NCDOT prioritization advances projects in the “Heart of the Triangle”
The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce hosted an excellent transportation update this week with the Town’s long range planning manager, Ben Howell. NC’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program has accelerated several key projects in and around Morrisville that will be under construction within the next five years including: McCrimmon Parkway extension to Evans Road and Aviation Parkway, I-40 interchange improvements to Aviation Pkwy. and Airport Blvd., NC 54 widening, a southern spur extension of the NC 147/Triangle Expressway, and more. This is great progress and the result of the effective Strategic Transportation Investments (STI) law, coupled with strategic investments by the Town of Morrisville, NCDOT, the Capital Area MPO, and other partners. See this link for an updated RTA staff overview of a number of regional projects.

Download new RTA Priorities Progress Report
We have created an RTA priorities dashboard to chart our progress on key priorities. This document will continue to be updated over time and always available via the preceding link. We are pleased to see positive movement on all three of our top priorities—Accelerate 540, Fund RDU Master Plan, and Create Low Cost Mobility Fund — and to be able to mark the latter priority “complete” thanks to the leadership of NC Secretary Trogdon and the NC Legislature.

Update on I-440 widening and modernization
NCDOT held a public meeting this week on the proposed I-440 widening and modernization project in west Raleigh. Information from the meeting is available here. The I-440 project will greatly improve capacity, reduce delay, and enhance safety; however, there are land use impacts that NCDOT is working to minimize. RTA will highlight the need for and benefits of the project and will engage with NCDOT on opportunities to mitigate traffic impacts during construction. You can submit comments on the project until Aug. 22.

Thank you for being a part of the regional business voice for transportation as a member of the RTA!

Let’s get moving,

Joe

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director