Raleigh - Drivers on westbound I-40 in Raleigh have another new stretch of interstate to travel on, as overnight on Saturday three inside lanes were opened up in the Fortify work zone from the I-40/440 split in southeast Raleigh to Rock Quarry Road (Exit 300).
An additional westbound shift is possible before the project is put on hold over Labor Day weekend. It would move drivers onto new inside lanes between South Saunders Street (Exit 298) and Lake Wheeler Road (Exit 297).
The goal is to have all traffic over the 8.5-mile length of the project on three new inside lanes in both directions by early fall. Crews will then concentrate on rebuilding the three outside lanes throughout the project area.
Highway improvement projects like Fortify are underway across the state as part of Governor McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision. Its goal is to enhance travel safety and better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreational opportunities.
With crews working day and night, including weekends, the Fortify construction area is a very busy work zone. Drivers are urged to slow down to the 60 mph speed limit, and pay extra attention while getting in and out of traffic shifts on both the east and westbound sides.
Motorists also need to avoid distractions, such as cellphones, through the entire work zone, as barriers in place beside travel lanes mean there is less room to maneuver to avoid potential issues. A majority of crashes in the work zone have been caused by speeding and/or distracted drivers.
Project details, as well as traffic updates, live traffic cameras and information about alternate transit options can be found on FortifyNC.com. Real-time travel information for Fortify and other highways across the state is also available at any time in the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or by following NCDOT on Twitter.