Work on the flyover ramp going from Interstate 40 East to I-540 East in Durham gets underway on Tuesday, June 27 and will require the use of detours by motorists.
The project calls for the replacement of two pavement joints on the ramp.
According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, initial work will require one of the ramp lanes to be closed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesday night through Thursday night. The ramp will then be completely closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, June 30 through 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 5. During the full closure, the contractor will be working 24 hours a day to complete the work.
There are multiple detour routes for I-40 East motorists trying to get to I-540 East during the full closure.
▪ Drivers can use exit 279 to go onto southbound N.C. 147 (Durham Freeway) and take Exit 1 for I-540 East. That is part of the Triangle Expressway but tolls will be waived during the closure for that southbound stretch of N.C. 147. However, tolling will resume if a driver goes onto N.C. 540 South.
▪ Traffic entering eastbound I-40 beyond Exit 279 can detour onto Exit 283, take I-540 West to the exit at N.C. 54, make a left turn at the light, go under the interstate, and then make another left turn to get to I-540 East.
▪ Motorists could also continue on I-40 East past the closed ramp and use either northbound Airport Boulevard (exit 284-B) or Aviation Parkway (Exit 285) to get to I-540 near RDU International Airport.
Drivers are advised by the NCDOT to pay extra attention to detour signs as they choose which route to use to get around the ramp closure.