RALEIGH – New ramps are set to open tonight at the Jones Franklin Road interchange on Interstate 440, which will make it possible to demolish an old bridge over the Beltline starting next week.
Crews plan to open the new ramp from I-440 East to Jones Franklin Road and the loop ramp from Jones Franklin back onto I-440 East sometime after 9 p.m. tonight. These ramp openings will coincide with shifting traffic onto the new Jones Franklin Road bridge over the interstate.
With this shift complete, crews can begin tearing down the existing Jones Franklin Road bridge over I-440. This work will take place nightly over the next couple weeks starting with the bridge over the westbound side of the Beltline on Monday, with lane closures beginning at 9 p.m. and a full closure from midnight to 5 a.m.
The westbound I-440 closure detour will follow Jones Franklin Road, Dillard Drive and Walnut Street; the ensuing closure as the portion of the bridge over eastbound I-440 is demolished will follow Jones Franklin Road and Western Boulevard.
The demolition work will be paused over the Labor Day holiday weekend to avoid traffic impacts.
Drivers should anticipate the new traffic patterns at this interchange within the I-440 work zone and be mindful of crews working close to the travel lanes in the area.