Raleigh - Construction crews for the I-40 Fortify project were able to complete the re-setting of the concrete barrier walls along the travel lanes on both the east and westbound sides of the work zone this week. That was the final step to complete the travel lane setup going into Spring 2016.
It means drivers will continue to need to pay extra attention while traveling through the work zone, as there is limited space on either side of the inside and outside travel lanes. They should obey the 60 mph speed limit, leave a safe space between the vehicle in front of them and their own, and avoid distractions.
The NCDOT's restrictions on closing travel lanes through the work zone are now in effect through 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29. That is the night the contractor plans to relocate the mast for highway lights at the I-440/U.S. 1/64 interchange, weather permitting. That will require diverting all I-40 westbound traffic onto the exit lane that runs parallel to I-40 and rejoins the highway west of the interchange between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Lane closure restrictions resume at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 for the New Year's holiday weekend, and continue through 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
Over most of the holiday period, work will continue on the rebuilding of the inside lanes, with breaks only between Dec. 24-27, and Jan. 1-2.
The first week of January will also see the resumption of the pavement improvement work in both directions of I-40 to smooth out roadway rough spots and seal the highway to prevent winter precipitation from getting under the surface where it can cause potholes. The improvements include new lane markings and the replacement of reflective roadway markers.