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DOT Apologizes for I-540 Weekend Gridlock

Posted December 19, 2006

— The state Department of Transportation is offering an apology for major traffic backups that occurred on Interstate 540 over the weekend.

Crews blocked ramps to put down the final layer of pavement that will link Capital Boulevard with the new section of I-540.

The gridlock stretched for two miles and DOT said it will not happen again.

The next I-540 section from Capital Boulevard to the Highway 64 Bypass in Knightdale is set to open next month.

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  • Nobody but Carolina Dec 20, 2006

    Actually the stretch that is referred to being completed in Aug 2007 is from I-40 to Highway 55. I live in Wendell and kept close track of progress of I-540 out this way and the last word I heard was sometime in January 2007.

  • rukiddingme Dec 20, 2006

    and what good are you doing by posting the engineers? The traffic in Raleigh and surrounding cities has grown steadily over the past few years. But of course some "people" do not take this into consideration. Should a few blunders be blamed for the whole Department of Transportation? or is just that some have the problem of pointing the finger unnecessarily?

  • jesus Dec 19, 2006

    Jodi - NCDOT website says August of '07.

  • leafan Dec 19, 2006

    So after all the extra work - has anyone heard when 540 will actually open out to Knightdale??!! :) At least then the pain would have some gain!

  • miscmc Dec 19, 2006

    Having lived in 3 different states, and traveled extensively throughout the U.S., I can say without hesitation that NC appears to have the WORST DOT of the 40+ states I've navigated. This applies to road signage, road conditions, maintenance scheduling and logistics, traffic directing, stoplight coordination...it simply goes across the board. The recent I-540 incident - which I observed while heading in the opposite direction - is just one more instance of a brainless decision made by someone with no clue as to the obvious impact during the Christmas rush holiday season. I don't blame the actual road workers; it is the people making lame and completely innapropriate decisions that should either step up to the plate or get out of the way so that truly competent people can take over and run the DOT appropriately.
    The list of DOT engineers can be found at https://apps.dot.state.nc.us/srmu/directory/PDF_Report/ReportEngListing.aspx

  • FloydRTurbo Dec 19, 2006

    Like everyone I suppose, I take our roadways for granted UNTIL there is a problem or delay then I develop whatever level of road rage fits my situation.
    Since DOT is a bureaucracy I assume "no one" is ever culpable when a "poor decision" is made as appears the case here. At least with the I-40 paving debacle some names were made public and at least one admin "paid a price".
    Building/maintaining our roadways is a difficult "no thanks" job that most of us only think about when there is a snafu.
    Take the highly paid admin that IS responsible for these bad decisions and set him in a cage by the side of the road with his name in giant letters.