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.


NCDOT Poll:
Do you live in Raleigh or Cary?
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NCDOT Poll:
Looking at the corridor map for this project, please tell us how to you use this area of I-440? (Choose all that apply)
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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.

Full Size High Resolution Jones Franklin Road Alternative Map  (http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/download/U2719-jones-franklin-road-2017.pdf )

 

NCDOT Poll:
Proposed Jones Franklin Road Alignment:
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I Don't Like it
I Don't Understand
This Is Not Important To Me
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It takes too much land from Meredith Campus.
Reply Flag 42 Agree7 days ago
Not sure how the Jones Franklin changes affect the Meredith Campus.
Reply Flag 12 Agree6 days ago
I'm baffled by your confusion. When a proposed highway threatens to reduce a college campus by 1/5 of its size, that is hugely impactful. Meredith College is home to over 2000 students and staff and should not be sacrificed for a new traffic pattern.
Reply Flag 14 Agree6 days ago
You obviously have not looked at the maps. The Jones Franklin changes do not affect Meredith. It is the Wade - Hillsborough interchange - see the bottom of the page.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
We have looked at the maps. Expansion at that intersection directly consumes land that Meredith College currently uses for education and research. Using it would dramatically affect the future of Meredith College and would completely obliterate the aforementioned educational value. What I don't understand is the lack of concern people are expressing over this devastating proposal. Paving over a place thousands of women call home should not be an option.
Reply Flag 6 Agree5 days ago
obviously you have not looked at the maps because the Jones Franklin changes do not affect the Meredith campus. It's the Hillsborough and Wade changes that affect Meredith. You need to scroll down.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
I believe many users are confusingly posting to the Jones Franklin discussion board, when they are trying to post to the Wade Ave/Hillsborough discussion board. I think this is due to how this website appears on mobile devices.
Reply Flag 5 Agree6 days ago
Meredith college's campus should NOT be sacrificed due to this issue. It is possible to find another way. The campus is historic and special to many women and should not be paved over because of traffic.
Reply Flag 32 Agree7 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 6 Agree6 days ago
Current plans would dramatically affect the western side of Meredith’s campus and would result in a cumulative loss of approximately one-fifth of the College’s land. Is there a more equitable plan?
Reply Flag 24 Agree7 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
As an employee and supporter of Meredith College, I oppose the proposed restructure of 440. The long term detrimental impact would be devastating to the campus by impeding its ability to grow, disrupt the peaceful nature of the campus, and have an overall negative impact. It is sincerely hoped, that alternative restructuring can be considered that would not so severely affect this highly regarded historic college.
Reply Flag 22 Agree7 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
As a supporter of Meredith College, I ask the NCDOT to find another solution. This historical women's college should be left intact with the ability to grow.
Reply Flag 20 Agree7 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
As a Meredith grad and frequent user of the Belt line, I oppose this change. Impeding on Meredith's campus is not the answer.
Reply Flag 18 Agree7 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
Please consider working with Meredith College.
Reply Flag 16 Agree7 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
Why hasn't a second option been proposed like the other areas? There are too many families and businesses being relocated, so it would be good to see an alternative given something does need done with this interchange.
Reply Flag 16 Agree8 days ago
I'm a Meredith Gradute and so proud of how this historic college is continuing to grow and shape young women. Their campus growth to provide outstanding educational opportunities since my graduation in 97 has been phenomenal. However, they are landlocked and an expansion of the highway into their campus will impede their continued growth. I would ask that you respectfully reconsider any plans to shrink their available land by expansion of the highway. Thank you! Robin Hollingsworth Williford
Reply Flag 15 Agree7 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
An alternative should be sought. Taking land from a school is a shame saying education is not important. What will remain in school property if every city/ state did this . Inappropriate
Reply Flag 12 Agree7 days ago
Meredith College has been my home for the past two years. This proposal will steal 1/5 of our campus, ruining the beauty of it. Could you imagine walking around a campus that is a construction zone? Not to mention that we are a growing community. Each year more and more young women attend Meredith. This type of change will have a lasting effect on us and our campus for forever. There needs to be a second proposal. This is not what's best for the surrounding community.
Reply Flag 11 Agree7 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
As a fourth generation Meredith College graduate, I strongly oppose changes to 440 that will take any portion of Meredith College's land. I also oppose any changes that will cause noise, light, and exhaust pollution to the campus. I urge all stakeholders to review the environmental impact to the campus and seek alternate routes that will not impede the college's planned growth for indefinite duration.
There should be no assumptions that we women will be submissive in response to this indirect disregard to highly-ranked higher education. We are a worldwide community of strong, successful, determined women. If we lose even a small portion of our campus due to lost land or the damaging effects of having a freeway looming over our beautiful, learning-rich environment, our campus and ability to grow will suffer significantly.
I stand by the comments made by our current president and Meredith Alumna, Jo Allen.
Reply Flag 11 Agree7 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
You seem to be conflating urban expansion with sexism. Do they not teach logical fallacies at your college?
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Please work with Meredith College! The campus must be protected.
Reply Flag 10 Agree7 days ago
Students, staff, and alumni of Meredith College have the upmost pride and respect for our gorgeous and quiet piece of Wonderland. Taking 1/5 of our already small campus would break so many hearts. Not only would plans for expansion be forever ruined, students would also face other unfair repercussions for NCDOT's actions. Our quiet and perfect campus would be blemished with pungent fumes, construction, and would be very unsafe for students. We beg you to please consider other options and spare our beloved school.
Reply Flag 9 Agree6 days ago
I am a current student of Meredith college. I am paying 30,000+ a year to get a great education. This proposed plan is preposterous and will greatly have a negative impact on my college experience. Meredith is a private school and therefore should not be impacted by the State's Transportation Department as Meredith is privately funded.
Reply Flag 9 Agree7 days ago
Please No. Meredith College should not take the brunt of these changes.
Reply Flag 9 Agree7 days ago
Need an alternative option ... this would give a commuter student too much difficulty to navigate the already tough morning traffic. Meredith College needs expansion room.
Reply Flag 9 Agree7 days ago
Too many families would be relocated, with the lack of affordable housing in Raleigh, this is too great an impact.
Reply Flag 9 Agree11 days ago
Meredith College holds a special place in so many hearts and to take away from their already small campus would be unfair to those who are in attendance today and in the future. In my opinion, expanding the road is unnecessary and not worth the inevitable consequences. Roads end, but Meredith is forever.
Reply Flag 8 Agree6 days ago
It takes too much land from Meredith. It would ruin the beauty of our campus.
Reply Flag 8 Agree6 days ago
I am a previous student of Meredith College as well as a Raleigh resident. Taking 1/5 of Meredith's campus will cause extreme impact upon a historic school and growing part of the Raleigh community. For just the purpose of controlling traffic, it brings detrimental and unnecessary change.
Reply Flag 8 Agree6 days ago
Taking 1/5th of Meredith College's property is not acceptable. As a strong partner within the Raleigh community, this would be a travesty and deeply harm the ability for the college to grow. There must be a better way to restructure the area. Also, relocating 23 families and 7 businesses is also a huge impact on this community. This must be reconsidered.
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
Meredith College will lose 1/5 of their land and it's a small campus to begin with. It's not right and other options should be considered!
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
Meredith College gave me the best 4 years I could have ever had there. I lived on its campus, I stayed up late doing homework or dancing in a parking lot to prepare for Cornhuskin, and I was more than prepared for life beyond the back gate when I graduated this May. To take away some of Meredith's beautifully petite campus would be a mistake, and would keep the college from growing the way that it has been; that is, there are more and more young women choosing Meredith each year. To accommodate those women would be to expand the campus, not take it away. Another plan must be proposed in order to protect Meredith's grounds. Perhaps taking away some of NC State's campus...
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
Please find another way and let Meredith be!
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College student I oppose these plans. Meredith college should not have to give up 1/5 of its land. It is already a small campus as it is. This would affect many Meredith students and Merediths staff and faculty as well. Not to mention that these plans will negatively affect our environment, and other families and businessses. I urge the NCDOT to reconsider these plans and come up with another solution. Meredith college is a beautiful and historic campus and this would greatly affect its ability to grow. Meredith college is a top college in the nation and trains strong women to go into the workforce and the world. Meredith has been here for more than 125 years and we cannot risk allowing it to continue to raise up more strong women for another 125 years.
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
When is NCDOT going to get over the idea that adding lanes is an acceptable traffic solution? It's induced demand - more lanes = more traffic. Trying to solve traffic problems by adding more lanes is like trying to fix being overweight by loosening your belt! DOT is turning the Triangle into a sprawling, congested mess. Traffic engineers need to do better. They need to recognize that streets are public places - there's so much land dedicated to streets and rights-of-way and it needs to contribute to place making, not make places more dangerous, more congested, and more unattractive. Focus instead on TDM, congestion pricing, improving transit, multimodal options, diverging diamonds, ANYTHING but adding lanes. You job is to protect the public interest, not to diminish or destroy it. Quit forcing people into cars to get around. This is so harmful - to the environment, to those who cannot afford a personal vehicle, to those who are too old/young/infirm to drive. PEOPLE FIRST, NOT CARS FIRST!
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
This comment is 180 degrees wrong! Money from the gasoline tax is contributed by drivers, and should be used to improve roads! That helps everyone by making it easier to get around. Alternate modes of transportation are fine, and secluded spaces are fine, but if NCDOT focuses on those to the detriment of drivers, it is making the environment worse for all of us.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
This is not necessary to take up part of the Meredith college outer campus! Totally not needed!
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
My husband and I own a house on Jones Franklin Road. We live here with our two young children. We purposefully chose this neighborhood to live in, when we bought our house, because of the wonderful location. However, with the proposed changes to Jones Franklin Road, we will now have a solid barrier or median in the center of the road, which will prevent us from turning left out of our own driveway. It will also prevent us from turning left into our driveway when coming from the Beltline. This is a huge problem for us. This will negatively impact our daily life. Not to mention the fact that we're upset about losing much of our front yard. I understand the need for expanding Jones Franklin Road, as there is a significant amount of daily traffic, but I'm very upset about the median or barrier that will block us from turning left out of our driveway. Also, I'm very curious why there is not a proposal for a sidewalk on Jones Franklin Road. I'd be more willing to lose a part of my front yard for the purpose of a sidewalk, than for the purpose of a solid median. There is a significant amount of foot traffic, people walking from the Fort Sumter Apartments down to the Harris Teeter or bus stops, on a daily basis. As the road expands, this will become even more dangerous for the pedestrians. I would urge you to consider adding a sidewalk instead of a solid barrier in the center of the road.
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
It is unreasonable to take so much land from a historical Raleigh land mark that positively contributes to the community. Not only will the college be detrimentally effected but Raleigh as a whole would have a lasting negative impact!
Reply Flag 7 Agree6 days ago
This is an unfortunate development. The campus of Meredith should not be touched to benefit a few impatient drivers. This will cause 4-5 years of suffering to those of us that live in the area and will only benefit people who chose to live in an area that requires travel in that direction.
Reply Flag 7 Agree6 days ago
Takes too much land from a historic campus. Other options should be considered before disrupting future education at Meredith College.
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
Too much land taken away from Meredith College campus just so traffic can run smoothly!!!!
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
This would ruin the amazing campus of Meredith College. There is always another solution;this one is not it.
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
As a current student of Meredith College, I would appreciate alternative plan. This current plan would negatively impact the college itself as well as it's community of proud alumni and students.
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
Please reconsider the expansion. onto the Meredith College campus. Please register my disapproval of this plan.
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
I feel sorry for all the people losing their properties on secondary roads.
Reply Flag 7 Agree8 days ago
I don't want a highway to ruin the beautiful campus I pay thousands a year to live on and go to. Meredith campus has been around for a long time and has an important history to the city of Raleigh. Please don't take our land for a highway, Meredith means a lot to me.
Reply Flag 6 Agree6 days ago
as a Meredith college student i understand the importance of reaching and empowering WOMEN!! Meredith wants to grow and empower more and more women.. how can that happen if land is taken from it. Taking a lot of our campus would hurt our school and goal.
Reply Flag 6 Agree6 days ago
As a recent Meredith College alumna, it breaks my heart to hear that there is a possibility to have a huge part of campus to be taken away. Meredith has been the best decision that I ever made, and it feels like home to me. I want to preserve Meredith and all it's beautiful campus so it can keep helping make women strong, and give them memories and sisters to last a lifetime. Meredith is such a special place to me to and so many students, alumnae, faculty, and staff, please preserve our beautiful campus!
Reply Flag 6 Agree6 days ago
Meredith is already a small campus. Making it even smaller would be detrimental to their plans for growth in the future. Meredith is producing strong and prepared women for the 21st century....please don't hinder that.
Reply Flag 5 Agree6 days ago
Please help us fight this. Meredith is an amazing and special place. Taking away from the campus to make a highway large just breaks my heart. I can't imagine walking out of the Oaks and seeing a highway. Or trying to walk on the greenway and it being gone of the expansion. Meredith has such an opportunity to grow. Each year more and more women enroll at Meredith College. I want to allow these women to experience the same wonderful opportunity that I had in my time at Meredith. Please consider helping us fight this to keep our campus the way it is
Reply Flag 5 Agree6 days ago
This takes to much land from Meredith College.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
This plan is just not going to work. Especially the land it is taking away from Meredith College. They past couple of years Meredith had had the largest classes in college history. This means hat the college is continually growing and this is all the land that they have to expand. Taking this from them is hurting the college and hurting the expansion of Raleigh. There has to be an alternative.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
As an alum of Meredith College I think this is a travesty. As Dr. Allen stated in her comments at the public forum, Meredith College has given way more of their land for projects such as this. We are a landlocked educational institution and do not have any other alternatives but the historical land we currently own. Performing these improvements to the beltline and destroying our historical campus and the peacefulness of the setting would be a travesty. I cannot believe NCDOT is proposing this. I'm appalled!
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College is an important part of the Raleigh community. Please try to preserve our campus! Current students and alumnae are all very passionate about our Meredith community, and we contribute largely to the Triangle.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
This will disrupt the growth of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
The current plan would take a significant amount of Meredith College's land and would be the extremely detrimental effect upon the many students, faculty, and other members of the community who are involved at Meredith College. I implore NCDOT to seek other alternatives, taking Meredith College into a more serious consideration.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College's campus should not be sacrificed for sake of travel. Find another way.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College is growing and taking away land from the campus will prohibit further growth for the college
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
Meredith gave me the best four years of my life-please don't take that away from current and future angels! We love our Wonderland and want it to stay that way!
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
Our beautiful campus should not be sacrificed to this issue! We are already a small school and a historic one, this would just impede our growth as a school. Please consider another solution!!
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
This proposal takes too much land from Meredith College's campus. Please find another solution that won't inhibit Meredith's continued growth.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
This has the ancillary effect of improving the intersection at the southbound offramp. That is a much needed improvement and significant to a large number of drivers. Overall this will significantly impact the character of the homes along Jones Franklin road. This has been a small street neighborhood for a long time with houses close to the street. I believe the impacts shown to many of the front yards in this area should be enough to require the state to purchase those properties. Removing significant portions of 60 year old front yards and limiting driveway access that has existed as long should entitle the owners to decide if they still wanted to live there or not. I think this will significantly harm the neighborhood and residents should be given the chance to get out.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
Meredith College has been a defining feature of Raleigh for over 125 years. I was under the impression that the onyx rings meant something special for this area. Some of our city's best teachers and business women were educated there. Wake county leads in education in NC and Meredith leads in producing the teachers that are behind that education. The campus is already cramped and has little space to expand. Taking any of that land not only sends the message that Wake county doesn't care about the contributions of one of the country's oldest and most prestigious NFP women's colleges, they also under value the contributions of women in Raleigh and the U.S. Go back to the drawing board if you have any decency. There are better ways that do not degrade an historical treasure or the very valuable and practical skills of the women still being educated there. Try again. Or since Raleigh is only getting bigger, take these cars off the road and put in a metro system underground and out of the way. Raleigh may not be that big yet, but start now and we will be by the time you finish.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
It would be more efficient to invest in a better system of transportation, rather than a bigger road. I'd hate for the city to waste funds on a street that will just get crowded again in a few years. Raleigh is an innovative and progressive city, and there are thousands of engineering students in Universities across the area that are willing to find work. I'm sure there is a better transportation method that can be built instead, such as a sky tram or a TEB.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
As a Meredith Alumna and current employee I am concerned that the current plans for the Walnut to Wade highway widening will adversely affect Meredith and our campus. I hope the committee will continue to look for other options to find a solution that will not take so much of our campus and bring highway noise and pollution closer to the campus. We cherish our college and want to see her grow and continue to be an important part of our community. This construction as shown in the map will greatly impair our ability to grow in the future. Thank you!
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Leave the historic Meredith Campus alone!
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
It's going to take up merediths campus land! Not okay!
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Need alternate plan. Too much land being "taken" from historic campus of Meredith College. Please reconsider.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
DOT, please offer an alternative!!!! Meredith is one of the top women's college in the nation. Taking away land is taking away Meredith's ability to grow. 1/5 IS A LOT!!!!!!!!! Growth to a college campus offers positive growth to a city. Meredith is historical. The property is beautiful! Leave the property alone! I have seen the growth of the campus over the years and it's making a positive impact on the programs they offer students, the community and businesses worldwide. You are telling Meredith to stop growing! This is sick!
And not to mention how this will impact NC State, yet another reason Raleigh thrives. Come on! You engineers are smarter than this right??!!
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
I strongly disagree with sacrificing Meredith College's campus in any way.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College is my alma mater and an important part of Raleigh's history. This plan is detrimental to the campus and I adamantly opposed it.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
I don't agree with taking the land from Meredith College . It's wrong and it's an historic landmark
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
23 residents left relocations and 7 business relocations as well as the impact it has on Meredith College. This constructions benefits do not out weigh its adverse impacts. Please reconsider other options.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
NC State has the land to spare. Meredith Campus shouldn't have to take a hit. The light and noise could cause problems with those living in student apartments. It could also cause unsafe environment during construction. Don't kick the little guys.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Please take into consideration what you will be taking away from. Meredith College is home to many, including myself. If you take away part of our grounds then that gives us no where to expand in the future. Meredith is a small college campus as it is and we are very proud of our campus, but taking parts of it away would risk the safety and security that this all women's college has. This plan also takes away other historical spots in Raleigh. Please take this into consideration before any plans are finalized.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College campus should not suffer b/c of lack of imagination on the part of DOT.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College is an institution which should be supported. Taking land from a small college is detrimental and unnecessary.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
As an alumni of Meredith College it saddens me to think of losing even one square inch (much less the proposed 20%.) Please go back to the drawing table on this one.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Do not disturb the Meredith College campus!
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
I agree that traffic flow on I-440 needs to be improved, but the current plans project a potentially high-risk to the campus of Meredith College, affecting not only the amount of land (and equity) the College possesses, but the expansion also runs the risk of treading on the character of the campus. There must be other options; there are a lot of intelligent, creative people in Raleigh who would have alternative ideas.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
I got to Meredith College, and for you to take so much land from an already small school is outrageous. Meredith creates intelligent and independent women, and our school deserve as much respect as any other university. This would be a major set back to the college, to residents lives, and to many students' educations. This is not fair and should be stopped.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
There has to be another way to fix the problem. Meredith College is the largest women's college in the Southeast. It's not a big campus to begin with, and shouldn't but made smaller.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Absolutely not. It takes too much land from Meredith campus. The highway expansion could never amount to the importance of the land being taken from this school.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
The University Club has been the center of our family's social life for over 35 years. It serves a need in this community and the DOT plan will destroy it. There simply has to be a better way
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Please don't take land away from Meredith College. The college is only growing and needs that land for future students. This college raises strong women and prepares them for leadership roles and empowers them, this is soooo important.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
This plan is not considerate of the Meredith College history or future. There has to be another alternative that will be less impactful to this historic raleigh site
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
This will take away valuable parts of Meredith College's campus.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
It comes with deep sadness when I heard the news. I am parent of a recent graduate who doesn't understand why they would take 1/5 of the campus. Meredith College has been around for 125 years, why would you take something away that has made a big impact on young women such as my daughter and that is a well established university for young women. Why all of a sudden the change?
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
I'm a current Meredith student. One of the reason I choose Meredith was the beautiful campus; it was small, but it was absolutely the right size for me. Please vote no to this change that would take 1/5 of our campus away.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
There just to be another way. This takes too much away from meredith college
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
Please don't take land from Meredith College. There must be other options that the State can select!!! Meredith students and Alum are passionate and will take a stand to stop this plan!
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Meredith college will be impacted by this expanison and it does not need to be. That campus os important to thousands of people and it does not need to be reduced in size!!
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Please go back and replan your invasion of Meredith College land. This is such an invasion of such an important college. It's impact will be massive.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Displacing 23 families from their homes is not okay.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
I find it sad that so many people cannot read or follow directions.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
I do not like this! This is taking away too much land from Meredith College which is home to so many women. Taking away this land is like taking away a home.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
I can't even believe this is being considered. Obviously, the people making the decisions regarding solutions for traffic/growth have no ties to NC and the negative impact this will have on Meredith's campus.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College is home to over 2000 students and staff and is an historical, iconic and beloved place. I oppose this project.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College grounds should not be taken away from employees and students.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
As a long time Raleigh resident and Meredith College alum, I am very disappointed in this plan. This area of the belt line is a problem and I appreciate NCDOT working with the community to address it. Recognizing something should be done, this plan is not a long term solution, and yet it has permanent negative effects on Meredith College. Meredith is a top notch school that educates women making significant contributions to the Raleigh community. This plan reduces the size of the campus and in turn jeopardizes opportunities for growth. Meredith should more appreciated and ultimately protected.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Another way to do this needs to be explored. Taking away land from Meredith College should not be the wayb
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
What is going to be the limit in the number of lanes for a highway? My daughter attends Meredith and I dont think expanding the highway is worth sacrificing Merediths land. This will prohibit Meredith from expanding by taking away their land. The have s small campus and can't afford to give up land to a highway.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
This is a ridiculous and unnecessary proposal. Find another route for 440.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
It takes too much land from the Meredith campus which impacts the students. The college campus should not be sacrifice because some people were too lazy to wake up for work an extra 20 minutes early to beat the traffic. I oppose this plan.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
I work right in the proposed area and it would interfere with business and cuts into residential and commercial land. Will impact surrounding businesses and residences severely.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
The plan uproots and vastly affects families and their homes on Jones Franklin.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
I feel that multiple options should be presented and I do not feel that it is beneficial for so many families and businesses to be relocated.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
Widening is needed but alternative proposed is too much, not needed in the predominately residential area.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
It looks like a reasonable improvement to me.
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 days ago
Strongly oppose this plan, as it will be detrimental to the NC State University Club. Taking over 19 acres from this well established facility that serves the community in many ways will be a tragedy. There has to be a better alternative.
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
Meredith College and the NC State Faculty Club are the epitome of what's been outstanding about Raleigh for many years. In this age of high tech and engineering brilliance, it is inconceivable to me that top notch engineers can't devise a more forward thinking plan to improve that corridor. This task should be an exciting challenge to some brilliant engineer whoever he or she may be. PLEASE don't destroy or even compromise these two wonderful Raleigh Institutions!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
As a member of the University Club where our family spends so much quality time together - the impact on that ultimately impacts our whole family. It's a healthy place to be- this project wrongly destroys that setting.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Meredith College is far more important than 2 extra lanes added to the highway. This school has provided thousands of women with an outstanding education that is far more valuable to society then a highway. Meredith College has been in this location for 100 years and will remain there for hundreds more. The DOT will not mess with our property.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
This is ridiculous! The DOT should not be allowed to intrude on Metedith College land. This will increase noise, fumes, amd limit any opportunity to expand the college. Meredith has been in Raleigh for 125 years. There is a stable and horses which will be spooked by coming any closer. I-440 itself already gives off too much noise to that side of the campus. This project is too intrusive, unnecessary, and a waste of money. Why don't you repair and repave the roads you already have! THAT would be more useful to this vicinity.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Surely you can find another way for a design that is less intrusive and impactful for lane expansion. I am sure you have smart folks who work for NCDOT who care about the environment and what it does to students on Meredith campus.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Please reconsider options to avoid this project as the impact on Meredith's campus is too great. Meredith is already limited in its ability to expand and this would hinder any potential growth and impact current and future students from attending such a highly reputable and historic institution.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Our Meredith Campus has the quiet and serene atmosphere for living/ study / reflection / and private renewal both presently and historically. The present planned expansion of the Beltway would jeopardize the integrity of the campus atmosphere and be exceedingly destructive to future growth and expansion of the college's programs and needs
Another plan for this highway's modification should be created
Such a plan should be respectful
Of Meredith's property and purpose
Marti Elliott-Best
Class of 1972
Onyx Society Member
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
It would impact Meredith College negatively by taking away land for future college expansion and bringing all the noise and pollution associated with a busy highway to a beautiful campus.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
As a Raleigh native and Meredith College alumnae, I adamantly oppose this proposal. The land taken away from the college and possibly used for road expansion would negatively impact the future of Meredith College's growth and recruitment. Meredith College is a beautiful piece of Raleigh's history that deserves to be left intact. Thank you for your consideration.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
After studying the proposed changes I think the study of the environmental assessment is inadequate in seriously considering a number of impacts on Meredith College. The College’s well-being will be permanently affected by the increased noise, traffic, fumes, etc. that the building and completion of the expanded lanes will create. Finally, the potential for future building will be seriously affected as land is taken for this project. I implore the NCDOT to reconsider and try and find alternatives to this solution.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Do not take land away from Meredith College. Taking land away from places of education is absurd to me as it's home to many students and commuters. Frankly speaking, don't spend my money taking land away from my alma mater.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
As an Alumnae of Meredith College I am in no way in support of this proposed expansion. This would significantly impacts the students, faculty, staff and the City of Raleigh. I would suggest that the NCDOT go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and less impactful option for lane expansion.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
I am asking the NCDOT go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option for lane expansion.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
I hate the adverse impact - all of them - but there IS a traffic problem here.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Please carefully design any improvements to avoid compromising the campus of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Meredith college is the place where I found my scientific voice. It's a place where future female leaders will be shaped and find their professional path. Limiting the campus' ability to grow by taking land will limit the number of women that can receive an amazing education there. Don't do that to Meredith, don't do that to our society.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Anything that impacts the neighborhoods and surrounding wildlife so greatly should not be considered a good plan. Please go back to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Please go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option to Meredith College.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Can you figure out another way that will not disrupt the Meredith Campus?
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Consider alternatives and maintain the campus at meredith college as there are plans for future expansion of college programs using land on Western side of campus ...and if any small slice of land (not what is currently being proposed) has to be utilized to support traffic needs consider paying the college millions of dollars to build what is needed for the campus... Or better help them build what they need..."you need this....they need that negotiation" if a plan can be put in place that preserves the integrity of this beautiful campus that is historic in Raleigh! Surely go back to the drawing board and see what can be done...look at what state of Virgina did for the campus of Mary Washington University to move it forward and also help handle traffic into Fredericksburg/DC area. Go back and talk about both needs...situations are dire for both. We have to support the traffic problems but not to the disfavor of disrupting a college campus ...come on now!! Engineers can plan better than this if both needs are considered...
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
It takes away land from meredith college!!!!
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Travel through this intersection frequently; Jones Franklin Rd needs to be widened and the road into Sumter Square Apts aligned with the US 1 ramp so as to remove one of the stop lights.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Be sure to include accommodations for greenway connection to Lake Johnson.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
I work in the Capital Center. Traffic getting out of the development is really hard between 4-6p. opening another exit, as shown on this plan, with a traffic light would be helpful.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
I don't see anything about the I-40 and US 1 interchange. The existing weaving has to be eliminated to reduce the backup on I-40 west
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
If Jones Franklin Road it's going to be made into a four-lane road, and then narrow down to a two-lane road at Denise Road, this will create problems for Centerview Drive. Centerview is a loop road with no other means of egress other than Jones Franklin Road. Turning left from Centerview drive onto Jones Franklin Road (at either of the Centerview Drive Jones Franklin Road intersections) is very difficult today. Making Jones Franklin a 4 Lane from I-440 to Denise will exacerbate that problem. I recommend adding a traffic light at one of the Centerview/Jones Franklin intersections. Hundreds of people work and/or live on Centerview Drive.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
This design impacts both Meredith College and the University Club in that land that is already developed and currently being used as a vital part of both is now in danger of being destroyed!
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 hours ago
Meredith College graduates have a huge impact on Raleigh. Don't do this to the campus! Think of other ways please!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 hours ago
Takes too much space from the Meredith College Campus
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 hours ago
I call upon you to reconsider your plan to widen I-440 in the area between Hillsborough Street and Wade Avenue. Your proposed plans will impact the Meredith College campus to a degree that is unacceptable.
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 hours ago
takes too much land from Meredith and will change the landscape of this important southern college for women
Reply Flag 0 Agree20 hours ago
As a Meredith College alumna, I appreciate the need to improve I-440’s traffic flow. But plans put forth by NC Department of Transportation are not reasonable as they could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s campus. Meredith’s students, faculty, staff and supporters call upon the NC Department of Transportation to come up with more equitable plans that pose fewer impacts on this historic campus.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Meredith is a beautiful and historic campus. It is affected too much. Any plans should affect Meredith land only up to 5 %.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
As an employee and supporter of Meredith College, I oppose the proposed restructure of 440. Under all of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris as well as the completed interstate footprint would permanently disrupt the campus experience, and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district. NCDOT should recognize the irrevocable damage its plans would cause and immediately go back to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
All three of NCDOT’s plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s historic campus.
● Any of NCDOT’s three plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. would ultimately result in a cumulative loss in transportation-related projects of approximately one-fifth of the college’s footprint since our establishment here in 1925.
● NCDOT’s plans would cripple Meredith’s ability to grow -- which would put any organization in a difficult position, let alone a landlocked college that plays so many vital roles in our community.
● Under all of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris as well as the completed interstate footprint would permanently disrupt the campus experience, and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district.


“Meredith College appreciates the need to improve I-440’s traffic flow. But plans put forth by NC Department of Transportation are not reasonable as they could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s campus. Meredith’s students, faculty, staff and supporters call upon the NC Department of Transportation to come up with more equitable plans that pose fewer impacts on this historic campus.”

- Dr. Jo Allen, President, Meredith College, Class of 1980
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Do not take land from the Meredith Campus. It is a beautiful school, and I am sure there are other ways to resolve this problem without hurting an important educational institution in our area.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
I am writing on behalf of Raleigh Swimming Association, a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aquatic instruction for people of all ages, including outreach to the community. We own and utilize Sonner Aquatic Facility, the property identified as Parcel 769, for delivery of all of our programming. We purchased this property in 2013 when it was urban blight, covered in graffiti and used as a prime location for drug trade and illicit behavior. We revitalized the property and created a productive, revenue generating resource for the community.

We are opposed to the plan due to the difficulty accessing our facility. The plan will include a raised median at our shared entrance. Traffic travelling from the north will be forced to the new signalized intersection at Denise Drive where drivers will need to make a u-turn to head back to make a right turn into our facility. Exiting from our facility will require a right turn and heading to the north. Drivers would need to cross 2 lanes of traffic to use a new "u-turn lane" that includes a bump out in the southbound lane similar to the new "smart streets" concepts being applied in this area. The turn lane also is aligned with what will be the only exit from the neighboring office building, shown as Parcel 140, that currently has two entrances.

Our concerns are as follows:

· For traffic accessing our facility from the north, the requirement to make a u-turn into two lanes of oncoming traffic at Denise Drive creates a safety issue.

· For traffic leaving the facility and heading south along Jones Franklin Road, the need to immediately cross two lanes of traffic to get in the u-turn lane presents a challenge and, again, an unsafe condition. Users will only be able to exit the facility when there is no traffic approaching from the south. Further, the traffic exiting the adjacent office building from Parcel 140 will create conflicts for drivers in terms of deciding who has the right of way.

· We anticipate patrons using the lot at Parcel 140 for drop off and pickup to avoid the new configuration. This would result in children walking through the back of the small commercial building at the bottom of our lot, presenting a new safety risk.

It is our understanding based on information provided at the public meeting on August 8, 2017 that no traffic counts have been done to apply to the final design. This is concerning.

Our facility is open 359 days of the year. During this time, we have vehicles accessing our facility from 5:00 am until 9:00 pm on weekdays and from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm on weekends. Weekday peak access times between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm see in excess of 300 vehicles accessing our facility. This repeats between 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm. This is also representative of what occurs on weekends between the identified hours. When we host swim meets, fundraisers and membership events, we have twice the number of individuals accessing the facility in smaller windows of time.


We ask that you consider maintaining the center entrance for Parcel 140, eliminating the south entrance where you now show the u-turn option at the break in the median, and shifting the configuration of the proposed entrance for Parcel 140 to our shared entrance. This would eliminate the need for any u-turn motions between I-440 and Denise Drive. We would be willing to allow the widening of our entrance to accommodate three full lanes, with one lane each for traffic entering, traffic leaving and turning left, and traffic leaving and turning right.

Thank you for your consideration.

Neil Horman
President, Board of Directors
Raleigh Swimming Association
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
It should not impact Meredith College.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Please design a less intrusive and impactful option for lane expansion so that Meredith College is not impacted.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
The I-440 change would impact the NCSU University Club. My family is there almost daily. It is the primary place we go for family activities. It also provides a community for our family to be a part of. This will will destroy the property as it is today threatening to close the establishment. Our family will be heart broken if that happens. Please looks for ways to save the NCSU club as it so important to many families in the triangle!
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
This plan immensely affects the current students at Meredith College as well as it's future as a growing institution. Taking away 20% of Meredith College's land is detrimental and it is honestly, asking too much. The NCDOT should consider revising their plan so Meredith College is not affected to this degree. It is not a park, it is not a mall, it is a college where thousands of women have graduated from. I ask that the NCDOT go back and start from the beginning to develop a plan which avoids inhabiting Meredith College's ability to grow and expand.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
This will prohibit the growth of Meredith College and thus take away from current and potential students.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I'm very concerned about the impact this project and the Wade Avenue/Hillsboro Street project will have on the Meredith campus and it is presenting many barriers to future expansion and changing a historical landmark! Please go back to the drawing board and re think this project!
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Incredibly egregious use of Meredith College's acreage. Te College should not have to sacrifice 1/5 of it's land for this improvement - especially when (according to the above survey), 57% of the traffic is due to shopping and entertainment.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Too many residents, business, and natural resources would be disturbed. These are items that once are gone, are gone forever. Do NOT displace a school that serves children with special needs, as they are an important place in their life and routines.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am a proud graduate of Meredith College. I am not in favor of the proposed Jones Franklin Road Alignment because it impacts the campus. I understand and believe that the expansion of the belt line is necessary, but the changes in this proposed alignment will have a drastic impact on the campus, the students, the faculty, and the staff. In this proposed plan, Meredith College will lose the best sites for residence halls, facilities, and classroom buildings, as well impact the current students who attending Meredith College for the experience, the sisterhood, the education, the knowledge, the campus, and the lifestyle.
We ask that you go back to the drawing board and please find a less intrusive plan that will have little to no impact on Meredith College and its faithful students, alums, faculty, and staff.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
There are times when this interchange is not safe. If local concerns can be met, goals to improve safety are important.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
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Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I don't drive this path enough to understand the need for improvement or the impact of the proposed plans.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
This plan is devastating to Meredith College campus and should not be allowed.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
It is incredible that the impact on the campus of Meredith College has not been appreciated by the NCDOT and other NC officials. To take 1/5 of the campus property directly impacts its growth potential for the future. It already is a campus with limited expansion options based on location. The on-site campus experience is what I most remember from my time there as a student. The aforementioned proposal would forever change the character of this Historic Women's College.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
The new traffic light at Denise Drive should (obviously) be tied to the traffic lights at Jones Franklin and the Beltline. Currently, the lights on either side of the Beltline are not synced, and more often than not, drivers must stop at both of them.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
The expansion would negatively impact the Meredith College campus by increasing traffic noise and fumes while decreasing the amount of land for potential expansion in the future. I do not agree with the expansion and would like the NCDOT to look for alternate ways to address the 440 expansion issue.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Please go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan that will not affect Meredith College!!! Respectfully, STW Class of 1975
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I am a real estate broker and own a firm as well as being a Meredith graduate and participant in their WINGS program -- non-traditional age college students who balance their personal lives, jobs and families while they earn an undergraduate degree. The benefit of this program is not able to be measured both in the lives of the individual participants or in the overall improvement to our communities. My lack of understanding is why a city or state would focus on destroying the establishment, i.e., Meredith College which has provided so much good and so many well educated women to Raleigh, the surrounding area, the rest of the state and the nation. There has to be another choice and while I understand Amendment V of the US Constitution gives the right of eminent domain to the government, it also specifies that "the taking" is a benefit to the public. How in the world could the damaging of one of the finest colleges in the nation be "for the benefit of the public?" Can we take a step back and chat again?
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Jones Franklin North after Barringer road should not be two lane. This will cause aggressive drivers to take chances to pass. The two lane should end with a left turn only at sumter road. This aggressive driving in combination with pedestrians walking frequently here is a fatality waiting to happen.. I can understand if you want to extend a two lane road path for future full four lane all the way to athens drive, but please don't mark it for two lanes. maybe it can be a bus stop for now right after barringer road.

There's many people going south bond on Jones Franklin that turn on Water's edge. I guess not anymore. I don't think i see a resolution to support people to get to the areas on Water's edge from southbound Jones Franklin. i guess they will do a u-turn at jones franklin and ft sumter. If so, it's already a problem turning left from southbound jones franklin to I-440 south. now this adds more vehicles turning left.

Southbound Jones franklin turning left onto I-440 south ramp: I don't see this is helping the congestion of traffic turning left. It always takes 2-3 light changes to finally turn left in the morning during work day. there's so much vehicle collection because of this stop light at Jones Franklin and sumter road. Cars are backed up on the Jones Franklin bridge. It would make sense to ease traffic by not having a left turn from Jones Franklin south to I-440 south, and move this to a ramp for a right turn onto I-440. there's still plenty of distance to merge onto US-1 south or stay in the service collector and continue there if need be.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
If any improvements to the roads are made, all the planned improvements for non-auto traffic should be invested in - like Greenways, assisting the City, creating a net gain for the community that does not drive.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
The Jones Franklin bridge area is a choke-point for traffic and an awkward intersection with Ft Sumter Rd (which seems like it would be more prone to accidents). Updating this portion would be very beneficial.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Please go back to the drawing board as this plan fails to address the impacts to Meredith College and her students from the highway, its concomitant expressways, ramps, berms, bridges and flyovers. It does not even mention the effects of the proposed 100-foot tall lighting masts along the entire western side of our campus.

The report fails to speak to the visual impacts of highway infrastructure and flyover bridges that will loom four to five stories over the campus. The plan will significantly compromise our ability to continue growing in a manner consistent with the college’s 126-year mission and campus master plan – a state-recognized Designed Historic Landscape – that we have followed for over 50 years.

We will lose the very best sites for future classroom buildings, residence halls, and athletic facilities, as well as impact current offerings for high quality instruction, research, residential living, and commuter service.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Land should not be taken away from the Meredith College Campus. It is a historic campus with many women living there to attend college. Another way should be found to expand the highway.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Too much land is taken from Meredith College
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
This proposal takes too much from the Meredith Campus. Please consider other options.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
I would like to say that this proposal sounds absurd. Why is taking 1/5 of Meredith's campus away even being discussed. I am a Meredith Alum. from 1994. The small, serene, historic campus is a jewel in the midst of a big city. Losing land doesn't allow for future growth, disturbs the peace for the students who live there. Please make another plan. This one is not reasonable and would be devastating for Meredith College.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Raleigh is home to the largest woman's college in the South. Why would you ruin that? Meredith needs every bit of land that it has
for current and future growth.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Relocating 23 families and 7 businesses for a project that is being implemented to make travel by car easier is not smart planning. The state cannot maintain the miles of roads that they are currently responsible for. It should not be adding to that burden.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
The thought to widen to only go back to a bottleneck at another point in Raleigh does not solve the issue of traffic. If other bridges and roads were open that have created detours over the course of the pass 5 years were opened back it it might eleviate some of the issues near Lake Johns and 440 get on/off ramps
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Good Plan. Needs to be Improved!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Needs to be improved!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Please do not negatively impact Meredith College's campus. It has been there for over 100 years and is loved by many.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Please detail impacts to cycling and pedestrian access
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Surely there are enough clever, intelligent, well-trained engineers and city planners on the expansion of the Jones Franklin project that another solution can be found that doesn't involve taking land away from Meredith College. This is an old and well-respected institution of higher learning, supported by the community and by former students. When government begins to grab land away from an institution such as Meredith, it is just another blow to education in general, and another demonstration that government and contractors and developers are not interested in protecting and supporting education. As a woman educated at Meredith who has gone on to receive Masters and Doctorate degrees - due in great part to the education and atmosphere of learning at Meredith - I urse the committee to find another creative and practical solution to the Jones Franklin project!!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
One of the draws for me to attend Meredith College was the expansive campus that made you feel secure and safe in the middle of a bustling city. To take 1/5 of the campus to create a new traffic pattern is atrocious! Please please find another way. Enough sacrificing green space for growth!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Taking one fifth of Meredth College's campus shouldn't even be considered!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
As a Meredith graduate I request that you go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option for land expansion. The Meredith campus should not be disrupted as much as it is with the present plan. Thank you for reconsidering this plan.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
I would suggest moving the left in left out intersection at the Interchange Plaza building to the Sonner Swim Intersection. There is twice as much develop able property at this location. In fact a large apartment complex is in the approval process with the city right now. There should be sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the Jones Franklin bridge that goes over I440 and for the full lengths of all improvements. There should be a U-turn bulb added at the Wood Isle Road intersection. Plus do not add any traffic signals to Wade Avenue, leave south bound loop access in.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
As a parent and friend of a Meredith College alumni I fully support President Jo Allen's August8, 2017 public remarks against this project and the adverse impact placed on Meredith College. This project will forever adversely effect the life of Meredith College in the most negative manner.
Len Dillon
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Meredith College is a 127 year institution in Raleigh that should be considered and supported by city planning. This proposed intrusion on the campus will mar the beauty and threaten air quality for those more than 2000 people who live, study and work here. Please go back to the drawing boards.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
the more you increase road capacity, the more you encourage people to drive, further increasing congestion. This is north carolina not texas. we should not sacrifice our livelihoods to cars.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Thank you for an opportunity to express our views on your proposed roadway. My concern is for the negative impact the roadway would have on campus life at Meredith College; also the negative impact it would have on the important first visit. From another point of view, while Meredith is a Raleigh institution of higher learning, it is one of the City's most beautiful landmarks and deserves landmark level consideration. Also, we know traffic relief will be temporary based on the, "If you build it, they will come." While traffic relief will be temporary; it's impact will not.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Although I do not currently live in Raleigh, I am a dedicated alumna of Meredith College and have deeply appreciated its impact on both my life and academia in general. It has grown in both stature and size since my college days and I could not be more proud of it. I can clearly see that it has the ability to continue to grow and to become one of Raleigh's outstanding landmarks. To do this, it will need land and space to continue to grow and fulfill its promise. To swallow up so much of its land would be to stunt its promise -- and in doing so would be quite unforgivable.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Meredith College needs to maintain all of its campus space!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Please add more protected/dedicated bike lanes and sidewalks
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
As a graduate of Meredith College I strongly oppose this proposal as it will negatively affect the current beauty and have an adverse affect on the colleges beauty as a result of noise and fumes. Meredith has always been a strong presence in Raleigh and supportive of the community. I live in Baltimore - an ever growing city who still recognizes the needs to respect the beauty of many universities located within the city- namely Hopkins , MICA and Loyola University's. These institutions of higher education are recognized as big parts of the city in a positive light- bringing many from out of this area and contributing and being recognized as revenue builders! They- among many other private schools and places of higher ed are appreciated for the positive light they provide to this city!! Please don't destroy a campus that is so beautiful and grows due to its continued growth! This proposal will cripple this growth and beauty!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
More thought needs to be given to how cyclists and pedestrians use this area. I use Jones Franklin to commute to work via bike. It needs bicycle lanes.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
While I rarely use Jones Franklin Road I think doing something at the intersection of Ft. Sumter Road and Jones Franklin is important. I'm sure it would be beneficial the employees in the Capital Center Dr Office park to be able to leave with the assistance of a traffic light. Relocating people to other houses or apartments is not a workable solution. Moving special needs children is going to be a nightmare for the kids, teachers and their families alike.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
It will impact the Meredith College campus. Can the I-540 be completed instead of expanding the I-440?
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Intrusive to Meredith College's future & present. Please, please scale back as much as possible.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
The residential and business relocations are significant.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
It takes too much land from Meredith College
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Be considerate of residences
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Expanding 440 in this way would be a detriment to the growth of Meredith in the future and desttoy the the west side of campus. As an alum I'd hate to see the largest women's college in the southeast lose its ability to grow and stay competitive. The college has been cooperative of previous needs for town development but this is too much. Raleigh has a town and university full of engineers- certainly someone has a better idea- perhaps build up/over as opposed to widening the road.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
The Jones Franklin Road ramps have never seemed especially heavily traveled or difficult to use to me. There's not a lot to draw traffic there. That's a lot of expense and disruption for only a little benefit. Honestly I'm not sure the exits off I-440 there are entirely necessary, as there are other nearby routes.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Full size map link for Jones Franklin wouldn't open. Will there be widening at Western Blvd interchange which is a bottle neck...
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
I want a sound wall
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
NCDOT Poll:
Alternative A: Replace the existing bridge in place
I Like It
I Don't Like It
I Don't Understand
This Is Not Important To Me
Vote to view results
NCDOT Poll:
Alternative B: Replace the existing bridge to the north
I Like It
I Don't Like It
I Don't Understand
It Is Not Important To Me
Vote to view results
NCDOT Poll:
Do you have a preference between the Alternatives? If so, why?
Alternative A, mostly because it doesn't impact as many homes.
Reply Flag 10 Agree6 days ago
This area is home to families - relocating 6 households is too many.
Reply Flag 8 Agree11 days ago
It seems it would be best to prevent relocating as many families as possible
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
shutting down the bridge would be a big disruption to persons that use the bridge. building a bridge while the old one is still in use disrupts 3 additional familes forever. shutting down the bridge (replace in same location) seems to be the lesser of 2 evils.
Reply Flag 4 Agree8 days ago
My residence is very close to the bridge. It has not been made clear to me whether or not my residence would be taken for this Alternative B or not, but that is my worry. It is more expensive for the city and it would likely impact more people's homes. I think a year or 2 of inconvenience is something that people could get used to. I look forward to the public forum meetings.
Reply Flag 3 Agree8 days ago
Closing the bridge for up to 12 months is worth it if it means 3 residential relocations can be prevented
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Amen
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Less impact on properties
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Replacing in place impacts me as I use Athens Drive frequently. But I would rather detour than see any more homes in my neighborhoods disrupted like the Buck Jones Road project. (check w City or Raleigh)
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
All of us need to live with the temporary inconvenience so homes can be saved.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Choose the option that takes less people's property .
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
There's no good solution here. NCDOT needs to work with Wake County Schools to develop alternate bus and access routes. I like the existing road alignment but the amount of disruption to the number of families is phenomenal. Consider that the Avent Ferry Bridge at Lake Johnson is scheduled for replacement, Lake Dam Road bridge has no timetable for repair and this part of West Raleigh starts to seem very isolated. Even if the Avent Ferry Bridge improvement is postponed, can Avent Ferry really handle the southbound traffic that would normally be spltting off at Athens Drive?
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
The shifted bridge placement plan worked really well at Lassiter Mill Road when that overpass was replaced.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
I don't want my tax dollars being under-utilized. This is a nonsense solution to no problem. I have never, ever seen traffic back up here and you would be disrupting families lives because of it.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
Any improvement for Bike/ped traffic for the Athens Dr Bridge would be welcome to this local pedestrian. There is absolutely no consideration for Bike/Ped traffic over the current bridge, with a 24"W X 12"H curb not being pedestrian friendly, and constant overgrowth on the entry/exit from the sidewalk requiring pedestrians to walk into vehicle traffic. This is dangerous considering that students walk over this bridge daily to get to/from Athens Dr High School. I would propose that a "Greenway" connector on the right of way between Athens Dr and Ravenwood Dr would significantly improve pedestrian mobility within these neighborhoods and would serve as a safer and more logical routing connection with bike/ped patron when compared to Melbourne Rd and it's interstate access.
Reply Flag 1 Agree9 days ago
Having the school and park near Athens makes it very hard to close the street. Any relocation is bad, but I think a long closure of that route would cause headaches for many in those neighborhoods.
Reply Flag 0 Agreean hour ago
Costs less and no home relocations
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 hours ago
No
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 hours ago
Alternative A because it offers the same functionality as B with lower cost and fewer displaced families. The bridge closing will be inconvenient but I believe it is the better choice. That being said, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not let this bridge be closed at the same time that the Avent Ferry Rd bridge over Lake Johnson is closed.
Reply Flag 0 Agree19 hours ago
Agreed. I live in the neighborhood and would prefer to save as many homes as possible (presuming that they are indeed homes and not rentals).
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Alternative A relocates fewer homes than option B.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Please consider choosing the option that does not displace as many residents.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
It is unfortunate that there are relocations. I hope homeowners will be treated fairly. Alternative A seems better, has fewer relocations. but will cause disruption for Athens Drive high school students. I hope that the bulk of work can be done when school is not in session.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I like alternative B, due to the fact the road would remain open during construction.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I don't drive here and therefore cannot offer valuable feedback.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
According to the plans, moving this bridge would not require any residential relocations. It seems that the other comments did not read the maps carefully and are confusing this bridge with the Melbourne Rd. bridge. Alternative A would result in a closure of about one year on the Athens Drive bridge. This would probably raise travel times for hundreds of commuters by about 10 min. for one year. That's a pretty big impact to save $1.3 million.

Please, as you go through these comments, transfer the ones that are obviously about the Melbourne Rd. bridge to that section. Don't let them get conflated with the comments about this bridge.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Keep the bridge in place to minimize to the loss of homes. The inconvenience for 9-12 months is nothing compared to what these families are going to have to deal with.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Alternative A
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
The website does not allow me to choose where I work and part of the time it is in Raleigh and Cary -- I am a real estate broker and own a firm. I am also a Meredith graduate of their WINGS program -- non-traditional age college student who balances their personal life, job and family while they earn an undergraduate degree. The benefit of this program is not able to be measured both in the lives of the individual participants or in the overall improvement to our communities. My lack of understanding is why a city or state would focus on hurting or destroying the establishment, i.e., Meredith College which has provided so much good and so many well educated women to Raleigh, the surrounding area, the rest of the state and the nation. There has to be another choice and while I understand Amendment V of the Constitution gives the right of eminent domain to the government it also specifies that "the taking" is a benefit to the public. How in the world could the damaging of one of the finest colleges in the nation be "for the benefit of the public?" Can we take a step back and chat again? Carolyn Hriso
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Agree with not displacing existing families/homes
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
I can't see how a closure this long would work as this is a main thoroughfare for a lot of traffic as well as providing options for detours as needed when other roads are impacted by any possibilities such as water main breaks to accidents. for example, melbourne road bridge was closed for a long period, so traffic was diverted to athens.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
continued mobility - 3.2 mile detour could have much worse impacts on neighborhood and surrounding community than 3 residential relocations.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
B because the bridge doesn't need to be closed during construction.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
If it has to be done then alternative A is the best; I see no reason to relocate the bridge if it only keeps the current bridge open. Detours are temporary.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
I use this bridge almost daily, as do many who access either Athens Drive High School or the Thomas Crowder Center. It would be hard to close this bridge for a year, especially with the possibility of the closure of the Melbourne Bridge and all the work that will be going on all up and down the beltline in this area.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
A is better. Less impact. Cheaper.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
It keeps the existing bridges from being closed during construction
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
People can be without a bridge for awhile, instead of people losing their houses FOREVER! In fact there are many types of accelerated bridge building techniques that can limit the lengths of the closure.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
the more you increase road capacity, the more you encourage people to drive, further increasing congestion. This is north carolina not texas. we should not sacrifice our livelihoods to cars.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Of the 2 alternatives, I would choose A, because only 3 houses have to be moved.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
a detour during construction would be preferred over relocating families
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Replacing the bridge to the north adds unnecessary re-alignment and easement acquisition, effecting a significant number or residential properties.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Choose the in place option. Cheaper and causes fewer adverse effects to residents and surrounding neighborhood.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Entire bridge should be replaced now to avoid impact of future replacement of south bound bridge.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Alternative A because it impacts less homes
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Relocation of homes should be kept to a minimum.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Alternative A- relocate as few families as possible
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
While the bridge closing would be inconvenient, losing fewer residential homes is worth it.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
I want a sound wall
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Need to keep Athens Drive open for transportation to the high school and park access.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Alternative A is best, many accidents occur here.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
B seems better, takes fewer homes away from people. Still no good option.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
It's actually A that takes away fewer homes.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
NCDOT Poll:
Alternative A: Replace the existing bridge in place
I Like It
I Don’t Like It
I Don’t Understand
It Is Not Important To Me
Vote to view results
NCDOT Poll:
Alternative B: Replace Bridge to the North
I Like It
I Don’t Like It
I Don't Understand
It Is Not Important To Me
Vote to view results
NCDOT Poll:
Do you have a preference between the Alternatives? If so, why?
I agree that stoplights at the on/off ramps are not needed. Stop sign works just fine onto Melbourne.
Reply Flag 12 Agree9 days ago
Also, I think the stoplights are not needed at the Melbourne on/off ramps (that is never congested), but rather at the Melbourne/Kaplan intersection (often congested).
Reply Flag 12 Agree12 days ago
This comment does not have to do with the alternatives. Deboy St. closure shows up in both plans. I don't think it is necessary to dead-end Deboy St. I do not see why the Deboy St intersection with the off-ramp needs to be closed. It is currently the most convenient way to access Melbourne and 440. Closing it will increase my commute by several minutes daily (it adds up!).
Closing the Deboy-off ramp intersection will add a lot of traffic to Huntingdon, as people maneuver from Deboy over to Melbourne. This includes the 11L GoRaleigh bus which currently comes down Deboy and right onto the Melbourne off ramp. Huntindon is not equipped for that type of traffic (both the bus and other traffic heading for Melbourne). Huntingdon is narrow with no sidewalks and a lot of pedestrians. If the Deboy-off ramp intersection is closed, in my opinion, in a few years Raleigh will be looking at widening Huntingdon, which will be expensive.
Reply Flag 11 Agree12 days ago
This is a NIMBY view. Many people use that entrance to commute to work. Their travel time would be increased by removing the ramps. This issue was raised at an earlier stage of public comment, and those in favor of keeping the exit were about 2/3 of the total. If EVERYONE tried to keep traffic out of their neighborhoods, no one could get anywhere. Philosophers would say that this principle (NIMBY) is not universalizable. It cannot be applied in all situations. Anyone advocating it here is faced with the challenge of showing why their neighborhood is different. Some people, including me, bought a home here because of access to the Beltline. Even those who did not want access to the Beltline knew about the ramps when they bought their home. Changing that now would be like changing the rules in the middle of the game.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Wasn't that 'vote' at a CAC meeting with about 50+ people in attendance? That few people can hardly speak for the greater neighborhood. This online forum is the first truly public vote where everyone has equal access that I'm aware of. (And that's assuming all our elderly neighbors have a computer. Which they don't.)
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Agree with the comment that travel time will increase slightly - I also use the ramps regularly. But early discussions never noted that houses would be taken and that Melbourne and the bridge would be widened to include bike lanes on a small street. Talk about changing rules in the middle of the game - ask the people who will lose part of their lot or their whole house. Hardly comparable to a little inconvenience.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I asked about this at the meeting Tuesday and was told Deboy cannot connect into the Melbourne exit ramp because it does not meet current federal regulation. And federal funds cannot be used on any project that does not meet the current code.

I agree with you that traffic will increase on Huntingdon as well as Melbourne as people maneuver through our small streets to access the ramp. (I can't speak to the bus situation because who knows how the route will get changed.) But the reality is that the only way to keep traffic from cutting through on these two small streets is to remove the ramps. Then cars will naturally flow out on the medium size streets of Deboy, Powell and Kaplan to Western, Gorman & Jones Franklin entrances. In addition, if the ramps are removed, it removes the need to widen Melbourne (which is already proposed) and potentially widening Huntingdon as you suggested could happen. I, along with many of my neighbors, agree removing the ramps is the better option and hope our Huntingdon neighbors see that the benefits outweigh the inconvenience of going a few extra minutes to the other entrances.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Though I am not personally impacted by this issue, I have a lot of sympathy for the folks on DeBoy and Huntingdon. They bought their houses expecting to access the Beltline directly, or not to have that much traffic driving past their homes. While the current arrangement is unusual, and while unusual traffic patterns in general raise the chance of accidents, in this case, the current exit is quite nicely laid out. I suspect that accidents at that intersection are pretty low. The change would impact certain individuals disproportionately to the benefit gained. It seems to me that it is worth asking for a design exception.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Prefer replacing existing bridge in place. Less negative impact to property owners on Melbourne Road. Less expensive. Bridge closure for 9 to 12 months not an important issue since we just went through multiple weeks of closure due to accident damage to the bridge; detour worked just fine. Fewer residential relocations; therefore less disruption to the neighborhood.
Reply Flag 8 Agree22 days ago
I am not sure our neighborhood needs the lights at the on/off ramps. There is so little room between bridge and Kaplan, wouldn't a light back up traffic into Kaplan? Currently during rush hour I do not find it difficult to access the highway or Melbourne. Please provide us with a sidewalk so that we can safely traverse the bridge. Why is Deboy to be closed? Are there accident data for that intersection, or is this a federal road guideline for an off-ramp? Closing it off seriously impacts a whole neighborhood, for a problem that doesn't currently seem to exist. Please provide data to justify. And is that closure why Melbourne is so impacted for a dozen households with widening?
Reply Flag 6 Agree8 days ago
You are going to have to provide a thorough traffic analysis for what reason(s) DOT has to close the intersection of Deboy and Melbourne. I do not currently see or anticipate any increase in congestion with having this intersection remain open after widening.
Reply Flag 6 Agree9 days ago
See comments above about that intersection not meeting current federal code (which now says a road cannot intersect a ramp in the middle). Sadly if the ramps stay, Deboy is definitely getting closed off, per the DOT rep I spoke with. We still have the opportunity to get the ramps removed if enough people send in feedback supporting the closure, which would solve a lot of traffic issues. I was told by another DOT rep that the two options presented here are not set in stone - changes can definitely be made if there is enough support.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Why is Deboy being turned into a dead end? No problem currently seems to exist and the "solution" would likely increase traffic on Huntingdon Drive -- currently a quiet residential street with on-street parking. It would be difficult to navigate city buses on this street and just cause a future headache.

Where are the bike lanes on Melbourne leading to? If they will just end abruptly into the flow of traffic, please remove them from the plan and reduce the space that will be required for the proposed right of way.
Reply Flag 5 Agree5 days ago
Deboy used to be a 'quiet residential street' until people started using it for 440 access. I wish they would just close off this neighborhood altogether.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Closing the access of DeBoy Street to the interchange at the bridge severely limits the access from one side of the beltline to another. Convenience to access from the DeBoy side to the Kaplan side is ESSENTIAL for travel to other areas of the city and to access the parks on both sides of the highway. In addition, a lot of elderly residents on the DeBoy side go to church at Western Boulevard Presbyterian. I have a relative off Avent Ferry whose home I access from DeBoy across the Melbourne bridge. This would impact the amount of time that it takes me to get to his home in the event of an emergency. This comprises the integrity of the neighborhoods on both sides of the bridge!!! NO, NO, NO!!!!
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
See comments above about the DeBoy-Melbourne ramp intersection not meeting current federal code, per the DOT. The only way to leave that open is to remove the ramp. So let's get our neighbors to vote to remove the ramps. It can still happen.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
We survived the closure, we can survive the closure again. Preventing an additional 3 residential relocations is worth the temporary closure and inconvenience.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
People can be without a bridge for awhile, instead of people losing their houses FOREVER! In fact there are many types of accelerated bridge building techniques that can limit the lengths of the closure.
Reply Flag 3 Agree5 days ago
I prefer keeping existing bridge to impact less properties. Also - we don't need the bike lane along Melbourne and that will impact more people doing that . Less impact of people's land and yards is best option . Also - sound walls are vital from Athens Drive to Western. We are so close to the highway already - please put up the walls in front of the lake too ! Those neighbors on Ravenwood already hear too much noise now.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Again, choose the option that takes less houses. Also - Melbourne doesn't need a traffic light and it doesn't need bike lanes. Minimize how much land you will disturb on people's yards up Melbourne. Also - we MUST have sound walls along this neighborhood especially along the lake , Auckland , Melbourne and toward Western. We already hear the beltline now - this is vital!!! Also...when building the new bridge fix the intersection of Kaplan and Melbourne . Currently it gets congested with AB Combs school traffic turning left onto Kaplan from Melbourne. Not wide enough for people wanting to turn right - they have to wait in long line of traffic behind left turning cars on school days .
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
The half-interchange at Melbourne Road does not meet current federal safety standards. NCDOT has indicated that the accident rate on the I-440 at this stretch is already three (3) times greater than average. The distance between the Melbourne Road ramps and the Western Blvd ramps is inadequate to be safely navigated by traffic. The "Code of Ethics" for Professional Engineers stipulates in Section 1 that "Engineers, in the fulfillment of their professional duties, shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public." Why is NCDOT not communicating this Melbourne Road safety issue to the public? Furthermore, Melbourne Road is the only street in an established neighborhood in all of Raleigh which receives high speed I-440 traffic at the exit ramp. This is unreasonable and unsafe. NCDOT should educate the public about the present and future safety issues of the half-interchange at Melbourne Road. Please keep the bridge but eliminate the half-interchange at Melbourne Road. By analogy, if a medication were found to be unsafe, we would not expect our government to endorse its continued usage by citizens.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
The ramps at Melbourne Road add tremendous value to the neighborhood. If the ramps were removed it would negatively affect the appreciation of all of the surrounding properties. My family lives in the neighborhood at least partially due to the convenience offered by those ramps. It was a relief to see that there is not a proposal that includes removal of the ramps.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
Hope the DOT design team / engineers can start using a common sense approach to this segment of the project... the convenience factor of some should never be considered over the impact/disruption of many families lives. Build the new bridge in place and no additional right of way is needed. Go one more step toward proper design and remove the Melbourne access ramps to eliminate the need for traffic lights and traffic calming measures throughout the immediate area. The cost savings to the DOT and city of Raleigh alone should warrant this option ( and yes, the cost savings are always significant and important when you are talking about tax payers dollars).
Reply Flag 3 Agree8 days ago
Why are bike lanes being proposed on Melbourne? This is unnecessary on a small neighborhood road and makes already small lots even smaller. Widening the road to accommodate bike lanes turns a quiet street into a thoroughfare encouraging speeding, which then means the city spends even more money to add traffic calming measures. Leave the street like it is and save the money.
Reply Flag 3 Agree8 days ago
Bike lanes have been proven in many studies to make streets calmer. I'm not saying this to mean that I approve of the proposed project, just as an educational piece.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
Agreed - bike lanes could help calm traffic and I am all for them on larger roads. But in this particular situation, if we close the ramps, traffic will remain calm, we won't need to widen Melbourne to handle the traffic, and 6 homes on this small street wouldn't need to be taken.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
I have lived in this neighborhood since 1993. Forcing neighbors to relocate is too difficult with the lack of affordable housing in Raleigh.
Reply Flag 3 Agree11 days ago
Bicycle lane on Melbourne aren't necessary, we already have sidewalks, maybe the improvement to them should be discussed. No stop lights need, people need to be re-educated to actually STOP and follow traffic rules.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I much prefer Alternative A to alternative B, but also wish the access to Deboy St would remain maintained. I'm sure the inconvenience of driving through the neighborhood streets would deter a lot of traffic, but many of the neighborhood streets are not suitable for handling much of an increase in traffic volume at all. These two alternatives, other than widening I-440, are realistically solutions to problems that do not exist.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I would prefer to have the exit ramp closed altogether. This is the only ramp that falls right into a completely residential area.
We could all easily use the new and improved western blvd. Interchange.
If this is not possible, please replace in existing place. Alternative A. This will save more homes. I have been in this neighborhood for 29 years and hate to see pavement take over homes.
Also, Melbourne rd does NOT need to be widened and bike lanes are NOT necessary. Please save our real estate!
And please do not tear up an existing side walk for another one.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
Fewer residential relocations are better, particularly when it's less expensive to displace fewer people. The inconvenience of the closure is worth it.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
I want a sound wall
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Alternative A, mostly because it affects fewer homes.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Replace the existing Melbourne bridge in place plan.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
I prefer replacing the bridge to the north. The bridge closure would be a major inconvenience to me. I cross that bridge on foot and in car multiple times daily to get to work and get my child to school, as well as other things. Even if you could somehow leave open just a pedestrian bridge while the vehicle bridge is closed, that would mitigate the impact somewhat for me. Currently we walk to school from the neighborhood east of 440 to get to Combs. That will be impossible with the replace bridge in place option.
Reply Flag 2 Agree12 days ago
Get rid of exit ramp
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 days ago
Keep the ramps! The quiet neighborhood streets will become much more busy with having to use them as a cut through from Western Blvd. I don't see a need for bike lanes anywhere in Raleigh. All the money spent on these lanes for a very tiny % of the population that actually uses them. Even around the campus you see very few bikes. Please make a long designated right turn lane at Kaplan and Melbourne.
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
Stop lights are not needed and am ok with either option as long as exit ramps remain. These ramps were a major factor in purchasing our home in this location and to lose them would be a huge detriment. I am glad that both options retain these ramps.
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
Do not like either plan because of the closing of Deboy Street. This will have a negative impact on the access to the community.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
See comments above about the DeBoy-Melbourne intersection not meeting current federal code. Let's vote to close the ramp and keep DeBoy open.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
I prefer alternate A because the alignment has a longer tangent section across the bridge and better sight lines. I don't believe a light will be warranted at the top of the onramp to I-440.

In general I feel that sound walls should be added due to how long this neighborhood has been established.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
I hate for the homes to be impacted, but I can't imagine the bridge being closed for so long and cutting the neighborhood in two. Combs is a magnet and hundreds of families and staff use that bridge to get to school/work. I use it daily to access Western Boulevard. The Avent West neighborhood will be left as an island if yo close this bridge and the Athens Bridge ; with the construction that will be going on at the Western Interchange, I imagine getting out of the neighborhood headed towards Cary will be a nightmare.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
I travel over that bridge daily, to get to work, to church and doing errands. It cuts the neighborhood in two to have it closed for a long period of time.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
of the 2 options, I would choose A as it means fewer people losing their homes, but I can't bring myself to "Like It". I would also agree with the other comments made regarding closing off DeBoy St and the unnecessary stop lights. Turning left onto Kaplan can be a bit difficult, but also not worthy of a stoplight.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Dislike both due to impact on residential areas.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Alternative A to impact less homes. In addition, including stop lights at the ramps is not needed.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
stoplights are not needed at this time. alt A will disrupt fewer families (permanently) but will cause problems with drivers having to travel thru the int of kent rd and western blvd (bottle neck at the light will be terrible) to access 440.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
While I personally use the Melbourne access ramps everyday, I could not agree more that they need to go! Eliminate the need to widen Melbourne Rd, eliminate the approx. 300 yards of bike lane on a road less than 1 mile in total length that will only encourage highway access cut through traffic to travel at increased speeds creating a much more dangerous situation as the road transitions back to the current width, eliminate the need for traffic calming in most of the neighborhood. Neighborhood streets do not need traffic signals and are not designed to handle traffic accessing a 6 lane highway. Replace the bridge in place and deal with far less inconvenience than those that would lose their homes. The overall cost savings should greatly assist in the cost of sound barrier walls on both sides of the highway.
Reply Flag 0 Agree46 minutes ago
Alternative A displaces fewer families and saves money. No stop lights needed at the ramps. This access to the beltline is a critical connection for this neighborhood.
Reply Flag 0 Agree19 hours ago
A few years ago the Cardinal Hills neighborhood in the vicinity of the Melbourne Road interchange and elsewhere was designated as a Special Overlay District. The regulation added certain zoning restrictions in order to maintain the existing character of an older, valued Raleigh neighborhood, something that is becoming more and more endangered in the fast growing Raleigh area. The area, including Melbourne Road is blessed with many 50-year-old homes on beautiful well-established lot with large front lawns and massive trees.
It would seem only logical that the DOT should heed the desires of the Raleigh City Council and all the neighbors that supported the overlay. That would mean permanently affecting Melbourne Road as little as possible.
Given that the beltline has to be widened and the Melbourne Road Bridge has to be replaced, there is only one right option for the bridge – BUID IT IN PLACE. Why spend extra money and condemn more homes just to prevent the temporary inconvenience of a small detour for a few months? The ugly scars of realignment and demolished homes would last for years.
Further more, why is it even necessary to incur the costs of additional sidewalks and bike lanes? The one slightly used existing sidewalk seems ample. This isn’t downtown Raleigh. And who needs a small stretch bike path? The speed limit is only 25 MPH and I rarely see a bike on Melbourne Road anyway.
Save yourself some money and do what’s right– Build the bridge right where it is now, where it has worked well for over 50 years. And drop the new sidewalk and bike path.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Agreed, having stop lights does not seem necessary and given the short distance would frankly cause more traffic problems based on what I see during the morning commute. Yes -- I would also prefer to save houses although this ramp is a vital link in/out of the neighborhood. There is just no good alternative.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Alternative A relocates fewer homes than B.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Leave Deboy open and close the ramps. You can't use Melborne ramps going or coming from the south anyways!
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Both plans call for the closing of Deboy at the beltline which is very bad . There is a very large apartment complex where the majority of the residents on Schaub Drive use this access to get home when coming from the North. Closing Deboy will force these residents to either travel further thru the residential neighborhoods with much narrow streets than Deboy. The only other option is Deboy is closed is forcing all drivers to either turn left or u turn at the intersection of Western Blvd and Deboy which is already congested and has had several accidents.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Again, option A preferred in order to save funding and relocate fewer people. I certainly hope that during construction only ONE bridge will be closed. It would be unfair to have both bridges closed at same time for any length of time.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Please reconsider closing the ramps - this will have the natural effect of calming traffic throughout the neighborhood and would eliminate the need for additional traffic-calming measures on Melbourne, Pineview and other cut-through streets. This would also eliminate the need to widen Melbourne and close off DeBoy. Our small neighborhood streets need to remain neighborhood streets. I recognize the inconvenience as a I use the ramps daily - but the inconvenience for a few is minor compared to the effect of turning the neighborhood into even more of a thoroughfare than it already is and compared to the cost associated with a wider bridge, widening Melbourne Rd, buying parts of lots, buying and taking down homes and adding bike lanes to a road that is less than 3/4 of a mile long.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
This issue is different from the Athens Dr. bridge. Here, moving the bridge would require residential relocations, according to the plan. That is probably a key difference
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I do not like the dead-ending of Deboy Street in both plans. As long as there's an access ramp onto Melbourne, it will shuttle more traffic into this residential area and negatively affect residents, especially along Powell Drive. I HOPE that whichever plan is chosen does not destroy the wooded beauty of this exit. All in all, I find this interchange currently to be the most lovely and pleasant of all. Better to remove the I-440 access ramps altogether and return the area to a park-like and walkable setting. This would reduce all the traffic in the entire area and maybe the bridge widening work could be completed more quickly without the ramp work. I could live with that. And Deboy would remain open, as it wouldn't intersect with a ramp.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Keep the bridge in place to save homes - the inconvenience to others in the neighborhood is immaterial compared to losing your home.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Minimizing disruptions of being able to access I-440 during construction would be a big benefit for many neighborhood residents who commute to RTP in the morning and back in the evening.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
I was born and raised in cities having 5-7 million population, and know what traffic congestion is. Raleigh does not even have 15% of the traffic problem in
comparison, and I like the quiet way it is now, especially where I live on Melbourne the last 10 years. Replace that bridge which is too old, and leave everything
as is. Do not close Deboy St. ramp, and do not cut up the residents nice green yard to widen the road, and oh yes there is no need to install red light. I40 exits
at Melbourne Rd. a total residental area, not like Wade Ave and Western Blvd., or Crabtree or Crossroad which are all commercial areas. What's the purpose to
widen the road and install red light only to attract undesirable characters to explore the area, ended by police cars chasing criminals thru the neighborhood.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Again, the least disruptive, the better. Please do not add lights at the exit - keep the exit in place, use stop signs, do not dead end Deboy Street, as it will cause major issues with safety and congestion on the only other streets where folks can cut through - this will greatly impact the neighborhood for residents, place kids in harm's way where there are no sidewalks and undoubtedly will be speeders trying to find a short cut once Deboy is no longer available
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
no stop lights needed. delroy st doesn't need to be closed. however, i am tired of about getting hit by drivers entering/leaving delroy. just better signage and things are needed because i think people don't understand the intersection as it is right now.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Closing of DeBoy will create traffic headaches on Huntingdon and also at the intersection of Kent and Western Blvd. which can be a nightmare already. Stoplights are not needed at this bridge.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
North Bridge is best option. Must close Deboy!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
NCDoT needs to pay special attention to the timing of intersection closures (especially Melbourne and Western) to minimize and shorten traffic detours. Also, sound barriers will now be a must on both sides of the Melbourne interchange.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
A is better. Less impact. Cheaper
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
I think either alternative could work. We recently lived for about a month with the Melbourne Road bridge closed after damage, so we have learned how to manage a detour. But I think that closing Deboy Street access to Melbourne via the I440 exit would be very detrimental, bringing considerable traffic to Huntington, presently a quiet residential street not equipped to handle so much traffic. I am very much opposed to that part of the proposal. I also agree that a stop light at the end of the exit ramp to Melbourne is unnecessary.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Agreed - closing DeBoy will affect Huntingdon. Since DOT has to close it to meet current federal code, I'd rather see the ramps closed and DeBoy stay open. Which is still a possibility per a DOT rep at the meeting last Tuesday if enough people request it.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
the more you increase road capacity, the more you encourage people to drive, further increasing congestion. This is north carolina not texas. we should not sacrifice our livelihoods to cars.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
a detour during construction would be preferred over relocating families
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Prefer alternative A.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Prefer A
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
MUST HAVE sound walls from Athens Drive to Western. Would also like to see ramp from 440 to Melbourne closed - dangerous intersection when turning onto Deboy with on-coming traffic exiting hwy. I've seen wrong-way drivers trying to get on at that intersection more than once as well. If it stays in place, a stop sign for vehicles exiting 440 would improve safety.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Yes - close the ramp and keep DeBoy open!
Reply Flag 2 Agree4 days ago
NCDOT and Wake County really need to make sure they address schools with their detour plans. This could end up being a nightmare.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
This seldom used bridge can be out of service for several months and affect very few.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
same as with Athens drive bridge - why?
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
I agree a stop light at Melbourne and Kaplan would be useful given the current backups that occur during the morning and afternoon commute. However, if the ramps were closed, this wouldn't be an issue and the small neighborhood streets would be less congested and the City/DOT wouldn't be spending money on lights, traffic calming and widening/adding bike lanes where they aren't needed.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
I agree that stop lights aren't needed at Melbourne but if the ramps were gone I'd likely be driving through your neighborhood to get to/from work every day.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
I changed my mind - start with stop signs on Kaplan at Melbourne and see if it alleviates the congestion. I agree with an earlier comment that a light would cause a bottle-neck in the morning & afternoon. The rest of the day isn't an issue so don't bother with a light.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago

Western Boulevard   

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

 

Full Size High Resolution Western Boulevard Alternative Map  (http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/download/U2719-western-boulevard-2017.pdf)

NCDOT Poll:
Double Crossover Diamond - Also known as a Diverging Diamond Interchange
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Pedestrian access needs to be a higher priority here than it is. At the public meeting, the general message was "Well, we've designed this for cars, and then we put pedestrian accommodations as an afterthought." A pedestrian bridge or tunnel would be the best option here. At the very least there should be no unsignalized pedestrian crossings of high speed ramps.
Reply Flag 14 Agree7 days ago
I'm not going to comment on the merits of this particular project. It may very well solve some SHORT-TERM transportation issues.
Rather I want to raise the question: Is this the best use of our resources?

Not long ago, Blue Ridge Rd. Bike/Ped Improvements from Trinity Rd. to NCMA project did not get funding. A bike/pedestrian friendly project would have a much higher return on investment than the proposed Western Boulevard Diamond Interchange. For example, if there were more and better bike friendly roads, my husband and I could ride our bikes to work. Thus, leaving our cars at home and keeping them from contributing to traffic jams.

The average American city builds the largest roads and parking lots it can possibly fund, maximizing the amount of available space for vehicles, in a noble attempt to reduce traffic and serve its citizens. But the result is that cities become nothing but wide, well-engineered, fast, deadly expanses of concrete. These are terrifying places for walkers and cyclists, which builds still more demand for more cars and more roads. It's a circular problem. I'm sure this double cross over diamond will again be too small in a few years if we keep encouraging driving over alternative transportation methods such as bicycles, walking, public transportation, etc.

I would like to encourage the State and the City of Raleigh to look for and fund projects such as the bike/pedestrian improvements project, and similar projects that will do more to address the long-term well-being of the citizens at a fraction of the cost.
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
I notice you did not list in impacts how long this will take, and how long the interchange might be closed. How many of the roads crossing 440 will be closed at the same time? (Athens, Melbourne, Jones Franklin)
Reply Flag 6 Agree7 days ago
not to mention Hillsboro and Beryl
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
MaryMolly TaylorWould like to add a pedestrian bridge or tunnel to line up with either Garland or Reavis. My neighborhood feels isolated because it's hard to safely get to greenways
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
1) You cannot have a construction bottleneck on Western at the same time you have a construction botlleneck on Hillsboro.
2) If the only thing you did was fix the Western Blvd interchange, it would be worth the total price
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
RogerHendersonI don't know if there is an option with fewer negative impacts, but I'll be glad to see that loop off-ramp go away. I always stay in the left lane on I-440 traveling southbound, just to avoid vehicles slowing to exit to Western Blvd.
Reply Flag 3 Agree8 days ago
Pedestrian access should be improved as this effectively cuts off those living on either side of the beltline. Many local residents without access to cars rely on the Kmart for basic necessities.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
This sounds like a no brainer.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
LOVE THIS!! Drove over one in Utah and it wasn't confusing at all.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
Consider eliminating the Western Blvd interchange entirely ? Or eliminate half of Hillsboro and half of Western
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
Yeah... NOT going to happen.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
the more you increase road capacity, the more you encourage people to drive, further increasing congestion. This is north carolina not texas. we should not sacrifice our livelihoods to cars.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
I like the concept, but this is Western Boulevard which has a high number of bicyclists and pedestrians. This areas is where Cary and NCState and therefore downtown Raleigh connect, especially for bicyclists. It is also a conversion point for the Blue Ridge corridor (which I will not elaborate on). This is an opportunity to enable us folks that want to use our feet and legs to get between longer distances and serve lower income people in the area. So the glaring problem is that in isolation, sure the pedestrian solution in this and the video is great, but how am I supposed to get from one side of the road to the other outside the area of the drawing to get across the bridge? Are there large sidewalks and bike lines available outside the "designed area" here? Either you further isolate communities or people will get killed if that isn't addressed. I have been hit several times walking across intersections on Six Forks because drivers are not used to pedestrians. You have to take the larger system into account here.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
These interchanges are just confusing but it would be better than the current interchange
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
I want a soundwall
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Travel through this area frequently and agree road widening on I-440 is needed; also, merging traffic here often creates a bottleneck so the new ramp arrangement is preferable. Commend you for the low impact plan in this area.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
I don't think the Double Crossover is the most appropriate design for this retro-fit. There are existing constraints in this area and the Double Crossover is unfamiliar pattern to most people in NC, and Raleigh. It seems like it is being squeezed into an area where it barely fits, and I think there will be unforseen problems with this application.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
This makes more sense with the increased traffic volume and a major thoroughfare. Also, I think this redesign will be better suited for the bus corridor on Western
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
Looks as though most of the problems for this interchange have been resolved accept you still incorporated a cross merging traffic pattern with all access to 440 westbound from Western Blvd and the Melbourne Rd off ramp... simple fix would be to eliminate the Melbourne ramp.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
Why hasn't a second option been proposed? Even though longer, safer ramps would be great, the cost of this is insane.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
As an accident victim resulting from congestion caused by the left lane merge at Western Blvd, I welcome any improvement for interstate commuters at that interchange.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
Does the traffic support an investment of $44 Million dollars? I have travelled this route daily for 24 years and it doesn't seem to warrant such disruption and an investment of resources.
Reply Flag 1 Agree11 days ago
I appreciate the fact that the on and off ramps from 440 will be longer and less hazardous and disruptive than the existing ramps, but I think this design will be confusing to drivers. Also two additional stoplights will make driving Western more of a headache. Is there a better design?
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
Check out some information on the Divergin Diamonds interchange. If done correctly, which this one seems to be, they are very efficient.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
You are adding 2 stoplights where there are now no stoplights. How will this affect traffic on western blvd? Currently traffic is not an issue here but will be with these stoplights.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 hours ago
I second all the comments regarding the waste of money involved...pedestrian safety and bike safety plus some improvements to public transportation are the only hope for fewer traffic problems.
Reply Flag 0 Agree16 hours ago
This plan doesn't change the problem of the same ramp being used to get on at Western (headed towards Cary) and getting off at Melbourne. It just makes it one long ramp. Still an issue because people are cutting in front of each other to either get on or off the highway. I like the idea of taking out the Melbourne ramp. That is monumentally safer.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Not clear to me if there is any other viable alternative (I am aware that there may not be). I am familiar with these double crossover interchanges and they do work but become yet another stop-and-go interchange. What we have now at least allows for a free flow of traffic on/off the beltline. Is there not an alternative that does not add yet _another_ stop-and-wait-for-the-light commute? I'm personally getting tired of stopping every 100 yards for the next stop light.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Two more traffic lights for Double Crossover Diamond? NCDOT, you can come up with a better solution than that.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
seems too complex and costly. would like for DOT to explore other, less expensive options that would be less impactful to pedestrians & the stream
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
This plans seems like a lot of cost to fix one awkward interchange. I don't see the value here.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
In general, I'm a strong advocate of diverging diamonds. When they finally put one in at the Beltline and Wake Forest, it will help traffic flow a lot. Here, though, I think that the benefit needs to be offset against the extra traffic light on Western Blvd. In recent years, the number of traffic lights on this road has just gone up and up. There is a new one at Varsity, a new one at Clanton, and most egregiously, a new one where the grade separation was removed at Hillsborough. Unlike the other traffic signals, signals at a diverging diamond cannot easily be interfaced to other signals, because of the fact that the light always needs to be red for one direction on the main road. At times of light traffic, drivers on Western might still need to stop at two extra lights. Free flow of traffic is important. In most places, a diverging diamonds helps that. Here it doesn't.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I really like this upgrade and think it's greatly needed. It should also encourage more traffic on Western to compensate for less on Hillsborough.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
the adverse impacts clearly outweighs the benefits in the chart provided - as a resident in immediate vicinity of this area, I do not see how this will improve my life or others in our neighborhood -
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
We should not be investing this much money in an intersection that seems to function just fine. Auto growth is not going to be on the same pace over the next 20, 30, or 40 years - due to self drive. Its a real thing. Why is the State investing in this type of over-engineered infrastructure when VMTs do not continue to increase? Safety should be prioritized and invested in with what we have, not tear down and rebuild at this kind of scale.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Left onramp to the inner beltline is dangerous and needs to go
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Recently drove through one of these and it was very confusing. Why does there need to be pedestrian and bike lanes? I've never seen a bike rider on Western Blvd. in this area in the many years I've lived here.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
This will eliminate the two current, difficult and dangerous merges: Southbound I-440 onto eastbound Western Blvd; and westbound Western Blvd. onto southbound I-440. It will also hopefully eliminate the southeastern quadrant, cloverleaf trash pond.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Designing infrastructure for walking, busing and biking is a great way for planners to incourage equality. This design says, "Buy a car if you want to actually be able to live here".
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Poor pedestrian walkway planning on N. side of Western through crossover diamonds. Existing bike path / sidewalk on S. side of Western is lost.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
please don't remove the western blvd path; i use it to commute
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Way more complicated than necessary.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
My only concern is the high cost and use of resources. This whole project is a significant amount of resources and does nothing to reduce the carbon footprint or advance public transport to reduce the number of cars on the road vs accommodate the increase of cars on the road.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Unlike the Hillsborough/Wade area, it appears NCDOT got this one right.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Overall, I like this design, but would prefer the addition of a multi-use path on the eastbound side of Western Blvd. The path on the other side is commonly used, yet requires crossing Western in several locations, which is not very safe or convenient.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Negatives of environmental impact outweigh the advantages
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Is it really worth this much $??
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Is there really enough pedestrian and bicycle traffic here to justify the work? It looks quite expensive and has significant environmental impact.Is the current situation really $43.9 million broken?
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Clearly something needs done because that horrible merge to get on heading south towards Cary from west bound Western Blvd is a tragedy waiting to happen. But I'm not sure about this option. Would like the public to get a 2nd option because you know one is out there. Also - even though this presents a safer option than we presently have - it's still too close to the Melbourne exit. Yes, it would be an inconvenience for some, but I'd still like to see the ramps at Melbourne get closed. It's all of 2-3 miles to get to other on-ramps.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
This section of I-440 (heading from Raleigh to Cary) has always been the scariest part of the freeway. People entering from the left and exiting to the right is always congested and always a cluster. When you're doing regular speed and need to slam on your brakes, something is wrong with the planning, not the driving. Fix this interchange at any cost, please!!
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
I am a 78 year old graduate of Meredith College, class of 1960. Whoever came up with this idea apparently has no knowledge of North Carolina, Raleigh. Also apparently, they have no appreciation for the education of women. Meredith has a sterling nationwide reputation for the education of state and national leaders in every field. Why reduce the attractiveness and the value of an institution that has had such a profound impact on society at every level. Meredith is a landmark in a great southern city. Do the planners of this highway have no sense of civic pride? Get rid of the cars, not an august institution. Harriet Marquis, Ph.D., LCSW
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Current intersection needs to be replaced, but I'm not sure how this will improve traffic flow. From WB Western Blvd to WB I-440 new interchange requires at least 1 stoplight, whereas current configuration allows "free" flowing traffic.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Love it. Great innovative design.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
That is a dangerous way to get on. I am surprised we have not heard of people being killed there.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
I would really like to see the much larger easements like B, C and D be filled with our iconic Oak and Pine trees. Also, Is there a reason that the diamonds the split section of Western is so wide? I have seen DD patterns where the roads are much closer together. Why is this?
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
Option for more traditional intersection design? Less expensive??
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
This has been a nightmare intersection for decades. Would like to see another option with even safer ramps.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago

Ligon Street   

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. 

Full Size High Resolution Ligon Street Alternatives Map  (http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/download/U2719-ligon-street-2017.pdf)

NCDOT Poll:
Alternative A: Extend the one-lane traffic culvert enough to accommodate widened I-440 above
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NCDOT Poll:
Alternative B: New Bridge south of existing culvert
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NCDOT Poll:
Alternative C - New Bridge north of existing culvert
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NCDOT Poll:
Do you have a preference between the Alternatives? If so, why?
The one lane tunnel under 440 at Ligon encounters very little vehicle traffic, as most vehicles either take Hillsborough, Western or Beryl to their eastern or western destination. NCSU does not have a need for a bus route on Ligon to the surplus warehouse. As a biker, I appreciate Ligon St's low vehicular traffic, and it serves as the most Bike/Ped friendly route heading towards NCSU from any location between Western and Hillsborough st. Save the money for better safety improvements where there is a higher pedestrian/vehicle interaction.
Reply Flag 10 Agree8 days ago
Closing the Lignon St. culvert the same time as closing Beryl Rd. (for widening) would be a disaster for bike commuters. If both of these project have to occur, I would prefer having the projects staggered so bikers have at least one option to get around.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
I understand the connectivity, but could this culvert be closed? And has a traffic study been done? Spend as little as possible on a road that is barely used.
Reply Flag 3 Agree8 days ago
This tunnel receives very little traffic. Why spend an extra $10million for a bridge to nowhere?
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
This replacement being a bridge is critical to safe bike and pedestrian connections in this part of the city. I would support either B or C.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
As someone who bikes between NCSU campus and the Horticulture Field Lab on the west side of the tunnel several times daily, any disruption of the tunnel would significantly raise my daily commute time (potentially several hours). It would make it impossible for me to be able to meet my research, teaching, and class commitments that are scheduled on campus and at the horticultural field lab. I know many others who are in a similar situation. Many students, staff, and faculty alike would be negatively impacted by any disruption to the tunnel. As many have said, the tunnel has little traffic. Only people who need to use the tunnel typically do. Please do not disrupt the tunnel.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeyesterday
This culvert is out of date and unnecessary
This ia a huge waste of money, time, and energy
It does not serve its original purpose any longer
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
There is very little vehicular traffic through the existing culvert, but it remains a very preferable and safe cycling route. Adding a bridge would encourage vehicular travel, taking away another safe alternative between Blue Ridge Rd and Sullivan St, where the Greenway picks up.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Alternative A has the least negative impact to people, research and the environment. Alternative C is especially unattractive as it displaces 10 residences.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
This should be a least cost option since it services few.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
I dont like anything that is displacing homes and businesses. Work w City to (get off the dime ) and connect Ligon to blue ridge and build the overpass in the culvert footprint.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
The impact to residents and NCSU are minimized. If one of the other options was selected, where are these residents going to be able to relocate with a similar investment?
Reply Flag 1 Agree11 days ago
Spend as little as possible on this barely used road.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 hours ago
just read through some comments. I think we SHOULD eliminate the Hillsborough street exit completely. you are tryin t to improve an interchange that shouldnt be there in the first place.

By making the interchange on HIllsborough street "better", you are in effect increasing exponentially the traffic on HIllsborough street during fairs, games and concerts. You will then need to widen hillsborough street from the exit to Blue Ridge. Where does this folly end?

Improve the Blue Ridge Road exit so that it can better handle the fair and concert traffic. Promote the Edwards Mill Rd exit as a viable alternative.

CLose the Hillsborough Street exit, period.

For those planning to get on Hillsborough street to get to Meredith and NCSU, they can take Faircloth.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 hours ago
I think this should be left as is.
Reply Flag 0 Agree18 hours ago
Alternative B is better - the plan will not affect DearStyne Research facilities. I hope that 440 project will not affect the function of DearStyne. This is the only Avian BSL2 Research facility available to the Poultry Science researchers at NC State University.
I am concerned about the proposed closer of the tunnel under 440 leading to the DearStyne Labs for one year. However, I support the request to have the proposed 2-lane bridge over 440 to be completed before closing the tunnel.
Reply Flag 0 Agree22 hours ago
All three options have a terrible impact on the areas that are currently visually pleasing. There are changes being made to slow traffic along Hillsborough Street - why make a major interchange there? We need to encourage traffic to flow down Western Blvd. Traveling on Wade Avenue is already heavy, and most drivers don't obey the 35 mph speed limit. These two areas are our neighborhoods. There are VERY FEW affordable places ITB where my teenagers can hang out. The huge impact these options have on the club will take this away! Sorry, but if this was impacting RCC or CCC, I doubt it would happen!
Reply Flag 0 Agree23 hours ago
Less impact to the cemetery.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Ditch this traffic culvert. Large trucks can't get thru it anyways. Use either Western or Beryl Road to access Ligon road.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Whatever the final decision, please add a sound barrier on 440. It is already extremely loud on the roads that back up to this highway.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
The big issue is that this crossing be maintained, as a way to cross the Beltline safely by bike. That said, the long-term best approach seems to be Alternative B, because it is the straightest route with the least ups and downs. I suspect it is likely to be safest, though with the traffic volume at this crossing, any alternative is likely to be acceptably safe. The residential relocations with Alternative C is a definite downside.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Alternate C, least impact on NC State
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Does traffic warrant this kind of investment here? I do not believe there is very much traffic here.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
No preference
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
No preference they all are damaging and lack thought.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
I prefer the bridge south. A curved bridge is too elaborate for such a small crossover. The north bridge would also be harder to upgraded in the future.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
No.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Build a I440 bridge over Ligon Street.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Alternative C. Allows for future growth/plans while preserving the cemetery and has less impact on the surrounding residents and businesses
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
of the 3 I'd choose Alternative A
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Completely disagree with the feedback, Option 3 is the way to go. I would much rather take my chances getting into Raleigh from the Blue Ridge corridor on a bike taking this route then trying to cross at Western. In fact, this solves the interconnectedness and road crossing problems for pedestrians and cyclists introduced with that inverted diamond approach. Option C solves the problems for those of not in cars getting cross town coming off the greenways and parks along Blur Ridge corridor. Although, I will miss the thrill of driving through my secret passageway that currently exists!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Either B or C
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
back to the drawing board, please.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
The option that takes the least number of homes is the right one, even if others are inconvenienced for a little while.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
The proposal to take nearly 17 acres from Meredith College will grievously harm the quality of life on the campus, which the state has recognized as a Designated Historic Landscape. The land in question is the most important section of the campus for future building and facilities, so this plan grievously damages long-planned prospects for growth and expansion. In addition, a major element of the Meredith experience is the beauty and quiet of a campus that allows students to live and work in a calm and aesthetically pleasing environment. Thus the plan deals Meredith a double blow: the material impact of losing land for future development AND the recruiting impact of replacing a signature feature of the campus—its well-recognized historic and aesthetic appeal—with the noise and disruption of a major urban interchange.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
It is very hard to tell from the online maps but Alternative A seems to have the least impact to surrounding property. Whatever you do, please add a noise barrier along 440 on the Method Rd side. it is already way too loud!
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
I want a sound wall
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
it's not important to me
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago

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.

NCDOT Poll:
Alternative A - One Flyover

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

Full Size High Resolution *One Flyover* Alternative Map ( http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/download/U2719-hillsborough-wade-flyover-2017.pdf )

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NCDOT Poll:
Alternative B - Two Flyovers

One of the most effective for traffic operations.

This Alternative has similar Impacts to other Alternatives

Full Size High Resolution One Flyover Alternative Map (http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/download/U2719-hillsborough-wade-two-flyovers-2017.pdf)

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NCDOT Poll:
Alternative C – Slight Detour

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

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http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/download/U2719-hillsborough-wade-slight-detour-2017.pdf )

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NCDOT Poll:
If you had to choose one of the three options for the Hillsborough-Wade Interchange, which would it be?
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NCDOT Poll:
If you have a preference or other comment regarding this interchange, please share
All options have too great an impact on Meredith College and the University Club. Future growth of the College will be severely thwarted.
Reply Flag 77 Agree7 days ago
Agree, please go back and rethink the plan.
Reply Flag 0 Agree46 minutes ago
All three options have far too great an impact on Meredith College. The State needs to seriously reevaluate the thought of taking property from a PRIVATE HISTORIC college, that is already landlocked without opportunity to grow beyond the current grounds.
Reply Flag 67 Agree7 days ago
I would like to see an alternative that did not negatively impact the University Club and Meredith College so much. There has to be a better way.
Reply Flag 48 Agree7 days ago
Another vote for eliminating the Hillsborough St exit entirely. You've already destroyed its use as a through street into town with the one lane traffic and circles everywhere. If it doesn't want to be used as a major road, don't bother dumping 440 onto it.
Reply Flag 35 Agree7 days ago
agree x 100
Reply Flag 11 Agree7 days ago
COMPLETELY AGREE!
Reply Flag 9 Agree5 days ago
Absolutely!
Reply Flag 6 Agree5 days ago
Certainly agree and posted a more complete argument for it. Did DOT ever consider this alternative and do a complete study of it.
Reply Flag 2 Agreeyesterday
Agree- Hillsborough Street is undergoing construction non-stop that already makes traffic horrible!
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
Agree -Hillsborough St is a nightmare now
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 hours ago
The impact to the University Club (a major pull to recruit top faculty) and Meredith College are too great. Do the traffic studies show an increase in vehicular traffic in 10 years? There must be a better alternative.
Reply Flag 35 Agree11 days ago
As a student at Meredith college and resident of the on campus apartment, The Oaks. I feel like this is a horrible idea. the campus of Meredith College is absolutely beautiful and not to say a HISTORIC, private, all-women university. This is a HUGE, terrible plan and should be re-advised and Meredith College, students, and staff should not have to see our small, beautiful campus demolished in some places just because of "bad traffic". Raleigh has grown rapidly over the years and will increase to do so but there is another way to do this. You will have some VERY mad women and other supporters of Meredith College if this decision is not changed. As I lay here in my bed, on campus at The Oaks. I can hear the traffic, loud exhaust pipes on trucks, and emergency vehicles passing by like it is right beside my window already. This is not right, and together WE WILL FIGHT!!
Reply Flag 33 Agree7 days ago
I am a member of the NCSU University Club. The impact to the University Club is far to great. The University Club is used by Raleigh families for multiple purposes; children's camps,civic meetings, weddings, tennis, swimming, exercise programs, and golf. The possible loss of this club due to this expansion will greatly impact the city. Loss of over 100 jobs, as well as a vital
recreation center for so many families. In order to save the UC Club we must be compensated fairly for the millions of dollars we have invested in our facility. Raleigh has national recognition for it's green-ways and recreation. Taking away such an active, affordable, recreational club inside the beltline is not moving Raleigh in the direction we are recognized for and support.
Reply Flag 31 Agree8 days ago
None of these three alternatives is appealing. Too much intrusion is involved for Meredith College and for the University Club. Let's go back to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 29 Agree7 days ago
Each option encroaches on the Meredith campus. The college needs their land to expand. Commuting and driving may be important but not more so than education and the rights of a private institution to fulfill its mission to its students and the community.
Reply Flag 25 Agree7 days ago
I teach at Meredith, and the proposed plan impedes the college's plans to expand. As a women's college, Meredith is now as relevant as ever. Listen to the news for gender imbalance and the rhetoric surrounding this issue. Yet you want to reduce its land and ability to grow?
Reply Flag 24 Agree7 days ago
As an alumna of Meredith College I ask that you find another solution to address this issue. Meredith has given a wonderful gift to Raleigh already by allowing access for the greenway to pass through campus. Many gifts have been given to ensure that Meredith continues to grow and prosper and this road expansion would greatly counteract those donations.
Reply Flag 24 Agree7 days ago
None of the alternatives are acceptable. There is no need to decimate the University Club and severely damage Meredith College. NCDOT has the ability to improve the design of the Wade Avenue/Hillsborough St interchange, and you all need to get back to work to figure out a solution that works within the existing right of way and eliminates the need to acquire 32 - 35 acres from the U club and Meredith. These are both invaluable resources to the community. Using a diverging diamond at Wade and eliminating the access roads running parallel to I-440 should be your priority. If need be, close the interchange at Hillsborough Street. Between Wade Avenue and Western Blvd, there is ample access to the area. When you factor in the existing Interstate 40 exit at Hwy 54 and the Blue Ridge Road and Edwards Mill Roads interchanges along Wade Avenue, there really is no need for a third congested interchange on Hillsborough.
Reply Flag 22 Agree7 days ago
As a current resident of Meredith College and someone who uses the belt line many times a week I understand the need for improvements to the road. But the amount of land that this would take from the college that is already surrounded by roads on all sides is extremely concerning and upsetting. Meredith is already one of the smallest college campuses and we need the room to continue to expand and improve. Not only does this plan cut down on the amount of land the college has it also means precious parts of the campus' history and traditions would be taken away forever. It would also disrupt the privacy of students living on that side of campus. Our enrollment grows almost every year, and the campus simply cannot be downsized the amount currently proposed. I plead with the DOT to create a new plan that is not so detrimental to the college.
Reply Flag 22 Agree7 days ago
The problem is because the proposed design is treating this as if it's way out in the countryside because there's open land here on Meredith's campus and by the University Club. That gives the false impression that the amount of land this design uses is less important, and results in a right-of-way over 800' wide between Meredith and the University Club. The problem is, this ISN'T way out in the country. Open land in the middle of a city like Raleigh is a precious commodity. This should be treated like an urban location that is hemmed in by development on all sides.

To minimize the footprint between Meredith and University Club. For an example of how to do this correctly, Look at this example in Chesapeake, Virginia, where they have used retaining walls and viaducts with straddle bents to braid the ramps in a very tight corridor not more than 300 feet wide. This is with nearly the exact same ramp and lane configuration as is proposed here. https://goo.gl/maps/P9dUe87LT5k

Probably SOME new land will have to be used in order to build this. But there is no need to take up anywhere near so much land through there as is proposed. Please go back to the drawing board. And reference this while doing so: https://goo.gl/maps/P9dUe87LT5k
Reply Flag 21 Agree7 days ago
Agree!!!
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
When I look at these plans I wonder if the NC DOT has been in any communication with the City of Raleigh. Raleigh has always been "a city within a park" and these plans show a huge amount of paving over of green space for nothing more than on/off ramps. It looks like the 4-6 lanes widening could be done with minimal impact, but the interchange plans are disastrous to both Meredith College and the NCSU Club. Why these huge loops for Hillsborough St - a street that has been undergoing construction for 5 years to NARROW it so it is no longer a thoroughfare? And then Wade Ave, which is bearing the brunt of the huge increase in housing downtown, gets an extra stoplight? This section of the plan looks very counter to the vision that Raleigh has for itself.
It's time to show some creative design and smart engineering that NCSU is so rightly known for!
Reply Flag 21 Agree7 days ago
Yes!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
As a Meredith College Alumna, I believe this new route would not allow the college to expand and grow (as it has been ever since it opened). Not only would it affect the noise and beauty of the campus, but it would mean that when MC grows, new buildings would have to be away from this main campus. Meredith is known for its secure, gated community and has been a real home to so many women. The highway changes would take away commuter parking and not allow room for growth.
Reply Flag 20 Agree7 days ago
As a MEREDITH College graduate and a Raleigh resident for 35 years, I agree that I440 needs improving however I stand with the college in opposing any plans that encroach upon our historic campus and challenge our plans for growth.
Reply Flag 19 Agree7 days ago
Go back to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 19 Agree7 days ago
All three options take too much from Meredith College and NC State. The greenway and the Art Museum will also be adversely impacted. You are ruining a perfectly lovely area that is a huge asset to Raleigh.
Reply Flag 18 Agree7 days ago
As a life long resident of Raleigh I oppose this plan and its impact to The University Club, NC State's golf facility, and Meredith's campus!
Reply Flag 18 Agree7 days ago
Beth WeaverI am very concerned about the impact to the University Club. I beg you to find another solution that will not rape our landscape. The club serves not only the members but the community...serving as a much needed meeting site for an abundance of community and civic groups.
Reply Flag 17 Agree7 days ago
and I gotta say, prioritizing event traffic over daily use of U Club and Meredith sets my teeth on edge
Reply Flag 16 Agree7 days ago
Why is such a high burden for this interchange placed on Meredith College and the University Club? In all 3 alternatives, Meredith College will lose a substantial portion of its campus which will have a negative impact its future. Is the NCDOT ready to negatively impact the future of a private college? Please, please request options that do not take property needlessly.
Reply Flag 15 Agree7 days ago
As an NCSU faculty member the University Club is the only affordable place for my family to swim and play tennis. I grew up with a similar club and I hoped for the same for my kids. This will be a large negative impact on the hundreds of members of the club.
Reply Flag 14 Agree7 days ago
I am a Meredith College graduate, and I still travel this road at times on the way to and from work. I understand that updates need to be made but the solution is not to take land from Meredith. The college continues to grow every year and is already surrounded by roads. Taking this land from Meredith would hurt the college, and that is a shame since Meredith had been such an asset to the community. I ask that the DOT find another way to improve 440.
Reply Flag 14 Agree7 days ago
What an embarrassing effort by NCDOT. The three alternatives are ridiculous and wipe out a large portion of Meredith College and completely destroy the University Club, which is not a "country club", but a landmark West Raleigh institution and a low-priced community resource open to the public for weddings, banquets, associations, graduations, meetings, et al.
Reply Flag 12 Agree5 days ago
All three plans are detrimental for Meredith College and the University Club. Additional alternatives should be proposed that lessen the impact to these valuable assets to Raleigh community.
Reply Flag 12 Agree7 days ago
I am a graduate of Meredith College (BS and MBA) and the mother of a member of the class of 2021 moving onto campus in 10 days. I grew up in Raleigh and have seen first hand how much Meredith has grown since I graduated in 1992 and again in 1997. It has been wonderful to spend time on our beautiful campus and to see the new buildings and improvements. The new buildings are needed because the number of students attending Meredith has continued to grow over the years .This includes the grad school programs which are also open to male students, adult learners, and commuters. Spend some time on campus and see for yourselves just how much the community is a part of our school and campus, especially with the addition of the greenway connection. Meredith needs all of the current land to continue to grow according to the plans already set for the college. PLEASE reconsider all three of YOUR plans and look for a new way to improve 440 without taking 1/5 of the college campus. It will negatively change the direction of Meredith forever. It will stop the growth that has continued over the last 25 years and plans for other buildings for more programs will end. The beauty and history of our campus along with wonderful programs and faculty members attracts students from all over the world. Your plans will change a big part of what our campus offers now- history, beauty,community, and room to grow for future Meredith students. I travel this section of the beltline almost daily to commute to my office, so I know the challenges and traffic issues involved, but please find another way to improve thos issues with 440 without taking 1/5 of Meredith College's campus!
Reply Flag 12 Agree7 days ago
Highway expansion is needed, but hindering the growth of Meredith College does not serve the students or citizens of Raleigh.
Reply Flag 12 Agree7 days ago
My name is Ashley Walker and I am one of 900+ families that attend the NCSU club. As a UNC graduate, I admit that this venue has won my heart. My children swim on the swim team (top 1-2 in the county), I play tennis, and we've used the facilities for events including my grandfather's funeral gathering. This club serves almost 1000 west raleigh families, and is a community and Raleigh resource. The current plans severely encroach on the footprint, eliminating all parking, golf, and essential could completely derail the continuation of this wonderful resource. Of particular concern is the proximity of the right of way to the club's pool, and the potential impact on both pollution and safety of the children swimming. What will prevent a distracted driver from potentially running into the pool? Would/could the proximity of a pool lend itself to this risk? I hope the safety of the children will be considered priority in contingency plans regarding the Hillsborough/Wade section of the plan. I hope that the DOT can consider alternate plans that will not take so much existing land from the club.

Sincerely,
Ashley Walker and family
Reply Flag 12 Agree7 days ago
Bill mccreaPLease consider eliminating the Hillsborough St. Exit. IT would solve many problems for the Uclub and Meredith College.
Reply Flag 12 Agree7 days ago
All of the alternatives would compromise (and likely make impossible) the use of the NC State University Club, of which I am a member. As currently designed, I believe the encroachments into the property will kill its functional use. I play tennis there three times a week for my health. If all of those courts are compromised and the state isn't willing to fund replacement, I will be forced to cancel my membership and I have it on good authority that many other members will too. No other property impacted by the expansion will be pushed out of existence by the 440 expansion, and you have to consider the job loss that will occur as a result. I understand the road must be widened to accommodate future growth, but there has to be a better way. Even partial relief would keep open the possibility of the club remaining viable.
Reply Flag 11 Agree9 days ago
As a Raleigh native and a Meredith College graduate, I have seen our small city grow. As a Mom of a student driver, I of course want safer roads and less congestion but I do not believe Raleigh's growth should come at the expense of Meredith College. Meredith College has been a great friend to the area and has support many important races and causes over the years. Meredith should not be negatively impacted due to Raleigh's growth when the college itself is still growing. Most of the comments here are from NC State and Meredith college ... both colleges have passionate staff and alumni ... I think reevaluating your plans and not impacting Meredith College or the NC State University club would be a step in the right direction.
Reply Flag 10 Agree7 days ago
As a fourth generation Meredith College graduate, I strongly oppose changes to 440 that will take any portion of Meredith College's land. I also oppose any changes that will cause noise, light, and exhaust pollution to the campus. I urge all stakeholders to review the environmental impact to the campus and seek alternate routes that will not impede the college's planned growth for indefinite duration.
There should be no assumptions that we women will be submissive in response to this indirect disregard to highly-ranked higher education. We are a worldwide community of strong, successful, determined women. If we lose even a small portion of our campus due to lost land or the damaging effects of having a freeway looming over our beautiful, learning-rich environment, our campus and ability to grow will suffer significantly.
I stand by the comments made by our current president and Meredith Alumna, Jo Allen.

Reply Flag 10 Agree7 days ago
I am a Meredith College alum who used 440 and Wade Avenue regularly when I commute to work, go shopping, and go to doctor's appointments. I think there is room for improvement, but taking part of Meredith's campus and grounds is NOT a feasible, necessary, or prudent course of action. Please consider alternatives!
Reply Flag 10 Agree7 days ago
I am stunned that no alternatives really look at potential improvements on the east side of the intersection. It almost looks like there was a deliberate attempt to avoid impacting the State Museum property and the pedestrian bridge, to the expense of the University Club and Meredith College. I have no attachment to either of those organizations and I actually frequent the museum property on occasion, but this looks like burden for this intersection was focused on two parties.

One glaring example of this bias is the offramp from outer 440 to west Wade Avenue. In one of the alternatives the offramp is in the approximate existing location. In the other two alternatives THE OFFRAMP ACTUALLY MOVES FURTHER AWAY FROM THE MUSEUM PROPERTY! Just think about that for a second and ask yourself how often an interstate road widening project requires less land across any part of the frontage?

If the offramp was shifted on to the museum property maybe you could make the west Wade to South 440 movement with a circular onramp, shifting one of the lanes out of the University Club property? What if you pushed a circular ramp on flyover D to the east to give more merging distance to the Hillsborough connector so that it didn't have to swing so far into the Meredith property? Why not start with a conventional cloverleaf design and then use bridges and elongated lanes as necessary to address weaving?

Could the area between Wade and Hillsborough be made more efficient in any way by impacting the museum property or the pedestrian bridge? If the answer is yes then the NCDOT should provide that alternative for consideration. If the answer is no that option should still be available for public consideration. You can't compromise the largest part of a potentially $485 Million project because you're protecting a pedestrian bridge.


Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
Takes too much property away from education institutions, the University Club of NCSU and a significant portion of Meredith College's campus. Please return to the drawing board and find a way a mitigate detrimental property acquisition along the route.
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
Meredith College is continually growing and expanding. Any obstruction to the campus will impact all prospective students, current students, faculty, staff and those who still contribute to the college. Meredith has stood strong for over 126 years and will continue to thrive. Nothing should stand in the way of that!
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
I attend meredith college and I would hate to see campus taken by a road. This is a beautiful school where young girls are made into strong women. It has shaped so many girls and in order for it to shape more, they will need to grow the campus. Taking part of the campus for this road will prevent meredith from growing more and helping shape more woman in our community. Meredith is a wonderful place that has a rich history. I really hope there is another option besides taking a chunk of our beautiful campus.
Reply Flag 8 Agree7 days ago
The impact on Meredith and the University Club are totally unacceptable
Reply Flag 7 Agree5 days ago
What if you make all Hillsborough St. traffic get to it from Blue Ridge Road from Wade or Western and just improve Blue Ridge (burying or raising the railroad tracks) into a thoroughfare/boulevard with service roads for the fairgrounds and vet school and then close the Hillsborough exit entirely and just widen 440? The taking of property from the U-Club and Meredith would then be relatively minimal. It would fit with Raleigh's bike plan as well.
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
It seems as though the real decision is how much land is taken from the University Club vs. Meredith. Given that the U-Club **could** have access to the vet school property and other adjacent land in some sort of land swap among state agencies while Meredith is landlocked, it would be more fair to take the U-club land and help them build tennis courts and parking on the other side near the vet school. If you take the land from Meredith, they just have less without really any alternatives.
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
All 3 designs have immediate impact to the University Club. It would be devastating!
Reply Flag 5 Agree6 days ago
You need to evaluate a fourth alternative that does not make these changes, and offer that choice as Alternative D. You have forced everyone to choose one of the three bad alternatives or choose "it does not matter." That is too narrow and so your survey results are not going to reflect actual public opinions.
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
As a current student of Meredith College, I oppose this plan. I understand that the roads need improvements but I do not agree that taking land from our school to expand the road is the best thing to be done. By taking land from our school, it takes away from our educational value.
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
Meredith College is my home... and every last bit of it holds a very special place in my heart. This project should not interfere with Meredith's campus
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
I am a Meredith College graduate (Class of '72) and basically grew up on that campus, attending every special event, even as a child, to which my mother (Class of [41) would take me. I fell in love with the campus, the people, the life there and, when about the graduate from high school, did not apply to any other college. The campus was a real home for four years. Later, living in the area (Chapel Hill & Durham), I often drove to Raleigh for work, for lunch, for events, to meet up with friends... and the Meredith College campus always loomed up in front of me as a beacon drawing me to Raleigh and, again, home! Please do NOT destroy this amazing campus which has meant so much to my family and to me over almost all the years of its existence, as so many of the women in my family, including my sister (Class of '85), cousins, and aunts, gong back to the beginning, graduated from there. I am SURE the NC Transportation Department can find a better way to fix the highway problem without taking so much Meredith campus land!
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
As a graduate of Meredith College and a citizen who uses I-440 regularly, I oppose the current plans to expand the I-440 belt line. The current plan will have detrimental impacts to this beautiful campus and would restrict Meredith’s own plans to grow. The current plan would take from the 126-year-old women’s college approximately one-fifth of its land. Many women have looked at Meredith as home for the four years they were there and it will always be home long after. I would ask the NC DOT to please come up with a different plan that will not affect our historic college campus.
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
As a recent Meredith College graduate with a younger sister who also just started her journey at MC, I agree with improving I-440, but disagree with the solution of taking a fifth of Meredith's campus to do so. One of the reasons my sister and I chose to attend Meredith was due to it's beautiful landscape and location in Raleigh. MC is already a small community that is continuously growing and I could only imagine the impact this will have on MC's alumna, faculty, and current/future students. I hope the NCDOT will explore options that do not intrude on Meredith's campus!
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
As a student of Meredith College O beg you not to take any of the land from us. The proposed projects would take about if a fifth of the land away from Meredith. Meredith has been such an important part of Raleigh for 126 years, to take this away from our school would be a huge loss for all the students who currently attend Meredith and future Meredith students.
Reply Flag 7 Agree7 days ago
RogerHendersonI have friends who belong to University Club and I play tennis there several times per year. I feel bad for them; the tennis and parking will be obliterated and because the land is owned by the State, it's my understanding there is little compensation offered. They just built a beautiful new out-building between the tennis and pool; it'll remain. I think the problem is that Hillsborough St, Wade Ave and Western Blvd are too close; perhaps an alternative that improves I-440/Wade and I-440/Western but without direct access to/from I-440 and Hillsborough St.
Reply Flag 7 Agree8 days ago
I take issue with 2 flyover design. It keeps only 1 lane on the ramp from the Beltline onto West Wade Avenue going towards RTP, and adds an additional merge onto that lane. The traffic gets way too bad here to keep one lane on the ramp AND add an additional merge onto it from the flyover ramp.

Can we not figure out a way to keep this narrower between the two exits to minimize the impacts to Merideth and NCSU Club? This seems overengineered and unnecessarily wide.
Reply Flag 7 Agree8 days ago
These plans will negatively impact two beautiful facilities that have served many Raleigh residents. You are talking about paving over little pieces of paradise.
Reply Flag 6 Agree6 days ago
Put the money for these projects into lightrail services. Widening the road is only encouraging more driving and more cars. Making the road bigger does not have the long term impact that a rail service would.
Reply Flag 6 Agree6 days ago
All the alternatives here show a corridor about 800 feet wide, whereas up in Chesapeake, Virginia they know how to build a highway with MORE lanes and just as many braided ramps in a corridor less than 350 feet wide. Why is Virginia so much better at this than NC? https://goo.gl/maps/P9dUe87LT5k

I think this 800' corridor would make sense where land is plentiful. But here in central Raleigh, just because there's nothing built on this land doesn't mean it isn't precious. Taking land from institutions like Meredith College (I know many alumni) and the University Club (I had my wedding reception there) is no better than taking parkland to build a highway, something which federal laws absolutely prohibit unless there is absolutely no alternative. So I believe any property taken from Meredith or University Club should be minimized.

Please go back to the drawing board and come back with an alternative more similar to the Chesapeake, Virginia design: https://goo.gl/maps/P9dUe87LT5k - Yes you will have to throw your current autocad drawings in the trash and start from scratch and maybe you will even have to reach out to your counterparts at VDOT to figure out how they managed to do it and who designed it for them. And it will probably cost more, too. But for the love of Raleigh, please do it!
Reply Flag 6 Agree6 days ago
I have been a member of the University Club since 2005. I joined the Club because I am an NC State graduate, had close friends who were members there, wanted access to a nice swimming pool in the summer and membership was very affordable compared to other club facilities in the Raleigh area. After attending the Public Hearing last night, I am more convinced than ever the Club. Will be put out of business if any of the I-440 proposals for Wade Avenue/Hillsborough Stret presented to date are implemented. Since 2008, the Club has undergone some new additions and facility enhancements - a new kitchen, additional dining space, an outside patio and fire pit, a saline swimming pool for adult lap swimming and competitive swim meets and a combined swimming pool/tennis snack bar and tennis pro shop. These improvements were financed by gifts from Club members and additional monthly dues of $35.00 beginning in May of 2008 and $45.00 beginning inFebruary of 2013. These amounts continue to be due and will be paid by members for the foreseeable future. So each of the 950 plus members of the club have a stake in the outcome of this project. To lose 19 acres out of the 40 plus acres that comprise this property, including all the tennis courts, main parking lot and swimming pool/tennis snack bar/pro shop without a good alternative for replacement will make membership less attractive and will result in many current members seeking other options, especially since the new road will butt right up against the current swimming pools. I truly believe NCDOT can do better. Sally Williamson Greaser
Reply Flag 6 Agree6 days ago
This is a lose-lose situation, where two long time institutions are negatively impacted on either side of the roadway in each option. Eliminating the Hillsborough St intersection should be a considered option. There has got to be a way to improve the Wade Avenue interchange without an excessive impact.
Reply Flag 6 Agree7 days ago
The State needs to make a greater effort to avoid ANY impact on the Unique and HISTORIC campus of Meredith College, which I believe is also considered an arboretum.
Reply Flag 6 Agree7 days ago
All three options are going to impact Meredith College way too much! Meredith is not only my home but a part of Raleigh's history. We should be helping it to grow not be destroying it little by little.
Reply Flag 6 Agree7 days ago
All three options have far too great an impact on Meredith College. The plans provided take too much land from the College and will interfere with this historic institution's ability to continue to successfully educate young women who make a tremendous impact on this community and beyond.
Reply Flag 6 Agree7 days ago
There has got to be an alternative that does not encroach on Meredith.
Reply Flag 6 Agree7 days ago
I am extremely concerned about the effect this will have on the historic Meredith College campus. If the campus land is taken, the College loses this land and has no other alternative to acquire more land for its growth. I strongly urge the NCDOT to assess using land located on the opposite side of 440 for expansion. This land is used for a private member recreational facility for NCSU faculty, friends and alumni. NCSU is a much larger institution with far more options for the relocation of this private member recreational facility. Meredith HAS NO ALTERNATIVE! Please reconsider and show respect of and value forone of the most important women's higher educational institutions in our county.
Reply Flag 6 Agree7 days ago
The University Club is not owned by NCSU, we the members own it we do not have any options other than closeing if they do that. They need to reduce the lines through the two exits.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
While the club may not be owned by NC State, it is affiliated with it. As such, NC State available resources should be an option for relocation if needed. Being that this is a club owned by members (and not a general public accessible resource to the community) puts it in a much different position than Meredith College. Meredith College has absolutely NO options regarding gaining any more land on it's current campus for expansion, and to take away the land that the do have should not be an option.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
Arguing over whether you like Meredith or the U Club more is not productive. The real issue is that design at this interchange dramatically alters the future of both institutions and a design change at Wade to make the additional travel lanes more compact, including a diverging diamond, along with a flyover design near Hillsborough, would eliminate the need for the land being taken from both the U Club and Meredith. This is a bad design.
Reply Flag 11 Agree7 days ago
So a private women's college deserves more protection than a club that serves the whole community?
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
Let's point out that this "private" women's college is also part of the whole community, with many functions, events, and great involvement in the area. Not to mention the historical aspect of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 5 Agree6 days ago
Geez, work WITH Meredith, it's your best opportunity to defeat this monster!!! #togetherwearestronger
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 hours ago
As a Meredith College graduate, I use I-40 to enter Meredith when traveling and then route towards I-440 to get off the exit for Hillsborough street. Meredith serves a vital institution for academic excellence and overall growth. This land has been inhabited by Meredith College students for years. This school has no football team, no sororities/fraternities but it houses a place for growth. Implementing a change that will possibly help the flow of traffic sounds beneficial to the public, but for how long? Roads change, weather causes damage etc. Yet expansion and growth that yields engineers, medical leaders, scientists, lawyers, designers, educators etc will impact Raleigh, NC forever. Please think of decades and allow Meredith to utlize the land to provide for great community helpers versus a road that will need to be updated periodically. Thank you for your time and consideration. Class of 2013
Reply Flag 6 Agree7 days ago
The University club will loose almost half of its 40 acre site. As the second of four generations that have enjoyed the tranquil setting and views from the club I implore you to find a better alternative. This is not a country club. It serves mostly middle class workers, alumni, and faculty who have little other choices in West Raleigh. The members are not here for four years and then gone, many start out as children and continue through adulthood. I've been a member for almost 50 years. My family would be devastated if we loose the club.
Reply Flag 5 Agree6 days ago
None of these are good options. They will ruin Meredith's campus and ability for future growth. I went to this college and the beauty of the campus was part of my reason for wanting to attend on top of many other factors. I hope one day my future child(ren) will want to go to Meredith and I want them to be able to experience its beauty as well, without a highway destroying it.
Reply Flag 5 Agree6 days ago
Each of these alternatives would negatively impact the Meredith College community. As a student, the thought of losing so much land from my beloved school is terrifying and repulsive.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith college graduate, I oppose this "solution."
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
I agree that this area needs improvement, however Meredith College will greatly suffer with the proposed plan. There must be another way!
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
All proposed changes deeply affect Meredith college and it's future growth. Meredith is an important fixture in the community and deserves every opportunity to grow and thrive and become everything it can be. It would be heartbreaking to see the devestating affects on the college if the plans to use the land were carried out. I strongly believe that construction would have a negative affect on campus and take away part of what makes meredith so special. As a student of Meredith College I beg you to leave our campus be and find an alternative that does not affect our campus.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
Although I can completely understand the need for improvements along I-440, I cannot support this current plan. Meredith College is an incredible school with so much potential for growth. Over the past 126 years, Meredith College and it's students have made endless contributions to the city we love and call home. Allow us to grow even more so we may continue supporting our community on an even greater scale!
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College alumna, I frequently used the Beltline during my 3 years in Raleigh. While the need for traffic management is important, it should not be at the cost of historical value, tradition and the area that Meredith college needs for future upgrades. Meredith College is a jewel that brings talented, educated women to Raleigh, NC, which benefits greatly from these women. Please consider an alternative to usurping Meredith College's much needed and valued land.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College alumna and former resident of Raleigh, I understand the need to make improvements to this corridor of I-440. However, such improvements should not come at the price of taking over 20 percent of our campus. Meredith is a welcoming community to all and one of the reasons we have remained successful and attractive as a women's college is our beautiful campus and ability to adapt and grow. I urge you to consider the impact of this project on our viability as an institution to grow and continue to be an integral part of Raleigh and our state. There must be a compromise that can be made.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
As a graduate of Meredith College and current faculty member, I urge the DOT to find a solution that does not negatively impact such a beloved Raleigh institution.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College graduate and Raleigh teacher, I have used these roadways for years. There is room for improvement along the roadways, however I believe there has to be other means of improving the roadways in which Meredith College and surrounding businesses are not impacted as great as this plan predicts.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
As a 1964 graduate of Meredith College, I remember seeing the construction of the Raleigh beltline, giving us immediate access to a wonderful highway. Since that time, Meredith has grown, and more buildings have been added to the campus toward the highway. With the outlook of a prosperous future for Meredith, it would be detrimental to the college for its land to be taken away. It is my hope that the Highway Department will use another course of action to improve this highway. Meredith is a wonderful educational institution, and its land should be preserved.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
As the father of a Meredith College graduate I have become aware of the significance of this College's role in developing strong young women who will serve as leaders in our local community, the State, our nation and across the world. Yes, there is a huge need to improve this section of the Beltline for safer transportation but Meredith' s campus should be unharmed. It serves as an attractive beacon to bright young women and is the logical location for future development of Meredith College's campus infrastructure.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
This is no solution. A growing institution of higher learning needs just that. ROOM TO GROW! I bet THEY wouldn't do this to NCSU, OR DUKE, OR UNC.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
My family is a member of the N.C. State University Club, and all three alternatives presented here have the potential to decimate the club and its membership. These plans take away the parking and tennis facilities, and put the traffic very close to the swimming pool. Our family uses this club almost daily year round. The possible loss of the club would result in the loss of over 100 jobs and vital services that make our community strong. The club's members recently have invested millions of dollars improving the facilities and there does not appear to be a plan to compensate the club. These 3 alternatives all seem to disregard the interests and rights of the university club members. I would like to see a 4th alternative that has a minimal impact on the university club.
Reply Flag 5 Agree8 days ago
I cannot choose one alternative for this interchange because the impact is too great on the University Club and Meredith in all 3 scenarios. The University club is more than a swim and tennis club. It is a longstanding place of community for the NCSU alumni, faculty and friends of the University. Many of the University club's facilities and investments to those facilities made over decades will be lost. This club is not a club supported by wealthy individuals and replacement and rebuilding of the current structures that would be lost may not be a viable option. This is a club that regular individuals like myself can join and have a place where my kids learn to swim, play tennis and golf. A safe place that my kids can attend summer day camp while both parents work. This is a place to hold community meetings and events. I have to believe there are other options than the ones presented and ask that this group do more research so that the University club that I hold dear can continue to serve the community and my family.
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
Why are you asking me to vote on one of your 3 plans when they are all unacceptable!!
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
You need to start over and come up with a new option that has less impact to Meredith College and the University Club. Future growth and quality of life to students on campus will be greatly affected.
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
As a member of the University Club I can't support any of the options. More than likely club membership would dwindle drastically and the club could potentially close. We have had an improvement campaign members have been paying for over many years, putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into the existing structure, grounds, and building of new structures and facilities. This plan would essentially do away with some of the brand new structures and compromise the experience entirely. I would suggest pursuing traffic calming in these areas, as opposed to widening, to help reduce incidents of accidents. All the the members I've spoken to regarding this development have said they would drop the membership if such a loss of property, which would result in loss of amenities as well as noise barriers, were to move forward. Additionally, Meredith College would be drastically impaired.
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
All of these three proposals are land grabs that do not take the concerns of the NCSU or Meredith communities very seriously. Accident issues in the Triangle will continue to escalate because of human error. These road proposals might mitigate the problem slightly but will cause irreparable damage to the involved stakeholders. These interchanges reflect typical DOT overplanning that does not reflect anything but an over dependence on numbers. Better traffic enforcement to slow down drivers would be a cheaper solution. Also why would brick wall barriers similar to the ones near North Hills not be considered ??? What looks appropriate on paper often does not work out in practice. The issues on Hillsborough Street near NCSU prove that. This whole project needs to be reexamined in order to find a solution that has less effect on Meredith and NCSU properties.
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
All options are too intrusive to historic Meredith College and the NCSU University Club. Please go back to the drawing board to find a better alternative.
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
There is no good option from those presented
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
Consider eliminating the Hillsborough exit altogether - and route via Wade or Western with surface street: It has been done is other places such as Atlanta....
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
Please find a better way. All three options impose to much on Meredith College and the University Club.
From a Cary native, Meredith Alumni and commuter to Raleigh.
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
All options greatly impact Meredith College and the University Club. There needs to be better options that do not impact the community.
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
there is much talk about this project closing the University Club. Some people think that is unnecessary. My perspective is it will not happen as soon as the construction fences go up but rather be a slow death. As current members come out and see the impact of the road and decide they dont want to use the facility due to the noise and visual pollution from traffic, membership will gradually decline.
Prospective members will have the same opinion and eliminate future growth. Within a few years the club will not longer be able operate and will close its doors. Eliminate the Hillsboro Street exchange and eliminate the impact on both sides of the beltline
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
These proposals are ALL terrible and it is not possible to choose one over the others. The impact on all adjacent properties will be immense and due consideration has not been given to the increase in noise and pollution, not to mention the intrusiveness of more humans in the area. The impact to Meredith College will be particularly devastating. Go back to the drawing board and find something else.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
All the options take way too much land from NCSU and Meredith. Go back to the drawing board
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
Please consider an alternative to protect and preserve Meredith College. We are already a small campus, and taking land from us in any of these designs will be very detrimental. This college is so important to so many of us as students, alumnae, and staff, and we all have an impact on the Raleigh community. Please, Raleigh community, come together to protect us.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
As a fourth generation Meredith College graduate, I strongly oppose changes to 440 that will take any portion of Meredith College's land. I also oppose any changes that will cause noise, light, and exhaust pollution to the campus. I urge all stakeholders to review the environmental impact to the campus and seek alternate routes that will not impede the college's planned growth for indefinite duration.
There should be no assumptions that we women will be submissive in response to this indirect disregard to highly-ranked higher education. We are a worldwide community of strong, successful, determined women. If we lose even a small portion of our campus due to lost land or the damaging effects of having a freeway looming over our beautiful, learning-rich environment, our campus and ability to grow will suffer significantly.
I stand by the comments made by our current president and Meredith Alumna, Jo Allen.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
This is a historical college and needs to remain as such. It needs to be a priority for the city and state, for Meredith college to be preserved. As a Meredith graduate I oppose the expansion of 440 as proposed because it ruins the aesthetics of the property. There needs to be an alternative plan.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
Meredith College is a treasure to the city of Raleigh, to state of NC, to the 2,000 students, 22,000 alumnae, 300 faculty and staff, and to the countless others the school impacts year in and year out. Meredith's regional and national rankings are due to its strong reputation and student outcomes - the physical campus is part of the College's reputation and indeed, the living lab for students. Encroaching on the campus in this manner will harm operations of the College and impede future growth. Please identify other options. Use land the state already owns for this project. Support the educational environment of women.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
I am opposed to the plan to take away meredith land!
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a student at Meredith College and a life time resident of Raleigh, I have used I-440 countless times in my life. The updates proposed are understandable yet it would be a devastating loss to Meredith. To suggest taking land from such an established part of the community is horrible. Meredith College deserves better from the community it has supported for so long. I completely OPPOSE this plan.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a graduate of Meredith college, and a life long Raleigh citizen who has driven on the beltline a million times I strongly oppose this expansion plan. The expansion of 440 does not need to effect a college that directly supports the growth and development of Raleigh, the triangle, and the State!
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a current student at Meredith College, I completely oppose this plan as it currently is written. I am not disputing whether or not the road needs the update. It is beyond ridiculous that the only idea that the NCDOT could agree on was to take land away from an establishment that has been around since 1891, and in it's current location since 1924. I will be extremely disappointed if no changes are made and I know I am not alone in saying that Meredith College's voice will be heard and we will not back down.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a proud MC Alum, it hurts my heart to know that though this project could potentially help the commute of many, NCDOT feels that MC should be impeded by this project. I feel that more options of execution should be considered before MC has to suffer.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
I think that the idea of taking some of Meredith Colleges campus is a real outrage. Meredith has always been a team player for the benefit of Raleigh and of North Carolina. This is too much. I dare say that if UNC or State were to be affected like this the state would not be having this conversation. You should all think twice about this expansion. It is disappointing the projection of the project looks to cut into the Western part of Meredith's campus in this manor. Shame on you all. Meredith for over 100 years has educated many of North Carolina's women leaders, to take away from her campus shows a true disrespect for our States women's education and leadership.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College graduate I absolutely oppose this plan and the impact it would have on the campus and future growth of an institution that has been and continues to be a great asset to Raleigh and the surrounding area.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College student I completely oppose this change. Meredith is a beautiful place, not just to its students & falculty...but also to the city of Raleigh. It doesn't not deserve to be altered in any way.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Raleigh resident and Meredith College graduate, I strongly oppose this plan. Meredith College is a gem to this city and is unique because of it's beautiful, intimate campus. The amount of land we would lose would negatively impact the serenity of our campus, the ability of current students to enjoy the college experience that makes Meredith special, and would affect the college's plans for future growth. Losing the commuter parking area and athletic fields would be a huge blow, as the campus does not have alternative locations for those purposes. I understand that a big city like Raleigh must grow and change, but expanding a highway into the backyard of a thriving 126 year old campus is not a good decision. I urge you to find alternatives that will preserve Meredith College's property.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
I use always use this road to get to school.
Meredith College happens to be that school. Find another way to improve this. A road will never be more important than education.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
Taking 20% of an historic college's land and only areas for expansion amounts to bullying. Your first plan is a total failure. Return to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a student of Meredith College and a user of the beltline, I oppose this expansion in it's current form. I believe that taking land from Meredith would impede growth and would negatively impact the living and learning experience for Meredith students and staff.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
You must not cut into Meredith campus! Students are brought to our area because of the school, and this will devalue it.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College graduate, I strongly oppose this plan and kindly ask NCDOT to go back to the drawing board. While I understand the need to widen this road, I believe there are other options to look at to create a solution that will make everyone happy. Taking away from Meredith's historic and beautiful campus is not an option. Please reconsider this plan that is detrimental to the future growth of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College student I have to say that I don't agree with this plan, our school is small already, I do agree that the road in question needs to be fixed and improved but taking land from an learning institution is not the solution. From the year I started to now the schools population has grown, we need and use all of the space we have. This can not be the only solution, there is a way to improve the area that doesn't negatively effect my school that many students call home.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College alum, and North Carolinian it saddens me that road expansion and improvement trumps education and the community in which the college resides. While I do agree that the road needs help, I believe that through collaboration engineers, contractors, and the community can all achieve a common goal WITHOUT interfering with our beautiful campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
I am a Meredith College graduate and am totally opposed to this plan. This plan should not impede the growth of Meredith College and the wonderful educational opportunies offered.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College student, I oppose this plan. I frequently use this area of the beltline and know it needs improvements. Please consider another plan that does not affect the Meredith Campus.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College student, I understand the need for an update. But the update needs to be done in a way as not to interfere with our campus. It can be done without interfering with the campus. I completely oppose the plan.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
This change would take away too much land from Meredith College. I am opposed to this due to the impact on the campus. Meredith is a great school and growing at a rapid rate, and I believe this would impede that growth!
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith college student, this is NOT okay. Meredith College doesn't have any room to give away land. We are small enough and should not have to worry about our city taking away our precious land!!
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College student, I oppose this plan. Meredith College has a fairly small campus as it is, which suites the population of our school. But, I do not think that we can afford to have anymore land taken away from our campus. Meredith College is a community and students are constantly utilizing the land space available for exercise, exploration, sports, etc.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith alumnae, I oppose the projected expansion of I-440. I have spent many years traveling this particular stretch of I-440, and while I agree there is a problem with traffic, it is not fair to Meredith College to have part of their beautiful campus taken away for a highway. This current expansion would impact important resources to the campus such as the commuter parking lots, on-campus apartments, and greenway. It also threatens the safety of the campus by having a highway cut so far close into campus. Meredith has always been a safe environment for its students, let it stay that way! Meredith's green spaces, such as the popular greenway, has been loved by students & Raleigh residents & used for many community events. The expansion threatens the campus in numerous ways as well impacts Meredith's future growth and overall beauty of the campus. Please reconsider this expansion plan & find a way to spare the Meredith College campus.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College grad, I implore NCDOT to find an alternative solution that does not impose on this beautiful campus. Not only for the sake of the current and future campus population, but for preserving this important institutional landmark for the entire greater community.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College student and a woman who uses the highway to get to and from work and home to school this is completely unnecessary. Yes, it needs updates, but this is not the solution, especially when you would be taking from a small private campus that already has given so much. Our school is growing as is Raleigh and we must have the land to do so. With Wade avenue behind us, the highway to the left of us, and surrounded by Faircloth street and Hillsborough street there is no excess room for expansion. Meredith has bred powerful and influential women since 1891 and many of these women have, are or will provide a vital stability to Raleigh and the surrounding areas. PLEASE RECONSIDER.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
Please don't encroach upon the beautiful campus that sets Meredith apart from so many other institutions. My alma mater deserves room to grow and serve even more female leaders in the future!
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
Opposed to this plan and how it effects Meredith College!
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
Meredith is much more than a "piece of property" it is home to so many people.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
I am a Meredith college graduate and I oppose this plan as it will impose future campus growth. Meredith college is an important part of the community and continues to grow each year. I ask that the DOT consider alternative plans that will not take land from a private college.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
Choose another pathway than besides through our beautiful Meredith campus! The beloved grounds are used by all community members and it would be a shame not to preserve something so sacred and well kept with such rich Raleigh history. Pave paradise and put up a parking lot? No thanks! Find another plan please.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
Written by a Meredith Grad and now Meredith mom!
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
As a meredith college student, I oppose the plan to expand I-440 into meredith campus. Although the high way itself does need updating it doesn't need to be expanded into Meredith's already small campus.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College graduate who lives near Wake Forest and mother of two Meredith College graduates, I have travelled this area for over 30 years. I too understand the need for road improvements. However, taking away so much of the Meredith campus is detrimental to Meredith's future. i am totally opposed to this plan.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
I am a Meredith College graduate and am horrified at the negative impact this proposed project would have to this historic campus. The environmental impact, noise, added lighting and loss of land for future growth make this proposal unacceptable. This type of encroachment and hindrance to the future growth of this nationally respected college for women would not be attempted toward or accepted by any other college or university in North Carolina. The NCDOT needs to go back to the drawing board. History, education and environmental impact cannot take a back seat to the growth of highways.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
Getting rid of the southbound on-ramp at Wade Avenue and replacing it with a left-turn stoplight is a recipe for disaster given how much traffic already crowds that are during rush hour. Plus, it's wholly at odds with the traffic-calming measures (i.e. roundabouts) being installed along Hillsborough. We want fewer lights, not more.
Reply Flag 4 Agree9 days ago
Leave the loop in from Wade to South bound I440. Your spending $450,000,000 to reduce congestion, but then adding a light on a open road stretch of highway. That's just stupid.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
The whole project looks like a real boondoogle and colossal waste of taxpayer money and more cost to Meredith and the University Club. The simple and least costly option would be to close the Hillsborough St. exits and entrances allowing a simple and less expensive widening of 440. That would certainly provide smoother and less dangerous traffic flow throughout the intersection. All options still include complicated merges at this intersection. The project makes no sense due to the competing project to quiet Hillsborough Street. There are already long lines on Hillsborough at the narrowing at the intersection of Faircloth/Gorman and there are long lines at the Blue Ridge intersection. The flyover and detour plans would only increase the traffic flow on an already crowded Hillsborough Street. In essence the proposed plans create paths to even more congestion on Hillsborough Street and may create more rather than less bottlenecks on 440/wade intersection. There are already many alternative routes to reach all destinations on or near this intersection many of which are not fully utilized. The closing of the Hillsborough Street exits to 440 would simply and efficiently distribute this traffic flow. It is unclear if this simple alternative was ever seriously considered.
Reply Flag 3 Agreeyesterday
I absolutely agree that all options have too great an impact on Meredith and the University Club. As a 65 year old resident of Raleigh for all but 9 years, I fully appreciate the value of both institutions. I believe the DOT's disregard of them, as evidenced by these proposed designs, is appalling. The University Club struggled for years, but it has had wonderful upgrades in the last few years, under the tireless leadership of Al Weaver. It's pool is super-nice. It's geographic location, on a ridge that gets the breezes, is very pleasant. The pool would be ruined, and the tennis courts gone. I believe that both are vital to its future. It's like the DOT wants to destroy the place. Although it's been rumored for years, I always hoped this project wouldn't take the Short Game Facility and its adjacent woods.
I still don't see why that ramp has to cut through so much nice land. Does DOT want it as straight as possible, sacrificing anything in favor of faster speeds and saving a few seconds? It seems that way with all of this. Like it was designed with a blind eye towards the institutions affected. Meredith has been a wonderful citizen of Raleigh. I'm still grateful that Meredith allowed our Greenway to go through its campus. If I ran the venerable school and this got shoved down my throat, I'd tell Raleigh to find another route for its Greenway. Surely, the DOT has to consider this as a possible outcome of this proposed land grab. I cannot believe we've waited this long, for the much-needed additional lanes only to see these proposals. We need a new design. I'd rather sit in traffic a year or two longer than see some of Raleigh's nicest places so negatively affected.
Reply Flag 3 Agree2 days ago
None of the options are good. All 3 have a major negative impact on the University club which is a community resource and recruitment tool for NCSU and local business, a community facility used for training, commerce and entertainment and not a private club. DOT should close the Hillsborough St Intersection and upgrade the Blue Ridge interchange on Wade, the intersection at Hillsborough and Blue Ridge and grade separate the railroad tracks at Blue Ridge as a viable alternative. Also NCDOT should loosen their own restrictions and reduce right away and build walls to save as much land as possible for University Club and Meredith College.
Reply Flag 3 Agree5 days ago
As an alum and employee of Meredith College, I am not in favor of any of these options - all of them impact both the Meredith Campus as well as the NC State University Club at an unacceptable level. Although Meredith College has traditionally been a cooperative community partner, this plan is too invasive to the college, effecting all who live and learn on campus. It is my hope that Dr. Allen's plea that the NCDOT go back to the drawing board and design a less instrusive option for lane expansion.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Please consider creating additional solutions. I do not support any of the options shown.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College has been a defining feature of Raleigh for over 125 years. I was under the impression that the onyx rings meant something special for this area. Some of our city's best teachers and business women were educated there. Wake county leads in education in NC and Meredith leads in producing the teachers that are behind that education. The campus is already cramped and has little space to expand. Taking any of that land not only sends the message that Wake county doesn't care about the contributions of one of the country's oldest and most prestigious NFP women's colleges, they also under value the contributions of women in Raleigh and the U.S. Go back to the drawing board if you have any decency. There are better ways that do not degrade an historical treasure or the very valuable and practical skills of the women still being educated there. Try again. Or since Raleigh is only getting bigger, take these cars off the road and put in a metro system underground and out of the way. Raleigh may not be that big yet, but start now and we will be by the time you finish.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Please consider another solution. The impact this will have on Meredith College (and the University Club) will be detrimental. As a graduate of Meredith, I am opposed to these "options". I agree 440 needs to be improved, but this is not the answer.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Meredith college is the place where I found my scientific voice. It's a place where future female leaders will be shaped and find their professional path. Limiting the campus' ability to grow by taking land will limit the number of women that can receive an amazing education there. Don't do that to Meredith, don't do that to our society.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
This needs to go back to the drawing board. The University Club will be virtually destroyed by all three options. The amount of acreage taken from Meredith will severely damage the future of one of the most vital women's colleges in the US. Both of these institutions deserve more consideration from the DOT.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
The footprint for all these options is tremendous and extremely damaging to institutions on both sides of the roadway, the University Club and Meredith College. There must be a less disruptive option. Why can't the roadway just be widened here instead of trying to add peripheral roads? Why use large loops instead of diamonds? Why do all of these options have the new roadway situated west of the old one? Why add another traffic light on Wade Ave? None of these options is acceptable to me.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College shouldn't lose a significant amount of land for this widening. Doing so will limit the future growth of the college. One-fifth of any property is too much to take.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Every alternative would have harmful impacts on Meredith College's current operations and would be detrimental to its ability to grow in the future. Meredith has served North Carolina admirably and NCDOT should absolutely reconsider its plan.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
The major impact all of these options would have on the Meredith College campus and the greenway would negatively affect the lives of those living on the campus and those that utilize the greenway. This historic campus has no potential for growth if you steal its land. As a Meredith Alumna I feel very strongly that the NCDOT should find a different alternative to mutilating this beautiful campus and stealing the land that we have and will always call home.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
Leave the college alone, NC education has been in a decline already, don't push it down a slide
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
Impacting Meredith College to much
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
The Meredith College campus already needs MORE land not less. All three options create too much loss of land from the Campus! There has to be another way to do this allegedly necessary reconstruction without impacting a College Campus of any sort. The cost of this project is also very high, and what is the reason?
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
The options to take away anything from Meredith College should not be on the table. Meredith College plays a vital role in the community and future generations. As it stands now, the land that you're looking to take away will leave Meredith College with no expansion possibility. While I understand the University Club is also important, that could easily be relocated to another area within the vast landscape of NC State. Leave Meredith College alone, and let the students continue to have apartments to live in ON CAMPUS, and the land for future growth. As a side note, have you actually thought about patrolling this area a little more to stop all of the crazy drivers and madness that ensues from causing "increased accidents"? If people had to actually be accountable for their lack of respect for the rules of the road, maybe the "accidents" would decrease.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
All three of those options negatively impact Meredith College. There has to be a better plan that will not significantly alter this beautiful private campus.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College student, and someone who uses this belt line almost every day, I oppose this change. The solution to the potholes and other issues on the beltline is not to expand, but to fix what's already there. Expanding onto Meredith's campus would impede the growth of the school and its students.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
DO NOT EXPAND THE HIGHWAY. MEREDITH IS MY HOME AND YOU CANT TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME. THE LAND IS HISTORICAL AND IF YOU TEAR INTO THAT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith college graduate & someone who works in Cary and uses the beltline to get to work---yes, improvements are needed...but they should NOT be taken from Meredith Campus. There has been tremendous growth since I graduated in 2003 and they are in need of the land for the school growth and future developments.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
Opposed to this meredith college is a historical landmark and should be left as is. There has to be another way to expand without taking land from meredith. This is NOT the solution.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
I use this road almost every single day, as I am a Meredith College student and have family who live south of Cary. Because I travel this road almost every day, I understand the need to make improvements, but hurting Meredith College in the process is not the solution. So many valuable members of our community come from Meredith College, and if you take away part of our school you are not only hurting us, but everyone else in the triangle.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
Another route needs to be found that doesn't restrict the growth of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
A new plan that does not impact Meredith College's historic campus must be designed! Meredith College is an asset to the community in many ways, and this land must be protected both for its beauty and for the college's future expansion.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
As a meredith mom I know how much the college needs this land. There is no other way for them to grow- they are limited in their space. To take this land would impede the college's ability to expand their facilities.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith Alum I recognize the negative impact to campus this road change would cause. Athletics are a huge draw for the school and a differentiator when you compare us to other woman's colleges. As a former Meredith athlete i see the impact to the general athletic field as detrimental to campus life, enrollment, revenue, and general awareness about our school. In addition, the impact to displacing the commuter lot would negatively impact the hundreds of students commuting every day. Please explore other alternatives to the road renovations that would not negatively impact Meredith.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College grad and a Raleigh resident for almost 20 years, I oppose this plan and the impacts to the Meredith campus. I hope DOT can find a way to continue to improve 440 without taking away from existing businesses and schools.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
I am a Meredith College grad. Please don't take the land from my beautiful campus. This campus is historic and deserves the opportunity to grow both physically and within the lives of its students. Let us keep our land where so many memories have been made, and where memories must be allowed to continue.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
This College has been a compassionate friend to this area & is deserving of consideration of viable options that would not jeopardize it's future to remain strong. It is a gem that should not be sacrificed. Find a better solution for all parties. This place was my home for four years & I consider it to be sacred land.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
As a current Meredith College student, it is extremely important that the College remain in possession of the room it needs to grow. As a student-athlete, the fields, classroom buildings, recreational facilities, and the landscape altogether are essential to my college experience, and we're part of the reason that I chose to attend Meredith College. Please reconsider the plan so that many generations of Meredith students, past, present,and future, may be able to learn at and enjoy this historic campus.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College student and Raleigh Citizen, I use the beltline very frequently. I do not think that a college that has been around since 1891 should have any part of it taken away. Meredith is already a small campus and does not have the land to be taken. I am opposed to this change.
Reply Flag 3 Agree7 days ago
As a current Meredith College student, I strongly oppose this plan. It would negatively impact our campus life, community, and so much more. Meredith College is a special, historic, and beautiful place that should not be changed by the growth of a road. The campus is already small enough, so wiping out 1/5 of our space would greatly impact the school. Not only does this plan impact Meredith, but also other areas that are used for education and community. The belt line is already big enough, please do not expand it further. Meredith needs all the space it can get for hosting many city and statewide events, games, competitions, and so much more. By taking part of our campus, there will be less parking for commuters, visitors, residents, and staff. It is very upsetting to hear that someone wants to eat up a piece of our already small but important college just for a road that most of us only use a couple times a week. On behalf of the Meredith community, please do not take away our private land for your public road. This plan will cause unimaginable damage to our school in many ways.
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I am a graduate of Meredith College and the mother of a current Meredith College student. I have seen first hand how much Meredith has grown since I graduated. It has been wonderful to spend time on our beautiful campus and to see the new buildings and improvements. The new buildings are needed because the number of students attending Meredith has continued to grow over the years .This includes grad school (which includes men) , adult learners,and commuters.The community also uses Meredith's campus/ buildings. Spend some time on campus and you will see just how much the community is a part of our school and campus. I share all this to show that Meredith needs all of the current land to continue to grow according to the plans already set for the college. PLEASE reconsider YOUR plan and look for a new way to improve 440 without taking 1/5 of the college campus. It will change the direction of Meredith forever. It will stop the growth I have seen the last 25 years. Enrollment will drop and plans for other buildings etc for more programs will have to come to an end.The beauty and history of our campus along with wonderful programs and faculty members attracts students from all over the world. Your plans will change a big part of what our campus offers now- history, beauty,community.and space for more growth for all future Meredith Students.. Please find another way to improve issues with 440 that does not include taking 1/5 of Meredith College's campus!
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As a Meredith Graduate I use 440 to travel to work and back. However I do not think it's necessary to interfere with the college. There has to be another solution.
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As a current student of Meredith College, I completely oppose this plan. I understand the need of road reconstruction due to traffic and safety, however I ask that if at all possible you consider a plan that does not negatively impact the historic campus of Meredith. This campus is so important to many members of the community.
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Please don't move on to Meredith anymore. The roads around campus have been under construction the last two years and expanding I-440 is the last thing we need.
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As a Meredith alum I am opposed to this change. Yes the corridor needs updates but there must be another way. By encroaching on Meredith's grounds NCDOT is impeding on the colleges future growth and value. Meredith was and is a safe haven in the community, please don't restrict that by running a highway through campus.
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As a current Meredith College student, I strongly oppose this plan of expansion. This section of the beltline desperately needs to be updated. However, the solution is not to impede the growth of Meredith College. Meredith is an award winning institution and has been an asset to the community through the support of faculty and students. Now is the time for the community and state to recognize the contributions that the strong women of Meredith College have provided and to encourage more strong women to learn and grow.
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I am a graduate of Meredith College, and I too vehemently oppose this plan. The city's proposed transportation plan would completely undermine the rich history of our campus. While I understand the need to make improvements to the highway infrastructure, the city must find a better solution. Please do not rob my beautiful alma mater of its heritage!
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As a Meredith College graduate, I understand the need to make changes on the Beltline but the solution is not to take property from a place of higher education. Meredith College needs the room for those who attend the college and choose to live off campus or those who work for the college. The college would not be able to expand and continue to offer its amazing education if land is taken away.
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I am all for positive growth and development for our city and state as long as it will not hinder the growth and development of Meredith College. As a graduate of Meredith College I ask the NCDOT to please go back to the drawing board and develop a plan that will not negatively impact such a historical and fundamental institution like Meredith College. Meredith has helped to mold and shape women for generations and will continue to do so. Please do not go through with this plan if the sacrifice is the beauty, safety and history of Meredith College.
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Do not usurp the property of Meredith College to widen this highway. It will be destructing and altering the peaceful campus and it's already limited space, especially since sound barriers were not approved. It would be despicable to do this to not only a historic piece of Raleigh, but also a school in which many travel from out of county, state, or nation to attend.
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I wholeheartedly am against these plans. All plans affect Meredith College exponentially. This historical college is one of the best all women establishments in the US and has continued to grow in enrollment year after year. This land is needed for the continued success and development of this treasure in Raleigh, NC.
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Please consider that losing 20% of the Meredith campus to more Capital City asphalt would be catastrophic. Just imagine NCSU losing 1284 acres (or 20%) of its vast land holdings for this greatly flawed plan! A freshman engineering student at State could come up with a better plan as a class project. Back to the drawing board!
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As a Meredith College graduate, who works and uses I-40 to visit friends and family, the solution for better roads and expansion is not to impede a historic college's ability to grow and develop new students.
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As a Meredith College student I feel that taking part of the college's land and the construction to follow would be highly disruptive to student learning and their commute. Meredith is a small campus but is home to many, please don't disrupt our Wonderland.
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As a current citizen of Raleigh I agree that the belt line could use some updates. Also as a citizen of raleigh and a Meredith College student, I do not think these updates should take away 1/5 of our campus. I think the best solution for everyone would be to go back to the drawing board.
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I am a college student at Meredith and I do not support this.
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As a current Meredith College student I oppose the plan. I respectfully ask that the NCDOT refrains from taking land from Meredith College. Meredith is such a beautiful place and has been this way for over 125 years. Students and faculty enjoy this beautiful campus embedded with traditions and history. To take away land would not only affects current students and faculty but would also hinder future Raleigh residents who are considering Meredith to be their home.
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The Meredith College community, myself included, understand the need for improvements on this section of the beltline. This plan, however, places a large burden of the development on an institution that has served the city and state well over the years. Please reconsider the plan in a way that lessens the impact on the college that many successful women call their Alma Matter.
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I am a student at Meredith and it breaks my heart to think that any of the beautiful campus could be taken. I travel this road every day and see the issue at hand but it is not worth it at the price of hindering the growth and expansion of Meredith College. My peers and I are involved in the community and with the education we are receiving we intend to better the raleigh area. Please do not expand I-440 at the cost of having less room for the college to grow and bring in more amazing STRONG women!
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As a Meredith college student and employee I am distraught over the idea of our sacred campus being taken from us all for the Big Gov! While I understand the need for updates and improvements to the roads, I feel that taking up our land (to be used for future buildings) is unfair and unfustified.
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I'm a proud graduate of Meredith College and a citizen of Raleigh that uses the belt line, and I oppose to this plan!!!!This will negatively affect Meredith College for future expansion and growth.To most of us, Meredith is also home. The beauty in the campus is what attracts a lot of the students and taking away what is considered history is not a good idea. Please find an alternative. Meredith College has been amazing with the Raleigh Community and has always cared to give a helping hand and taking away part of Meredith history and future students opportunities is WRONG!!!
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As a Meredith College graduate, I hope another solution will be made rather than taking land away from our beautiful college. Meredith is a wonderful part of the community that should not be changed. While I realize the need for road expansion, I truly hope Meredith is not effected.
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As a former Meredith College student, I believe the solution is not to infringe on land used by the college.
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As a Meredith grad and a regular belt line user the road may be busy and full, you cannot take this out on Meredith College. I am opposed to this change. Meredith college should not be affected by this change.
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As a Meredith alumna and teacher in Cary, I have lived in the Raleigh area for the past 7 years. I do understand the need for updates to 440, but I do not agree that the solution should be to take from Meredith College. As others have noted, it will impede the growth of one of the top women's colleges in the country. Not only will it impede the growth as others have noted, but it will also impact the college as it is. I completely oppose this plan!
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As a graduate of Meredith College and someone who lived on the campus for 4 years I cannot support an expansion of 440 at the sake of the Meredith campus. Having lived in Raleigh I fully see the need for expansion, however I am confident a better solution can be found to meet both the needs of the community and college.
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Do NOT impede on Meredith College lands. the campus is beautiful and SAFE! Taking area form the College will not allow for a safe environment .. Please go back to the "drawing board" and find another way to engineer the necessary issues for traffic. I am certain that engineers can come up with another solution!
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As a Meredith College Graduate, I strongly disagree with this change. Meredith College already has a very small campus and we need every bit of it to grow. Historic buildings are preserved throughout the city and this campus should be considered a historic landmark and protected!
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As an alumna of Meredith College, I recognize that updates and changes must be made and safety of the citizens using the Beltline is the highest priority; however, isn't there another solution? Please consider making necessary changes without interrupting the growth of this amazing institution of higher education.
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As a Meredith College student who resides in Raleigh most of the year living on campus and an individual who uses I-440 regularly, I do NOT support this proposal. While updates and changes do need to be made to I-440, impeding on the growth and day-to-day function of this historic college that is an asset to Raleigh and the surrounding areas is not the answer. Meredith as a college and as a body of staff, faculty, students, and graduates contribute greatly to Raleigh and the surrounding areas. Beyond this contribution, impeding Meredith's growth by taking land from the college could negatively impact the growth and economy of the city of Raleigh. If you prevent the college from having room to expand, you deny the college the opportunity to bring more individuals in to the city for education and employment opportunities. I implore you to find another way to fix I-440.
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As a lifelong Wake County resident and Meredith College graduate, I see the need to upgrade this section of road but not at the expense of Meredith College's future students. For over 125 years, Meredith College has contributed to the thriving culture and community of Raleigh. Let's search for alternatives to this plan!
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While I am a Peace College Grad, I believe in Meredith College and it's history and women! This should NOT be changed to impede on Meredith College Grounds! They need it to stay the same so they can continue to grow.
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Meredith College offers much value to the surrounding area and state. The current proposed plan will forever limit the expansion and growth of the College, thus impacting its ability to offer meaningful educational experiences to future generations of strong women. As a proud alumna and strong supporter of Meredith College, I ask the DOT to explore and take action on other ways to accommodate this much needed expansion.
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Meredith college is a very special place for many people and should not have to be the site of a new interstate.
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As a Raleigh native and Meredith College alumna, I completely oppose this plan and respectfully ask that you consider alternatives. Our beautiful campus is part of Raleigh's history that is being chipped away each year in the name of growth. Please leave this piece of history intact so that the college itself may use her land to grow in the future, if deemed necessary and right to do so. Thank you.
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As a Meredith College graduate, please find another alternative. The NCDOT has to find another way so as to not impede future growth of an institution that is so vital to Wake County and the State of North Carolina. Allowing this plan to go through would alter the future of thousands of young women and future leaders in your community. The loss of land would be detrimental to Meredith College and the community it loves.
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I hate the thought of Meredith College losing that much of its Campus. Don't ask for expanding things that will directly cause an historic college to be unable to grow like the rest of the city.
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I oppose this plan. I am a Meredith College graduate and one of the primary reasons I chose this school was because of the campus. Having the beltline construction, congestion, workers, lights, noise, and room for growth our campus may quickly lose its appeal for safety and quaintness. I encourage the NC-DOT to explore less harmful options.
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As a current student I agree with your opinion. I also chose Meredith because although it is located in a large city it feels like a little oasis. I feel that the construction and the work would bring more urbanization into our historic campus than it can hold.
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I oppose this plan. It will significantly impact Meredith College's land and their ability to continue to grow and educate young women. Please find another way to expand without taking 1/5th of Meredith's land.
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I am a Meredith College Student and i completely oppose the expansion of 440 by taking approximately 1/5 of our colleges land. Our school is value to the city and state and should not be altered.
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As a Meredith College grad, I strongly oppose this plan. I urge the DOT to find an alternative solution.
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Please find a way that will have less impact to the Meredith College campus. I am actually not an alumna of this college, but I recognize the significance of this college as a good neighbor to the community and as one of an ever decreasing number of women's colleges across the nation. The project as proposed will compromise Meredith's ability to grow and continue to provide an academic environment where young women can thrive and grow strong for generations to come. There must be some compromise that will ease the traffic woes without so severely impacting the rare gem of Meredith College and her historical significance.
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I am a rising junior at Meredith College and I strongly oppose this plan. Meredith is a beautiful school with a lot of history, and to impose new infrastructure and widening the beltline would rob the campus of its beauty and serenity. I live on campus and we are located by a very active railroad, where trains sound their horns all through the night and during the day. To add to the noise would be unnecessary and frankly annoying. Please don't expand I440 onto our campus!
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As a Meredith College grad I believe that the DOT needs to take the time to explore some other options...Taking away 20% of a college is not answer. Please look at ways that would lessen the impact on Meredith and its future in Raleigh.
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Meredith is an amazing campus that is growing each year with students taking it away for a high way is wrong. While this area is older, it's has such a rich history. Taking away from the school is taking away from a inordinate amount of opportunities Meredith has to grow. I am a proud Alum
Of Meredith college and this plan is Ludacris. Don't take away from an institution that empowers women to be strong and show who they are.
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As Meredith College alumna, I am opposed to the changes that will take away land from the campus and its future development as an asset to the future of the Raleigh community. I am all for changes when they are good and don't have a negative impact on surrounding areas, but these changes will have a negative impact on the Meredith campus and its community and its future. The NCDOT need to go back to the drawing board and create different plans.
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I am a Meredith College graduate. I have traveled this corridor many times. There are ther options other than to restrict Meredith from the ability to grow in the future!!! Please look at other options.
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I am a parent of a Meredith College student and have family in and around the area. Our experience at Meredith is one of tradition with continued growth towards the future. I am against the proposed changes impacting the Land currently surrounding and part of Meredith's college campus. Please reassess the proposed changes to save our college's present as well as it's future.
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As a current resident of Meredith College and someone who uses the belt line several times a week, I understand the need for improvements to the road. However, the amount of land that this would take from a college that is already surrounded by roads on all sides is highly upsetting. Meredith needs room for commuters to park and to expand in the future. Our enrollment grows almost every year, and the campus simply cannot be downsized the amount currently proposed. I would implore the DOT to create a new plan that is not so detrimental to the college as well as other properties.
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I am a Meredith College grad and COMPLETELY oppose this plan.
Our school has been a friend
to all in our city, and should not be changed!
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I advocate for the elimination of the Hillsborough Street interchange. Tens of millions of dollars in project costs would be saved related to reduced construction costs and right of way acquisition costs. The negative impacts on the University Club and Meredith College would be almost entirely eliminated, potentially saving the existence of the University Club.

The loops and ramps at Hillsborough Street would be eliminated.

The existing bridge over Hillsborough Street would not require widening.

Many of the proposed collector/distributor style ramps and lanes between Hillsborough Street and Wade Avenue, and their related bridges, would be eliminated from the design.

The Wade Avenue interchange could remain a cloverleaf design, eliminating the need for expensive flyovers. The resulting design would be far more familiar to drivers than any of the designs shown at the public hearing. Reducing interchange complexity reduces accidents.

Elimination of the Hillsborough Street interchange would also provide for considering an alternative design concept for Hillsborough Street itself, as advocated by the City of Raleigh. In the Scoping Meeting minutes of August 22, 2012, it is recorded that for Hillsborough Street at this interchange, the City prefers a lower speed limit, better pedestrian access, and a multi-use path to the fairgrounds. A similar type of design is already present along much of Hillsborough Street, from St. Mary’s Street to Brooks Avenue, and is under construction from Brooks Avenue to Gorman Street.

Regardless of the final design selection for I-440, between Hillsborough Street and Wade Avenue, I also advocate for noise walls on both sides of the main alignment.
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Please consider a 4th option that minimizes or eliminates impact to both NCSU Club and Meredith College. The current options will destroy the club. Older neighborhoods inside the beltline near NC State do not have neighborhood pools and the club is our neighborhood pool! This is a wonderful place where kids spend summers while adults enjoy a little piece of heaven inside city limits. If you destroy it, you will deprive current and future kids of wonderful childhood memories. There will always be roads and highways, but childhood is priceless. Plus, the city of Raleigh and the world will loose a gem, all because highway engineers think it is just a faceless spot of land that a highway can run through. I encourage highway engineers to come visit the club to see how wonderful it is.
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I support the approach outlined by Greg Kempf in his comment at the public meeting, which involves asking for design exceptions for the turn radius on the flyovers and for the weaving lanes.

An important point that hasn't surfaced so far is that Kempf's approach would eliminate traffic signals in the Wade-Beltline interchange. The grade crossings that are removed will decrease accidents. While it's true that the design exceptions would be likely to increase accidents, they have to be offset against the accidents that have & would occur from a traffic light in the middle of a freeway interchange.

It really seems that taking so much land for these interchanges is just being politically correct. There is a very large amount of public concern about the impacts to NCSU and Meredith, which easily justify the effort required to propose and sustain a design exception.
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All options have too much detrimental impact to the university club- a public resource for Raleigh, not a country club. My children have been on the swim team, I've learned to play tennis there, people benefit from its golf, and overall banquet facilities. We held my grandfathers post funeral gathering at the UClub. It offers reasonable banquet and meeting facilities for all of Raleigh. More importantly, it offers a wonderful recreational venue for western Raleigh. Please do not take so much of our land that this valued facility is forced to close. This will devastate almost 1000 Raleigh families and leave over 100 workers unemployed. Surely there is a better option for the Hillsborough interchange, should it even be required. The current plan is too detrimental to the survival of this valued resource. Please reconsider options.
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All three options are too invasive on HIstoric Meredith College and the University Club. I'm particularly concerned with the lack of future growth options for Meredith with the current plans.
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NONE of the Alternates are acceptable!
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All options will potentially destroy the future potential for the growth and expansion of Meredith College. This historic property and all those who now study and work there will be adversely affected by the noise, hazardous dust and carbon dioxide fumes from traffic and potential wrecked vehicles or large implements that can roll off of passing trucks. There is not a wall high enough to replace the large tree barriers that have grown strong over the years. I am a 65 year old graduate of Meredith. Meredith now has a growing "Wings" program for older students. We have graduated over 500 of these commuter students who park where land will be taken. The program is growing with Veterans, women who are able to go back to school after raising their families or just to get better jobs. Traffic on Faircloth and Hillsborough Street will cause further delays in accessing Meredith and use more gas that is sometimes at a premium for these students. We have 300 male students who are earning their MBA at night on the Meredith campus The College has been recognized as a Garden Community because many alumnae have donated flowering trees, and plants It is the home of Soccer Champions Local businesses seek out our students when they are interns and graduated students as excellent employees. We graduate students who become "Teachers of the Year" in Wake County. Meredith significantly participates in the economy of Wake County. We enroll paying and scholarship students Many of our students have to live off campus so they are paying rent. Our students are required and enjoy participating in community projects so they are accustomed to volunteering where ever home happens to be in the world. We have a organic vegetable garden for use by our students and our Meredith kitchen...how would fumes and dust affect that ongoing opportunity to learn how to grow healthy food and provide it to those who use it? Did you know that Meredith College has a program for Autistic Children. These young children have a playground right outside their school room. It is on the side where huge cranes and moving dirt will be heard and be ingested by these children. Meredith is a year around beautiful community of diverse people who love being there. We are the Meredith Angels. We are Meredith Strong...We are committed to being good neighbors...welcoming people of all walks of life. We want to maintain our growing College for young and older women to become strong leaders and participants in a uncertain world. My doctor even picks blackberries on our campus...Meredith College is a Treasure for our community. It provided me an opportunity to get my degree and to experience life-changing opportunities...even spend the summer in one of our Meredith Abroad Programs...which attract many students to our campus. We understand that I-440 needs expanding but we pray that you will consider the negative impact it will have on a private property when it is land-locked for future expansion and the noise and environmental impact it will have on our present students, faculty, staff, visitors, and all who attend concerts, art exhibits, camps and too many year around programs to recall. Pull up the Meredith College Website and become familiar with this small corner of west Raleigh that should make our entire population proud to recognize that those that study there deserve to have the atmosphere conducive to a healthy, quiet, place to move forward and up the ladder of success as Strong, independent, capable members of our society. Please seriously consider moving the planned flyaway bridges...up to 16 acres of land and anything that will dangerously impact the people living and visiting Meredith College. And for those of you who read this...please help us convince the Department of Transportation Engineers that Meredith College and all the "people" who will be affected by their plans beg them to go back to the drawing board...We thank you for your consideration.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I'd rather have the Hillsborough Street ramps closed that have the impact to the University Club and Meredith. There has to be a way to handle Fair and game-day traffic without a Hillsborough Street exit; or somehow exit form Western onto Beryl. I'm not an engineer, but this design at Hillsborough is the sticking point. PLEASE come up with another option, even if it means no Hillsborough Street access.
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All alternatives are undesirable and significantly damaging to both Meredith College and the University Club. Find another way!!
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I am a member of the NCSU University Club. Every option in your current plans will seriously damage our existing facilities and grounds. We have been an asset to the University and community at large since Governor Luther Hodges signed the agreement that this state land was to be used for this purpose. It not only is an affordable, family oriented place for me and my family to treasure, it continues to be an asset for university faculty and employees, Wolfpack Club members, alumni and thousands of Raleigh residents and civic clubs who are not members but utilize the affordable and excellent banquet and meeting spaces. Many of my fellow members are 2nd and 3rd generation members who have grown up using the facilities and enjoying all that it offers. I would hope that DOT considers this history and very real treasure as you develop final plans.
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The negative impact to the University Club far too great. The University Club is used by Raleigh families, civic groups, and small businesses as an affordable location for meetings and recreation. All proposed plans take so much from the university club it could force the club to close. The loss of jobs, the loss of meeting space for civic groups, the potential recruitment loss for top faculty to NCSU, and the loss of an affordable space for Raleigh families to enjoy summer camps, swimming, tennis, and golf would be a huge loss for the city of Raleigh. The loss of all of this for an exit ramp onto Hillsborough St, which has been revamped to not be a thorofare.
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All the options have a huge impact on the University Club. It's not a fancy country club, but an affordable neighborhood institution where our kids go to summer and track our camps, learn to play tennis and to swim, and it's the only large pool in the areA. These older neighborhoods were not built with community pools. It would be a shame to destroy the UClub. I understand the need to widen the road, but there has to be a better solution.
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I sincerely believe that the NCDOT needs to go back to the drawing board on this expansion. While I agree wholeheartedly that this interchange needs expansion, I do not believe that it should come at the expense of a private university, taking 1/5th of the schools already small campus. Taking land away from Meredith College will severely impact the potential for growth of this small college, and hamper the educational potential, extra-curricular activities, health, and safety of future students. There has got to be a way to ease congestion in that area without taking land from Meredith College AND the University Club.
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You all need to go back to the drawing board and find a way not to interfere with the Meredith College campus. For over 125 years the land has been considered sacred grounds and now is definitely not the time to take 1/5 of the campus for a highway. One of the draws for the college are the beautiful grounds that are used by all community members. Folks use the campus for a safe place to exercise and walk their dogs on the lush property that has freely been used by all. The fact there will be not be any sound barriers or buffers to protect the area is also just unfathomable. The college will take a financial hit to the new apartments they constructed for students. No one will want to live there now being so close to your road. Pave paradise and put up a super highway? Not a great solution to your traffic issues. I traveled Wade into Meredith for many years and as I have returned to visit never faced any traffic issues on Wade Ave. Can you not start your project away from Meredith? and the NCSU University club? Please re-evaluate and restructure your current plans so that Meredith will not suffer from your thoughtless proposal.
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Meredith college is a thriving and growing institution with strategic plans that involve all areas of the campus including the proposed area that would be right of way for this expansion of the highway. The campus has already been impacted with the placement of the greenway on the campus and now additional land is being proposed as right of way. This amount of land proposed has too great an impact and hardship on the campus. The current and future students will suffer the consequences of traffic, noise and loss of land slated for education use. While is it understandable that the Raleigh community is growing, so too is the Meredith Community. The continued encroachment and poaching of Meredith land diminishes our ability to educate and stay current with educational needs if we are not able to expand due to the lack of space. These three options are unacceptable because each have far too great an impact on the Meredith community and landscape.
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I am saddened by the lack of understanding and vision by planners who would take land for a beautiful college campus and turn it into a so-called fix for the traffic problems in Raleigh!
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Meredith gave me the best four years of my life-please don't take that away from current and future angels! We love our Wonderland and want it to stay that way!
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It comes with deep sadness when I heard the news. I am parent of a recent graduate who doesn't understand why they would take 1/5 of the campus. Meredith College has been around for 125 years, why would you take something away that has made a big impact on young women such as my daughter and that is a well established university for young women. Why all of a sudden the change?
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As a recent Meredith College alumna, it breaks my heart to hear that there is a possibility to have a huge part of campus to be taken away. Meredith has been the best decision that I ever made, and it feels like home to me. I want to preserve Meredith and all it's beautiful campus so it can keep helping make women strong, and give them memories and sisters to last a lifetime. Meredith is such a special place to me to and so many students, alumnae, faculty, and staff, please preserve our beautiful campus!
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I support Meredith College's stand on this issue.
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As a graduate of Meredith College I disapprove of the impact of all three current options to the Meredith College campus. The current options will hinder future growth of this very important institution. I respectfully request that NCDOT go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option for lane expansion.
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There is just too much impact on Meredith College. Yes, traffic flow is a problem and needs improvement, but consideration must be given to what effect there will be on the environment proposed. I feel none of the plans enhance the Meredith community but involve loss of property and impact future planning for the campus itself. Raleigh benefits greatly from this highly rated academic community.
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Meredith College will be very negatively impacted by this change, and I truly hope another option will be found that preserves our lovely campus for future generations of women.
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All three options would negatively impact Meredith College as an alum, I urge the NCDOT to go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option for lane expansion.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Your impact on Meredith College (MC) is unacceptable to those that care about MC, education, and the future of Raleigh and North Carolina (NC). Please return to the drawing board and present a project that can be supported by many of the citizens of NC. Your attack on the future of a woman's college can not be overlooked. I thought Democrats wanted people to believe you believe in supporting women. This is NOT helpful to your cause.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
I encourage the NCDOT to go back to the drawing board on the proposed I-440 expansions. The current proposals have the State claiming anywhere from 13-16+ acres of land from Meredith College. This acreage is all that we have left to grow in the future, as the college is landlocked. In addition to the our potential for future building being seriously affected there are a number of other concerns. The study of the environmental assessment is inadequate in seriously considering a number of impacts on the College. The College’s well-being will be permanently affected by the increased noise, traffic, fumes, etc. that the building and completion of the expanded lanes will create.
As you likely know, Meredith College has long supported the local community and we believe the expansion of the I-440 beltline is necessary, but we cannot idly sit by and accept plans that will fundamentally affect students living and learning at Meredith and potentially create a problem in maintaining jobs of faculty and staff.
I sincerely hope that you listen to our STRONG VOICES regarding an important issue affecting the College we all care about so deeply.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
For the question above, there should be a NONE of these options as the impact of all of them is too severe to consider.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College's large, beautiful campus is one of its strengths that our students, parents, faculty, and staff comment upon over and over again and TREASURE. To take land from Meredith College for beltline expansion would gravely impact future growth and negatively impact the campus environment. Taking land from Meredith will affect student life and learning in negative ways - no one wants to come to Meredith to see traffic masses outside our buildings or hear increased noise literally at our back doors. This idea is wrong for Meredith College and its future. Expand elsewhere - NOT on a private historic women's college's beautiful campus!
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
eliminate the Hillsboro Street interchange. Drivers can exit onto Wade to Blue Ridge or Faircloth or Go to Western Blvd. The improvements to those interchanges can handle the extra traffic.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
This options would greatly impact Meredith College in a bad way! Meredith college takes pride in its campus and the potential for growth as well. I believe other plans need to be brought to the table that don't mess with the beautiful Meredith College campus.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
I work and shop in raleigh, and am a Meredith alum. I want minimal impacts to Meredith.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
All options affect Meredith College campus too much. Meredith College will loose too much parking and athletic areas. The traffic is worth sitting in to keep Meredith College the way it is.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College holds a special place in so many hearts and impacting it's already small campus would be unfair for those in current attendance and to those in the future. In my opinion, changing the roads is not worth losing a major part of Meredith's land. Roads end, but Meredith is forever.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
none are good options for Meredith College. Go Back to the drawing board! Do not take land away from the college
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
GO UP!! Do a double-Decker freeway through here--- it works in San Francisco and other parts of the country.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
We need preserve Meredith's campus as much as we can. Each year the community grows and we need to expand in order to thrive.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
Please, please do not expand onto the grounds of Meredith College. All options have a severe impact on OUR campus! Meredith College '18
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
All of these options have too much of an impact on Meredith College as well as the University Club. The land that it would effect at Meredith College would severely impact the college's ability to grow.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
Most options have a huge impact on Meredith college. This college is our dream and future growth of the college will be affected.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
All three options would both effect Meredith College, and would effect the North Carolina State University Club. We have been members of the University Club for more than 20 years, we use the golf course and tennis courts daily we also use the pool and snack bar every day of the summer almost. I have growned up swimming and playing at the university club. You most come up with another option this awful to do such a thing. I will be contacting Governor Cooper....
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith college graduate and frequent visitor of parents and son who live in Raleigh and Cary, I am opposed to the change that would significantly reduce the campus of Meredith college. This proposal is detrimental to a thriving educational institution that has enhanced Raleigh's community since the 1800s.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
I support the need for improvements on I-440, but as a Meredith College alumna and a citizen of Raleigh, any changes do this road should minimize the impact to Meredith's campus and should not impact Meredith's ability to continue to grow and expand.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
I am sure there is some other plan that can be thought of as I strongly oppose this. Taking 1/5 of the Meredith College campus is not the answer to fixing this issue. The universities campus is beautiful and full of rich history and it needs to be left alone. Meredith college is a bustling place that educates young women and prepares them for the future, invading this institution will be detrimental to the spirit of the college.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
I am a Meredith graduate and frequent visitor to the Raleigh area, and I strongly oppose the I440 project. The plans will sacrifice nearly 20% of the college's acreage; thus, stifling future growth. I urge you to consider more reasonable options.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
As a life long resident of Raleigh and Wake County, I understand the growth pains our area is experiencing. People want to move and live in Wake County because of our history, schools, family values and history. Meredith College is a huge part of Raleigh's history. My daughter is a current student at Meredith. There is a rich pride among the students of their school's campus and name. While we more forward with progress, we cannot continue to do away with the foundation and history that reflect why our area is so desirable to others. I proudly send my daughter to Meredith College because it is a huge part of Raleigh history. There must be another way to continue with road progress without interfering with the Meredith Campus. As a resident, parent and a commuter, I respectfully ask that you reconsider the taking of any land from Meredith College. I am apposed to this road construction plan.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
Graduated from Meredith in 1997 and again as a graduate student in 2017. I have used this roadway between Jones Franklin Road and Wade Avenue thousands of times. I understand the need to improve the area, however we need to maintain the thriving Meredith campus and its ability to continue to educate women.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
This Property is Merediths and as a student there we take pride in every part of our campus. Taking away our campus is like taking away a part of us. Our college had a lot to offer to the community and should not be impeded by this road construction.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
As an out of state student at Meredith, one of the major reasons I chose the school was the beauty of the campus. Meredith is unlike any other school and is a key landmark in Raleigh. Having driven constantly on I-440, I have seen how congested it can get and do agree that plans could be make to change that, however, that shouldn't have to include Meredith's land to do so. As one of the few remaining women's colleges in the U.S., again, Meredith shines as a unique symbol for Raleigh. The school has been there since 1891 and even since has continued to produce Strong women into society. These new changes proposed would severely upset the environment that the college needs to build Strong women. I am OPPOSSED to the desired plans to build onto and further damage the Meredith campus.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
This route will interfere with Meredith College's campus. This area is already crowded and needs help, and this will not help. We should not sacrifice the college for the sake of a road.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
I am a Meredith College graduate. These plans significantly impact the potential for Meredith College growth. Meredith College has always been a friend to the Raleigh community, it would be a shame for this much land to be taken. There must be some other alternative.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
As a meredith college student I do not think the NCDOT has the right to take away out campus that has been there for to long. I am not going to allow them to ruin our school community by widening the beltline because the excuse for widening it is no excuse because people should start driving more carefully and not speeding to get somewhere they need to be. You will not take away the growth of my school.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College student, one who works in multiple areas of Wake County, and frequent traveler of the corridor, I see the committees view of expansion as the highway is often busy. However, as a student of the Meredith Community and visitor the University Club, the destruction these two properties will see for the growth of the highway, is not the way to go. Allow for the continuous growth of our campus.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
I fully support the decision to address the issues regarding the roads, however, it should not be at the expense of one of Raleigh's beloved colleges. Taking away not only the opportunity to expand further, but also the land that is there already is not the solution. There has to be another solution that doesn't have such devastating repercussions.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
I am a Meredith College alum, and a Cary/Raleigh native. I have traveled this road almost my whole life. As it is a pain at times, taking away from a historic College is not the answer. Especially when there us a field on the other side that could be downsized.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
I appreciate the actions being considered to create a more efficient flow of traffic for the beltline, however as a Meredith College student taking part of our campus is unacceptable. We are growing every year, and taking away precious land for us simply will not work. Please consider an alternative to infringing on our land!
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
While I do think improvements should be made to the beltline, it does not and should not come at the cost of the beautiful campus of Meredith College. I strongly oppose this plan.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
PLEASE DO NOT take away part of my beautiful Meredith college campus! It's a horrible decision.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
I agree that this road needs updates, but the answer is NOT to take from Meredith College. I am alumni and I am proud that Meredith is a huge part of this Commhnity and to not think of the negative affects of this plan on a such an important part of Raleigh's history is a HUGE mistake.. This is unacceptable and I hope you will find a new solution that doesn't take away from such s wonderful part of Raleigh !!
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
I use this part of 440 multiple times each day. While I would like my compute to be less congested, I am opposed to the proposed solution as currently presented. I am a Raleigh native, a proud Meredith graduate, and continue to reside in Raleigh. I hope to this project can come up with a better solution than take part of Meredith's campus.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
As a citizen of Raleigh who travels this portion of the I-440 Beltline every day, I understand the need for improvement. However I oppose the options that will detrimentally affect Meredith College. As one of the largest women's colleges in the U.S., Meredith provides a unique educational option for women in North Carolina. These changes could permanently limit Meredith's options for growth, and it would be unfair of the state to do this to a school has has contributed much to N.C. for more than 100 years.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
As an alumni of Meredith College, I oppose the potential impact on the Meredith College campus.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
As a citizen of Raleigh and proud graduate of Meredith College I respectfully ask that the NCDOT refrain from taking land from Meredith College. NC State University is a land grant university and the state already owns that land and should use that land before encroaching on a private college. Meredith is an important part of the Raleigh and Cary community and it would be a shame for the state of NC to take away land that is important for the growth of the College.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
Meredith and the U-Club should be joining forces here. I attended Meredith and I'm also a member of the University club. We have invested hundred of thousands of dollars in improvements to the club facilities and grounds over the past 10 years and continue to pay for it monthly, because we are paying off a loan. What happens when all those improvements are torn down, and the pool is right next to the highway? The U-Club probably becomes defunct. Will members still be paying for an amenity that no longer exists? It would be better to close the ramp there when two large institutions with great histories and lots of citizen involvement are affected so greatly.
Reply Flag 4 Agree5 days ago
Eliminate either the Hillsboro or Western interchanges
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
and roll the Ligon extension into the Project
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
I'm strongly opposed to any of these options. Have NCDOT considered a one way rush hour solution (i.e. AM inbound and PM outbound from I-40/US 1 to Wade AVE)? Washington DC uses such a solution along an older roadway (Rock Creek Parkway) that sits in a protected greenway. Such a solution could provide an additional two lanes of traffic at peak time with minimal new road work. Another strategy could be to make this stretch of I-440 HOV-2 or HOV-3 during rush hour, effectively reducing congestion with little infrastructure investment. Single drivers could still get to where they need to go but they would need to go "the long way" round.
Reply Flag 1 Agreean hour ago
No flyovers, this is not Houston, TX...we are not that large of a city, we already funded a second beltline because our one was deemed inadequate. Do not take this land for a few drivers, it is a short sighted mistake...improvements to traffic lie in grid systems and better public transportation, including pedestrian options and bike options. Our city is becoming more dense inside the beltline....can we please keep flyovers and expansion of the beltline off the table.
Reply Flag 1 Agree16 hours ago
All 3 options impact Meredith College that is not readily seen. Step into the shoes of a student contemplating attending the school, or imagine yourself as a parent sending off your daughter to a school in which construction sits outside her window. Noise levels will be elevated, hazardous fumes and miscellaneous objects strewn across the way, and unbearably bright lights shining at night. Classes will be disrupted, studying will be increasingly difficult, sleeping will be disturbed, and student's cars potentially damaged from nails left over from construction.

From this prospective, my daughter would be unable to gain the education she deserves. I would be unwilling to send my daughter to a campus impacted so greatly by the project, and I am sure several parents/guardians would agree. The project is extensive - lasting 3 to 5 years. Which means it could greatly impact enrollment numbers for the school thus damaging the college's main source of income to support the students. Not only would you take the land away from a school that has no other land left to expand upon, but you will also potentially be damaging the financial well-being of the school.

I would be discouraged to see Meredith, 2 to 3 years within the project, have to downsize its numbers of employed persons because enrollment numbers are down. Or, once the project is complete and facing an extremity, shut down the school. The school must maintain a certain level of incoming students, and retention numbers, to thrive. The campaign "going strong" has been their biggest asset, and has grown the school over the last 4 years. I would hate to see their efforts damaged by this project when they have all worked so hard to show Raleigh the significance of an all-woman's college education.

This campus is an historic landmark of Raleigh. It was a part of a growing city that is now booming, and continues to grow as a well-known place to live and work in North Carolina. I understand the significance of this project to decongest traffic and create opportunity for people to navigate Raleigh more easily. We all sense the need for something that is well-needed. We all drive in it!

However, we ask you to reconsider, and go back to the drawing board. We know doing this will delay the project, and add unforeseen costs, but wouldn’t you rather be the protagonist who shows mercy to a respected institution rather than the antagonist who threatens it’s well-being? More than just students are affected by this. This includes all 500+ employees who earn a living, and boost’s Raleigh economic status, parents and guardians of students, alumna and friends, companies who seek out our students for interning opportunities. We can’t afford to lose our best students because of this project. It affects us, and the companies/organization who want our students.

We appreciate your efforts! They do not go unnoticed, and we are thankful for everything that NCDOT has done to improve our roads in this great state of ours. But please take the time to reconsider. Your decision affects us all.

One thought that major cities have is a subway system. I know I would rather do that than drive my car. I visit Washington DC often and I enjoy their railway system. Not only will this assist in traffic flow, but this will also help Raleigh continue to grow.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeyesterday
An alternative should be offered that does not have a negative impact on the University Club and Meredith College. The University Club is used by families in the Raleigh community and by many civic organizations. Eliminating this facility would have a major impact on the community. There is always another way!
Reply Flag 1 Agreeyesterday
All of these options take too much land away from Meredith College and NCSU. I'm a graduate of both schools and disagree with taking this much property from educational institutions, especially a landlocked, historic, private women's college. There has to be another plan. I don't like that the last question didn't have a "none of these options" answer.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeyesterday
I agree with Meredith College President and alum, Dr. Jo Allen, who recently explained that "Meredith College appreciates the need to improve I-440’s traffic flow. But plans put forth by NC Department of Transportation are not reasonable as they could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s campus. Meredith’s students, faculty, staff and supporters call upon the NC Department of Transportation to come up with more equitable plans that pose fewer impacts on this historic campus."

Additionally:

NCDOT’s plans would cripple Meredith’s ability to grow -- which would put any organization in a difficult position, let alone a landlocked college that plays so many vital roles in our community.

Under all of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris as well as the completed interstate footprint would permanently disrupt the campus experience, and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district.

NCDOT’s also plans fail to address the impacts to the college and her students by the highway, its concomitant expressways, ramps, berms, bridges, flyovers and the negative effects of the proposed 100-foot tall lighting masts and 45-foot tall light poles along the entire western side of our campus.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeyesterday
I do not agree with any of the current plans as they so negatively affect Meredith College and the University Club. Meredith students will be negatively impacted in many ways and the future growth of the college will be forever jeopardized.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeyesterday
Meredith College and the NC State University Club would be severely impacted with this, which is just awful. Both of these institutions are too valuable to be altered in any way. There are other alternatives to cutting Meredith's campus and the programs/services offered at the University Club. The club has come too far as far as what they offer to families- tennis, golf, pool, camps, activities - to have this taken away is so very sad.
Reply Flag 1 Agreeyesterday
The options provided have to much of a negative impact on the NC State University Club. Losing over 19 acres of land and several key facilities will be devastating loss to the long standing club. I am worried such a significant change to the make up of the university club could cause this facility to shut its' doors. This facility employees 100+ employees and have over 3200 families that are proud to be associated with the club. If forced to lose some of its property, how does the state plan to compensate the club for these losses?
Reply Flag 1 Agreeyesterday
None of these "options" are the best option for the neighboring entities. Meredith stands to lose around 6% of their property, while the Univeristy club stands to lose around 42%. Additionally, NCSU is losing valuable land that will impact both current programs and future growth. There are creative solutions that need to be explored...including a very detailed one that was presented at the August 8th public hearing. This particular section basically needs an entire redo before moving forward.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
All of the ideas will impact the NC State University club. My family is there daily for activities and we will be heart broken if they have to close. Please find a way not to impact the NCSU club and the families that love it.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
all alternatives have too much impact on Meredith College and University Club. We have spent several years, not to mention significant money & inconvenience, to divert traffic from Hillsborough St. Let's follow through with that course of action and eliminate the exits from 440 to Hillsborough. Impact of all current plans would be devastating to Meredith & University Club, 2 historic and treasured members of our community.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
None of these options are viable, as they effectively end the NC State University Club, a valuable community resource in a part of town that is void of community resources. First and foremost, it would render NC State the only of its peers to not have a facility, hurting recruitment and retainment of faculty and engagement of alumni. But it also does a lot to serve non-members throughout the community. A plan for 440 improvements can't include what amounts to fatal changes to a community hub that affects so many.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
There are too many intersections too close together. Omit the Hillsborough exit and preserve the dignity and history of Meredith College and the University Club.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
I say just forget about the interchange on Hillsborough Street, have one at Wade and Western Boulevard
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
There seems that there could be a much better solution to expanding the highway without the great impact on Meredith College and NC State. It would be nice to see a more creative way to have less impact on the surrounding communities.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
Please consider other options. All of these options greatly affect Meredith college AND will cause the University Club to have to shut it's doors. The UT club will no longer be able to operate with such a devastating loss to it's facilities. Also, I cringe at the thought of paving over all of that beautiful green space. There has to be another way. Save our Raleigh landmarks!
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
Prefer less impact on Meredith and University Club.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
On one flyover vs. two flyovers: The one-flyover design requires NB traffic coming off the Beltline to make a loop to get onto westbound Wade. Any time a vehicle needs to transit a loop, it adds 30 to 45 seconds to the travel time. Consider how much time the 2-flyover approach will save drivers, vs. the 1-flyover design. The time savings easily outweigh the estimated $800K extra cost.
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 days ago
First preference is no impact on Meredith or NC State. Surely the brain trust in this area could come up with more tenable solutions . Utilized design students at Meredith and State, who have a vested interest. Give them school
Credit for researching the problems and presenting alternatives.
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 days ago
These alternatives all have a significant impact on the University Club, a public facility for Raleigh. It is not a Country Club. It is a pool, tennis and golf facility, and dining/banquet facility for all of Raleigh to enjoy at a reasonable price. As a UNC grad, I have joined and loved the friendships and anemities that the club offers. My children have swim in the swim team since they were four, I've learned to play tennis, and I have cultivated lifelong friendships at this club. This plan will essentially destroy IClubs ability to survive. I ask that the plans are redrawn or this intersection abandoned to protect the land for both the university club and Meredith. There is strong opposition to this plan and I beg that an alternative be proposed.
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 days ago
These options are not OK. Having to relocate the University club and impact Meredith is not worth the over-engineered solution. Invest in satetfy with what we have, not tear down and rebuild something that is unwarranted. This is a critical areas that makes Raleigh, Raleigh and would be repping an even large gash in an area that si critical for non-auto access.
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
The NCSU University Club is a wonderful asset to the community, faculty, and many families. This project could seriously jeopardize its ability to stay open. Like others, I strongly prefer an option (unlike the three presented), that has significantly less impact to the NCSU University Club (and Meredith College).
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
There is no proposed option that will not have a severely detrimental impact to both the University Club and Meredith College. Both of these entities have a significant role in the history of Raleigh, NC State University, and Meredith College. My Grandmother was one of the earliest students at Meredith, the first woman in her family to go to college. Both of my parents are graduates of NCSU. I am an NCSU alum and park scholar myself. I grew up on both campuses and learning to swim and play tennis at the University Club. I have attended weddings and graduation ceremonies at both locations. It is devastating to think that I may not be able to share this history fully with my children.
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
The impact of all plans on NC State's University Club would be devastating to the to the club. Meaning, it most likely wouldn't survive , which would be incredibly unfortunate and sad. It is a Raleigh institution that has such a positive impact on so many lives. It's way more than just a "country club" and supports many people and local organizations. It also provides jobs, taxes and is a huge help in recruiting some top talent/professors to the area. Please come up with alternatives that will spare the UClub.
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
The "slight detour" takes less land from Meredith College. All 3 options take an enormous amount of land from the University Club. All of the options eliminate the ability to travel east bound on Wade Ave, exit to southbound I-440 and then exit westbound onto Hillsborough St. It seems like this would adversely affect football, hockey and State Fair traffic. From all of the comments, it's obvious that land is extremely precious for the University Club and Meredith College, where there is no room for either to makeup for the loss. One ray of hope for the University Club, is for the NCSU Veterinary School to share in the sacrifice by donating a bit of their pasture land or the land out in front of the Club, to make up for the loss of eight tennis courts and 180 parking spaces.
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
I don't have any ties to Meredith or the University Club - I am a just a west-Raleigh resident who lives nearby and think that there must be an alternative to taking this much land from any institution.
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
All of these are effecting natural area and pre-developed fields, the impact is to great for the benefit. Wouldn't it be smarter to just minimize the amount of cars traveling to RTP by putting in the light rail to RTP from central locations. Even the oldest city in Portugal has a rail system that helps minimize traffic. I just don't believe the most educated team is thinking about Raleigh transportation.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
The impact on Meredith College is overly intrusive and not well-planned. What are the true environmental impacts? What are the social costs? This impedes Meredith's future growth and the growth of the stolen area.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
The impact that this interchange would have on the Meredith College students, faculty, campus and quality of life is too great. Meredith is a college that is supportive of the triangle area and the beauty and healthy environment of the campus helps to recruit and retain all those who attend and work there. This interchange, while i may be needed, will have a huge negative impact the quality of life for Meredith moving into the future. This just simply cannot be the best option.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
The triangle is unique in that we have a number of college and university programing. It would be a terrible loss of the city to value growth of traffic over growth of education. Meredith College and N.C. State graduate and faculty can be attributed to the success of the city. The future state of the city is going to be jeopardized if NCDOT penalizes the college and university.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Way too much impact on the University Club! It's not an elite Country Club, but rather a neighborhood gathering spot with track out and summer camps for kids and recreation and dining for hundreds of local families. There has to be a better alternative that taking almost 20 acres from the site.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
As a member of the University Club I would like to point out for those who may not be familiar with the club that is much more than a place for "rich" people to relax and have fun. The club is used by the community for many business meetings, fundraising efforts for various charities, weddings and wedding receptions, as well as providing child care camps during the summer months for golf and tennis. Many Raleigh and Cary working families depend on these camps to fill a much needed service while parents work. In other words, the club is used by many, many non-members on a regular basis. To completely destroy this beautiful setting and the impact it will have on the club is unfathomable.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Meredith College is thriving in a time when Women's Colleges are struggling. Leave it and its beautiful campus out of your expansion plans. Meredith needs to retain its land so it can continue to grow. There has to be a better way.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Meredith College has been important to my family for more than 100 years. My grandmother, mother and I are alumnae. Please find another way to solve traffic problems without taking so much of the college's land and potential for future expansion.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
NCDOT should go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option for lane expansion.
I cannot idly sit by and accept plans that will fundamentally affect students living and learning at Meredith.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
As a graduate of Meredith College, I support the College’s position that NCDOT needs to go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option for lane expansion.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
I no longer live in Raleigh but what happens to Meredith College and NCSU property is important to me because I have strong family ties to both and am a graduate of Meredith College. To ask Meredith to give up 13 to 20 acres of land, parking and athletic field space and space to grow would put Meredith at a severe disadvantage for it's own potential for growth in the future. In the community in which I live we are going thru some studies to look at our own transportation needs, albeit on a tiny scale compared to the needs of the Raleigh area. One thing I am learning in this process is that you cannot push for change for one part of the population, in this case vehicular traffic at the extreme detriment of another - properties such as those owned by Meredith College and NCSU. I believe that the three options you have proposed will cause a hardship to the Meredith Campus that they will simply not be able to overcome in the future. You must go back to the drawing board and find another option that does not have this type of impact on these schools. I do want to add that it is extremely surprising me that your roadway designers even considered these three options in the first place.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
All of these options are too damaging to the property at Meredith College. It is abhorrent to take so much land from a growing college and landmark in our city. The state would not consider taking land from NCSU's educational space; they should not consider it from Meredith either. Putting so much traffic so close to campus infringes on the quiet and tranquil setting that so many people in our city enjoy. Plus, creating the traffic noise and hazard so close to campus compromises the safety and security of this campus for mostly young women. This is NOT a viable plan!
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Please rethink how Meredith is impacted. Meredith, the campus and community are an important part of Raleigh and have been for years. Don't destroy this the tranquilty and beauty of this campus.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
All options are grossly inconsiderate of surrounding community; these designs are not really up-to-date; all three are much too large and noisy and construction of any one of them will rapidly put a cloud of toxic DE-construction dust over densely populated residential Raleigh. Respect the University Club and Meredith College & challenge a creative engineering mind to solve our problems. Don't put ANY of these present designs out for bids - get us a GOOD alternative.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
All of these options are horrendous. Accessing 440 from Wade as opposed to Hillsborough is not inconvenient enough to justify the additional ramps and right of way impacts.

The four-clover design of the wade interchange works as it should already. Widening 440 to 6 lanes in this area will significantly improve the flow of traffic, but the ramps seem to cause more social and environmental harm to the city than they are worth.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
As Vice Chair of the board I am acutely aware of the impact any of these three options would have on our campus. As a daily driver on the beltline I am also aware of the need for lane expansion. I would ask that the NCDOT study and recommend other options that would not be as intrusive to our campus. Respectfully, Carolyn Leith
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
The changes being considered between Hillsborough and Wade Avenues will negatively impact Meredith College in several important ways. The noise, air quality, visual impact, reduction of greenspace, and elimination of possible building sites for future expansion, are significant. Meredith College is a historic campus that has long been a gem in the Raleigh area. Key in this is the greenspace of the campus and the aesthetically, creatively, and intellectually stimulating environment it provides to the students and faculty it serves. The College is an economic, cultural, and educational anchor for our city. And, finally, the College's own masterplan and state-recognized Designed Historic Landscape will be dramatically impacted. Of the three proposals, the one that will be least detrimental to the campus is Plan C - Slight Detour. Thank you.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
I care deeply about Meredith’s future, I am asking NCDOT to go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option for the Hillsborough-Wade interchanges.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
There is already too much traffic being directed onto Wade Avenue and it cannot be accommodated as it is. More flow should NOT be directed this way. Find another solution. Alternatives to 440 and 540 should be explored. All of these show a lack of long term planning or we would not have the traffic we currently have throughout the Raleigh area.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Each of the options presented so far would have permanent and negative effects upon Meredith College. We are an integral part of the Raleigh community and have been at our current location since 1926. Were any of the current plans implemented, in addition to other Meredith acres used for public projects, we would have had 1/5 of our total acreage used for public purpose. We are good citizens, but enough is enough. The students, faculty, staff, alumnae--present and future-- should not see our core mission thwarted because our location has become too desirable to traffic planners and engineers. We all deserve better than any of the plans submitted to date.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
I stand by the remarks delivered by President Jo Allen during the public hearing on August 8, 2017. All three options have too significant of an impact on Meredith College, an important piece of Raleigh's history since the 1920s.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Why not eliminate Hillsborough street access and widen Faircloth and Blue Ridge. There are too many access points to the belt line between Wade and Cary.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
As a NC taxpayer, and a supporter of Meredith College, I object to these proposals. The impact on Meredith College would be disastrous. A historic women's college, Meredith's ability to expand would be eliminated as a result of these changes, not to mention the adverse impact this construction would have on the quality of campus life. Please develop alternative plans.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
The limited buffer between I440 and the active parts of the Meredith College campus is eliminated in all of these options. I would suggest having a session where some out-of-the-box ideas are proposed as the "just make it bigger" options are unacceptable.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
I urge you to find a solution that has less negative impact on Meredith College and NC State. As a student of Meredith College, I dislike that all three options would impact the commuter parking lot I use every day as well as the athletic field. However, if I had to choose one of the plans, I prefer Alternative B because it would take away the least amount of land from Meredith College and would result in no residential relocations.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Please consider other options that do not have such a negative effect on Meredith College and the university club
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
I like it as long as a traffic light is added at one of the Centerview Drive/Jones Franklin Road intersections.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
Don't do it
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
To reiterate what my fellow sisters have said. I see the need for updates, but I think taking land from Meredith is the wrong answer. Meredith has raised many strong women that go out and have a huge impact on the community. Not to mention the events/camps/and the choir the college hosts. I only lived on campus for a year and commuted the rest. I continue to commute for work, so I understand it can be crowded, but I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that 440 has become an alternate route due to the 40 construction. I think waiting until after the 40 plan is finished and re-surveying would be a viable option. Otherwise I think looking for solutions that would not impede Meredith's current and future students is essential.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
I wish I had input on the Walnut Street improvement but again, I side with so many others and reiterate the importance of not touching the historic Meredith College campus. The campus has been a friend to the City of Raleigh and produces top-notch employees for the state and City of Raleigh. Meredith College is known for its beauty and serenity while still being surrounded by roads/highways. There must be a better, more thought-out option in this matter. Stand by and watch the loyal Meredith College friends, alumnae, faculty and staff comments roll in...
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
Land is the most valuable asset anyone has today, and to reduce that which my alma mater owns and utilizes to educate young women would be a disaster! The DOT MUST make changes in this plan to protect every inch of what this wonderful women's college owns and uses to benefit not only Wake County but the entire country!
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
FYI There is also a substantial number of men who attend Meredith Collegebas graduate students. They would be equally negatively affected by the impact of this construction.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
Impacts to Meredith college should be reconsidered . As a graduate of Meredith and a frequent traveler of the Raleigh area I am sure there are other plans that can be made other than impacting a college with so many good impacts to the community .
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
As a student at Meredith college and an employee near campus I drive in this area very regularly. While I understand the need to update this corridor I am strongly upposed to doing so at the cost of 1/5 of Meredith's campus. As this college has played a major part in the continued growth of Raleigh I would hope that the city of Raleigh would not impede in the future growth of Meredith.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
As a Meredith College alumna, I oppose this plan. Meredith is an integral part of the university system in the Triangle and a partner in the city of Raleigh. Cutting through the campus of Meredith could be detrimental to the growth and development of the long standing college. We need places like Meredith to thrive and continue to educate contributing members of the community. I ask you to please go back to the drawing board and create a new plan that does not damage the wonderful campus of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
COMPLETELY AGAINST!
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
As the daughter of a Meredith College faculty member who uses the Beltline often and is an active member of the Meredith College community, I am opposed to this change. I think the construction and the storage of equipment used for the construction on campus will hinder the college's ability to function properly and attract new students each year. The school depends on its beauty to attract new students, so the traffic and stored equipment will cause the school to lose a lot.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
If a DDI interchange is right for Western Blvd, then why isn't a modified DDI correct for Wade? It seems like a flyover for Inbound Wade to 440E is a good idea, however I do not like the idea of putting 2 separate traffic lights on Wade Ave.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
None of these alternatives is good. Taking acres of land from Meredith, when there is no contiguous compensation is not supportable. You don't show the impact on Meredith woods, but there is considerable impact on the Art Museum corner. The existing wall you cite in your environmental impact booklet as a "model" is not built to current standards. It dips with the topography, significantly. We see vehicles over the top from our back yard. We measure 70 decibels as a constant from our back yard, and up to 95 when trucks pass. You need a more extensive noise study, at many locations with computer simulations of a double wall between LBT and Wade with 8 lanes there. I question the results of your noise study.
Signage is not mentioned. I have called and e-mailed DOT many times over the past 5 years complaining that there is no sign at all--coming from Crabtree toward Wade--warning drivers that only the left two lanes are through lanes. Most wrecks are caused by people in the wrong lane. Traveling across two lanes to get to a through lane from the short LBT entrance ramp (traveling south) is almost impossible now. Many drivers just don't know which lane to be in for this stretch and DOT doesn't help. What about light pollution for all these homes along the highway? More study on this stretch--back to the drawing board is strongly recommended.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
All options have far too great an impact on the University Club, we are members there and have been going there for 15 years. I have grown up going to the club for all major holidays, brithdays, every summer and fall we use the swimming and golf course. TO THINK THAT THE STATE IS GOING TO DESTORY THE CLUB AND ITS PROPERTY TO BULID AN INTERSTATE TO TAKE PEOPLE OUT TO THEIR HOUSE THEY GOT AND KNEW THERE WAS GOING TO BE TRAFFIC, IS NOT MEMBERS PROBLEM. OR EVEN CITY OF RALEIGH RESIDENTS PROBLEM YOU NEED TO RETHINK THIS AREA AND COME UP WITH A BETTER SOLUTION........
Reply Flag 0 Agree15 minutes ago
All of these options are unacceptable because they take a significant section of land away from Meredith College and the University Club. I agree that this area of 440 needs work, but the negative impact these proposed plans will have, particularly on Meredith College and its students, staff, and faculty, is too great. Please go back to the drawing board!
Reply Flag 0 Agree16 minutes ago
The Problems with NCDOT’s Plans

● All three of NCDOT’s plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s historic campus.

● Any of NCDOT’s three plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. would ultimately result in a cumulative loss in transportation-related projects of approximately one-fifth of the college’s footprint since our establishment here in 1925.

● NCDOT’s plans would cripple Meredith’s ability to grow -- which would put any organization in a difficult position, let alone a landlocked college that plays so many vital roles in our community.

● Under all of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris as well as the completed interstate footprint would permanently disrupt the campus experience, and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district.

● NCDOT’s plans fail to address the impacts to the college and her students by the highway, its concomitant expressways, ramps, berms, bridges, flyovers and the negative effects of the proposed 100-foot tall lighting masts and 45-foot tall light poles along the entire western side of our campus.

● NCDOT’s three plans also harm other area organizations to an unacceptable degree.


What Next?

● NCDOT should recognize the irrevocable damage its plans would cause and immediately go back to the drawing board.

● Meredith’s students (almost 2,000), staff (311), faculty (229), 22,000 living alumnae, and countless supporters are united and will petition NCDOT and other relevant parties without pause until the agency re-thinks its destructive plans.
Reply Flag 0 Agreean hour ago
The impact on the NC State University Club from all of the 3 alternatives will be devastating if implemented as shown. All 3 take 19+ acres of land from the club which is a substantial amount of the club's approximate 40 acre campus. The club has provided social. meeting and recreational venues for NC State faculty, staff, alumni and the public since it was formed in1961 following a lease signed by then Governor Luther Hodges and which was later modified by Governor Jim Hunt. The acreage that would be lost from any of the 3 alternatives would culminate in the loss of the tennis courts, parking lot and part of the golf course. These outdoor facilities are a necessary part of any club compound and the loss of them would render the property as a club untenable. Additional design alternatives should consider the elimination of this exit or the use of an elevated highway that would allow stacking the roads to minimize the loss of land for both the University Club and Meredith College.
Reply Flag 0 Agreean hour ago
All of the options are unacceptable and place too much burden on Meridith College. The college is an important part of Raleigh's history and is important to the vitality of the city going forward. I don't know if our daughter, who is an alum, would have considered going to school there if the highway had been in the campus backyard as currently proposed.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 hours ago
The proposed impact on Meridith College is not acceptable. Meridith is. An important part of Raleigh's history and is part of its vitality going forward. All of the plans sacrifices too. Much of the campus. Please go back to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 hours ago
There has to be a way to improve the Beltline without cutting into Meredith and the University Club so much.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 hours ago
If the best that can be done in ALL alternatives is to destroy the University Club (practice golf course & all facilities) and severely impact Meredith College, then we need to go back to the drawing board and think outside the box. I'm stunned that a better alternative can't be found that takes less acreage. Come on DOT - you can do better than this - let your creative thinkers take a shot at this.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 hours ago
Creating safe intersections that don't cause congestion should be primary deciding factor.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 hours ago
This will impact the safety of the women who attend and live on Meredith's Campus...not to mention the fact that there are preliminary plans to open a school of Hospitality Management with a functioning Hotel and Conference Center right where this is being proposed. DOT would really need to consider relocating the school to another site. The construction noise and pollution will inhibit students' ability to effectively engage and will rob them of their ability to succeed causing irrefutable damage. Enrollment will drop, faculty will leave, and this could literally be the death blow to one of the few all women institutions of higher learning left in this country. The committee overseeing this needs to recognize the dire impact and either scrap these plans or present a complementary proposal to relocate the entire college.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 hours ago
I also vote for no Hillsborough Street exit. The plans displayed here destroy the University Club by taking all the parking and tennis courts and putting traffic, lights and infrastructure so close to the swimming pool and clubhouse as to ruin the experience of being outdoors on this land.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 hours ago
Another comment to agree that all options impact Meredith and the University club too much. There has be a better way.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 hours ago
I would like to see an alternative that would not negatively impact either Meredith College because of her landlocked status and lack of future development on her campus and NC State University because of the faculty club that has been in existence for many, many years. Have you studied going over and under I440? Please take a visit to Dallas, Texas and look at the new options of over and under on 635. Under 635 is a toll road and over 635 is not. It's a fabulous alternative!
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 hours ago
None of the options are attractive. The spaghetti junction that is proposed does not strike me as helping and its complication would not seem to improve traffic flow. Seems like road engineers gone wild. Who really believes that having a light coming into town on Wade Ave BEFORE 440 interchange is a good idea?? Are you kidding me - Have you seen how congested that stretch is every weekday. The impact on both the University Club (likely to kill the Club) and Meredith (changes their entire growth plan) is unacceptable. There has to be a better way! Things to consider:
- Elimination of the Hillsborough Street interchange. Tens of millions of dollars in project costs would be saved related to reduced construction costs and right of way acquisition costs. The negative impacts on the University Club and Meredith College would be almost entirely eliminated, potentially saving the existence of the University Club. I think your objective is better and safer traffic flow and no doubt the much simpler traffic patterns would provide that. All the flyovers, distributor and collector lane mess would be eliminated. Eliminating the complexity has to improve driver safety.
- Use the money saved to help support a light rail system. We have to do that in the long run to keep Raleigh the attractive city that it is. Incorporate this into your plans. You say you are planning for the period up to 2035; light rail down this corridor has to be a part of that.
My understanding is that the elimination of the Hillsborough Street interchange would also provide for considering an alternative design concept for Hillsborough Street itself, as advocated by the City of Raleigh. I believe the City prefers a lower speed limit, better pedestrian access, and a multi-use path to the fairgrounds.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 hours ago
I am a member of the University Club and a former graduate of NC State. My wife, my two children and my three grandchildren are also members. We swim at the pool and I play golf in the golf league. The Club is a big part of our social life and I remember giving a swim exhibition during my sophomore year while on the Swim team at NC State in 1972.

Here are my suggestions:
• The footprint for all of the design options of the Hillsborough/Wade Avenue exits are too large and threaten the very existence of the Club. I’m not even sure why the exit off the Beltline onto Hillsborough Street is needed as Raleigh has already downsized Hillsborough Street.
• There is no reason why another option shouldn’t be considered as any of the proposed options would have a devastating impact to University Club & Meredith College.
• Sound and sight barriers must be a required for the University Club facilities to remain viable.
• Other Transportation Modes (Bicycle & Pedestrian) should be encouraged as there is presently no safe way to arrive at the University Club without driving a motorized vehicle (I’ve walked to and from the University Club many times from my home)..
• The timing of Hillsborough Street & Blue Ridge Road Project must not overlap with the Hillsborough/Wade Avenue work as it would choke all traffic to and from the University Club.
• The NC State Foundation needs to partner more effectively with Raleigh on Road & Parking Projects in order to maximize opportunities to develop West Raleigh.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 hours ago
this project means the end to the north Carolina state university club, period. the state chose the easiest people to steal land from and gave no consideration tp the faculty and staff of the university. UNC CH has a state funded beautiful club, with a full golf course and incredible dining facilities on top of the tennis courts and top notch swimming pool. All NC STate faculty and stwsff had was this one dinky club, and the state has chosen to take it away as well.

The entire project needs to be reconsidered. At the very least, much $$ needs to be awarded to the NCSU club so that they can take down trees and rebuild the golf course. To date, the state is just appropriating the land with NO REIMBURSEMENT.

The proposed location of the highway places it within feet of the existing pool at the club. From a safety standpoint alone, this move should be reconsidered. What happens if a car going too fast peels off the exit ramp, flies through the air, and lands onto a pool deck full of children? I see lawsuits that the state rightfully deserves.

THERE HAS GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY!
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 hours ago
All options take away a lot of the University Club and will have an effect on the viability of the club in the future.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 hours ago
I know there has to be other options that can expand 440 AND preserve Meredith College's already landlocked campus. I am whole heartedly against these plans.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 hours ago
Can't help but notice you didn't include a "None of the Above" choice on your options. That would have been a MUCH better option than "It's not important to me." Well, I'll say it here: NONE OF THE ABOVE!!! Meredith College is a PRIVATE COLLEGE that is 126 years old, and to think that you would try to flex your "Eminent Domain" muscles to bully your way into robbing them of 1/5 of their campus is just absurd. They are already landlocked, and need more room to grow as it is. Meredith has long been a caring, generous, flexible, and paragon community partner and advocate for Raleigh, and it's time to recognize and respect that by problem-solving in another direction! President Jo Allen doesn't like bullies, and neither do the 2500 Meredith students and their families, not to mention their thousands of STRONG WOMEN alumni, so you've got your work cut out for you. Ditto to the effects on the University Club. You're going to pulverize the largest university in the state so people can go "Zoom-Zoom" even more inside the city? That's just insulting. More air and noise pollution, more asphalt, in exchange for beautiful historic educational institutions and the lovely natural landscape surrounding them? It's a no-brainer. PROBLEM SOLVE, PEOPLE!!!
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 hours ago
Please reconsider the proposed widening of I-440 as it pertains to the Hillsborough Street and Wade Avenue Interchange area.
Things to consider:

1. The NCSU Club is a delicate resource that is landscaped in a particular manner and in it's specific current location due to it's unique and priceless view of the NCSU Veterinary College and surrounding West Raleigh. It contains a water irrigation system that relies on the delicate balance of natural constructs on the golf course. This system is beneficial to the surrounding area, most notable the NCSU Veterinary College, and the reduction of the golf course renders this system inert.

2. The elimination of the parking lot is a massive oversight that singlehandedly destroys the possible of future prosperity of the club. With the location of the added lanes, parking would be impossible and therefore the facilities of the club cannot be accessed by patrons or employees in a manner that is convenient or reasonable in any capacity.

3. The extension of I-440 directly beltlines the edge of the pool deck, water slide, and the newly-built snack bar, taking with it the tennis courts and a large portion of the golf course. With traffic being an absurdly close distance to the patrons of the pool, the peaceful qualities commonly associated with the location of the pool deck are entirely void. The addition of noise walls would act as a moderate buffer, but would nonetheless still destroy the pleasant view and home-like feeling that the NCSU Club has excelled in to date.

4. The most drastic and severe oversight to this plan is simply the construction period. In addition to the noise and eyesore created by construction, there is a possible of airborne lead poisoning due to the lead in the soil of the club surrounding the pool. Not only is this period of construction dangerous, particularly to the children of club patrons, but the massive disruption it would cause to the peace and sanctity of the club (over a years-long period) would undoubtedly be a death sentence. It would become an unpleasant environment, and, along with the elimination of two major facilities and all of it’s parking, would disallow the NCSU Club to function as a unique, historical, and benevolent community resource and recreation landmark in West Raleigh community. This would take with it hundreds of employees, and it would cease to respect the legacy of North Carolina State University as it pertains to the hospitality of NCSU faculty and the thousands of members that have shown great patronage and loyalty for decades.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 hours ago
While I appreciate that traffic is a problem in this area, I do not agree with any of the proposed plans. On top of taking a significant portion of Meredith College's campus and the University Club land, none of the proposals seem to take into account the impact of the noise and additional lighting will have on these communities. Please try to find another alternative.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 hours ago
The proposed routes all impact Meredith College in a negative way. Would love to see the DOT get creative in the alternatives presented to show real options that don't all affect the beautiful college campus. It is unfortunate for University Club to be impacted, but they also have other options through the massive amounts of land that NCSU has including State Club on Centennial campus. Meredith College doesn't have another campus or option. This is her home and has been such an integral part of the community. Meredith has always given so much to Raleigh and I hope that Raleigh can show the same love back.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 hours ago
While Option C seems to be the best choice out of all three- all three choices are extremely unfair to both Meredith and especially the Alum area of NCSU. Both have needs for the land they have acquired and it is better used with them keeping the land for their own need and use. Neither college has to ability to acquire any future land holdings where they are and to take the land for them to simply build more lanes just isn't important enough.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 hours ago
All options take over 40% of the useable land of the NC State University Club. This is unreasonable to add one lane in each direction of I-440.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 hours ago
I hope that comments with suggestions for other potentials be taken into consideration. Both Meredith College and University Club don't deserve to lose their space.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 hours ago
Honestly tell these construction companies to just build highways with larger roads when they first construct them. In CA, where my uncles work in the industry say that they build them with two roads first even if they know they will have to go back and in large the roads because it creates job security. To a lot of people living there very established lives this practice is a HUGE inconvenience. Just let the road be and let people deal with traffic. I bet there are a billion better ways to spend the billions of dollars that are about to be spent here. Just maintain the roads and invest else where.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 hours ago
All three options are detrimental to the future of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 0 Agree16 hours ago
All 3 alternatives are too impactdul to both Meredith College and the university club. Back to the drawing board for new options.
Reply Flag 0 Agree16 hours ago
No flyovers!
Reply Flag 0 Agree16 hours ago
All options impact Meredith College and the University Club. Can these options be re-evaluated in order to not impact these hisctoric places?
Reply Flag 0 Agree17 hours ago

no
Reply Flag 0 Agree18 hours ago
I work for WCPSS (at central office in Cary) in a travelling job that serves approximately 20 schools in North Raleigh. It is common for me to utilize this section of the Beltline several times per day. However, I am also a Meredith College graduate and MUST INSIST that the negative impacts of this project on the college's campus are too great to bear. Even as a frequent user, the costs still outweigh the benefits. Taking that much of a land-locked private college would bring irreconcilable harm to the college's growth. Meredith College is a key participant in the area-- its students, staff, and alumnae are active as volunteers, workers, employers, educators, and citizens. The historical significance of the college is very important, as is Meredith College's standing as one of the largest Women's Colleges in the Southeast. I urge the DOT to consider other ways, and if none exist to scrap this project entirely!
Reply Flag 0 Agree18 hours ago
All three of NCDOT’s plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s historic campus.

● Any of NCDOT’s three plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. would ultimately result in a cumulative loss in transportation-related projects of approximately one-fifth of the college’s footprint since our establishment here in 1925.

● NCDOT’s plans would cripple Meredith’s ability to grow — which would put any organization in a difficult position, let alone a landlocked college that plays so many vital roles in our community.

● Under all of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris as well as the completed interstate footprint would permanently disrupt the campus experience, and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district.

● NCDOT’s plans fail to address the impacts to the college and her students by the highway, its concomitant expressways, ramps, berms, bridges, flyovers and the negative effects of the proposed 100-foot tall lighting masts and 45-foot tall light poles along the entire western side of our campus.

● NCDOT’s three plans also harm other area organizations to an unacceptable degree.


All three of NCDOT’s plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s historic campus.

● Any of NCDOT’s three plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. would ultimately result in a cumulative loss in transportation-related projects of approximately one-fifth of the college’s footprint since our establishment here in 1925.

● NCDOT’s plans would cripple Meredith’s ability to grow — which would put any organization in a difficult position, let alone a landlocked college that plays so many vital roles in our community.

● Under all of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris as well as the completed interstate footprint would permanently disrupt the campus experience, and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district.

● NCDOT’s plans fail to address the impacts to the college and her students by the highway, its concomitant expressways, ramps, berms, bridges, flyovers and the negative effects of the proposed 100-foot tall lighting masts and 45-foot tall light poles along the entire western side of our campus.

● NCDOT’s three plans also harm other area organizations to an unacceptable degree.


Reply Flag 0 Agree22 hours ago
I am a recent graduate of Meredith College and WINGS/non-traditional graduate that used the beltline for many years when I was in Raleigh attending Meredith College. I also have family that worked for NCDOT and know what the state is really like. With all the educated engineers that the state supposedly has, it is beyond me and unthinkable how the NCDOT could even come up with a plan to strip and rob such an historical well-known institution that I might add has been in place since before I-440 even existed! Apparently, when the planning board and engineers for DOT push all their papers and plans for expansion of highways they did not care about the long term effects that their plans have on the real world and that their plans would have long term detrimental impact and devastating the future growth of the campus; not to mention that the plan to just take campus land is beyond preposterous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Also, apparently, the engineers don't realize or care that Meredith College has been a positive influence for the entire Raleigh/Wake County community for many, many years and that taking the campus land would be detrimental to current ongoing research and future research that students are conducting on the campus in the exact areas where the DOT is planning on destroying and that that research is connected with NCSU and RTP!!
Clearly, the engineers only care about doing their job and their 401k. They don't care about the devastating impact that their plans would have on a well-known institution that was chartered in 1891 and a big part of the Raleigh community, educating women on not just a statewide level, but also a national and global level, also heartlessly paving over a historical place such as Meredith College where 1000s of women call home and Raleigh community rely on for income should not even be considered as an option!!! The three options put forth are an unacceptable impact to the Meredith College campus land and to the college's future!! The NCDOT is already has a bad reputation for stupid workers, stupid robot engineers just doing their job ordered by D.C. which is a PR nightmare! Why would the Raleigh and D.C. DOT want to push their reputation even farther in the hole by taking Meredith College campus land to widen I-440 when widening is not the answer. NCDOT should go back to the drawing board and use the somewhat educated engineers they have and create a workable plan. Just remember that Meredith College has existed for over 100 years which is probably longer than any of the engineers on the projects have even been alive!!!
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
I believe all of the options are unsuitable. They have too great an impact on Meredith College and the University Club. There must be another solution that does not damage the two of these invaluable resources to our Raleigh community.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Meredith College is an incredibly valuable and historic part of the Raleigh community. Enrollment and programs at the college are growing at an impressive rate. These plans would do critical harm to Meredith's positive momentum.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
The proposed changes would be devastating to the University Club in terms of safety, tax contributions, public usage and environment. New designs must be submitted.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
The impacts of this plan could cause the University club to shut down. That is over 100 jobs lost (2 Million in payroll lost). That is kids (both member and non members) golf, swimming, and tennis camps gone. This would mean no more swim club, no more meeting sites for groups and weddings (50,000 plus people used club facilities last year) the reason for club to shut down is due to this plan taking out tennis courts, golf, pro shop, parking, as well as snack bar. The cost to rebuild if able to rebuild could cause dues to go up so much to where there is loss in membership and not able to obtain new members. For most this club is an affordable place to bring their kids and family. Not everyone can afford places like Carolina Country Club, North Hills Club, etc. please thake into consideration the astronomic impacts this plan has on the University Club
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
None of the options are appealling. They all take away valuable land from Meredith College which is needed for growth of its expanding educational needs, as well as housing for its growing number of students. As the mother of a current student I feel all these plans are a slap in the face to the growth of women's education. Go back to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Please reconsider the impact that this will have on Meredith College's ability to grow. We are landlocked by major roadways (Beltline, Wade Ave, etc.) and the remaining land on the side of campus nearest to the beltline is the only land available for future construction. As an alum I ask you to reconsider before removing that land from the college.
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I dislike all of the options, including the one that has "the least impact" on Meredith College. There has got to be a better way! All three plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s campus (where I work). Under each of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris (as well as the completed interstate footprint) would permanently disrupt the campus experience. Furthermore, how is the college supposed to grow/recruit talent to the area without having the ability to expand? Rehab 440 but don't make unnecessary changes/connections.
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None of these options properly protect the millions of dollars invested in the NC state university club and Meredith college. The additional noise and air pollution and damage to existing structures and their current use
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As an employee and supporter of Meredith College, all of NCDOT's three proposed plans. Under all of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris as well as the completed interstate footprint would permanently disrupt the campus experience, and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district.

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NCDOT’s plans would cripple Meredith’s ability to grow -- which would put any organization in a difficult position, let alone a landlocked college that plays so many vital roles in our community.
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All options have a huge impact on the University Club, which is NOT a country club. It is a recreational facility for all of Raleigh, and one of few recreational options in Western Raleigh. The university club would lose all it's tennis courts, parking, and the right of way is way too close to the pool, which creates a hazard for swimmers (pollution and potential runaway cars). University Club offers meeting and banquet facilities at a reasonable price. Over 900+ families would be impacted from this plan.

Is an exit off of Hillsborough even required? Could the impact be reduced such that Meredith and University Club aren't impacted so severely?

This plan will essentially kill the survival of this valued Raleigh facility. I sincerely hope for the families and workers impacted that alternatives can be created.
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Need to make sure access to businesses on Beryl is maintained, especially the side with the arboretum and Capital City lumber
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All three plans would permanently damage Meredith College, a historic, landlocked institution that plays a vital role in the Raleigh community. Losing 1/5 of the college's land will hurt the College's ability to attract students to an institution that has been providing a quality education to young women of NC and beyond in this location since 1925.
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As Meredith College President, Dr. Jo Allen, stated last week, "Meredith College appreciates the need to improve I-440’s traffic flow. But plans put forth by NC Department of Transportation are not reasonable as they could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s campus." All three options have a major impact on Meredith's campus. For a college that plays such a vital role in the community, there has to be a better way.
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I travel this corridor daily. I think the money and time would be better spent on DRIVER EDUCATION. It's not the road that is the problem, it's the negligent drivers. A little more policing would go a long way.
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Other alternatives should be considered to reduce taking 1/5 of a land-locked college's land. This college contributes greatly to the community and the community in turn should work to protect its future growth and maintain it's present climate.
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● Under all of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris as well as the completed interstate footprint would permanently disrupt the campus experience, and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district.
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All of these options will impact Meredith College disproportionately. I would not be in favor of any of them.
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Do not mess with Meredith !
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I am a 1981 graduate of Meredith and have lived in Raleigh since 1981. I understand and agree that this section of 440 needs improvements. However,I would like to see the DOT reevaluate and look for additional options. In a city that has so much pavement, I prefer to see the University Club affected in a smaller way. As a graduate of Meredith, I would hate to see one of the nation's most respected women's colleges lose the ability to grow when they are already landlocked.
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NCDOT’s plans would cripple Meredith’s ability to grow -- which would put any organization in a difficult position, let alone a landlocked college that plays so many vital roles in our community.

Under all of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris as well as the completed interstate footprint would permanently disrupt the campus experience, and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district.

NCDOT’s plans fail to address the impacts to the college and her students by the highway, its concomitant expressways, ramps, berms, bridges, flyovers and the negative effects of the proposed 100-foot tall lighting masts and 45-foot tall light poles along the entire western side of our campus.
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All three of NCDOT’s plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s historic campus. NCDOT needs to go back to the drawing board and find something that will not adversely affect the private historic college.
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The DOT and City of Raleigh have already taken too much land from Meredith for the beltline and the greenway over the years, including the period when the original beltline and greenway were constructed. Meredith has no more land to lose.
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As a Meredith Alumna, I am appalled that the NCDOT would even consider such an impact to our historic college. The negative impact to current students and the damage to future expansion on a landlocked campus are enough to say NO to all the proposed plans. The University Club is also a valuable asset to the Raleigh community and should not be impacted negatively either!
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These plans will take away from Meredith College's land. Find another option.
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I am an employee of Meredith who works in the academic building that is closest to the Beltline. Please find a way different from these three proposals to minimize the impact on Meredith's campus. We don't want to be like an urban campus with road traffic interfering with our student's education and experience living on campus. Can you please make this road design around Meredith more like how 540 is in North Raleigh? The exit ramps are all fairly close to the roadway to minimize the impact on property owners.
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Please reconsider. The impact to Meredith College and the University Club is too great. The negative consequences to both institutions will be significant.
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As a MEREDITH College graduate and a Raleigh resident for 32 years who still drives this road daily, I agree that I440 needs improving however I stand with the college in opposing any plans that encroach upon our historic campus and challenge our plans for growth.
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Please consider an alternative that is not going to be so detrimental to Meredith College. It is such a strong intuition and valued part of the community, it's hard to understand how these plans could be considered "improvements" if they include crippling this beautiful campus.
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Please find another solution. Any of these proposals drastically affect the future of Meredith College. The school plays a vital part in the community and that is not being recognized with these proposals.
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As an alumna of Meredith and a current employee, I am strongly opposed to these changes. Our campus is landlocked, so taking away land will have a dramatic impact on our future opportunities. Additionally, this amount of construction would affect all students, staff, and faculty members. Our peaceful, welcoming campus would be disrupted by constant noise and fumes. Additionally, not enough has been done to address the issues the campus may face after construction, such as the negative effects of light poles along one side of our campus. The NCDOT needs to reevaluate its plan and the impacts it will have on Meredith and other area organizations. Taking Meredith's land is not the answer.
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As someone who commuted to Meredith College for 90% of my time there, I do not agree with any of the proposed plans you have posted regarding this interchange. Not only does it take land away from the College that it desperately needs & uses, but the impact that it would have on current & future students would be devastating. There has to be other options, leave the universities & their facilities that enrich & educate the students of North Carolina alone.
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Meredith has ceded land to 440 before; it is difficult to justify asking the college to again cede land for transportation.
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There are better ways than to infringe on Meredith College. Totally unsatisfactory to even be considering impacting this institution and a hallmark of the Raleigh area and North Carolina. In the name of moving traffic more freely there are more options instead these proposals. Go back to work and figure them out as that is what you get paid for.
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Meredith College is a historic significance to the community, and state, and should not have so much land taken away. Already a small community these amount will DETERMENT the growing community that Meredith College is bringing to their campus. Taking away the athletic area will hinder those who use that field, and make the programs smaller. DO NOT take away conference and state athletes athletic area!
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I'm wondering if a section of NC State's campus were to be threatened by a project like this if it would be protected more than Meredith College. We are an important institution that makes a difference, and we should be considered an inportant campus to be maintained and supported. I am saddened and concerned for the future of my school and home if this project goes through. Our campus is small as is and future growth that is planned would be shut down. Please consider how you will be affecting student lives as you go about tweaking this project.
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All options have a HUGE impact on Meredith College and the future of the college to grow. The state needs to reevaluate the proposals and consider the future of the Meredith to expand before moving forward.
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Taking nearly 20% of the Meredith College campus is too much to ask of a small college in an age when land represents its greatest asset. This extraction would hurt the institution's ability to grow, borrow money, and provide facilities for its students. All of these plans need to be scrapped and new ideas considered. Is there a way to go up rather than out?
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Asking a small college to surrender nearly 20% of its campus is too much to ask. Land comprises an important part of an institution's value. Forcing a small college to surrender nearly 20% of its real estate impacts it ability to grow, borrow money, and maintain an environment that is beneficial to its students. While infrastructural development is a public good these plans ask too much of an institution that also serves the public in significant ways and will so negatively impact it that its future could be severely injured. These plans need to be revised significantly. Perhaps finding a way to go up rather than out could be found.
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I used to commute and work at Meredith. Now my daughter is a student there. We appreciate the need to improve the interchange--but not by taking 1/5 of Meredith's land, which would impeded opportunities for the College to expand. This is a landlocked college that currently is able to provided good security within its grounds--changes would take away from this security.
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Taking land from Meredith College, a landlocked institution should not be the solution.
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I support Meredith College's position that the NCDOT go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option for lane expansion. Thank you.
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Meredith College will be adversely affected by all these plans. If it can not be avoided, the least impactful must be considered! Losing land preserved for future development, having increased traffic with noise, & fuel pollution, degrading the aesthetic of the campus, will all affect students' desire to attend. That unfairly negatively impacts Meredith's bottom line ability to maintain the wonderful educational institution it has been, and re-proves itself to be, since it's founding in 1891.
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Please protect Meredith.
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I don't see why the highway has to be widened since we'll all soon be flying around in drones anyway. By the time this entire widening project is completed, it will probably be obsolete and completely unnecessary. All that money and time and natural beauty totally wasted....
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None of the options are acceptable! I am a Meredith graduate. Has DOT thought about the fumes, during construction, or after construction or the noise and lights and the loss of the tree barrier. We have autistic children learning on the campus as well as traditional students, non traditional students and mail MBA night students. Meredith cannot afford to give up any of its land if it is to grow and continue to educate women of all ages. They are Soccer champions. They bring money into the County by being Meredith students and many live off campus and are commuter students who park in the areas to be taken. Traffic on Faircloth Street will be heavier and commuting students will be forced to spend more money on gas and time getting to class. These plans are totally detrimental to a campus that has students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus 24/7 who will be negatively impacted by any of the proposed plans. It is unthinkable to me after riding through the campus today and seeing what is being considered that DOT would propose such destruction of a historic, successful, college that is a obvious TREASURE for Wake County. Who were the Engineers...have they spent time on the campus...where we pride ourselves in welcoming a very diverse community of learners from all over the world. Come August 19 and 20 and see who lives at Meredith. See our organic vegetable garden that will be covered with unhealthy dust and will become non existent...I graduated at age 65...one of those non traditional students...I am going strong at 78....stronger because of my experience at Meredith College...and their study abroad programs. Say it isn't so....I am in complete shock to think that anyone would propose this kind of route...why aren't you destroying all the houses on Glenwood Avenue and Wade Avenue....Glenwood is U. S. 70....Please do the right thing and go back to the drawing board. Ginger Alexander Neustadt
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Do not take land from Meredith College, a historic institution that would be negatively impacted.... No please go back and redesign another route that will not take land away from Meredith College
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no land should be taken from Meredith College, there needs to be another traffic design that will not adversely affect this historic college
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Too great an impact on Meredith College
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While I very much appreciate Alternative C recognizing the need to limit the impact on Meredith's campus, I strongly encourage you to work directly with the president of Meredith College on options, including alternates to the three presented. While those of us affiliated with Meredith realize the importance and necessity of widening I-440 through this bottlenecked section, the NCDOT must work hard to prevent irreversible damage to a nationally recognized, but landlocked, women's college. Allow the college to be a partner in this endeavor... not an opponent.
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As a graduate of Meredith College, I realize that area of 440 is congested and needs improvement. But to select any of these plans would harm an important (historic) private college and community center. Meredith College is a thriving women's college in a time where those kinds of institutions are suffering. It's worth preserving! To take so much land would inhibit growth, and the college IS growing. There's only so much land available to the school as it is for future dorms and academic buildings. Please reconsider these plans and find a way to preserve these places that are so important to Raleigh.
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I am a graduate of Meredith College and am opposed to land being taken from the campus for the I-440 expansion. Please explore other options that will not affect Meredith. Meredith College is an asset to Raleigh.
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All three options have far too great an impact on Meredith College.
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to be honest, get rid of the interchange at hillsborough, and both state and meredith properties would be minimally impacted. or allow only partial ramps off of I-440 onto hillsborough but not from Hillsborough onto I-440. this could help so much in my opinion.

The threat of losses, need for compensation, noise pollution closer to the campuses, the need for safety barriers, conservation of history land is just too great to consider any of these options.
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All of these options are unacceptable. All three impact the land at Meredith College at too great a rate. Meredith is a historic college and its land should be preserved. Taking one fifth of the land for this is ridiculous!
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Please go back to the drawing board for this interchange. My alma mater, Meredith College, is an island bounded by the Belt Line, Hillsborough St., Wade Ave. and Faircloth St. I respectfully request that the current narrow boundary the college has on the western side of the campus not be forfeited for I-40 widening. Meredith College is a community treasure, a well respected institution of higher education, and one of many reasons the quality of life of this city is so highly sought. Please respect the college and its legacy by finding an alternative to solving the traffic congestion without impacting the campus.
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Greatly impacting a historical women's college and its ability to grow. Congratulations Raleigh. That is true progress. Go back to the drawing board and get creative. Perhaps one of our esteemed graduates could help you.
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It is hard to believe that no one involved in this project is capable of devising a Wade/Hillsborough interchange plan that will not affect Meredith College adversely. The educational and aesthetic damage of the three current proposals is unacceptable.
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None of the options are acceptable. I am an alumna of Meredith College and a current faculty member. While I understand the need for road changes and traffic considerations, the impact on our historic campus, greenway, and neighboring communities is much too great in the proposed plans. I request that you return to the drawing board taking feedback, suggestions, and community input seriously. There are surely more less intrusive and impactful options for lane expansion which will not encroach on both nature and our learning environment.
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The DOT needs to respect and preserve Meredith college. What about adding those alternate lights when merging onto the highway at hilsborough as this is used in larger cities to help move along traffic.
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There has to be another way without impacting Meredith. It doesn't make sense to impact the campus that has so much history. DOTs proposals are probably constructed by men who don't have regard for a women's college, it's history, and its campus. Go back to the drawing board.......
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It is bothersome to me that all three options put forward impact the future growth of Meredith College, a college that has not only been a friend to Raleigh but has given back in numerous ways over the years. I respectfully request you go back to the drawing board and develop a proposal that does not impinge on this institution.
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No preference
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Meredith College is a unique gem. A highly ranked private women’s college that has thrived. Its expansion in student body and offerings can be contributed to its thoughtful growth and beautiful campus. Campus life is an integral part of the Meredith experience. On that campus students live, they compete in 8 NCAA Division III sports and they participate in long held campus based traditions. Meredith also shares this gem with the community – hosting public events like the Susan Komen Race for the Cure. On that campus Meredith has thoughtfully honored its history and planned for its future. The land and campus environment is key to its current success and its long range plan. Meredith is rooted in this land – a finite resource for the college.
The current preliminary NCDOT plans would significantly degrade the campus and undermine plans for growth and enrichment of offerings – keys that has kept Meredith a vital educational institution with national recognition.
Specific concerns are the significant changes and high impact of lighting, noise, the design of ramps and other auxiliary lanes, the extensive relocation of greenway spaces and the massive structures that would visually loom over the campus. Significant changes must be made to the plan with a goal to minimize the negative impact on the campus (light, noise, traffic speed and visual) and not interfere with long range plans for the use of the land.
As a Meredith graduate and citizen of Wake County, I stand with Meredith College, our 2,000 students, 500 faculty/staff and 21,000 living alumnae that insist that NCDOT, FHWA and the Mayor/Raleigh City Council investigate additional design alternatives and methods to significantly reduce the footprint and impact of this project.
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I would see money invested in infrastructure for BRT, cycling and walking than anything in this price range. Spending a billion dollars on 440 this decade on car-centric infrastructure is short sighted. It doesn't pay nearly the dividends as creating an environment where people of all backgrounds can move freely without having to own a car.
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I think this has not been thought through as to the long term/longitudinal effects this can and most likely will have on Meredith's future. This is a private and historic campus that is important in our state's history of educational rights for women. It has been listed in the top ten lists of women's colleges in south. Traffic progress is something that is necessary but not at the expense of my alma mater as well as other institutions in the affected area. Meredith continues to grow, reach and empower young women and to cut the size of this campus while bringing in light and sound pollution, possible safety concerns for a woman's college, the inability to grow and provide for students in the future is not the price that should be paid for traffic elimination. Please rethink this proposal, listen to the many voices connected to this campus and its history not the voices of those who are only looking forward temporarily and are missing the progress that is brought on by those GOING STRONG due to what we learned at our time there and the campus we love still. C/O '98 JC
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This interchange and its impact on Meredith College is totally unexceptable on any of the plans. We can and will do better on this not to impact Meredith College at all!! I am a 40 year experienced condemnation real property appraiser, I understand the results of adverse damage to property as a hole not just the small area being directly effected. The good of all is the preservation of Meredith College and not any of these plans. Time to go back to design and come up with a plan that does not effect Meredith College.
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Meredith College is a place of peace and serenity in the midst of all of the growth occurring in the Raleigh area. It would be a shame to take away from that in order to expand a