II-40-Regional-Partnership-logonterstate 40, the “Triangle’s Main Street”, is a critical limited-access roadway that connects Orange, Durham, Wake and Johnston counties with the rest of North Carolina and the nation.

The I-40 Regional Partnership is a cooperative initiative of the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) business coalition, working in concert with other partners.

The I-40 Regional Partnership provides an ongoing focus on Interstate 40 in order to maintain and enhance its viability for travel and commerce, and to improve the travel experience on I-40 and core reliever/alternate routes.

Meredith McDiarmid, PE, NCDOT State ITS and Signals Engineer, serves as the I-40 Regional Partnership executive. The Partnership held its first meeting in spring 2009 and has met at least annually since that time. You can download a one page overview of the I-40 Partnership here.

Upcoming Meeting:

I-40 Regional Partnership – 10th annual meeting
2018 Annual Meeting of the I-40 Regional Partnership
Hosted by the Research Triangle Foundation

Thursday, October 18, 2018
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Research Triangle Park Headquarters

– download the presentation of the 2018 I-40 Partnership annual mtg

Draft agenda 

Welcome and overview (15 min)

  • Welcome and introductions – Joe Milazzo II, RTA
  • Acknowledgements – Geoff Lang, RTA 2019 Chair
  • I-40 Partnership overview – Meredith McDiarmid, I-40 Partnership Executive, NCDOT Mobility and Safety

I-40 projects (30 min)

  • I-40 Fortify – lessons learned – Boyd Tharrington, NCDOT Div. 5
  • I-40 Beautify Fortify initiative – Boyd Tharrington
  • I-40 widening to Johnston Co. – Boyd Tharrington
  • I-40 interchange improvements near RDU – Boyd Tharrington and Joey Hopkins, NCDOT Div. 5
  • I-40 managed freeway

Parallel/reliever route updates (30 min)

  • I-885 construction update – Boyd Tharrington
  • US 70 conversion to freeway between I-885 and I-540 – Joey Hopkins
  • I-440 widening and improvements – Joey Hopkins
  • I-540 shoulder managed lanes – Joey Hopkins
  • I-540 on-ramp signals – Jennifer Portanova, NCDOT Mobility and Safety

Regional ITS and toll initiatives (15 min) Chris Lukasina, CAMPO

  • Triangle ITS Study
  • Active freeway management
  • Triangle Toll Study

Group discussion and activity:  Make I-40 Better

  • Level set – Chris Lukasina (15 min)
  • Table-top conversations   (30 min)
  • Whole group discussion  (15 min)

Final remarks and adjourn


Past meetings:

2017 I-40 Partnership annual meeting presentation

Click here for prior I-40 Partnership meeting summaries

Primary links:

Partial list of I-40 initiative partners and participants

  • North Carolina Department of Transportation  (NCDOT)
  • Regional Transportation Alliance  (RTA)
  • NC Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization  (NC CAMPO)
  • Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization  (DCHC MPO)
  • Cities and Towns along the I-40 corridor
  • GoTriangle
  • NC State University
  • North Carolina Turnpike Authority
  • North Carolina State Ports Authority
  • North Carolina Railroad Company
  • North Carolina State Highway Patrol
  • The Research Triangle Park  (RTP)
  • Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority  (RDU)
  • Triangle-J Council of Governments
  • Federal Highway Administration  (FHWA)

The I-40 Regional Partnership meeting is hosted by: