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I-40 Widening - Southeast Raleigh to Clayton Project Map
Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Johnston,Wake
  • Type of Project: Widening – addition of travel lanes
  • STIP Number: I-5111
  • Estimated Cost: $157 million
  • Start Date: Fall 2018
  • Estimated Completion: 2021
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The North Carolina Department of Transportation proposes to widen an 11-mile stretch of I-40 between Raleigh and the Cleveland School area between Garner and Clayton. The project will focus on improving I-40 from the beltline in Raleigh to N.C. 42 in Johnston County by adding additional travel lanes to ease congestion throughout this heavily traveled section.

News and Updates

2016: Anticipated public meeting (TBD)

September 2015: Preliminary designs are underway that would involve adding one or two additional lanes in each direction along the 11-mile corridor.

2014: Traffic forecast was updated based on a recent regional growth model.

February 17, 2011: A regulatory coordination meeting involving NCDOT and several state and federal agencies was held in Raleigh to consider the purpose and need for the project, and to designate alternative proposals.

October 13, 2009: A Citizens Informational Workshop was held near the Cleveland School area. Most attendees expressed support for the project and inquired how quickly construction might begin.

Project Overview and Purpose

The purpose of the proposed project will be to ease congestion through a very busy section of I-40, which is subject to heavy rush hour traffic.

Project Highlights

The project is currently in the early stages of environmental studies.

Project Schedule
November 2015 Submission of preliminary design for environmental document
February 2016 Approval of preliminary design for environmental document
July 2016 Agency coordination meeting for bridging decisions
December 2016 Environmental Assessment
February 2017 Design Public Hearing
May 2017 Agency coordination meeting for preferred alternative
December 2017 Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
July 2018 Design-Build Let

Contact Information

Robert Deaton
Project Development Manager

Anthony Houser, P.E.
Project Engineer

Joey Hopkins
Division 5 Engineer

Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.