Description and Purpose
The proposed “Complete 540” project, also known as the Southeast Extension, would extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to the U.S. 64/U.S. 264 Bypass in Knightdale, completing the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area.
Transportation demands, social and economic demands and mobility considerations are the basis for additional transportation infrastructure in southeastern Wake County. The “Complete 540” project would link the towns of Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, and Raleigh. In addition to connecting several towns and cities, the project would also connect major roadways in southern Raleigh and ease congestion on I-440, I-40, N.C. 42, N.C. 55, and Ten Ten Road.
||In accordance with the NC Transportation Corridor Official Map Act, NCDOT established a protected corridor for the portion of 540 between N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex and I-40 near the Johnston/Wake County line. A protected corridor preserves the location of a new road from encroaching development.
||Environmental study began.
||North Carolina Session Law 2011-7 restricted NCDOT’s ability to evaluate the Red Corridor.
||FHWA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a letter requiring full evaluation of the Red Corridor. This evaluation is required for the project to remain eligible for federal funds and to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The project could not be constructed without meeting these requirements.
||North Carolina General Assembly enacted House Bill 10 (Session Law 2013-94) and House Bill 817 (Session Law 2013-183) to remove previous restrictions on studying the Red Corridor. Governor Pat McCrory signed these bills into law allowing NCDOT to resume the environmental study.
||NCDOT resumed all environmental study activities for the project.
||NCDOT published Draft Alternatives Development and Analysis Report, including list of recommended Detailed Study Alternatives.
||NCDOT announced the alternatives that will be studied in detail in the DEIS. These alternatives are known as the Detailed Study Alternatives.
Latest News and Updates
In October, the department presented all alternatives to the public to review and comment on during a series of public meetings. State and federal agencies also reviewed the proposed routes in recent weeks. After careful consideration, NCDOT has decided to study all 17 recommended corridors in further detail, based on the comments received from the public, state and federal agencies, and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which coordinates transportation planning in the Raleigh area.
A key reason for this decision is that studying each of these corridors in detail now will greatly reduce the possibility of having to reconsider any of them in the future.
The next move is to conduct field work on all of the alternatives and prepare reports on each of them, documenting more detailed benefits, impacts and engineering components for the 17 routes. This will be followed by preparation and distribution of the project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in the spring of 2015. The Draft EIS will be widely available to the public for review and contain important new information on the detailed studies.
Public comments and questions are always welcome, but the best opportunity for the public to provide additional comments on the detailed studies will be after they are completed and documented in the Draft EIS. Official comments on this information can be made during the review period for the Draft EIS, which will include public hearings. Once the review period is over, the department will select the final route location.
|"Complete 540" Project Schedule* |
|Hold Public Meeting on Alternatives||Fall 2013 |
|Finalize Detailed Study Alternatives||Winter 2013 |
|Complete Required Technical Studies||Fall 2014 |
|Receive Approval of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement||Spring 2015 |
|Draft EIS Review Period and Hold Public Hearings||Summer 2015 |
|Selection of the Preferred Alternative||Fall 2015 |
|Approval of Final Environmental Impact Statement||Spring 2016 |
|Publication of the Record of Decision||Summer 2016 |
|Complete Financial Feasibility||Spring 2017 |
|Begin Right of Way Acquisition||Summer 2017 |
|Begin construction||Spring 2018 |
|Open to traffic||Spring 2022 |
|*Subject to change based on the availability of project funding. |
The cost of the project will be determined during the project development process. It is anticipated that the project would be funded in phases.
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