Westbound I-40 in West Raleigh will be squeezed into a single lane at night, starting tonight, as NCDOT begins a project to widen a 6-mile stretch of I-40 from four to six lanes.
Tonight's work starts near the Jones Franklin Road overpass at the eastern end of the project, and moves west toward Wade Avenue. The work will continue at night from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. weekdays, until 9 a.m. Saturdays and until 10 a.m. Sundays.
The contractor is installing barriers on the grassy median, where most of the work will take place. While the barriers are being installed, the left or inner lane of westbound I-40 will be closed. The project is to be completed in June 2011.
You can check traffic conditions on the I-40 project online at or by dialing 511.
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