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Project Highlights

Planning and development are underway on two proposed projects to accommodate projected increases in traffic in Wake County over the next 25 years.

​STIP Number
​Project Description
​STIP I-5701
​Adding lanes on I-40 from the I-440/U.S. 64 interchange to Lake Wheeler Road
  • ​The purpose of this project is to improve the traffic carrying capacity of I-40.
​STIP I-5703
​Rebuilding the existing interchange at I-40/I-440/U.S. 1/U.S. 64
  • ​The existing interchange operations do not currently meet an acceptable level of service, and operations will continue to decline with the increasing travel demand projected at this location.
  • Reconstruction of this interchange will improve critical traffic operations.
  • Additional right-of-way may be needed, depending on the selected design alternative.
The N.C. Department of Transportation and project consultant have started detailed planning, project development, environmental, and engineering studies for these projects.

These studies will help to develop conceptual alternatives for public review and to assist in reaching decisions on preferred alternatives for both projects.

Note: Because the two projects are in the same vicinity, planning and design are being developed concurrently. They will have two separate community impact assessments and two environmental documents (Categorical Exclusions) delivered at approximately the same time. Public involvement activities (newsletters, public meetings, etc.) are being jointly developed.

Public Involvement

Public involvement is an important part of the project development process. NCDOT encourages public input throughout the development of these projects and considers this input when selecting designs — also referred to as alternatives — for projects.

Public outreach will be conducted to provide information and gather input on both projects. Public meetings, small-group/neighborhood meetings, newsletters and other outreach efforts are planned to provide information on project progress and preliminary design development and Preferred Alternative selection.

Project information, updates and details on public meetings will be posted to this website.

These projects are located within multiple jurisdictions. NCDOT has been coordinating with Wake County, the City of Raleigh, the Town of Cary and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization throughout the project. NCDOT will continue to coordinate with these local jurisdictions during the development of the projects.

Next Steps

Early concepts and preliminary designs will be presented to the public during small-group meetings and public meetings.

The general public, stakeholders and local and state agencies will be provided the opportunity to provide input throughout the planning and design process.

Preliminary designs will be developed, and environmental effects of these designs will be evaluated in the environmental documents for each project. It is expected that both projects will classify as Categorical Exclusion (CE). A separate CE will be prepared for each. The CE’s will also identify the selected alternative for each project.

When identified, a Preferred Alternative for the projects will be presented in a design public meeting. 

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