US 1 north is slated for conversion to freeway north of I-540. Between I-540 and I-440, Capital Boulevard is part of the National Highway System and is severely congested with no current plans for significant improvements. Between Downtown Raleigh and I-440, US 401 / Capital Boulevard functions better, with portions operating as a free-flow street. US 401 in Downtown Raleigh exists as a one-way pair of synchronized streets, and typically functions quite well
RTA supports the improvement of Capital Boulevard to ensure that it can become a true gateway entrance for the capital city of Raleigh.
Current RTA focus
Support the staged conversion of US 1 / Capital Boulevard north of I-540 to a freeway
Support improvements to US 1 / Capital Boulevard south of I-540 to improve north-south travel between I-540 and I-440, and continuing to US 401 / Capital Boulevard south to Downtown Raleigh.
Successes of RTA and partners
NCDOT and the City of Raleigh are finalizing plans to replace the US 401/Capital Boulevard interchange bridges with Peace Street and Wade Avenue