::Confusing I-40 Road Work To Begin
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff And Wire Reports
Friday, April 20, 2007
DURHAM - Work on Interstate 40 near the Durham Freeway has been planned, cancelled, and re-planned due to weather problems over the last few weeks. Previous work crews had incorrectly repaved the portion of highway from the Durham Freeway (Highway 147) intersection to the Orange County line, so concrete will have to be torn up and paved again.
Listed below is the latest announcements from the NC DOT on what work is supposed to be performed, although it may change again soon.
I-40 Work Schedule
The N.C. Department of Transportation will continue repaving the 10.4-mile stretch of Interstate 40 in Durham County from N.C. 147/Durham Freeway to the Orange County line next week. All work is weather permitting.
During the week of April 23 through April 29, the left two of three lanes on I-40 East at the Orange County line from Exit 270 (U.S. 15/501 Interchange) to Exit 276 (Fayetteville Road) will be closed as crews remove sections of the existing concrete overlay and replace it with asphalt in these areas. Work is tentatively scheduled for:
Monday, April 23, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Tuesday, April 24
Tuesday, April 24, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Wednesday, April 25
Wednesday, April 25, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Thursday, April 26
Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Friday, April 27
Friday, April 27, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday, April 30, weather permitting.
This will be the first of nine extended weekend lane closures scheduled for the duration of the project. During this weekend, one of three lanes will be open.
The extended weekend lane closure scheduled for this weekend, April 20 - 22, has been cancelled. Instead, work will be conducted as follows:
Friday, April 20, no work is scheduled.
Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., Sunday, April 22
Sunday, April 22, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday, April 23
All lanes will be open on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Motorists are encouraged to use the following primary alternate route during lane closures:
I-85 (Exit 163 off I-40) to N.C. 147/Durham Freeway (Exit 172) and the reverse. This route is only one mile longer than following I-40 through the construction zone and will allow motorists to avoid work zone delays.
Motorists can also take:
U.S. 64 to U.S. 421 to I-85 to U.S. 221 and the reverse as an alternate route to the Greensboro/Triad area; and U.S. 64 to U.S. 421 to I-85 and the reverse as an alternate route to Charlotte.
Repaving Long Term Plans
Lane Construction Corp. of Meriden, Conn. will work through November and then resume in March 2008 once warmer weather returns. The project contract calls for work to be completed by May 2008. ::