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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #425 on: February 18, 2022, 09:54:24 AM »

NCDOT is behaving as if 885 is already approved. Maybe by FHWA if not by AASHTO.

AASHTO could throw a wrench in their plans, and it has happened in the past with I-140 from Raleigh to Sanford not getting approved, but this does not appear likely to happen. The freeway will be to modern interstate standards and it is a clear connection route that is clearly beneficial for those that do not want to go through the urban core of Durham.
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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #426 on: February 18, 2022, 09:58:35 AM »

^^

Fully agree.
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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #427 on: February 18, 2022, 10:28:18 AM »

NCDOT is behaving as if 885 is already approved. Maybe by FHWA if not by AASHTO.

AASHTO could throw a wrench in their plans, and it has happened in the past with I-140 from Raleigh to Sanford not getting approved, but this does not appear likely to happen.

If FHWA has already approved (and indications are that they have...pretty sure this project used Federal funding so FHWA would have HAD to view and sign off on the design plans), there isn't much AASHTO can do.  I-140 was a different case...there were no large or active projects on the books for US 1.
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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #428 on: February 18, 2022, 11:18:42 AM »

NCDOT is behaving as if 885 is already approved. Maybe by FHWA if not by AASHTO.

AASHTO could throw a wrench in their plans, and it has happened in the past with I-140 from Raleigh to Sanford not getting approved, but this does not appear likely to happen.

If FHWA has already approved (and indications are that they have...pretty sure this project used Federal funding so FHWA would have HAD to view and sign off on the design plans), there isn't much AASHTO can do.  I-140 was a different case...there were no large or active projects on the books for US 1.

When I worked on the ill-fated Raleigh-Durham Regional Rail System for Triangle Transit Authority (now Triangle Transit, dba Go Triangle) we had a rail flyover that needed to "land" short of the planned I-885 bridge over the East Durham Yards (Norfolk Southern).  Even back then, the planning and design for that project was ahead of ours.  It was my understanding that FWHA had already approved the I-885 routing.  This whole discussion shows the difference in how FHWA and AASHTO play different roles for new routes versus upgrades and bypasses to existing routes.
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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #429 on: February 20, 2022, 06:23:41 PM »

This article about the bridge demolition quotes NCDOT indicating I-885 will be completed now 'by the summer':
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article258464638.html

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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #430 on: February 23, 2022, 04:49:52 PM »

Are these temporary? Because it should say I-885 WB/EB ramp not US-70.

https://goo.gl/maps/RkkEs3KYBQJpTBkx6

https://goo.gl/maps/6otxAeUVyJr2ygkJ7
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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #431 on: February 23, 2022, 09:55:07 PM »

Are these temporary? Because it should say I-885 WB/EB ramp not US-70.

https://goo.gl/maps/RkkEs3KYBQJpTBkx6

https://goo.gl/maps/6otxAeUVyJr2ygkJ7
Perhaps, they've been there for a few years now. They may stay a little while as I would imagine most people are going to continue considering US 70 as the primary association of the road and eventually get around to considering it 885. I don't even think 87 has kicked in for many people in Raleigh, it's still 64/264.
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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #432 on: February 23, 2022, 10:05:17 PM »

Are these temporary? Because it should say I-885 WB/EB ramp not US-70.

https://goo.gl/maps/RkkEs3KYBQJpTBkx6

https://goo.gl/maps/6otxAeUVyJr2ygkJ7
Perhaps, they've been there for a few years now. They may stay a little while as I would imagine most people are going to continue considering US 70 as the primary association of the road and eventually get around to considering it 885. I don't even think 87 has kicked in for many people in Raleigh, it's still 64/264.
Hope they are updated. Meanwhile, the intersection is closed tonight for I-885 related construction, perhaps to put in overhead signs headed east on NC 98 to match these covered up ones (why cover up the middle one?) that were put up heading west several months ago:
https://goo.gl/maps/w52cMdJ3XzMm4fyLA

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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #433 on: March 14, 2022, 10:47:27 AM »

Bridge demo progress as of last Thursday, 3/10.



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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #434 on: March 30, 2022, 05:54:34 PM »

as of this morning, all columns from the old bridge have been torn down. Progress!

Also, I want to point out that the sign seen in the previous picture is very poorly placed, as the new railroad bridge completely blocks it from view until the last possible second
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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #435 on: April 19, 2022, 12:22:18 AM »

All I see right now is "opens in Spring, completed in Summer". I'm assuming it won't be ready anytime soon without a date there.

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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #436 on: April 20, 2022, 11:02:06 AM »

I assume that there are greenouts for the placement of an I-885 shield at I-85 Exit 178 and I-40 Exit 279, if those signs have been modified already.
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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #437 on: April 20, 2022, 01:21:42 PM »

I assume that there are greenouts for the placement of an I-885 shield at I-85 Exit 178 and I-40 Exit 279, if those signs have been modified already.
According to the most recent sign plans, while the I-40 West signs will simply swap out an I-885 shield for the existing NC 147 ones, the signs on I-40 East will apparently be replaced with the ones like on the left below having both I-885 and NC 147 shields:


The I-85 signs will probably be replaced as well as there is currently little room to add South I-885 to them, as seen on this Street View link image taken in November:
https://goo.gl/maps/vjDu546PhPsrFqNS9

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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #438 on: May 01, 2022, 11:13:28 AM »

Bridge demo progress as of last Thursday, 3/10.



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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #439 on: May 01, 2022, 11:59:35 AM »

as of Thursday 4/28, bridge demolition is complete, and a new lane has opened up to the left going westbound. The right lane becomes exit only for NC 98/US 70B exit
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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #440 on: May 04, 2022, 04:27:18 PM »

Still no opening date, but NCDOT says signing of I-885 (I assume where it already hasn't been and covered up) will begin next week (after AASHTO approves the route on Monday the 9th?):
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2022/2022-05-04-final-paving-east-end-connector-i-885.aspx

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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #441 on: May 04, 2022, 07:53:47 PM »

night-time paving work has commenced between the NC 98 exit and I-85. The third lane westbound is slowly getting longer.
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Re: New Interstate 885 in Durham
« Reply #442 on: May 13, 2022, 09:55:39 PM »

Taking a look at the traffic cameras in the vicinity of the Durham Freeway the last couple of days I could not spot any sign changes taking place. This did not prevent NCDOT from updating their traffic map, however:

 


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