With the holiday season over, roadway work on the Fortify project on I-440 in southwest Raleigh resumed Wednesday.
Crews expect to have the orange barrels on I-440 W between the I40/440 split and Poole Road exit replaced with concrete Jersey barriers by Wednesday, restricting the flow of traffic through that corridor.
Weather permitting, crews will also extend the lane closures the final mile on the westbound side from the Poole Road exit to the U.S. 64/264 exit.
Once weather conditions allow, prep work for the upcoming traffic shift on I-440 East will resume with shoulder paving near the I-40/440 split to get it ready for daily travel. Lane closures will expand out from that location as work progresses.
Motorists are urged to use extra caution when approaching and driving through the work zone to protect themselves, their passengers, other motorists and construction crews. Drivers should obey the speed limit, and pay attention to traffic and construction warning signs. A speeding ticket issued in a work zone could cost a motorist an additional $250 above the original speeding fine and court costs.
The Fortify project includes the removal and replacement of an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440. The initial phase focuses on replacing the section of I-440 between the I-40/440/U.S. 64 split and just north of the U.S. 64/264 Knightdale Bypass. Work will then switch to rebuilding I-40 between the split and the I-40/U.S. 1/64 interchange near Cary. That is expected to start in late 2014 or early 2015, with the entire project expected to wrap up Fall 2016.