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BeltlineJam crews shift traffic on eastbound I-40

Traffic slows to a crawl on the I-440 outer Beltline due to lane closures that are part of a three-yearproject to rebuild 11.5 miles of I-40 and I-440 across South Raleigh. Delays are expected to worsen as large stretches of I-40 are reduced to three lanes.
Traffic slows to a crawl on the I-440 outer Beltline due to lane closures that are part of a three-yearproject to rebuild 11.5 miles of I-40 and I-440 across South Raleigh. Delays are expected to worsen as large stretches of I-40 are reduced to three lanes. cseward@newsobserver.com

Construction crews on the Beltline reconstruction project this week began moving eastbound drivers into three outside lanes on Interstate 40 in South Raleigh between Jones Franklin and Lake Wheeler roads, the state Department of Transportation said.

It’s part of the three-year, $130 million project to rebuild 11.5 miles of I-40 and I-440 across South Raleigh. The westbound lanes in this section were shifted last week, and these new travel lanes were lined this week with concrete barriers, the NCDOT said.

Once the barriers are in place in both directions, demolition work will begin on the I-40 median and inside lanes.

Meanwhile, DOT posted a video to help drivers navigate changes at the busy I-40 exit at Saunders Street. For traffic going in both directions, all exiting drivers now take the first exit ramp for Saunders, because the second ramp has been closed.

Chronic #BeltlineJam traffic delays are expected to start in July, DOT says, when construction crews begin reducing a four- and five-lane stretch of I-40 to three lanes each way, for the four miles between Lake Wheeler Road and the I-40/I-440 split.

DOT officials have warned drivers to expect regular delays of 30 minutes or more until work is finished in late 2016.

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