The exit ramp from eastbound Interstate 40 to Gorman Street will be closed from Thursday evening through the weekend for construction, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Workers will tear up and rebuild the ramp at Exit 295 as part of the ongoing Fortify project to replace deteriorating pavement on the Beltline across the south side of Raleigh.
Work is expected to begin about 6 p.m. Thursday and be completed in time to reopen the exit for rush hour on Monday morning, DOT says. On Thursday night, starting about 9 p.m., the right lane of eastbound I-40 also will be closed so workers can close off the exit ramp with concrete barriers.
Detour signs will send drivers to the Lake Wheeler Road exit, where they can cross over the interstate and get on westbound I-40 back to Gorman Street. The westbound Gorman Street exit ramp will remain open, as will the two on-ramps.
DOT and contractor Granite Construction Co. started rebuilding the southern Beltline – 3.5 miles of I-440 plus the 8 miles of I-40 – in December 2013. The concrete roadbed had crumbled over the past decade, DOT says, because of a chemical reaction that occurs in highways built during the 1980s.