RBC event could cause major traffic delays Wednesday
Posted September 7, 2010 7:39 a.m. EDT
Updated September 8, 2010 6:05 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Commuters beware – a high-profile business seminar at the RBC Center on Wednesday is expected to cause some major traffic delays.
About 18,000 people are expected to attend the "Get Motivated Business Seminar" featuring motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Steve Forbes, president and chief executive of Forbes Inc.
Parking lots open at 5:30 a.m. and doors open at 6:45 a.m. The seminar begins at 8 a.m. and wraps up at 4:45 p.m. Parking will cost $10, Raleigh police said. Exact change is preferred.
Traffic is expected to be heavy on Edwards Mill Road, Wade Avenue, Trinity Road, Blue Ridge Road, Interstate 40 and the Interstate 440 Beltline.
The exit ramp from eastbound Wade Avenue to Blue Ridge Road is expected to be closed from 7:15 until 8:15 a.m. and from 4:30 until 5:30 p.m.
Drivers from north Raleigh and U.S. Highway 64 traveling towards RTP, Durham and points west of the Triangle should consider using I-540 or Glenwood Avenue (U.S. Highway 70) as alternate routes. Six Forks Road can also be used to take I-540 to I-40.