RDU Travelers Should Allow Extra Time During I-40 Closure This Weekend

Interstate 40 will be closed in both directions at Aviation Parkway this weekend while N.C. Department of Transportation crews demolish the old parkway bridge. The interchange near RDU will be closed from Friday at 8 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m., weather permitting.

Law enforcement will direct two lanes of traffic up and down the on and off ramps at the Aviation Parkway interchange (Exit 285). Drivers exiting I-40 West will still be able to turn right on Aviation Parkway to access the airport.

Traffic will also be closed on Aviation Parkway over I-40 for the weekend between Gateway Centre Boulevard at the entrance to Lake Crabtree Park and RDU Center Drive.

Drivers on I-40 East who are going to the airport will be directed to exit at Airport Boulevard (Exit 284) and turn left.

Northbound Aviation Parkway traffic toward the airport will be directed to use the newly opened McCrimmon Parkway extension to Airport Boulevard. All lanes into the airport on Aviation Parkway and Airport Boulevard will remain open.

Traffic heading south on Aviation Parkway from the airport will be directed to use Airport Boulevard or I-540 to access I-40.

Drivers on I-40 West who want to take Aviation Parkway south of the I-40 interchange have two options:

  • Take Exit 284, turn left onto Airport Boulevard and left onto McCrimmon Parkway to reach Aviation Parkway
  • Take Exit 287, turn left onto Harrison Avenue, right onto Weston Parkway and right onto Evans Road to reach Aviation Parkway

Travelers near the work zone should allow extra time to navigate the detours and get to the airport on time.