Commuting on I-440/I-40 to Get Tougher

State roadway fortification projects will impact traffic

For local commuters, a state Department of Transportation project may impact travel around Johnston County and a portion of Wake County for up to two years.

The "Fortify" project involves the removal and replacement of an 11.5-mile stretch of road on I-40 and I-440. The first phase will focus on replacing a section of I-440 before work switches to rebuilding a section of I-40 near Cary. The entire project is expected to last until fall 2016.

As work takes place, the Department of Transportation has set up a Fortify project website to provide residents with comprehensive information that includes alternate transit options, project maps and links to live traffic cameras.

Duke community members who drive alone and wish to avoid the Fortify project can use public transportation for free with a GoPass.

Through Feb. 4, Triangle Transit's Johnston County Express will run for free, picking up passengers in Clayton near Walmart at stop #1932 before traveling to Downtown Raleigh. Duke employees can then use their GoPass to ride the Durham-Raleigh Express for free to West Campus.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on the Fortify project, Duke community members are encouraged to visit the Department of Transportation website and

Information about alternative transportation can also be found online. As part of the Fortify project, the Department of Transportation invested $12 million and partnered with GoTriangle, Triangle Transit and Capital Area Transit to provide additional transit options.