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DOT officials want feedback on proposed I-440 construction

Posted November 29, 2012

— State Department of Transportation officials will host a public meeting Monday to get the public’s feedback and answer questions about a proposed project that would widen a 3½-mile stretch of Interstate 440 from north of Wade Avenue to south of Walnut Street.

The meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Method Community Center Pioneer Building, at 514 Method Road.

The proposed construction project would widen a heavily-traveled stretch of roadway from two lanes to three in each direction, likely relieving some of the backups that often plague the area.

The proposed project, which has not been finalized, would include upgrades to interchanges, bridges and structures.

The tentative schedule calls for right-of-way acquisition in 2016 and construction starting in 2018, according to the DOT.

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  • sunny7 Nov 30, 3:45 p.m.

    "I have a suggestion for the upper an exective mangament of the NCDOT an it is as follows. put a complete stop to the deregulation of contracting enitys on highway construction projects across this state an comlete put a stop to the issue of privatization of the construction inspectors in area resident engineers offices across this state an return to an let them have the needed authority to provide the needed oversight to highway construction projects that will put an end once an for all to the misuse of the states taxpayers dollars with wrongful payments going to ocontracting enitys across this state that have not provided the best quality of highway construction work for the taxpayers dollars . in fact there have been numberous occussions in which these contracting enity have been allowed to get paid for the non-specefication work as well as they were allowed to get paid for the making of repairs to these highway construction screw up at huge expense to the states taxpayers unnecess"

  • sunny7 Nov 30, 3:41 p.m.

    NCDOT cannot win. No matter how hard they try - and they do try - to be responsive to the public, seek ideas from citizens, provide good service in a tremendously difficult environment (both physical and financial) - they get attacked. They have asked for your constructive ideas and a lot of what they get through comment sections like this in the media is garbage by people who have nothing of value to share. kudos to those that have actually provided something constructive. The rest of you obviously are so clouded with your anti-government beliefs that you cannot provide anything that follows logic, reason, and provides value. NCDOT has a huge responsibily to protect the public good and ensure that people can get where they want and need to go safely, with very limited funding. And NO it is not just a matter of cutting waste and reprioritizing what they do. That has been the emphasis for the past several years and it still results in a huge funding shortfall. The funding issues

  • commonsense4 Nov 30, 9:25 a.m.

    " Then he directly attacked your wallet via ObamaCare while he lied about only wanting to tax the rich. HA HA HAHA and you people re-elected him."

    He is your President too, just in case you didn't know. And my wallet wasn't attacked, but keep the "drama queen rants" going - good entertainment for the rest of us. Nobody took my guns, Bush took some freedoms with the Patriot Act (most invasive legislation ever against Americans), but Obama didn't take my freedom or my money. Ahh, people just love polarize themselves!

  • pbjbeach Nov 29, 7:50 p.m.

    I have a suggestion for the upper an exective mangament of the NCDOT an it is as follows. put a complete stop to the deregulation of contracting enitys on highway construction projects across this state an comlete put a stop to the issue of privatization of the construction inspectors in area resident engineers offices across this state an return to an let them have the needed authority to provide the needed oversight to highway construction projects that will put an end once an for all to the misuse of the states taxpayers dollars with wrongful payments going to ocontracting enitys across this state that have not provided the best quality of highway construction work for the taxpayers dollars . in fact there have been numberous occussions in which these contracting enity have been allowed to get paid for the non-specefication work as well as they were allowed to get paid for the making of repairs to these highway construction screw up at huge expense to the states taxpayers unnecess

  • oleguy Nov 29, 7:21 p.m.

    Reduce the speed on all roads around Raleigh to 50 MPH,,, That would save a lot of wrecks

  • whatelseisnew Nov 29, 6:13 p.m.

    People should take different routes. I always used backroads. When 540 opened I tried using it to go to work ONCE. They had a bad bottle neck at the connection to 40. I never used it again. Went back to my back roads.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 29, 6:12 p.m.

    "And thanks to Bush, the federal funds for your interstate-widening project were spent on rebuilt infrastructure in Iraq instead of domestic needs. Zing!"

    Wrong. Bush spent borrowed money just like Obama has been doing. Obama was worse, he spewed out 800+ billion on top of spending double what Bush spent and he is doing it the same way, borrowing money. Maybe instead of defunct green energy garbage and bailing out a worthless bunch of union operatives the money could have gone to roads and bridges and dams.
    Then he directly attacked your wallet via ObamaCare while he lied about only wanting to tax the rich. HA HA HAHA and you people re-elected him.

  • kdawg Nov 29, 5:54 p.m.

    "Thanks to generations of Democratically controlled State government, the Highway Trust Fund, has been raided dry."

    And thanks to Bush, the federal funds for your interstate-widening project were spent on rebuilt infrastructure in Iraq instead of domestic needs. Zing!

  • Cock a doodle doo Nov 29, 3:37 p.m.

    This is one stretch that should have been done 2 decades ago when the rest of the beltline was being widened. That exit from the outer beltline to inbound Western Blvd is no exit at all, it's a right turn.

  • justafella Nov 29, 2:22 p.m.

    Please DO do this!This 2 lane stretch of I-440 is a nightmare on steroids in the morning and evening, and don't forget about accidents shutting the whole thing down for hours.

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