RTA Priority: Advance congestion relief for I-440, I-40, US 70, US 1, NC 54, and 540 shoulder lanes

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
  • Complete widening and interchange improvements along I-40, I-440, I-540
  • 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
  • Accelerate core US 70 Durham-Raleigh and US 1 north conversions to freeway
  • Support interchange and corridor enhancements along NC 54

Selected other highway focus areas

  • Support interchange and corridor enhancements to US 64 west
  • Advance I-87 and I-42 corridors for economic development

RTA priorities for transportation operations and safety

  • Support I-40/Fortify and similar initiatives to preserve our trunk freeway system
  • Consider targeted speed limit increases in Triangle and selected corridors statewide

View an RTA one-page summary of upcoming roadway improvements.