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Public Meeting Set for Nov. 12 for Proposed Widening of I-440 Between Wade Avenue in Raleigh and Walnut Street in Cary

RALEIGH -The N. C. Department of Transportation will host a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12, to provide updates on a proposed project to widen and improve 3 1/2 miles of I-440 and interchanges between north of Wade Avenue in Raleigh and south of Walnut Street in Cary.

That section of I-440 currently has two lanes in each direction, compared to three lanes each way at both ends of the proposed project site. With a daily traffic volume of more than 80,000 vehicles a day, this bottleneck creates traffic congestion at both ends, and that situation is anticipated to only worsen as the Raleigh area continues to grow.

In addition to the widening, plans call for upgrading design elements such as poor sight lines, narrow shoulders and medians, and short acceleration/deceleration lanes. The estimated $92 million project would also replace the interstate's pavement and bridges, and upgrade the interchanges.

The public meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Method Road Park Community Center, Pioneer Building, at 514 Method Road in Raleigh. Preliminary design alternatives will be presented and NCDOT representatives will be available in an informal, open house-style setting to answer questions and gather public input regarding the proposed project. The opportunity to submit written comments or questions will be provided, and is encouraged. Citizens may attend at any time during the meeting hours. A short video showing the need for the project will be shown, but there will not be a formal presentation.

For more information, contact Diane Wilson from the NCDOT Project Development and Environmental Analysis Unit at (919) 707-6073, or via email at pdwilson1@ncdot.gov. Updated information is also available on the NCDOT website.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Ms. Wilson as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

For persons who speak Spanish and do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, please call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting.

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2/15/2018 5:23 PM