Happy Friday, and a happy Fortify Friday it is indeed!
This morning, NC DOT announced a recent development in the Fortify Project: for the first time, drivers will be able to use the newly constructed lanes.
For months, the inside lanes on I-440 West between I-40 and the U.S. 64/264 Knightdale Bypass have been closed off to traffic with concrete barriers. With the next phase of Fortify construction beginning, these lanes will be reopened so that workers can shift their focus to the remaining outside lanes. The shift will officially take place Saturday, July 19th, at 11 p.m., weather permitting.
Since the lane re-openings and closures are switching sides, we’ll get to a sneak peek of what the completed Fortify Project will bring. According to NC DOT engineer Dennis Jernigan, at this point, the Fortify Project is “ahead of schedule” and phase two traffic patterns will begin soon. Drivers are also being cautioned to be more observant than ever, as the new traffic pattern will essentially eliminate the interstate shoulder. In phase two, concrete barriers will line both sides of I-440 West except by the Poole Road and U.S. 64/264 exits. For a better idea of what the new traffic pattern entails, check out the map below:
Currently, the same shift is expected to take place on the I-440 East side in August. If you’d like more information, the complete press release and map are also available on the NC DOT website.
Have a great weekend,