RTA members and partners speak on behalf of region at 540 public hearing
This afternoon RTA chair-elect Geoff Lang with MetLife and a host of RTA members and partners spoke in favor of the accelerated completion of 540 – and the approval of the permits NCDOT needs for construction – at a public hearing coordinated by the NC Division of Water Resources. More than two thirds of the speakers at the hearing were RTA members and partners, and we thank all RTA members for your ongoing support of accelerating 540 to I-40, which remains the top mobility priority of the regional business community. 

What will I-42 mean? 50+ miles of signal-free US 70 east, linking to new 540
Eastern North Carolina travelers have enjoyed faster and safer travel over the past decade, as several sections of US 70 have upgraded to freeway, including the Clayton bypass in 2008 and the Goldsboro bypass in 2016. Additional freeway upgrades along US 70 to be completed by late 2023/early 2024 will advance the new Interstate 42 corridor along US 70 east of I-40. In five years there will be more than 50 consecutive miles of freeway along US 70/I-42, beginning at the future 540/I-40 interchange south of Garner and continuing to LaGrange in Lenoir County east of Goldsboro. The regional business community applauds the development of this emerging, vital I-42 and NC 540 urban-rural linkage.

Intersections event brings people together
On Tuesday afternoon at RTA member firm SAS, more than 50 public and private leaders gathered to learn more about ways to improve safety and operations at intersections. Presentations from NCDOT, municipal leaders, and RTA member firms focused on analytics for intersection operations, safety analysis tools, new operational techniques, roundabouts, and more. I was pleased to see so many RTA members and partners at this week’s event, and I can’t wait for the next one on March 21st, also at SAS – please mark your calendar.

Thank you for your investment in the voice of the regional business community on transportation!

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director