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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #50 on: April 23, 2023, 10:59:39 PM »

I am aware of projects for the rebuild of Exit 118 and an exit near Claremont, along with a Catawba River Bridge replacement still slowly moving up the list.  The replaced bridges at the 2 interchanges  are being built for 6 lanes on 40, but these projects seem more driven by the bridge being shot than capacity deficiencies.
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #51 on: April 24, 2023, 01:39:21 AM »

I am aware of projects for the rebuild of Exit 118 and an exit near Claremont, along with a Catawba River Bridge replacement still slowly moving up the list.  The replaced bridges at the 2 interchanges  are being built for 6 lanes on 40, but these projects seem more driven by the bridge being shot than capacity deficiencies.


A new exit on I-40 near Claremont?
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #52 on: April 24, 2023, 03:44:54 PM »

I am aware of projects for the rebuild of Exit 118 and an exit near Claremont, along with a Catawba River Bridge replacement still slowly moving up the list.  The replaced bridges at the 2 interchanges  are being built for 6 lanes on 40, but these projects seem more driven by the bridge being shot than capacity deficiencies.


A new exit on I-40 near Claremont?

No, rebuild of existing, I wanted to say Rock Barn Rd, but could not find for sure
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #53 on: April 25, 2023, 01:42:03 AM »

I am aware of projects for the rebuild of Exit 118 and an exit near Claremont, along with a Catawba River Bridge replacement still slowly moving up the list.  The replaced bridges at the 2 interchanges  are being built for 6 lanes on 40, but these projects seem more driven by the bridge being shot than capacity deficiencies.


A new exit on I-40 near Claremont?

No, rebuild of existing, I wanted to say Rock Barn Rd, but could not find for sure

You're correct. It is the bridge replacement for Rock Barn Rd. (Exit 133) over I-40. Found the link below.
https://ncdot.publicinput.com/W7066
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #54 on: April 26, 2023, 10:16:05 AM »

Good news regarding the I-40 widening project between southeast Raleigh and Clayton. All new lanes between I-440 and US-70 (Clayton Bypass) are now open.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2023/2023-04-26-i-40-new-lanes-garner-clayton-open.aspx
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #55 on: May 04, 2023, 09:51:58 PM »

Good news regarding the I-40 widening project between southeast Raleigh and Clayton. All new lanes between I-440 and US-70 (Clayton Bypass) are now open.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2023/2023-04-26-i-40-new-lanes-garner-clayton-open.aspx

I drove this last night. Overall nice and wide. One overhead gantry in each direction has crooked mounted signs which I'm going to email them about.

Otherwise, they have installed reflectors along the lane lines, however the roadway Eastbound leaving Raleigh just scratched off the temporary lane lines during construction. It looks horrible. Will they leave it like this or will a final asphalt layer be added (which will require the reflectors to be removed and reinstalled0?
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #56 on: May 19, 2023, 07:28:08 PM »

NCDOT has opened all lanes of I-40 through the Pigeon River Gorge, after a months-long period of one lane in each direction supporting bridge replacements. Best news: this work is ahead of schedule.
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #57 on: May 19, 2023, 07:29:11 PM »

NCDOT has opened all lanes of I-40 through the Pigeon River Gorge, after a months-long period of one lane in each direction supporting bridge replacements. Best news: this work is ahead of schedule.
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2023/2023-05-19-all-lanes-open-i-40-pigeon-river-gorge.aspx
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #58 on: May 19, 2023, 09:43:21 PM »

I am aware of projects for the rebuild of Exit 118 and an exit near Claremont, along with a Catawba River Bridge replacement still slowly moving up the list.  The replaced bridges at the 2 interchanges  are being built for 6 lanes on 40, but these projects seem more driven by the bridge being shot than capacity deficiencies.


A new exit on I-40 near Claremont?

No, rebuild of existing, I wanted to say Rock Barn Rd, but could not find for sure

You're correct. It is the bridge replacement for Rock Barn Rd. (Exit 133) over I-40. Found the link below.
https://ncdot.publicinput.com/W7066


Yeah, until 1977 I-40 used to end there.  My parents and I used to ride to Knoxville and had to work our way through Conover.  That's why for a very long time, Hickory was used as a control city for I-40 West from I-77 in Statesville, where it's now Asheville.

Interesting add note.  Similar to I-40's fate, I-77 used to end in Elkin at what I believe was exit 83, so I-40's signage for I-77 used Elkin instead of Wytheville which is what it is now.

That old bridge on Rock Barn sure did need a tune up.  I think it's been the same design since 1976.
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #59 on: May 20, 2023, 08:03:05 PM »

Looking at old maps, I never could understand why the original section of 40 from Conover to Statesville was not extended initially west to the old US 70, Highland Avenue path.
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #60 on: May 20, 2023, 10:17:48 PM »

Looking at old maps, I never could understand why the original section of 40 from Conover to Statesville was not extended initially west to the old US 70, Highland Avenue path.
$$$. The road was built in the late 1950s when North Carolina didnít have anything like the resources it has now.
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #61 on: May 21, 2023, 08:50:57 AM »

NCDOT has opened all lanes of I-40 through the Pigeon River Gorge, after a months-long period of one lane in each direction supporting bridge replacements. Best news: this work is ahead of schedule.
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2023/2023-05-19-all-lanes-open-i-40-pigeon-river-gorge.aspx

Thank goodness!  The bridge desperately needed rebuilding, but this was an inconvenience, depending on the time of day.  They did post travel time portable VMSís along westbound 40 in and east of Asheville, but they didnít help when you were approaching from I-26.  I rediscovered the US 25/70 corridor during this time, which certainly wasnít the worst detour in the world.
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #62 on: May 21, 2023, 08:56:31 AM »

I rediscovered the US 25/70 corridor during this time, which certainly wasnít the worst detour in the world.

I've used the US 25/70 corridor as a detour multiple times. It is a godsend, and it seems that most drivers aren't aware of its effectiveness as a detour for I-40 through the gorge. GPS will show looong backups on 40, but 25/70 will still be a calm and easy drive.
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #63 on: May 21, 2023, 11:56:02 PM »

Looking at old maps, I never could understand why the original section of 40 from Conover to Statesville was not extended initially west to the old US 70, Highland Avenue path.
$$$. The road was built in the late 1950s when North Carolina didnít have anything like the resources it has now.

But, at the dawn of the automobile era, North Carolina, with the new moniker "The Good Roads State", had the most miles of paved road of any state.

The interstates were built in small sections in all states. I-40 East ended at Raleigh's beltline when I was in college in 1990.
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #64 on: May 22, 2023, 01:09:55 AM »

I-40 east of Greensboro was not apart of the original interstate system, it was added in 1968 and not even finalized alignment south of Raleigh (either to Morehead City or Wilmington) until the late 70s / early 80s.

Construction on Raleigh to Wilmington was completed in the late 80s / early 90s.
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Re: I-40 in North Carolina
« Reply #65 on: May 22, 2023, 07:32:47 AM »

I-40 east of Greensboro was not apart of the original interstate system, it was added in 1968 and not even finalized alignment south of Raleigh (either to Morehead City or Wilmington) until the late 70s / early 80s.

Construction on Raleigh to Wilmington was completed in the late 80s / early 90s.

IIRC, wasn't part of the yet-to-be-opened 40 used in the movie 1986 Maximum Overdrive?
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