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.