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Traffic Pattern Change for Hammond Road/I-40 East On-Ramp

RALEIGH - Drivers who use Hammond Road to access I-40 East in the Fortify project work zone have a new traffic pattern to pay attention to starting this week. Drivers on both northbound and southbound Hammond Road started using a new ramp to access I-40 East, starting April 1. Southbound drivers coming from downtown Raleigh had been going under I-40 and then turning right at a traffic light onto a loop around to the interstate. The change requires those motorists to instead get into a left-hand turning lane as they approach the traffic light, and then turn left onto a new ramp to I-40 East. Northbound drivers have been turning left at that same traffic light to merge onto the I-40 East entrance ramp loop shared by southbound drivers since May 2014. That is when the original ramp to I-40 East was closed so crews could safely do bridge and interchange work. But now, northbound drivers will use a right-hand turning lane just before the traffic light and merge onto the I-40 East ramp, yielding to drivers coming from southbound Hammond Road.The change was needed to allow contractor crews to safely continue doing interchange work at Hammond Road for the Fortify project. As in almost every case, changes in traffic patterns take some time to get used to, so we urge drivers to watch for traffic and construction signs, slow down in the area, and keep an eye out for other drivers who may be making last-minute lane changes. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of the NCDOT website or follow NCDOT on Twitter. You can also access NCDOT Mobile, a version of the NCDOT website especially for mobile devices. Visit m.ncdot.gov from your mobile browser.

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9/11/2018 11:24 AM

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