The state Department of Transportation expects to begin reducing lanes on Raleigh’s southern Beltline as early as Friday morning as part of the multi-year project to rebuild the highway.
Crews will begin reducing eastbound Interstate 40 from four and five lanes to three from Lake Wheeler Road to South Saunders Street, DOT announced Thursday. Over the next several days, the lane reductions will continue eastward to the I-40/I-440 split.
Similar reductions are expected to begin in the westbound lanes by mid-August.
It will be the first time that the I-40 stretch of the southern Beltline has been restricted to three lanes since workers began the $130 million, three-year project to rebuild 11.5 miles of I-40 and I-440.
Traffic engineers warn that lane reductions will add an average of 30 minutes to morning and afternoon commutes on I-40 – longer with accidents or bad weather. For the latest traffic information, go to www.ncdot.gov/fortifync/.