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Public Meetings Scheduled To Discuss I-40 Congestion

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RALEIGH, NC — Widening overpasses and ramps and adding turnlanes at three choke-point interchanges could ease congestion onInterstate 40. But not for long.

A state report shows that fixes would be cheap and quick, butthe effects would be lost within five to ten years as traffic onI-40 continues to climb.

And there is no money yet budgeted to make most of theimprovements, which are in the million to $5 million range.

State traffic engineers are studying I-40 congestion andconsidering carpool and bus lanes between Hillsborough and JohnstonCounty. The state will hold public meetings this week in Cary,Durham and Research Triangle Park to discuss the study and answerquestions.

The Department of Transportation is deciding what kind ofhigh-occupancy vehicle lanes would best be suited for I-40 andwhere the lanes should be built first.

The study is expected to be finished in May.

The DOT is sponsoring meetings across the Triangle to gather public reaction to I-40 congestion:

Tues. December 11: 5-8 p.m.

Herald Sun Newspaper Civic Room, Pickett Road, Durham

Wed., December 12: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

IBM Fitness Center, Cornwallis Road, Research Triangle Park

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