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Complete 540 Project Schedule Updated

Public meetings to be held in February

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Turnpike Authority has updated the schedule for the Complete 540 project and set public meeting dates to share information about the project and solicit public comment.  The Complete 540 project will extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to U.S. 64/U.S. 264 (I-495) in Knightdale, completing the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area.

“We worked hard to accelerate this schedule and with the recent release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, we are confident in getting this under construction more quickly,” said NCTA executive director Beau Memory. “With the latest schedule, we now anticipate extending the Triangle Expressway to I-40 about a year and a half sooner.”

Next Steps

NCTA and NCDOT will hold a series of public meetings in February to provide information on the project, share the preliminary design of the project and gather feedback from the public. The three public meetings and one hearing are scheduled at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6 – 8 p.m. 

  • Holly Springs High School Cafeteria
  • 5329 Cass Holt Road, Holly Springs 27540

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6 – 8 p.m.

  • Barwell Road Community Center - Gymnasium
  • 5857 Barwell Park Drive, Raleigh 27610

Thursday, Feb. 22, Public Meeting: 4—6:30 p.m., Hearing: 7 p.m.

  • Wake Tech Community College – Southern Wake Campus – Student Services Building L. Rooms 212/213/214
  • 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh 27603

The meetings will be open house style and citizens can stop by at any time. Verbal comments will be recorded at the meetings for inclusion in the public hearing record. The hearing will include a formal presentation, followed by an opportunity for the public to provide verbal comments. Written comments can be submitted at the meetings, at the hearing, or immediately following these meetings. Information gathered in the public meetings and hearing will be used in developing final design plans for the project. All comments carry the same weight, regardless of how they are submitted.

The project’s updated schedule and more information can be found on the Complete 540 website.

Background

The Complete 540 schedule was accelerated after the Federal Highway Administration approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) in December. Originally, the Turnpike Authority had anticipated having the FEIS signed by the Federal Highway Administration in mid-2018.

The document is available online and at locations across Wake County for public review and comment until Feb. 1. Comments received on the FEIS will be used to develop the Record of Decision, which is the final environmental document needed to move forward with the final design, permitting and construction.

***NCDOT***

7/10/2018 7:35 AM

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