MORRISVILLE – Two ramps connecting Interstate 40 to Airport Boulevard are set to close for several months to be reconstructed as part of the ongoing interchange improvements project.
Contract crews plan to close both ramps on the east side of the interchange – the I-40 West ramp to Airport Boulevard and the Airport Boulevard ramp onto I-40 East – starting at 8 p.m. Friday. They are expected to reopen in the fall in a new alignment that will accommodate the future diverging diamond design at the interchange.
Until then, the following detours will be in place:
- Westbound I-40 traffic trying to access Airport Boulevard will continue to the I-540 interchange (Exit 283A) and immediately take I-40 East (Exit 1A) back to Airport Boulevard.
- Airport Boulevard traffic trying to access I-40 East can either use Aviation Parkway to the north or McCrimmon Parkway and Aviation Boulevard to the south.
Similar work on the western side of the interchange was completed in January, when the new bridge that is currently in use opened to traffic. Crews are expected to set girders for the second bridge in the coming month.
Drivers should plan their trips accordingly for the months-long detours ahead and be mindful of the crews throughout the work zone.