Project Map
I-40 Widening - Southeast Raleigh to Clayton Project Map
Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Johnston,Wake
  • Type of Project: Widening – addition of travel lanes
  • STIP Number: I-5111
  • Estimated Cost: $222 million
  • Start Date: Fall 2018
  • Completion Date: 2022
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Project Overview and Purpose

Planning and design efforts are underway to widen an 11-mile stretch of I-40 from Raleigh to the Cleveland School area (around N.C. 42) in Clayton. Work would improve the interstate by adding additional travel lanes to ease congestion and delays throughout the heavily traveled section.

Project Highlights

Widening I-40 would be divided into three sections:

  • I-440 (Exit 301) to U.S. 70 Business (Exit 306)
  • U.S. 70 Business (Exit 306) to the Clayton Bypass (Exit 309)
  • Clayton Bypass (Exit 309) to N.C. 42 (Exit 312)

Environmental studies are underway and preliminary designs are nearing completion. NCDOT expects to hold a public meeting in 2017.

The project is being closely coordinated with the Complete 540 project as well as proposed improvements at the I-40 and N.C. 42 interchange.

Project History

Earlier Planning Stages

On Oct. 13, 2009, NCDOT held a citizens informational workshop near the Cleveland School area in Clayton to obtain early public input on the project. As design efforts began, a regulatory coordination meeting involving NCDOT and several state and federal agencies was held in Raleigh in 2011 to consider the purpose and need for the project, and to designate alternative design options. Follow-up meetings have been held with regulatory agencies, the City of Raleigh and the Town of Garner to determine design constraints and coordinate overlapping plans.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Draft Environmental Assessment February 2017
Finding of No Significant Impact December 2017
Design-build contract awarded July 2018
Construction begins Fall 2018

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents

Citizens Informational Workshop Notice – October 2009 (54.16 KB)

Contact Information

Robert Deaton
Project Development Manager
(919) 707-6017
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Bruce Payne, P.E.
Project Engineer
(919) 707-6302
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Joey Hopkins
Division 5 Engineer
(919) 220-4600
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Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.