DURHAM — With a big blinking yellow arrow pointing the way, traffic was light as eastbound travelers on Interstate 40 merged into the outer lane Tuesday night to drive single-file past a work crew that will be repairing pavement at night and on weekends for most of the next 13 months.
Lane Construction Corp. of Meriden, Conn., started closing two lanes at 8:30 p.m. near the U.S. 15-501 interchange and the Orange-Durham county line for a second night of preliminary chores. The work on a few hundred yards of I-40 was expected to finish around midnight.
Overnight lows were expected to dip into the 40s, too cold for asphalt paving work that had been scheduled to start Monday. Eben Miller, a state Department of Transportation engineer, said that with rain expected today, it was possible that the nightly routine of ripping out bad concrete pavement and replacing it with asphalt would not get under way before Thursday night at the earliest.
DOT has ordered Lane to perform the work mostly at night, with no I-40 lanes to be closed on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.