I-540

Environment
8:48 am
Thu December 19, 2013

NCDOT Evaluates 17 Routes To Complete The I-540 Loop

NCDOT is collecting data along 17 proposed routes to complete the I-540 beltway around Raleigh.
Credit NCDOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is considering 17 alternative routes to complete construction on the I-540 beltway around Raleigh.

Project Manager Eric Midkiff says that's down from hundreds of options the North Carolina Department of Transportation has already considered.

In the 1990s, the DOT established a likely location for the roadway.   The so-called Orange Route was protected from development in anticipation of the 540 loop.

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Transportation
1:14 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

With Red Route Back On The Table, 540 Planning Goes To Public

The NCDOT is showing color coded routes under consideration for the 540 extension from Holly Springs to Knightdale.
Credit NCDOT

The state DOT is bringing options for an extension to the Triangle Expressway back to the public for debate. 

A series of meetings starts Monday afternoon at Wake Technical Community College to show residents of southern Wake County the possible routes for 540 from Holly Springs to Knightdale. 

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Transportation
9:25 am
Thu September 12, 2013

NC DOT Moving Forward With 540 Extension Plans

The NC DOT is considering 17 possible routes for the 540 extension from Holly Springs to Knightdale.
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Commuters south and east of Raleigh can weigh in on the final section of highway 540. 

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Transportation
4:41 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Lawmakers Moving To Revive Study Of Red Route For 540 Loop

State lawmakers in the Senate have tentatively passed a bill that would revive a federal study of a proposed section of the 540 Outer Loop highway across Wake County. Back in 2011, Garner residents convinced lawmakers to pass a bill that banned studying what's called the Red Route. It's a proposed part of the Outer Loop that would have required bulldozing parks and neighborhoods in Garner. Local leaders favor what's known as the Orange Route, but that would extend through wetlands that are home to an endangered mollusk.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Wake Mayors Seek Repeal Of 540 Route Ban

A group of Wake County mayors is asking the legislature to repeal a law that bans a possible route for the rest of highway 540. The panel voted Wednesday to put the so-called "Red Route" back on the table after federal regulators said they would cut funding for the project if the state does not allow the DOT to study all possible routes. That proposal has been unpopular among the planning board. It would take 540 through Garner rather than around the south side of the town. Most mayors say they voted to repeal the Red Route ban in order to get the funds back.

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