Fortify Friday: The Latest Information on the I-40/440 Rebuild Project
Raleigh—In just a few days, I-440 West, otherwise known as the Outer Loop, will be in its final three-lane traffic pattern. If the weather cooperates, crews start the process of opening up the third lane to traffic Saturday evening. According to engineers, all that’s left is to remove the old lane striping and replace it with the new. That could take crews up to a week to finish.
Once the Outer Loop is complete, crews will put the finishing touches on the Inner Loop or I-440 East. Weather permitting, the Inner Loop is projected to be in its final three-lane traffic pattern by the end of February.
Due to inclement weather this week, construction crews have delayed plans to close the ramp from Poole Road onto I-440 East in Raleigh this weekend, as well as the right turn lane from eastbound Poole Road onto the interstate in the same area.
In the meantime, work progresses on the I-40 portion of the project with crews continuing to put up barrier walls and converting the outside shoulders so they can eventually be used as travel lanes.
Motorists are asked to use caution as they travel through this area known as the “Cattle Chute.” The barrier walls on each side create a more narrowed area to drive with no shoulder to pull off in case of an emergency. The N.C. Department of Transportation reminds drivers traveling through this portion of the work zone to go the speed limit and avoid distractions to ensure safety.
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