The new bridge abutments are finished, and now contractors are ready to place the girders that will carry Aviation Parkway across Interstate 40.
That will mean closing I-40 in both directions at the parkway at least twice overnight in the coming week. But while traffic will undoubtedly be slowed, the detour will be short.
If the weather cooperates, I-40 would be closed from midnight Friday through 5 a.m. Saturday, and then again from midnight Monday, Nov. 4, until 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. If it rains one of those two nights, contractors will try again starting at midnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning.
While I-40 is closed, traffic will be directed up the off ramps and then back down onto the highway. People catching early flights at nearby Raleigh-Durham International Airport those mornings will want to give themselves more time to get to RDU.
The new bridge is part of a $21.5 million overhaul of the interchange that includes building a new looping exit ramp to carry traffic from westbound I-40 onto southbound Aviation Parkway.