RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The new “diverging diamond” interchange on Western Boulevard that was set to open at 5 a.m. Monday and then at 5 a.m. Tuesday finally opened just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
Officials said the interchange would open at 8 a.m. Tuesday due to “unforeseen issues,” but as of 8 a.m., the interchange had still not yet opened.
Crews officially opened the interchange, which is located on Western Boulevard off Interstate 440, just before 9 a.m.
The new traffic pattern will allow two directions of traffic to temporarily cross to the left side of the road in order to move high volumes of traffic through an intersection without increasing the number of lanes and traffic signals, as well as provide easier access to the interstate.
It will be the first of its kind in the Triangle.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said the contractor could face fines because the opening was delayed. According to the NCDOT, the contractor could be fined $2,500 for every 15-minute interval the opening is delayed. That means the contractor could be facing a fine in excess of more than $250,000.