The NCDOT has several Transportation Improvement Projects throughout the State and around Cary. View a map showing the 10-year plan, including cost and schedule. 

Local project highlights

I-40 and Chapel Hill Rd Interchange Project (I-5873)

NCDOT is planning to improve the I-40 and Chapel Hill Rd (NC 54) interchange. The project will construct turn lanes at both exit ramps, rehabilitate the bridge deck and add sidewalks. The $2.7 million project will begin construction in March 2019. This project is in the City of Raleigh and directly adjacent to the Town. Raleigh is contributing funds to build new sidewalks on the north side of Chapel Hill Road. Sidewalks exist south side of the road. Some directional closures on Chapel Hill Road with detours during the night are expected.      

I-40/I-440/US 1/US 64 Interchange Project (I-5701 and I-5703)

NCDOT plans to redesign the I-40/I-440/US-1/US-64 Interchange to relieve congestion and address the heavy traffic volumes flowing through the area. Designing an interchange between two highways is not a typical roadway widening project that residents are most familiar with. There are different types of interchanges, each operating differently.

Due to its close proximity, the Walnut Street interchange will be impacted. NCDOT plans to hold focus group meetings and the first public meeting in Spring 2019. The focus group meetings will be used to inform Crossroads, Centrum, HOAs, and local homeowners of the future project and gather input. Right of way acquisition is scheduled to begin in 2023, and construction is anticipated to begin in 2024. The estimated project cost is $ 179 Million. 

I-440 Improvements between Walnut Street and Wade Avenue (U-2719)

NCDOT is proposing to improve the Beltline (I-440) between Walnut Street and Wade Avenue. This project includes widening the road from four to six lanes, replacing pavement and bridges, and upgrading interchanges. Built in the 1960s, this is the oldest section of I-440; it has nearly triple the statewide crash rate for similar facilities and is in need of rehabilitation as well as improvements to address capacity and substandard design elements. The estimated cost is $450 million to $475 million and construction is estimated to begin in late 2018.

US 64 Improvements from US 1 to just west of Laura Duncan Road in Apex (U-5301)

NCDOT is investigating options for improving U.S. 64, including pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. The need to improve this corridor is demonstrated by increasing traffic volumes as well as the number of crashes being nearly double the state average for similar facilities. NCDOT anticipates seeking public input on preliminary aesthetic enhancements for the project at a second public meeting tentatively scheduled for the end of the year.  The estimated project cost is $113,000,000 and construction is estimated to begin in 2022.

Ten Ten Road Improvements from Apex Peakway to Kildaire Farm Road (U-5825)

NCDOT is proposing to widen Ten Ten Road from Apex Peakway to Kildaire Farm Road including replacement of the existing bridge over US 1 and improvements to the intersection with Kildaire Farm Road. The primary need for this project is to address delay and congestion currently present along the corridor. A public meeting was held on March 1, 2018. The estimated project cost is $51,000,000 with construction estimated to begin in 2023.

I-40 at Airport Blvd Interchange Improvements (I-5700)

NCDOT is proposing to revise the interchange at Airport Boulevard and I-40 and to construct an auxiliary lane on I-40 from Airport Boulevard westward to I-540. Two alternatives have been developed for this project including a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) and Partial Clover Interchange. A public meeting was held on January 30, 2018. The estimated project cost is $34,220,000 with construction estimated to begin in late 2019.

I-40 at Aviation Parkway Interchange Improvements (I-5506)

NCDOT is revising the interchange at Aviation Parkway including a new off-ramp and loop from I-40 westbound to southbound Aviation Parkway. The existing on-ramp from Aviation Parkway northbound to I-40 westbound will be relocated and lengthened to allow the proposed loop to be constructed.

The project will also replace the existing bridge on Aviation Parkway over I-40, adding sidewalks and widening the new bridge. The I-40 westbound off-ramp terminal to Aviation Parkway will be modified to eliminate the left-turn movement to Aviation Parkway southbound. The estimated project cost is $24,853,000 with construction estimated to be completed in the first half of 2021.

American Tobacco Trail proposed PSNC gas line

NCDOT has been contacted by PSNC to install a new gas line within the right of way owned by NCDOT.  This line would serve the growing population. This project is very preliminary and NCDOT has only granted approval for surveying to occur in order to gather more information. The survey limits are from Morrisville Parkway and heading north thru Chatham County to Massey Chapel Road in Durham County in the corridor that the American Tobacco Trail is located. The public may see flagging along this corridor. There is no significant tree cutting, however there may be some trimming done to the underbrush to allow the surveyors to have proper line of sight. 

The NCDOT contact is Andy Miller, (919)-707-4194

Aviation Parkway Between I-40 and NC 54 (U-5811)

NCDOT is proposing to widen Aviation Parkway to a 4-lane median divided roadway with curb and gutter. Extra wide outside lanes will accommodate bicycles, street-side trails and sidewalks that will serve pedestrians. Right of way acquisition is scheduled to begin in 2020, and construction is anticipated to begin in 2023. The estimated project cost is $28,287,000.

Complete 540 – Triangle Expressway SE Extension (R-2721, R-2828, & R-2829)

NCDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are proposing to build a new, limited-access toll facility from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex, to the U.S. 64/U.S. 264 (I-495) in Knightdale. This proposed highway will improve mobility and reduce traffic congestion south and east of the Raleigh area while improving the regional roadway network and connecting several towns. Construction is likely to be segments, depending on available funding, each segment will likely have different construction timelines.

  • NC 55 Bypass to US 401: Design-build contract anticipated spring/summer 2019
  • US 401 to I-40: Design-build contract awarded Fall 2018
  • I-40 to US 64/264: Bypass Design-build contract 2027

The estimated cost is $2.2 billion.

Harrison Avenue Grade Separation (P-5708)

NCDOT is planning to construct a grade separated railroad crossing at Harrison Avenue and is currently gathering data, updating concepts and analyzing alternatives. The primary need for this project is to improve traffic flow in downtown Cary, which is impeded when rail crossings at Harrison Avenue and Academy Street become blocked by trains. Total estimated cost for this project is $22,600,000 and construction is scheduled for 2024. 

The NCDOT Project Manager is Anamika Laad, (919) 707-4705.

Maynard Road Grade Separation (P-5718)

NCDOT is planning to construct a grade separated railroad crossing at Maynard Road and is currently gathering data, updating concepts and analyzing alternatives. The primary need for this project is to improve traffic flow and safety on this thoroughfare. Total estimated cost for this project is $38,000,000 and construction is scheduled for 2024. 

The NCDOT Project Manager is James Bridges, (919) 707-4716.

Louis Stephens (U-5827)

NCDOT is planning to extend Louis Stephens Drive from O’Kelly Chapel Road in RTP to Poplar Pike Lane in Morrisville. The project includes building half of the future four-lane median divided road (the two northbound lanes) to be utilized as the interim two-lane roadway. The project will include pedestrian facilities and will improve connectivity as well as provide a parallel alternative to NC 55. The estimated project cost is $3,000,000 and construction is scheduled to begin in spring of 2019.