Member Briefing: December 1

The Region Will Complete 540

Earlier this week, the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and N.C. Turnpike Authority (NCTA) announced that they have awarded and signed the final construction contract needed to complete the 540 loop. A total of 18 miles of the future 540 freeway in southern Wake County are currently under construction. The southern Wake freeway, which will begin at NC 55 in Apex and end at I-40 and future I-42, will be complete and open to traffic this coming spring. The eastern Wake section may begin construction at approximately the same time, with completion of those final 10 miles of the 540 loop by mid-2028. Read more in this week’s blog.


BRT to the east, south, west, and north:  City of Raleigh has new BRT Survey 

The first Wake BRT project — the New Bern Avenue corridor from Raleigh downtown to points east — broke ground earlier this month. Other corridors will progress in clockwise fashion:  the Southern corridor to Garner, the Western corridor to Cary, and then a northern corridor to north Raleigh.

The Northern Corridor Major Investment Study (MIS) will focus on that northern corridor:  a future BRT linkage between downtown Raleigh with midtown Raleigh, the Triangle Town Center area, or both.  If you are interested in providing your thoughts, please consider taking this brief 10 minute survey. This survey is open until December 15.


Our future mobility:  Our MPOs have a new survey out for review.

You can also take a survey that will inform the efforts of our region’s metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) as they look more than 30 years into the future of our region’s mobility needs.  The Goals and Objectives survey is open until January 10.


Welcome December — which means our 22nd annual meeting is next month. Register using the link, and let’s get moving,

Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director



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