I-40 by BruceSiceloff

Fri-Sun 4/13-15: At night this weekend, around the clock next weekend

DOT and Lane Construction Corp. plan more nighttime paving repairs through this weekend on I-40 near the US 15-501 interchange in Durham, and moving east toward the NC 54 interchange.
Eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane from 8pm Friday to 8am Saturday.
And from 8pm Saturday to 8am Sunday, and from 8pm Sunday to 6am Monday.
Weather permitting, that is.
Judging from the forecast as of early Friday afternoon, they could get in nearly a full night of paving Friday night before it gets too cold for asphalt work (overnight low forecast: 45). Saturday night looks more promising (52). Sunday is iffy, with a chance of rain and an overnight low of 41.
Next weekend it will be different — and worse for thousands of people trying to get around. Lane plans to work around the clock, day and night, from 8pm Friday, April 20, through Saturday and Sunday to 6am Monday, April 23. Only eastbound travel will be affected, with one lane kept open.
That?s when we?ll see more traffic backups, and more Triangle travelers experimenting with alternate routes. You can try I85 plus the NC 147 Durham Freeway, or US 15-501 plus NC 147. Or your own backroad shortcut.
* Try the I85/NC147 alternate route and let the rest of us know how it works for you
* Check back at http://I40.newsobserver.com tonight and every night for the latest on repair plans

Published – 20071304

I-40 by BruceSiceloff

Thurs. 4/12: Now it begins

It will get chilly again tonight, with a forecast low of 40. But DOT and Lane Construction figure they can get in a few hours of paving before ground temps fall much below 50 degrees ? when it?ll be too cold for good asphalt work.
At 8pm, they?ll reduce eastbound I-40 to a single lane for a short stretch beginning just west of the Orange-Durham county line and US 15-501.
The plan is to remove some concrete from the center lane, replace it with some asphalt, and reopen all three lanes by morning. And that?s the plan, when weather permits, almost every night for the rest of the year (reopening by 6am weekdays, 8am weekends).
Better get used to it.
* Try the I85/NC147 alternate route and let us know how it works for you
* Check back at http://I40.newsobserver.com tonight and every night for the latest on repair plans

Published – 20071204

I-40 by BruceSiceloff

Wed. 4/11: I-40 work rained out

It was too cold for asphalt work Monday and Tuesday nights on I-40 in Durham County, and tonight it's too rainy for any work at all. No traffic lanes will be closed.

Thursday's forecast is for an overnight low of 42. So it's possible that Friday (51 is forecast) will be the night they get down to work, removing bad concrete and replacing it with asphalt.

Check back at http://I40.newsobserver.com tonight and every night for the latest on repair plans

Published – 20071104

I-40 by BruceSiceloff

Tues 4/10: Lanes closing @ 8pm, but no asphalt paving

It's still too cold for asphalt paving tonight, with overnight lows expected to reach 44 degrees, but DOT and Lane Construction Corp. plan for a second night to spend a few hours doing preliminary work for their pavement repair project on 10.4 miles of Interstate 40 in Durham County.

Starting at 8pm, they?ll reduce eastbound I-40 to a single lane for a short stretch beginning near the Orange-Durham county line just west of US 15-501, until about 12pm, says DOT engineer Eben Miller. Monday night they closed lanes long enough to do some pavement marking from about 10:30pm to 1am.

With rain expected Wednesday, it appears that Lane won't be able to start the real work — removing bad concrete and replacing it with asphalt — before Thursday night at the earliest.

Try the I85/NC147 alternate route — you can download a map with driver-tested directions at http://media.newsobserver.com/content/news/growth/traffic/interstate40/story_graphics/20070408_detour.pdf — and let us know how it works for you.

Check back at http://I40.newsobserver.com tonight and every night for the latest on repair plans

Published – 20071004

I-40 by BruceSiceloff

I-40 East lanes closing 10pm @ US 15-501

Cold weather will slow the start of Interstate 40 pavement repairs in Durham County, but the eastbound lanes will be closed between 10 pm and 2 am tonight for preliminary work near the U.S. 15-501 interchange.

Phillip Johnson, a state Department of Transportation engineer overseeing the I-40 project, said Monday morning that the predicted overnight low of 32 degrees is much too cold for asphalt paving that had been scheduled to begin at 8 pm Monday night.

Lane Construction Corp., DOT?s contractor for the $21.7 million project, tentatively plans to get started at 10pm with pavement markings and other preliminary work that had been planned for later in the week. If those plans are reaffirmed Monday afternoon, eastbound I-40 traffic will be reduced to a single lane near U.S. 15-501 for four hours beginning at 10 pm.

Published – 20070904

I-40 by BruceSiceloff

I-40 fix unlikely to start before Tues. or Wed. PM

Asphalt is finicky. Anything more than a couple of degrees below 50 is too chilly for good paving work. So, with the National Weather Service expecting an overnight low of 34 degrees Monday night, the state Department of Transportation probably will postpone the first night of I-40 pavement repairs until Tuesday (44 is the forecast low) or Wednesday (53).

That decision will be announced sometime Monday. Watch this space.

Whenever they start, they'll be in the eastbound lanes of I-40 near the US 15-501 interchange. In the first week of work they expect to stay between 15-501 and the NC 54 interchange. Driving westbound? Don't worry. All construction and all traffic backups are eastbound-only, until late June or early July.

Published – 20070804

I-40 by BruceSiceloff

Spring and early summer weekends will be the worst for I-40 drivers

Most of the work is planned for nights, but DOT is allowing Lane Construction Corp. to schedule I-40 repair work around the clock on nine weekends this year. Lane hopes to get a lot of mileage during the long weekends (working from 8pm Friday until 6am Monday), and it opted to put all nine weekends on the work calendar as early in the year as possible.

The first weekend is scheduled for Friday April 20 to Monday April 23, and the ninth is June 29-July. The only two weekends not scheduled for work during that period are May 11-14 (NCSU, Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill commencements, and Mother's Day) and May 25-28 (Memorial Day weekend).

I-40 is busier during daylight hours Saturday and Sunday than overnight, so traffic backups probably will be worse on weekends.? But, if the schedule stays as is, we might have our weekends free after July Fourth.

Published – 20070604