I-440/US 1 Widening
Project # U-2719
Type: Road Widening
Affected Counties: Wake
Estimated Cost: $148,002,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen 1-440/US 1.
The 5.3-mile stretch, from south of SR 1313 at Walnut Street in Cary to North of SR 1728 at Wade Avenue in Raleigh will be widened from four to six lanes.
Built in the 1960’s, this stretch of I-440 is one of the oldest sections with up to 94,000 vehicles using it daily. Currently it has substandard design elements, such as poor sight lines, narrow shoulders and medians, and short acceleration and deceleration lanes. This will be the final four-lane section of the Raleigh Beltline to be widened.
In addition to widening the roadway from four to six lanes, other changes include replacing pavement and bridges and upgrading interchanges. These changes are designed to improve traffic flow, increase capacity, and address the archaic layout of the roadway and interchanges.
One of the biggest challenges the NCDOT faces with this project is trying to minimize the impact of the property that will be affected by the project, including Meredith College, N.C. State University, the N.C. Museum of Art, the University Club, and the owners and residents of dozens of homes and apartments.
According to district engineer in charge of the project, Joey Hopkins, “Anything we do will impact the people.”
- NCDOT: We need public’s help with I-440 widening
- NCDOT announces widening of I-440, Raleigh Beltline
- Next big I-440 project tentatively planned for 2018
- Proposed project to widen I-440 could shrink Meredith College Campus
- NC State University Club members: Beltline widening could force us to close
- Meredith president opposes taking campus land to widen Beltline
- Road Worrier: Beltline widening should fix West Raleigh traffic problems
- Right-of-way acquisition – 2018
- Start Construction – 2018
- End Construction – 2021
It is estimated that approximately 110 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $22,300,000 for right-of-way takings. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (four of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.