Public Meeting Set for Monday for Proposed NCDOT Project to Improve I-440 Between Wade Avenue in Raleigh and Walnut Street in Cary Thursday, November 29, 2012

RALEIGH – The N. C. Department of Transportation will host a public meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, to provide information about a proposed project to widen and improve a 3 1/2-mile section of I-440 from north of Wade Avenue to south of Walnut Street in Cary.

That section of I-440 has two lanes in each direction, while the sections at each end have three. This causes heavy traffic congestion at both ends, with the situation expected to get worse as traffic volumes for the interstate increase in the future. Although no final decisions have been made, the proposed project could include widening the highway, as well as upgrading interchanges, bridges and structures. The tentative schedule calls for right-of-way acquisition to begin in 2016, followed by construction starting in 2018.

Monday’s meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Method Community Center Pioneer Building, 514 Method Road in Raleigh. NCDOT representatives will be available in an informal, open house-style setting to answer questions and gather input regarding the proposed project. The opportunity to submit written comments or questions will be provided and is encouraged. Citizens may attend at any time during the workshop hours. A short video showing the need for the project will be shown, but there will not be a formal presentation. Additional information about the project is available on the NCDOT website.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who want to participate in this workshop.  Anyone requiring special services should contact Leza Wright Mundt at (919) 707-6032 or lwmundt@ncdot.gov as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.

For persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, interpretive services will be available at the meeting upon request. For more information, please call 1-800-481-6494 prior to the meeting.

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