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NCDOT: Name I-40/440 project and get 'bragging rights'

Posted July 30, 2012

— 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 lrfriedman@ncdot.gov 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.


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  • PeaceOut2017 Jul 31, 2012

    How about "The Soon to be Late and Overbudget Fiasco"

  • OpinionatedGuy Jul 31, 2012

    I got one... How about "Train Wreck on the beltline"???

  • justjean Jul 31, 2012

    Dear NCDOT, please hire a marketing firm to do your dirty work for you instead of asking for free work from those you are already taxing into the poor house. Just as bad as all the clothing companies that plaster their names all over their products, which we turn around and pay for, which equals free advertising...how absurd!!

  • bill52674 Jul 31, 2012

    For those who think its a toll road, you should A-read the article then B-check a road map. You obviously are clueless.

  • Stringbean Jul 31, 2012

    Yes, your right determined2win this in not the new Apex Hwy its just a facelift of 40/440

  • sammyg Jul 31, 2012

    How about 'Reshuffle Roadway' because all it did was shuffle the traffic jam one mile down the highway...

  • determined2win Jul 31, 2012

    Folks, it's not a tolled stretch.

  • determined2win Jul 31, 2012

    DOT Dreadzone

  • Stringbean Jul 31, 2012

    How about "waste of tax payer money" ! DO NOT USE THIS TOLL ROAD ! If you feed into this they will not stop and soon there will be more Toll roads here in NC. Al they want is more of our $$$$$$$$$$

  • 12-21-12 Jul 31, 2012

    project cluster