Project Overview and Purpose
Improvements to I-440 – between just south of Walnut Street in Cary and north of Wade Avenue in Raleigh – are needed to improve traffic flow, access and efficiency along the roadway (referred to locally as the Raleigh Beltline).
Changes include widening the roadway from four to six lanes, replacing pavement and bridges and upgrading interchanges.
The segment has four through lanes and forms a "bottleneck" between the six through lanes on both ends, and existing congestion is forecast to increase.
Built in the 1960s, it is also oldest section of I-440 and is in need of rehabilitation. The roadway and interchanges have substandard design elements, such as poor sight lines, narrow shoulders and medians and short acceleration/deceleration lanes. Pavement, structures and interchanges along the project segment are in need of rehabilitation.
The N.C. Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, has completed an environmental assessment of the proposed improvements to I-440.
An Environmental Assessment, which contains a summary of the impacts and benefits associated with the preliminary project designs – referred to as detailed study alternatives – was signed June 26, 2017.
As a result, NCDOT held a public hearing Aug. 8, 2017, to receive input on the designs and the environmental assessment.
NCDOT Wants to Hear From You
Get project details, provide comments and ask questions on all or parts of the project using the project's interactive public engagement portal.
Or submit your written comments online, or call Diane Wilson at (919) 707-6073.
The N.C. Department of Transportation held an open house and public hearing Aug. 8, 2017, for the public to comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment and project design maps for the proposed improvements to I-440.
Comments can still be submitted until Sept. 8, 2017.
All comments – regardless of how they are submitted – carry equal weight. The NCDOT project team will review all feedback and explore options to incorporate and address concerns where and when feasible.
This project is listed as Project U-2719 in the N.C. Department of Transportation's State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $450 million to $475 million.*
*Estimated costs are subject to change.
|Detailed Study Alternatives finalized
|Preliminary design complete
||Aug. 8, 2017
|Environmental study finalized with
anticipated Finding of No Significant Impact
|Right of way acquisition begins
|Construction begins as design-build contract
*Future dates are preliminary and subject to change.
Environmental Assessment & 2017 Detailed Study Alternative Maps
Nov. 12, 2014 Public Meeting Materials
Jill Gurak, P.E.
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1616 East Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
John L. Williams, P.E.
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1548 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
Resources for Local Property Owners
Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.