The North Carolina Department of Transportation will begin a three-year project to rebuild and replace an 11.5-mile stretch of Interstate 40 and 440 in Wake County.
Drivers will begin seeing nighttime lane closures this week,
with some additional daytime closures to follow in December.
The repair work on I-40 and I-440 is part of a 10-year plan to reduce congestion and enhance mobility throughout the Triangle. The 30-year-old pavement is cracking and crumbling because of a chemical reaction, called ASR.
"These roadways are major connectors not just for our residents here in the Triangle, but for visitors and travelers that come to our Capital City or travel through," said NCDOT Deputy Secretary of Communications Cris Mulder in a written release. "That's why we're providing up-to-date tools and resources to help folks make informed decisions and know before they go, as well as supporting employers and other organizations in creating awareness with their employees and customers."
NCDOT has launched a new Fortify website to connect people
with comprehensive project information, including where to catch alternate
transit options, project maps and links to live traffic cameras.
"While this project is necessary for the safety of drivers, we know it will also have an impact on the way people get to work, school, and other important places," said Transportation Secretary Tony Tata in a written release. "We're taking many steps to minimize that, including making a significant investment in additional transit, and working with the contractor to keep three lanes open in both directions on I-40 during the majority of construction."
More than 100,000 vehicles travel on this 11.5-mile stretch of 40 and 440 every day.
The first stage, rebuilding I-440, begins this fall. Crews will replace the section from the I-40, U.S. 64, and I-440 interchange, known as "the 40 split," to just north of the U.S. 64/264 Knightdale Bypass.
Stage Two, daytime lane closures for rebuilding I-40, are
scheduled to begin by late 2014, when crews will replace the pavement from U.S.
1/64 all the way to the I-40 split. The entire projected is scheduled to wrap
up by the fall of 2016.