Help to get through the repairs

April 9, 2007 

Interstate 40 travelers, get ready to grumble.

Three hot lanes of freeway speed will be reduced to one cold stream of molasses, oozing through a Durham County work zone, when nighttime and weekend repairs start this week. Nightly jams are scheduled until May 2008, with four-mile backups possible.

You don't have to get stuck in the problem. You can be part of the solution. We can help each other steer clear of trouble. Here's how:

1. SIGN UP FOR E-MAIL ALERTS AND SHARE YOUR I-40 EXPERIENCE Want to suggest a reliable shortcut? What survival tools and coping skills have helped you get through I-40 construction hassles in the past? Register at I40.newsobserver.com to take part -- it's free, no online experience needed. While you're there, let us know if you'd like to receive e-mail alerts about I-40 repair work.

2. SAVE OUR MAP WITH DETOUR ROUTES Get construction schedules, detour maps and advice from other motorists in Sunday's special report in The News & Observer.

3. CHECK I40.NEWSOBSERVER.COM, DAY AND NIGHT After repairs start tonight, you'll find details on where the road crews are working, how bad the backups are -- and how to avoid the squeeze. Share tips, frustrations and wisdom with fellow travelers. Get driver-friendly detour directions and route maps to print out.

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