RTA May 2018 Summit Series – 3 topics at 3 venues at 3 pm over 3 days
I am excited about next month’s RTA Summit Series events on May 1-3. This is an opportunity for the business community to lead a conversation about ways to accelerate mobility innovations amidst rapid growth in the Triangle and uncertainty about the pace and implications of technology change, funding limitations, and so on. We will be in Durham, Raleigh, and RTP on successive days; however, the topics will be identical each day, so you can pick the date and location most convenient to you. In addition, we are partnering with WRAL TechWire, an initiative of RTA member Capitol Broadcasting Company, to ensure that we are fully interactive and that the conversation is accessible to as many people as possible.  Please register for a session and encourage your colleagues to engage. Kudos to each of our RTA focus area chairs who have agreed to lead the discussions!

I-40 Fortify achieves substantial completion eastbound
NCDOT contractors have finalized the opening of all connector lanes between on- and off-ramps during the past week along eastbound I-40. Travelers from the northbound US 1 freeway now effectively have a free-flow entrance to I-40, with more than a mile before they have to merge into the main through lanes. Westbound 40 will take a little longer due to work just west of Gorman Street, but should be completed during the spring.  Having all lanes in the entire 8 mile eastbound stretch open for the first time in several years – with all new connector lanes open to traffic – means that NCDOT has achieved substantial completion for the entire eastbound direction of RTA’s top freeway reconstruction priority.

Cary Pkwy and High House project begins this month
The intersection of Cary Parkway and High House Road provides a connection between the signature street and the most-prominent east-west connector for the largest town in the eastern United States. More than 50,000 vehicles and many pedestrians and bicyclists travel through this prominent Cary intersection each day, and the Town will begin implementing a number of improvements designed to improve travel during peak hour and/or all-day, including additional left turn lanes, new right turn lanes, new sidewalks, and more. This project has been a long time coming, and it is great to see it proceeding to implementation – congratulations to the town’s professional staff who have kept this moving for many years.

Thank you for your support of the RTA business coalition!

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director