Raleigh - The next move in the series of recent traffic shifts for the I-40 Fortify rebuild project takes place overnight tonight. Construction crews will be doing final prep work and then moving motorists into the three new eastbound inside lanes from South Saunders Street to the Rock Quarry Road exit. The new lanes will be open in time for the Wednesday morning commute.
This latest shift means the only sections of outside lanes remaining open for traffic are on I-40 East from Rock Quarry Road to the end of the project, and in both directions near the I-440/US 1/64 interchange in Cary.
Moving traffic to the new inside lanes allows contractor crews to safely begin rebuilding the outside lanes. They should be opening by late spring 2017.
Being on new travel lanes doesn't mean drivers should speed up when traveling through the work zone. The 60 mph speed limit remains in place for the safety of drivers, passengers and construction crews. If convicted of speeding in the Fortify area, in addition to the regular fine and court costs, there will be an additional $250 fine because it was in a work zone.
The shifted lanes will have concrete barriers on each side so there is still little room for driver error. Motorists are strongly encouraged to obey that speed limit, leave extra room between their vehicle and the one in front of it, and to pay extra attention along the 8 1/2 mile construction zone.
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.