40/42 Interchange Construction

Discussion in 'Discussion Group' started by jesse82nc, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Smithers

    Smithers Well-Known Member

    Yeah, at last check, those ramps are have been open all week. It would help traffic so much if they left the ramps open to/from Raleigh, though.
     
  2. markfnc

    markfnc Well-Known Member

    Diverging diamond was open this morning at 6 am. (40/42). Seemed to be moving smooth and getting on 40 west from 42 east was easy. Looking at google maps just now (7:45) it shows it all closed again. not sure why.
     
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  3. Smithers

    Smithers Well-Known Member

    Google Maps is still showing it closed 15 hours later. It is not. Google Maps is just dumb sometimes.
     
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  4. markfnc

    markfnc Well-Known Member

    a few questions.
    1. I know if you are on nc 42 west and want to circle back to dunkin donuts, there is a u turn in front of the metal bldg. shopping center. if you are on NC 42 east, where do you turn around to come back to shell station? or do you just turn around at Smithfield BBQ light?
    2. can you only get to Shell station from 42 west? they had lost the entrance from Glen rd. when we were by last night.
     
  5. jesse82nc

    jesse82nc Well-Known Member

    Smithfield is the next turnaround on their drawings. And Yes, Shell only shows the 42 entrance on the drawings.
     
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  6. Smithers

    Smithers Well-Known Member

    Google Maps still thinks 1) you cannot go across the I-40 bridge from west to east, and 2) that the Cleveland Rd exits are open. It is wrong on both counts.
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  7. Rockyv58

    Rockyv58 Well-Known Member

     
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  8. markfnc

    markfnc Well-Known Member

    Its much faster getting from the Clev Rd /42 intersection onto I 40 West.
     
  9. Smithers

    Smithers Well-Known Member

    I hope they either 1) plan on reevaluating the stoplight timing in the area, or 2) open up exit 312B pretty soon. The 40/42 exit regularly backs up onto I-40 down to Swift Creek during afternoon rush hour now. It rarely did that before they implemented the DDI. Today, the traffic was backed up on NC-42 westbound so much that traffic was stuck in the intersection with the I-40 exit when the light changed. Basically, almost gridlock.

    I know a DDI is supposed to move more traffic, but there's got to be somewhere for that traffic to go once they get past the intersection.

    And speaking of 312B, why isn't it open?! It doesn't appear they have done a single thing to the ramps since it was temporarily open last month. So why shut it down again?
     
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  10. markfnc

    markfnc Well-Known Member

    Agree, its worse now than before. 312B opening should have been step 1.
     
  11. markfnc

    markfnc Well-Known Member

    5 years ago, Tomorow (June 5, for this post) no wonder it seems like that exit 312 has been a mess so long. 5 years down, getting close?
     
  12. jesse82nc

    jesse82nc Well-Known Member

    Funny, we were just saying the other day that it seems so much smoother and better than it was before.
     
  13. Smithers

    Smithers Well-Known Member

    During times of light traffic? Yeah, it is a lot smoother. Rush hours and Sunday mornings (the Bojangles/Cracker Barrel rush?), not so much.
     
  14. markfnc

    markfnc Well-Known Member

    in the morning from 42 east to 40 west it is easier and faster. during weekend going across 40 either way, seems longer. stop lights too long.
     

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