Lane closures for Crawleigh continue, drivers should prepare for delays


Beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, crews will be grinding out the rumble strips along the edge of the inside lane on both I-440 eastbound and westbound between the I-40/I-440/U.S. Highway 64 split and the bridge over Crabtree Creek just north of the U.S. Highway 64/264 exit. The work should wrap up by 5 a.m. the next day.

The work means the inside travel lanes on both the east and westbound sides of I-440 will be closed off to grind down rumble strips on the shoulder.

North Carolina DOT officials are unsure which side crews will be starting on, either westbound or eastbound, but assure the public only the inside lanes will be affected.

DOT officials estimate it will take three years to replace the malfunctioning and crumbling concrete foundation of the nearly 12-mile stretch of road.

"This is a large project for this area," said the NC DOT's Mike Charbonneau. "This is a road that's been here for 30 years. When it was built 30 years ago, the materials used, we know now, is creating a reaction underneath the pavement that's causing parts of it to deteriorate."

To try to alleviate some traffic buildup, DOT reps say they worked with the contractor to keep three lanes open for the majority of the project, which is slated to last three years.

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