Raleigh - The latest traffic shift for the Interstate 40 Fortify project in south Raleigh wrapped up this morning with the opening of three rebuilt westbound inside lanes from South Saunders Street (exit 298) to Lake Wheeler Road (exit 297). The new lanes connect to stretch of new roadway that has already been in use from Lake Wheeler Road to the Avent Ferry Road bridge. It is the third shift in the Fortify work zone in recent weeks.
Also open is the ramp from Lake Wheeler Road to westbound I-40, which was closed overnight as part of the shift work.
The additional new lanes now handling traffic means on the westbound side the only sections of the old roadway still open are from Rock Quarry Road to South Saunders Street and from the Avent Ferry bridge to the U.S. 1/64 interchange in Cary.
Additional shifts on both the east and west sides of the highway will continue in the coming weeks. The plan is to have all traffic over the 8.5-mile length of the project on new inside lanes in both directions by early fall. That will allow crews to focus on rebuilding the outside lanes throughout the project.
Interstate improvements like Fortify are underway across the state, and are an important 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 more of the project on new roadway, drivers need to remember to slow down to the 60 mph speed limit through the work zone, avoid distractions, and pay extra attention getting in and out of traffic shifts on both sides of the highway. 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.