Where Autonomy Meets Opportunity – Accelerate 540, part 3
As automated technology advances in transportation, an ongoing question will be how existing and proposed highways will perform. The existing Triangle Expressway and its imminent extension to I-40 will be well suited for testing the opportunities of automated vehicles and leveraging the benefits that the new technology will provide over time-for both drivers and transit users and operators. Read my most recent blog via LinkedIn.

Heart of the Triangle bypass surgery begins for NC 54
NCDOT and the Town of Morrisville are working together to create a new, four lane parallel alternative to one of the Town’s – and region’s – critical arteries, NC 54. The final segment of a new McCrimmon Parkway/Evans Road extension will go under construction as soon as later this month, effectively creating a bypass of NC 54, just west of Lake Crabtree. Learn more about McCrimmon Parkway improvements here.

South US 1 freeway to be wider, sooner
Earlier this month, NCDOT released new scores for possible transportation improvement projects in the statewide mobility funding and programming category. One project in particular that did well was the widening of the US 1 freeway between US 64/Tryon Road in Cary and NC 55 in Apex. While construction is still more than 5 years out, this 3-mile segment now has committed funding to go from four to six lanes. Other projects include funding a comprehensive adaptive freeway strategy for a number of Durham and Raleigh area freeways, including implementation of on-ramp signals and advanced lane management.  RTA will continue to engage in the ongoing process of assigning priority points to advance projects this spring.

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Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director