RALEIGH - Motorists traveling north on Hammond Road toward Raleigh who have been getting on I-40 East will be shifted into a new traffic pattern, starting Monday night, May 19. Work on the interchange for the Fortify Project is closing the existing eastbound ramp for the next several months.
Currently, northbound drivers access I-40 East using a ramp off the right lane. The shift will instead have motorists go another two-tenths of a mile and turn left at a traffic light to merge onto the I-40 East ramp already used by drivers on southbound Hammond Road (see attached map).
The change will allow the Fortify contractor to do bridge and interchange work for the I-40 portion of the project.
Drivers are urged to use caution as they get used to the new pattern. Message signs alerting motorists about the change are located along Hammond Road.
The Fortify project is the removal and replacement of an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440 because of the crumbling of the substructure of the highways. The initial phase replaces the I-440 roadway between the I-40/440/U.S. 64 split and just north of the U.S. 64/264 Knightdale Bypass. I-440 can then be to be used as an alternate route when work switches to rebuilding I-40 between the split and the I-40/U.S. 1/64 interchange near Cary in late 2014 or early 2015. The entire project is expected to be completed by Fall 2016.
Because of the traffic impact of the project, NCDOT has a Fortify website that provides comprehensive information, including alternate transit options, project maps and links to live traffic cameras. Employers can also access online resources to help them develop and implement a flexible work program. The site includes links to Twitter, Facebook and other social media to stay engaged with NCDOT and other commuters.