NCDOT: Name I-40/440 project and get 'bragging rights'
Posted July 30, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is asking Triangle residents to come up with a creative name for a three-year project to reconstruct Interstate 40/440.
Department officials on Monday called for submissions to their contest to find a catchy name like Carmageddon, the moniker for a major highway closure in Los Angeles, or Crawlumbus, which was given to a three-year project in Columbus, Ohio.
The winning name will be used in all future references to the $168 million project, including on the project website.The winner will also retain "bragging rights," officials said.
The major rebuild of 11 miles of I-40/440 – from U.S. Highway 1 in Cary to U.S. Highway 64/264 in Raleigh – will require lane closures, sometimes leaving only two lanes. Officials said the section of highway is 30 years old, and workers must dig at least 2 feet to remove and replace concrete and asphalt on the road, shoulders and ramps.
Contest entries must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on Aug. 10.
The name should be one or two words and must not contain profanity. NCDOT employees will pick the five best names and put them to a public vote on www.ncdot.gov from Aug. 14 to 17.
The winner will be announced Aug. 22.