U-2719 I-440 Walnut to Wade
NC State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Project No. U-2719 is proposed to make Improvements to I-440 between Walnut Street in Cary and Wade Avenue in Raleigh including interchanges.
The purpose of this project is to improve traffic flow, make the roadway operate more efficiently, and enhance mobility on this segment of I-440. The project will address the need to increase capacity (the ability to handle traffic demand) improve the layout of the roadway and interchanges and fix poor conditions along this segment of I-440.
For additional information, please visit the project website at: https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/
Each of the sections that follow provide a small map of the particular interchange, additional maps are presented for alternatives if proposed, and a table of impacts for your review. (A link is provided on each alternative to the full size high resolution map).
Please take a moment to review the map and the impact table then answer the question regarding your feeling about the interchange alternative being shown.
Provide your feedback on the options for each interchange that follows.
If it is not an interchange that interests you, select "It's not important to me" or continue through until you find the interchange of interest.
Jones Franklin Road
The proposal at this interchange is to upgrade the existing “partial” cloverleaf. The alternative would extend an extra lane under the Jones Franklin Road bridge allowing additional distance where current merging/weaving occurs. Realigning of ramps will occur near Waters Edge Office Park and the Capital Center Office Park. A median planter has been proposed on I-440 beginning in the area of the Jones Franklin Road bridge.
Athens Drive: At Athens Drive, two Alternatives are being considered
Melbourne Road: As with Athens Drive, Melbourne Road has two viable options
A Double Crossover Diamond is being recommended for the Western Boulevard Interchange. This alternative will accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians along Western Blvd and it has the best traffic operations of all alternatives considered. Impacts to surrounding properties is expected to be minimal as little new right of way is needed. A video of how this type of intersection operates is available for viewing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD-0QnUlLOQ
Currently a one lane traffic culvert extends under I-440 at Ligon Street.
Three Alternatives are viable at this location. The original culvert was constructed along with I-440 to retain connections between the historic Oak Grove Cemetery and the Method neighborhood.
Hillsborough Street and Wade Avenue Interchange Area
The Hillsborough Street and Wade Avenue interchange area presents many challenges. Three Alternatives are being presented. All would improve traffic operations and will avoid impacting the pedestrian bridge over I-440. All will impact the Reedy Creek Greenway section through Meredith College and all require new right of way from NC State University the NC State University Club, Meredith College and Museum Park.
Slightly better traffic operations compared to other alternatives
Would likely need a two-lane loop ramp for eastbound I-440 loop to westbound Wade Avenue
One of the most effective for traffic operations.
This Alternative has similar Impacts to other Alternatives
Traffic on Hillsborough Street must pass through traffic signal on Wade to enter I-440 Eastbound. This alternative has less impacts to the main campus of Meredith College than other two Alternatives