Wake County gets a second major Interstate
This past week NCDOT installed new I-87 signage along the southeastern potions of the I-440 Beltline as well as the US 64 Knightdale bypass. The I-87 designation means that there is now a second major Interstate serving North Carolina’s capital city. We will continue to advocate for the accelerated improvement and designation of the entire I-87 corridor to Rocky Mount, Elizabeth City and coastal Virginia.

NC Turnpike refinances 540 – again – and saves even more money
The NC Turnpike Authority recently introduced free transponders to provide increased savings and convenience for travelers. Earlier this summer the Turnpike created a pathway for further savings by refinancing some of the debt associated with construction of the Triangle Expressway. The recent transaction provides net present value savings of $18 million – or more than $50 million in total savings when combined with a complementary transaction we discussed earlier this year. This further improves the financial picture for our top priority, Accelerate 540.

RDU featured in Airport Improvement magazine
RDU Airport has won a number of accolades and recognitions in recent years, including “most connected” midsize airport, and there are definitely more coming. This month’s Airport Improvement magazine highlights some of the accomplishments of RDU Airport in concert with key partners including RTA. It is nice to see the extended coverage of RDU; the regional business community remains fully committed to its future success.

Your investment in the RTA business coalition unites our region’s public and private sectors to advance key mobility priorities. Thank you for your membership!

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director