NCDOT prepares for the influx of Fair traffic
Raleigh- Good news for N.C. State Fairgoers. There will be no lane closures on the Fortify construction project in south and east Raleigh during fair hours so the increased traffic projected for the 11-day event will be as smooth as possible. From Thursday, Oct. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 26, there will be no lane closures from 9 a.m. to midnight on the 11.5-mile work zone stretch of I-40/I-440.
The N.C. Department of Transportation reminds drivers to use caution and obey the speed limit of 55 mph in the I-440 Fortify work zone and 60 mph in the I-40 work zone for their safety, as well as the safety of passengers, other motorists and the crews working along the highway.
The Fortify project involves the removal and replacement of the highway surface and substructure along 11.5 miles of interstate on I-40 and I-440. A chemical reaction in the 40-year-old substructure of the roadway is causing it to crumble, and in turn, damaging the road surface. That required constant repairs, and led to concerns of ongoing major travel disruptions along one of the state's busiest stretches of highway.
The initial phase focused on I-440 so it will be available as a possible alternate route for drivers to consider while construction is underway on the second phase, on I-40, where traffic will be in a three-lane pattern in both directions f or the duration of the project.
Because of the expected traffic impact of the project, especially when work is under way full-time on I-40, NCDOT is partnered with Go Triangle, Triangle Transit and Capital Area Transit to promote options to help motorists avoid traveling through the work zone at peak travel times. A Fortify website 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.
Triangle Transit created new commuting options that include express bus service from Johnston County (JCX) and additional service from eastern Wake County. There is also a park and ride lot at the Wal-Mart at the Cleveland Crossings Shopping Center at I-40 and N.C. 42 for catching the JCX or meeting with carpoolers and vanpoolers to share a ride. To learn more about finding a carpool or vanpool, visit www.sharetheridenc.org.
More new routes, including from Cary through west Raleigh and N.C. State University into downtown Raleigh, as well as a route from Fuquay-Varina into Raleigh are scheduled to begin as the project focus shifts to I-40.
Bus On Shoulder System (BOSS) is now active along I-40 from Raleigh to Exit 312 for N.C. 42. BOSS enables buses on designated routes to travel in the shoulder of the interstate as long as traffic in travel lanes is moving at speeds lower than 35 mph.