Raleigh - There's good news for drivers who travel through the Fortify I-40/I-440 work zone in Raleigh as part of their daily commute.
Work is expected to finish up on the three-mile I-440 section of the project by mid-July, which also means that the closed ramp lane on U.S. 264/64/I-495 West to I-440 East will reopen.
Having the second lane on the ramp open will help ease the morning commute for drivers getting to I-440 East.
Meanwhile, construction crews have replaced orange cones in both directions on I-40 with concrete barriers between Lake Wheeler Road and U.S. 1, blocking off the inside lane and shifting traffic to the outside lane. The barriers allow crews to work safely in the median.
Next up for the Fortify project is work on the 8.5-mile section of I-40, which will remain under construction until late 2016.
Lane shifts are taking place through August between Lake Wheeler Road and the I-40/440 split. Traffic will be reduced to three lanes in the area.
Once this happens, drivers can expect their commute to increase an average of 30 minutes longer each way, in both the morning and afternoon, with the possibility of greater impact from road incidents or bad weather.
There will be no lane closures in the Fortify work zone during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.