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In September, NCDOT tried an unusual approach to ameliorate a problem created when it opened the U.S. 70 Clayton Bypass: to help rush hour traffic move more smoothly on westbound Interstate 40, engineers reduced the road from three lanes to two lanes.
The idea was to eliminate the delays around a bottleneck that often formed when the three-lane stretch (about 2 miles long) ended and drivers in the two outer lanes were forced to merge into one lane.
So how's it working? Has this counterintuitive change improved your morning commute? Is it better to keep I-40 two lanes wide than to add a third lane temporarily?
Please let me hear from you, by phone (919-829-4527) or email. Be sure to include your name and your daytime phone number. Thanks.