The North Carolina Department of Transportation's vast Fortify Raleigh project ramps up tonight with overnight lane closures on both the east and westbound sides of the interstate.
The Fortify project is the removal and replacement of an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440.
The DOT took a short break on the work over the Thanksgiving holiday but drivers will soon notice numerous closures over the next several months. The closures will expand to daytime hours later this week.
"Now is the time when motorists will be affected," said DOT engineer Dennis Jernigan. "Now is the time to implement those strategies we have been asking you to think about. This is when the long-term lane closures will start."
Starting tonight at 9 p.m., an outside lane of I-440 eastbound will be closed between U.S. 64/264 and Poole Road. That closure will last until 5 a.m.
Paving work on I-440 eastbound is scheduled to continue to the I-40/440 split through early next week, with overnight lane closures in place as early as 9 p.m. each day.
Tonight on I-440 westbound, the outside lane will be closed between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Starting at 11 p.m. Wednesday, plastic traffic-control barrels will be used to direct motorists to the outside lane and shoulder from the I-40/440 split to Sunnybrook Road.
To see a projected schedule of Foritfy Raleigh and estimated closures, visit the NCDOT website.