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NCDOT 40/440 Rebuild Project "Fortify" Information
The project, formerly known as “Crawleigh”, is moving forward with a new name: FORTIFY.
Fortify is not just about rebuilding a road, it’s also about fortifying a community. Enhancing the mobility of our region creates greater opportunities for our citizens – access to jobs, healthcare, education, and the people and places that make our community great. Strong partnerships and community collaboration will help reduce the impact to those who live in, work in, and pass through the capital city during construction.
Our project to fortify two of the Triangle’s busiest roads begins this week, and we want to make sure you know what to expect while construction is under way on this major roadway rebuild project and understand how to get the latest information quickly and easily.
What is Fortify?
The Fortify project involves removing and replacing an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440 to address immediate safety concerns. The 30-year-old pavement is cracking and crumbling because of a chemical reaction, called ASR, happening in the road. The reaction is triggered by water mixing with a substance that was used in paving several decades ago.
In addition to rebuilding the road, crews will extend two miles of auxiliary lanes to help manage additional traffic. They will also rehabilitate 14 bridges within the project zone to extend their life by many years.
The first stage, rebuilding I-440, begins this fall. Crews will replace the section from the I-40/U.S. 64/I-440 interchange, known as “the 40 split,” to just north of the U.S. 64/264 Knightdale Bypass.
• Week of October 28: Nighttime lane closures begin for prep work
• Early December: Daytime lane closures begin
Stage two, daytime lane closures for rebuilding I-40, is scheduled to begin by late 2014, when crews will replace the pavement from U.S. 1/64 all the way to the I-40 split.
The entire projected is scheduled to wrap up by Fall 2016.
Impact to Drivers
More than 100,000 cars travel on the weakened sections of 40 and 440 every day, so the $130 million project is going to impact drivers significantly.
NCDOT is taking steps to minimize that impact, including making a $12 million investment in additional transit, and working with the contractor to keep three lanes open in both directions on I-40 during the majority of construction.
Tools to Keep You Informed
• www.fortifync.com – The Fortify website, which was built by NCDOT’s Web Services Team, is your one-stop shop for all project-related information. It features maps, details on where to catch alternate transit options and links to live traffic cameras through a partnership with WRAL News. There is even a top 40 playlist of jams to help you through the traffic.
• Facebook – We’ve launched a Fortify Facebook page where we’ll share updates on traffic flow and project progress daily, post photos and videos, and engage in conversation with our followers.
• Twitter – The project Twitter feed, @FortifyNC, will offer real-time travel information any time of day or night. They're in the process of linking the Twitter feed with TIMS, so whenever an incident occurs within the project area, you’ll get an instant alert on your computer or mobile device. It’s a great way to “know before you go!”
• Tumblr – They’ve also created the department’s first Tumblr site, which offers a way to keep up with all online content and conversations about the project in one simple location.
NCDOT is committed to keeping drivers informed every step of the way throughout this massive project to fortify not just a road but the community, as well. For more information on Fortify, visit www.fortifync.com.
Public Information Sessions Schedule for Proposed 2014 Route Modifications
Capital Area Transit (CAT) will be holding information sessions regarding the Proposed 2014 Route Modifications. The upcoming changes have been designed to build a solid foundation for future growth. Several of CAT’s main routes serving downtown will see additional service. Route 1- Capital Blvd and Route 15 WakeMed will see reduced headways, down to 15 minutes during the Mid-Day. The public is welcome to attend an information session to learn more on the proposed changes and provide feedback.
Upcoming Information Sessions:
- Thursday, December 12- 4:00-7:00pm
Moore Square Transit Station, Raleigh
- Wednesday, December 18- 4:00pm-7:00pm
Capital Area Transit Facility, 4104 Poole Rd, Raleigh
- Thursday, December 19- 3:00pm-7:00pm
Sertoma Arts Center- Crabtree Room, 1400 W. Millbrook Rd, Raleigh
- Tuesday, January 7- 4:00pm-7:00pm
North Hills- CAT bus stop behind North State Bank, Raleigh
- Wednesday, January 8- 4:00pm-7:00pm
Crabtree Valley Mall- Transit Station, Raleigh
There will not be a formal presentation and the same information will be provided at each session. If you are unable to attend an Information Session, you can fill out Online Comment Form.
For more information about the Proposed 2014 CAT Route Modifications, contact Carmalee Scarpitti, Transit Planner, at (919) 996-2291 or Carmalee.email@example.com.
CAT Holiday Operation Schedule
CAT and all TTA Express Routes operated by CAT will NOT operate on the following days:
- Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25
- New Years Day: Wednesday, January 1
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January 20
In addition, on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24:
- Final CAT bus departures from Moore Square Station will occur at 7:00pm.
TTA Express Routes will NOT operate on the following days:
- Christmas Eve: Tuesday, November 24
Route 40X Wake Tech Express Holiday Schedule
CAT Route 40X- Wake Tech Express will NOT operate on the following days:
- December 23rd, 2013- January 1st, 2014
- January 20th, 2014
Route 40X-Wake Tech will operate on a Modified Schedule on:
- December 19th - 20th, 2013
- January 2nd - 3rd, 2014