Next big I-440 project tentatively planned for 2018
An overhaul of Interstate 440 from Walnut Street in Cary to north of Wade Avenue in Raleigh is coming in 2018, the North Carolina Department of Transportation says.Posted — Updated
The state has scheduled a public meeting from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Method Community Center (Pioneer Building), at 514 Method Road, to present its plans to expand I-440 – from just south of Walnut Street in Cary to north of Wade Avenue in Raleigh – from two lanes in each direction to three lanes.
Beginning in 2018, bridges will also be replaced, the road will be resurfaced and interchanges will be changed on the section.
DOT spokesman Steve Abbott said the stretch was the first portion of I-440 completed in the 1960s and was not designed to handle the approximately 80,000 vehicles that travel on it daily.
"You've got to remember that when it was built, Raleigh was much a much smaller community," he said. "Traffic impact is going to get bigger and bigger and bigger."
"The goal is to maintain two lanes of traffic through the construction zone the whole time," he said. "Except for nights and weekends – there might be some lane closures."
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