RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — If you’re planning to travel eastbound on Interstate 40 between southeast Raleigh and Clayton this weekend, be prepared for delays.
According to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, contractors are planning several closures this weekend as they widen a portion of eastbound I-40 from Southeast Raleigh to Clayton.
The closures will begin at 8 p.m. Friday when one lane of I-40 East will be closed from mile markers 306 through 309. Drivers must cross onto future west lanes of I-40 and bridges over U.S. Route 70 business for about a quarter-mile, the publication said. Drivers will then cross back onto the east side in the lanes closest to the median.
By diverting traffic from this section of I-40 East, contractors can safely demolish the current I-40 East bridges over US 70 Business and build new ones, the NCDOT said.
Traffic will be diverted to this new pattern until 7am Saturday and will remain diverted until 2023.
A second closure will occur a few hours after one lane of I-40 East was closed, this time at the loop from US 70 Business West to I-40 East. The loop will close at 11:00 p.m. Friday to allow crews to build the new loop and incorporate it into the new temporary traffic pattern on I-40 highlighted above.
A detour takes drivers to Jones Sausage Road to access I-40 East. The loop is expected to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.
A third closure will be at the onset of US 70 East onto I-40 East Friday and Saturday night. The ramp is closed on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. the following day.
The NCDOT said a detour for the ramp will take drivers off I-40 West to Jones Sausage Road (Exit 303), and travelers will then have to turn around and get onto I-40 East.
The NCDOT advises drivers to allow extra time to avoid detours and to be vigilant when driving through work zones.
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