I-40 east of Raleigh is getting wider
Starting next week, travelers will begin to see our region’s newest major construction zone start to look like one, as barriers are installed for the upcoming widening of I-40 between I-440/I-87 in southeast Raleigh to south of NC 42 in Johnston County. Two through travel lanes will be added in each direction throughout the entire project area, which will make I-40 at exit 303 the widest freeway in the Triangle (ten lanes plus ramps) upon completion in 2022. This project will provide needed capacity for both weekday commuting and weekend leisure travel, as well as keeping commerce and transit on time. Variable speed limit reductions will be in effect throughout the designated “Smart Work Zone”, along with travel time information.

And, I-40 west of Raleigh is getting better
Meanwhile the two I-40 airport area interchanges – exits 284 (Airport Blvd.) and 285 (Aviation Pkwy.) – are getting new, wider bridge overpasses, new ramps, and more streamlined travel. In addition, there will now be connector lanes on both sides of the Interstate between 540, Airport, and Aviation to help with merging. Aviation Parkway work has been underway for some time, with Airport Boulevard upcoming. These improvements will make a positive difference in travel on I-40 in the core of the region. Of course, there is more needed on our region’s primary freeway, and we will work with NCDOT and other partners to accelerate them, with our upcoming “Make I-40 Better” Action Team.

While multimodal in downtown Raleigh will be transformed
This week US Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, Congressman David Price, and GoTriangle announced a $20 million USDOT grant to construct a companion bus transit facility next to Raleigh’s new Union Station train station. The new transfer facility will complement current and future intercity and commuter rail service as well as other modes of transit serving Downtown Raleigh. The facility design will enable a further mixing of uses in the area, including building over the terminal itself. This is an enormous win for our City and region — kudos to GoTriangle, the City of Raleigh, and our federal representatives for leading on this effort to create a true multimodal campus in Downtown Raleigh!

Thank you for your investment in the region’s business voice on transportation!

Let’s get moving,

Joe

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director