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Public gets detailed look at 17 possible 540 expansion paths

Posted October 14, 2013

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— People living in the path of the N.C. Highway 540 outer loop around Raleigh on Monday learned more about the project at the first of three public forums hosted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

NCDOT is considering 17 possible paths for the final section of the loop, which would run from Holly Springs to Knightdale. About 52,000 people live in the impacted area.

Susan O'Brien lives between two of the possible routes.

"I happen to be above one and right below the other one," she said. "Some of these new corridors here go through subdivisions that have 650 homes in them. The state of North Carolina does not begin to have enough money to pay for these homes."

Public opinion is only one factor in the NCDOT's decision, said project manager Eric Midkiff.

"There are other factors we factor in – the preliminary impacts in terms of the environmental impacts and the impacts to homes and businesses," he said. 

Midkiff said the department understands people's concerns and that's why they are holding the public hearings to gather input.

540 loop Public weighs in on possible 540 loop routes

Earl McNelty said the uncertainty about which route will be chosen leaves a bad taste in his mouth.

"It really is intimidating and it raises a lot of concerns," he said.

No funding has been set aside for the project yet and groundbreaking wouldn’t happen before 2018, officials said.

The public is invited to offer input at two  more public meetings this week:

4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15
Barwell Road Community Center
3935 Barwell Road
Raleigh

6 to 9 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 16
Holly Springs High School
5329 Cass Holt Road
Holly Springs

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  • btneast Oct 16, 2013

    I have never had nor met a realtor who does their job.

    Then you didn't look too hard. I am not a realtor, nor am I related to one, but I hate it when people judge an entire profession based on their limited exposure. I have bought and sold 5houses in this area, all with the same realtor. There are a lot of bad realtors, but there are quite a few good ones too.....you just have to do our research.

  • stephkenner Oct 16, 2013

    I am one of the people affected. I think two of the proposed routes would take out part of my neighborhood, Turner Farms.-Bugless Duster

    Please get in touch w/me. We have a petition for those of us affected by the lilac route & we need all the signatures we can get. You can message me on here.

  • LocalYokel Oct 16, 2013

    I want 17 possible bike path expansion routes to choose from instead of 17 ways to build a for-profit highway. This is looking like another NC DOT boondoggle.

  • NC Reader Oct 16, 2013

    People around here have known about this for years. There was a corridor mapped out, and developers should NEVER have built in that corridor.

    Of the people who will be affected, I feel the most sorry for those who have land that has been in their family for generations and who don't want to sell.

  • paul2345 Oct 15, 2013

    I would think the region would be best served by the outer-most routes. Why have a high-capacity highway so close to 440? If some of this route is to take pressure off of 440 and reach a greater good, then deflecting 40 thru traffic (or 264 to 40) would be easiest if the route didn't parallel so closely to the existing logjam.

  • chivegas Oct 15, 2013

    Red line. Do it, and cease with soliciting public opinion already. The NIMBY's will never allow it anywhere...

  • BuglessDuster Oct 15, 2013

    "I'd like to know how many of you that are commenting are directly affected by one of these routes? And I'm talking about it coming right over your property?" - stephkenner

    I am one of the people affected. I think two of the proposed routes would take out part of my neighborhood, Turner Farms.

  • eyepeefreelee Oct 15, 2013

    K.I.S.S. - Keep It Simple, Stupid. Giant bridge, right over everything.

  • OpinionatedMama Oct 15, 2013

    Seeing as how I live within a mile of downtown & inside 440....highly doubt it affects my home at all.

  • audioescapemichael Oct 15, 2013

    Oh real nice, brown route goes right through my house. Why doesn't the DOT fix the STUFF that already exists before they take on something else. DOT is like a bunch of 3 year olds.

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