The top freeway conversion priority for the Regional Transportation Alliance business coalition is to accelerate the conversion of US 70 to a freeway between Durham and northwest Raleigh — specifically, between the future I-885 connector and I-540.

US 70 between Durham and Wake counties is part of the National Highway System and one of the primary reliever routes for Interstate 40 between Durham and Raleigh.

The RTA supports the staged conversion of US 70 to a freeway between Durham and Raleigh:  from the future I-885/Triangle Connector (currently under construction) to I-540, starting with the sections between TW Alexander Drive and I-540 and between I-885 and Miami Blvd.

East of I-540, we support the conversion of US 70 to a Synchronized Street between the I-540 and I-440 interchanges in Wake County, with new interchanges added at appropriate locations.

The RTA also supports the extension of the existing Aviation freeway between I-540 to US 70 to strengthen the Triangle core freeway network and provide a freeway reliever for the interchange of I-540 and US 70.

Successes of RTA and partners

Proposed new interchange for US 70 at Brier Creek Parkway funded in Strategic Transportation Investments statewide prioritization method.

Environmental study of initial U.S. 70 freeway conversion, including interchanges at Brier Creek Parkway and T.W. Alexander Drive, commences in 2013

Interchange of U.S. 70 and Brier Creek Parkway awarded $13.4 million via NC Mobility Fund in 2012 as a result of RTA-initiated request

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NCDOT project page:  www.ncdot.gov/projects/US70BrierCreek/