The backbone of regional travel for automobiles, transit, and freight is the regional freeway system.  The Research Triangle region, located in the northeastern Piedmont of North Carolina, has a well-developed, growing, but still incomplete freeway network.

RTA priorities for freeway corridors and other major arteries

  • Accelerate the completion of 540 to I-40
  • Accelerate US 70 Durham-Raleigh and US 1 north conversions to freeway and the complementary extension of the Aviation freeway
  • Advance I-87 and I-42 corridors for economic development
  • Support interchange and corridor enhancements along US 64 and NC 54

RTA priorities for transportation operations and safety

  • Support I-40/Fortify and similar initiatives to preserve our trunk freeway system
  • Highlight benefits of I-540 on-ramp signals for peak period congestion relief
  • Advance express shoulder lanes pilot on I-540 and support regional toll study
  • Consider targeted speed limit increases in Triangle and selected corridors statewide