Temporary asphalt plant set in the middle of Interstate 40 during Crawleigh project


The plant is located right in the middle of Interstate 40, near the Interstate 40/440 split in southeast Raleigh. Officials said they chose the spot because it was safer for crews and would enable trucks to come and go without interfering too much with traffic.

Crews started working on building the plant from scratch at the beginning of December, and it should be finished and fully operational by the end of February.

Granite Construction is heading up the project and says the location will cut down on costs because they can easily access almost all 11 plus miles of the project.

As for what they will be doing there, they will be making all of the asphalt for the Crawleigh project, which will end up being a large amount.

"I'll tell you, we'll be producing enough asphalt out of this plant to pave two inches of asphalt 12 feet wide from here to Houston," said Michael Derksen, with Granite Construction.

The asphalt they are tearing up will be recycled and reused as part of the project. When the project is complete, they will pack up and leave the area but will reshape and re-plant it first.

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