Daytime Work On I-40 Postponed

A highway contractor has canceled weekend plans that would have slowed daytime traffic on eastbound Interstate 40 in Durham County this weekend.

But roadway repairs and lane closures will continue each night.

The project manager for Lane Construction Corporation says he won't schedule a round-the-clock weekend session until his crew gains more experience in removing concrete from I-40 and replacing it with asphalt.

A widening project caused the existing concrete to crumble.

The state Department of Transportation requires Lane Construction to work mostly at night to limit the inconvenience to drivers. Lane is allowed to schedule nine weekends of day-and-night work during the 13-month project.

Cool and wet weather slowed the start of the repairs, but the latest word is that Lane's work has been improving.

About seven-thousand feet of deteriorating concrete has been replaced in one lane of I-40.