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Overnight I-40 Lane Closures in Raleigh for Shoulder Work Will Expand to I-440 As Well Starting Tuesday Night, Sept. 3

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 project continues.

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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2/19/2018 7:50 AM