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Wake County Sends DOT Officials Road-Building Wish List

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's urban areas have metropolitan planning organizations that prioritize road needs and pass them along to the state every two years. Wake County's planning group, CAMPO, has just sent its road-building wish list to the state Department of Transportation.

The top priority on the list is widening Highway 70 to six lanes from T.W. Alexander Drive to Duraleigh Road. The estimated cost for the west Raleigh to Research Triangle Park 5.6-mile corridor widening and intersection upgrade is $62.5 million.

The second priority on the list includes widening Highway 55 from U.S. Highway 1 to U.S. Highway 64, a three-mile, $20 million expansion through Apex. The third priority is extending Interstate 540 east from Highway 64 to the proposed Highway 64 bypass, which would cost an estimated $63 million. DOT officials estimate it will cost another $54 million for the proposed Triangle Parkway.

CAMPO Chairman and Knightdale Mayor Joe Bryan said Wake County's entire wish list totals more than the whole state pays for road construction in a year, but he said the county needs to get its wish list out there.

"We normally come up with more projects than we have funds for," he said. "Traffic congestion is really impacting everyone on their commutes to work, commutes to school, commutes to go shopping, even."

Wake County representatives hope to get some of their road priorities under construction by 2004 and completed by 2010.


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