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Residents invited to weigh in on I-40/440 improvements

Posted July 19, 2012

A project that will have a significant impact on travel in the Triangle goes before the public Thursday.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation wants to replace the pavement on a 30-year-old stretch of Interstate 40/440.

The project would affect I-40 from west of the Jones Franklin Road overpass to the exit for I-440/U.S. Highway 64. The stretch of I-440 between I-40/U.S. Highway 64, and just north of the Knightdale Bypass, also would be affected.

Residents are invited to attend a public hearing on the project from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Wake County Commons Building in Raleigh.


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  • missdawg Jul 19, 2012

    I'm thinking we should have a bunch of 5th graders come up with solutions to the area's traffic and roadway problems, then we can find out if the DOT is smarter than them...

  • areadriver Jul 19, 2012

    djofraleigh- asphalt is actually cheaper than concrete. That's why most roads are made of asphalt. Concrete lasts longer, that is why interstates are made of it. They have to be made to last the life expectancy of the highway. Concrete is cheaper than steel too. Look at most new bridges. They are built with prestressed beams instead of steel. (I have 25 years experience in the road construction industry)

    A lot of times, you will see what you think are perfectly good roads being repaved...sometimes you are correct. Our government has money earmarked for maintenance (i.e. repaving) that has to be used or loosed. They also have money for new construction, which it seems that nobody has money for it anyway. One type of money can't be spent on the other type of project until our leaders change the way government business is done.

  • cjw6105 Jul 19, 2012

    Not one dime should be spent on the I40/440 segment of the Beltline from South Hills to the US64 East split until the US1-I-440 Beltline from Wade Avenue to Jones Franklin Road is widened. This road, the only Beltline segment that hasn't been widened, has been 2 lanes in each direction since it was built in the early 1960s, and it's a death trap on the westbound lanes at Western Boulevard. It's also a traffic headache every afternoon at rush hour, from Crabtree Valley to Cary.

    First step would be to eliminate the entry ramp from Western Boulevard into the left lane of the westbound Beltline, and continue that traffic on Western under the bridge to the light in front of K-Mart, where they would turn left and then enter the Beltline into the right lane. An extra lane is already in place to accommodate more traffic.

    There isn't a more dangerous or congested stretch of highway in Wake County than the US1 Beltline from Wade Avenue to Cary.

  • Southern Discomfort Jul 19, 2012

    "I've seen the NCDOT repave probably 30 miles of perfect highway"

    I think the same thing about airplanes. I can't imagine why they would be routinely taken out of service to look for skin and metal irregularities. If it looks good, let her fly!

  • bobbyj Jul 19, 2012

    please if you are not an engineer please don't make silly comments that simply are not true.

    Life cycle of asphalt has more to do with it other then looking at it!!!!

  • raleigh292 Jul 19, 2012

    CherryDarling: The reason they will not upgrade that section of 440 is because every overpass will have to be torn down and rebuilt. The bridge over Hillsbough street is once of the worst in the state (ton 10 worst) and will have to be removed and replaced. So to do the work, they will have to competely shut down I-440 from Wade Ave to I-40 and detour all traffic around it for 2 years! Western Blvd would be shut down as well where it passes under I-440.

  • djofraleigh Jul 19, 2012

    Why are we using expensive asphalt instead of concrete?

  • NCPictures Jul 19, 2012

    We are putting in a toll road, that only part of Raleigh has to pay for, because we "didnt have money", but we are going to improve other areas that already have free roads????

  • FlySwater Jul 19, 2012

    I've seen the NCDOT repave probably 30 miles of perfect highway on 64 between Raleigh and Rocky Mount a couple years ago. I believe a great many of their projects are nothing more than an excuse to spend money and "stay busy" so they don't lose their budget.

  • CherryDarling Jul 19, 2012

    Bartmeister said, "The State Emblem should be changed to an Orange Barricade." BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!