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I-440 West #BeltlineJam lanes stay closed over the holidays

The state Department of Transportation has suspended road work across the state for the holidays, but Raleigh’s Beltline is one spot where travelers will find lanes closed as they travel for Christmas and New Year’s.

Traffic on I-440 West, the Outer Beltline, has been moved into the outer lane and the freeway shoulder starting at the I-40 split in Southeast Raleigh. The two inside lanes of I-440 West are closed for about two miles, from I-40 through the Poole Road interchange, DOT said.

When road construction resumes after the holiday break ends on Jan. 2, road crews will finish closing those inside lanes for a total of three miles, from I-40 to the U.S. 64/264 interchange. Then they will begin closing the two inside lanes for the same three miles in the other direction, on I-440 East.

It’s part of a three-year project to rebuild all lanes on 11.5 miles of the I-40 and I-440 Beltline across South Raleigh.

Also over the holidays, DOT said, North Carolina drivers will find lanes closed on:

U.S. 1 north of Aberdeen, reduced to one lane each way.

U.S. 158 (Elizabeth Street) bridge over the Pasquotank River in Elizabeth City, one lane each way, and U.S. 158 Wright Memorial Bridge in Dare and Currituck counties, one lane each way.

I-73 in Greensboro, two lanes each way between I-40 and I-85.