Motorists driving through the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild Project in Raleigh will soon see work ramp up on the I-40 portion of the project, known as Phase II. The I-440 West section from the I-40 split to the I-495/U.S. 264/64 interchange is scheduled to be in its updated traffic pattern by the end of December. The I-440 East section is expected to be open in its three-lane pattern by the end of January.
The Fortify project is a road rebuild project that is necessary for the safety of the 115,000 motorists who travel through this area each day. A chemical reaction occurring beneath the surface of the 30-year-old roadway is causing the road bed to crumble.
In January, weather permitting, Fortify crews will phase in traffic shifts on both the I-40 East and West lanes near the Gorman/Lake Wheeler exits while construction takes place outside the barrier walls. Following that, crews will continue to put up barrier walls along the I-40 project work zone until this entire stretch of roadway operates in a three-lane traffic pattern.
To reduce traffic impact the N.C. Department of Transportation is asking local employers to help get 30,000 vehicles off the road during peak commute times from Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m.
“Rebuilding this roadway is critical to keeping thousands of North Carolinians connected to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation each day,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata.
As Wake County’s largest employer with more than 24,000 employees, state government agencies are proactively helping the road rebuild effort by offering their employees strategic ways to avoid I-40 and I-440 during peak travel times. Where possible, these agencies are encouraging staff impacted by the project to take advantage of alternate work schedules and sites, telecommuting and alternate forms of transportation.
For details and resources associated with the Fortify I-40/440 Rebuild Project, including alternative work schedule options, go to fortifync.com.