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Three road projects will cause slowdowns this weekend for drivers on Interstate 40 in Durham and western Wake counties -- including football fans heading to Chapel Hill Saturday for the UNC-NCSU game, NCDOT says.
- Two of the four lanes on westbound I-40 will be closed 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday for paving between 540 Outer Loop (Exit 283) and NC 147 Durham Freeway (Exit 279). It's part of the project to widen the exit ramp from 540 to I-40 west, which NCDOT hopes to have open for traffic in December.
-- Paving on Airport Boulevard (Exit 284) will close on- and off-ramps for I-40 travelers in both directions intermittently 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday. Detour signs will direct airport travelers and other drivers to Aviation Parkway (Exit 285).
Football fans attending the game (12 noon) should allow time for traffic delays or look for other routes. One option is US 64 west from Cary to NC 751, then north to I-40.
-- Pavement repairs on I-40 in both directions will cause occasional lane closures 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday between NC 147 Durham Freeway (Exit 279) and the Orange County line near U.S. 15-501 (Exit 270).
-- One of four lanes at a time will be closed 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday on westbound I-40 between 540 Outer Loop (Exit 283) and NC 147 Durham Freeway (Exit 279), for pavement marking work.
NCDOT normally would do most of this work at night, but engineers say it must be done during warmer daylight ours because nighttime temperatures are too cold for asphalt work.