RALEIGH: Slowdowns begin as 'Fortify' gets underway on I-440 - WNCT

Slowdowns begin as 'Fortify' gets underway on I-440

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

It was slow going for drivers on parts of I-440 westbound in Raleigh as the N.C. Department of Transportation's "Fortify 40/440" project got underway after a one-week delay.  Lane closures brought traffic to a crawl between the onramp from I-40 and the Poole Road exit traveling westbound.

Drivers can expect lane closures all week between Rock Quarry Road and the 264 interchange both east and westbound.  During the three-year project, workers will replace crumbling pavement along the Beltline in phases.

Phase One, underway now, will continue through the spring.  Phase Two will force lane closures on parts of the Beltline south of downtown.

Drivers told WNCN they were not looking forward to the delays.

"I'm going to try it out first and if it's not working how I need it to work, then I'm going to have to find somewhere else to go," said William Miller of Raleigh.

A DOT spokesperson says drivers should think about taking alternate routes or try public transportation while necessary repairs take place.

On Tuesday morning, traffic seemed to flow smoothly as drivers adjusted to the lane closures.

Raleigh's CAT buses can now bypass traffic by driving on shoulders in some sections.  Other options include the Johnston County Express bus service, which runs from Johnston County's Cleveland Crossing Park-and-Ride to downtown Raleigh.

Read more about the project at www.fortifync.com.

Derick Waller

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