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I-540 Raleigh Outer Loop

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Fast Facts:

Est. Completion Date:

Northern Wake County: - I-40 to NC-55 - July 14, 2007
Southern & Eastern Wake County - Unknown
Western Wake County - Unknown

Project Cost:

Southern & Eastern Wake County - $489 million
Western Wake County -

Project Team:

Southern & Eastern Wake County - LOCHNER
Western Wake County -

Construction Progress Report

Why is this project necessary?

Southern & Eastern Wake County:

The need for an additional transportation facility in the southern and eastern Wake County is based on a combination of factors including transportation demands, social and economic demands, and safety considerations. The Southern and Eastern Wake Freeway will link the towns of Clayton, Garner, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Apex, Cary, and Raleigh. It will also connect the major radial routes in the southern portion of Raleigh and reduce traffic volumes on the Raleigh Beltline (I-440), I-40, NC 42, NC 55, and Ten Ten Road (SR 1010) by providing an alternate route for local and through traffic. The proposed action will increase the overall system capacity of the existing roadway network and will divert traffic from secondary roads in an area of Wake County that is experiencing substantial residential growth. The Southern Wake Freeway is a component of the Raleigh Outer Loop and will tie into the Western Wake Freeway near Apex and the Eastern Wake Freeway near Garner. The Eastern Wake Freeway will tie to the northern portion of the Outer Loop at the US 64 Knightdale Bypass.

Western Wake County Freeway:

The proposed Western Wake Freeway. identified in the North Carolina Departement of Transportation (NCDOT)Transportation Improvement Program as Project No. R-2635, will provide a new six-lane, controlled access freeway in western Wake County, west of NC 55.

The Western Wake Freeway will provide a multi-lane, high speed facility to serve the increasing transportation demand and relieve other roads in the area.

Project Highlights:

Contact Information:

Northern Wake County
from US-64 Bypass (Knightdale) West to NC-55 (RTP)
includes US-1 (Capital Blvd.) to US-64 Bypass (Knightdale)
Southern & Eastern Wake County
from NC-55 (Apex) East to US-64 Bypass (Knightdale)
Western Wake County
from NC-55 (RTP) South to NC-55 (Apex)
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