Drivers on a 16-mile stretch of Interstate 40 in Johnston County will find lanes closed in the coming year and half as workers fix potholes and cracks, smooth out uneven concrete and resurface bridges.
Penhall Co. of Los Angeles was recently awarded a $10.2 million contract to repair I-40 from mile marker 313, near N.C. 42, to just beyond the Interstate 95 interchange. The work will begin sometime after Nov. 27 and should be done by July 1, 2019.
The N.C. Department of Transportation says Penhall will avoid closing lanes west of N.C. 210 during the morning and evening commutes and on the entire route during times of busy weekend traffic. Work on the ramps and loops at the I-95 interchange, which will require detours, will be done late at night.
The project also includes resurfacing the asphalt on the ramps at N.C. 210 and replacing the decks of 10 bridges with more durable concrete. Four other bridges will be sandblasted and get fresh coats of paint.
This will be the first major rehab work on this section of I-40 since it was built in the mid-1980s, said NCDOT spokesman Andrew Barksdale. “The original concrete construction of this section of I-40 has held up really well,” he said.