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NCDOT seeks public input on Capital Boulevard improvements

Posted December 9, 2021 4:42 a.m. EST
Updated December 9, 2021 12:35 p.m. EST

— The morning commute involves a drive along Capital Boulevard for tens of thousands of people each day. On Thursday, those drivers and others can share thoughts about future improvements to the section between Interstate 540 and Wake Forest.

Planners with the North Carolina Department of Transportation say between 30,000 and 65,000 vehicles are on Capital Boulevard every day, and the road has a reputation for congestion that often brings traffic to a crawl in mornings and evenings. Without change, traffic is anticipated to worsen in the coming years, with 44,000 and 75,000 vehicles expected per day in 2040.

The state is looking at changes to make that drive less frustrating by turning the section between I-540 and Harris Road in Wake Forest into a controlled-access highway to relieve congestion and improve travel time reliability.

The current two-land road would be converted into a four-lane freeway, and ramps at interchanges would funnel drivers onto Capital Boulevard, while businesses would be reached through service roads. Private driveway connections would not be allowed. Some cross-streets could have overpasses built over them.

The $750 million project would not start for two or three years.

Planners are holding a virtual public input session Thursday at 6 p.m. to present the plan and hear the opinions of businesses, residents and patrons who are in the area most.

A NCDOT project manager says the goal of the session is to provide information and maps to the public to give them an understanding of the importance of the project, along with the current designs and options being proposed.

"We are seeking input on all aspects of the project such as connectivity, accessibility and safety," said Terry Farr. "We are also looking for input on which options the public prefers and why, as it is important to know why one option is preferred over another."

The link to the virtual input session can be found on the project webpage. Comments about the project should be submitted by Jan. 7 on that page, or emailed to Capital-Boulevard-Upgrade@publicinput.com. People can also call in a question or comment by dialing 984-205-6615 and entering project code 3243.

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