30 March 2022
Morrisville, N.C. — The next phase of the Interstate 40 improvement project is underway near Airport Boulevard in Morrisville, and drivers may notice more lane closures along I-40 near the airport for the next two weeks.
Multiple lanes of I-40 will be closed near the airport between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. through mid-April while traffic is diverted off I-40 at Airport Boulevard (Exit 284) and back to I-40 on the other side of the interchange.
“This is kind of a companion project with the project that finished last year at Aviation Parkway. The goal of both is to improve access and relieve congestion in the area,” said Marty Homan with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
“Of course the airport is growing as we’re a growing city, and so we’re doing some work to accommodate the increased traffic that the airport is seeing and to support development in the area,” added Homan.
Crews are working on a bridge over I-40 and adding a second bridge to improve traffic flow in both directions.
Nightly at 8 p.m., a single lane will be closed in both directions on I-40 at the Airport Boulevard interchange. At 10 p.m., two lanes will be closed, and a full closure will be in place at midnight as crews place girders on the new bridge over I-40.
At 5 a.m., I-40 will partially reopen, and the interstate will reopen fully by 6 a.m.
“So each direction of traffic will have their own bridge and that interchange will also convert to a diverging diamond interchange,” said Homan.
This is a small piece of a large scale project that has been underway for years. The state Department of Transportation said the goal is to improve interstate access and relieve congestion.
“That is a very, very busy interchange, and many people use Aviation Parkway for more than personal travel … a lot of commercial, logistical sort of deliveries and stuff that come in and out of the airport really use Airport Boulevard,” said Homan. “So it’s important for us to accommodate that growth and to pave the way for further development in the area.”
The NCDOT will begin work around June to tie in the new bridge to the interstate. The goal is to have traffic on the new bridge by the fall.
In the meantime, Homan advises drivers to be cautious when driving in the area during the designated hours of work.
“Anytime you’re going through a construction zone, it’s even more important to reduce your speed and give yourself plenty of room. Definitely do not drive distracted or impaired, and just be cautious and take your time,” he added.
The overall I-40 improvement project is scheduled to wrap up in 2023.