Commuters May Soon Get Relief From I-540 Bottleneck

Posted February 6, 2007 2:19 p.m. EST

— An part of Interstate 540 has drawn the ire of commuters. The state Department of Transportation has heard the complaints and officials said they plan to address it sooner rather than later.

Motorists have complained that Interstate 540 squeezes down to one lane as it connects with I-40, causing a traffic bottleneck during the morning commute.

DOT crews are working to connect Interstate 540 to Highway 54 since many of those drivers currently use I-40 to enter Research Triangle Park. DOT officials hope the new roadway would ease traffic congestion in the area.

Contractors hope to have the project completed by May 2007. The project was originally slated for completion in August 2007, but due to the high volume of complaints from motorists, officials said they will try to extend the roadway sooner.