconstruction so the contractor can safely maintain
traffic in each direction.
Drilling on the
shoulders along the stretch of I-40 between the interchanges for I-440/US 1/64
(exit 293) in Cary and Rock Quarry Road (exit 301) has been underway since
earlier this month. The same work will begin in both directions of I-440
between the I-40 split and U.S. 264 (exit 14) on Tuesday night, Sept. 3. On
both interstates, closures could be in place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., seven
days a week.
Drivers are urged to
use caution when approaching the work crews, watch for construction signs, stay
alert and obey the posted speed limit.
Crews have finished
patching repairs needed for the major cracks and potholes in the road surface
along the I-40 section of the rehab project, with any additional repair work to
be done as needed until the rebuilding of the highway begins in 2014.
The rehab project
will involve tearing up and replacing 11 miles of I-40 and I-440 from west of
Jones Franklin Road in Cary to north of U.S. 64/264 in Raleigh. That section of
highway is 30 years old, and workers need to dig down at least two feet to
remove and replace the pavement, shoulders and ramps.
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