U-2719 I-440 Walnut to Wade

NC State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Project No. U-2719 is proposed to make Improvements to I-440 between Walnut Street in Cary and Wade Avenue in Raleigh including interchanges.

The purpose of this project is to improve traffic flow, make the roadway operate more efficiently, and enhance mobility on this segment of I-440. The project will address the need to increase capacity (the ability to handle traffic demand) improve the layout of the roadway and interchanges and fix poor conditions along this segment of I-440.

For additional information, please visit the project website at:  https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/ 

Each of the sections that follow provide a small map of the particular interchange, additional maps are presented for alternatives if proposed, and a table of impacts for your review. (A link is provided on each  alternative to the full size high resolution map).  

Please take a moment to review the map and the impact table then answer the question regarding your feeling about the interchange alternative being shown.


NCDOT Poll:
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Looking at the corridor map for this project, please tell us how to you use this area of I-440? (Choose all that apply)
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Provide your feedback on the options for each interchange that follows.

If it is not an interchange that interests you, select "It's not important to me" or continue through until you find the interchange of interest. 

Jones Franklin Road 

The proposal at this interchange is to upgrade the existing “partial” cloverleaf.   The alternative would extend an extra lane under the Jones Franklin Road bridge allowing additional distance where current merging/weaving occurs.  Realigning of ramps will occur near Waters Edge Office Park and the Capital Center Office Park.  A median planter has been proposed on I-440 beginning in the area of the Jones Franklin Road bridge.

Full Size High Resolution Jones Franklin Road Alternative Map  (http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/download/U2719-jones-franklin-road-2017.pdf )

 

NCDOT Poll:
Proposed Jones Franklin Road Alignment:
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I Don't Understand
This Is Not Important To Me
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It takes too much land from Meredith Campus.
Reply Flag 56 Agree14 days ago
Not sure how the Jones Franklin changes affect the Meredith Campus.
Reply Flag 14 Agree14 days ago
I'm baffled by your confusion. When a proposed highway threatens to reduce a college campus by 1/5 of its size, that is hugely impactful. Meredith College is home to over 2000 students and staff and should not be sacrificed for a new traffic pattern.
Reply Flag 22 Agree13 days ago
You obviously have not looked at the maps. The Jones Franklin changes do not affect Meredith. It is the Wade - Hillsborough interchange - see the bottom of the page.
Reply Flag 6 Agree13 days ago
We have looked at the maps. Expansion at that intersection directly consumes land that Meredith College currently uses for education and research. Using it would dramatically affect the future of Meredith College and would completely obliterate the aforementioned educational value. What I don't understand is the lack of concern people are expressing over this devastating proposal. Paving over a place thousands of women call home should not be an option.
Reply Flag 15 Agree13 days ago
obviously you have not looked at the maps because the Jones Franklin changes do not affect the Meredith campus. It's the Hillsborough and Wade changes that affect Meredith. You need to scroll down.
Reply Flag 5 Agree13 days ago
I believe many users are confusingly posting to the Jones Franklin discussion board, when they are trying to post to the Wade Ave/Hillsborough discussion board. I think this is due to how this website appears on mobile devices.
Reply Flag 9 Agree13 days ago
Meredith college's campus should NOT be sacrificed due to this issue. It is possible to find another way. The campus is historic and special to many women and should not be paved over because of traffic.
Reply Flag 38 Agree14 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
Current plans would dramatically affect the western side of Meredith’s campus and would result in a cumulative loss of approximately one-fifth of the College’s land. Is there a more equitable plan?
Reply Flag 26 Agree14 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
As an employee and supporter of Meredith College, I oppose the proposed restructure of 440. The long term detrimental impact would be devastating to the campus by impeding its ability to grow, disrupt the peaceful nature of the campus, and have an overall negative impact. It is sincerely hoped, that alternative restructuring can be considered that would not so severely affect this highly regarded historic college.
Reply Flag 24 Agree14 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
As a supporter of Meredith College, I ask the NCDOT to find another solution. This historical women's college should be left intact with the ability to grow.
Reply Flag 23 Agree14 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
As a Meredith grad and frequent user of the Belt line, I oppose this change. Impeding on Meredith's campus is not the answer.
Reply Flag 21 Agree15 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
I'm a Meredith Gradute and so proud of how this historic college is continuing to grow and shape young women. Their campus growth to provide outstanding educational opportunities since my graduation in 97 has been phenomenal. However, they are landlocked and an expansion of the highway into their campus will impede their continued growth. I would ask that you respectfully reconsider any plans to shrink their available land by expansion of the highway. Thank you! Robin Hollingsworth Williford
Reply Flag 18 Agree14 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
Please consider working with Meredith College.
Reply Flag 18 Agree14 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
Why hasn't a second option been proposed like the other areas? There are too many families and businesses being relocated, so it would be good to see an alternative given something does need done with this interchange.
Reply Flag 18 Agree16 days ago
My husband and I own a house on Jones Franklin Road. We live here with our two young children. We purposefully chose this neighborhood to live in, when we bought our house, because of the wonderful location. However, with the proposed changes to Jones Franklin Road, we will now have a solid barrier or median in the center of the road, which will prevent us from turning left out of our own driveway. It will also prevent us from turning left into our driveway when coming from the Beltline. This is a huge problem for us. This will negatively impact our daily life. Not to mention the fact that we're upset about losing much of our front yard. I understand the need for expanding Jones Franklin Road, as there is a significant amount of daily traffic, but I'm very upset about the median or barrier that will block us from turning left out of our driveway. Also, I'm very curious why there is not a proposal for a sidewalk on Jones Franklin Road. I'd be more willing to lose a part of my front yard for the purpose of a sidewalk, than for the purpose of a solid median. There is a significant amount of foot traffic, people walking from the Fort Sumter Apartments down to the Harris Teeter or bus stops, on a daily basis. As the road expands, this will become even more dangerous for the pedestrians. I would urge you to consider adding a sidewalk instead of a solid barrier in the center of the road.
Reply Flag 15 Agree14 days ago
An alternative should be sought. Taking land from a school is a shame saying education is not important. What will remain in school property if every city/ state did this . Inappropriate
Reply Flag 14 Agree14 days ago
Too many families would be relocated, with the lack of affordable housing in Raleigh, this is too great an impact.
Reply Flag 14 Agree18 days ago
Meredith College has been my home for the past two years. This proposal will steal 1/5 of our campus, ruining the beauty of it. Could you imagine walking around a campus that is a construction zone? Not to mention that we are a growing community. Each year more and more young women attend Meredith. This type of change will have a lasting effect on us and our campus for forever. There needs to be a second proposal. This is not what's best for the surrounding community.
Reply Flag 13 Agree14 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
As a fourth generation Meredith College graduate, I strongly oppose changes to 440 that will take any portion of Meredith College's land. I also oppose any changes that will cause noise, light, and exhaust pollution to the campus. I urge all stakeholders to review the environmental impact to the campus and seek alternate routes that will not impede the college's planned growth for indefinite duration.
There should be no assumptions that we women will be submissive in response to this indirect disregard to highly-ranked higher education. We are a worldwide community of strong, successful, determined women. If we lose even a small portion of our campus due to lost land or the damaging effects of having a freeway looming over our beautiful, learning-rich environment, our campus and ability to grow will suffer significantly.
I stand by the comments made by our current president and Meredith Alumna, Jo Allen.
Reply Flag 13 Agree14 days ago
I'm confused. This question seems to be asking about the changes to Jones Franklin. How does this interchange affect Meredith?
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
You seem to be conflating urban expansion with sexism. Do they not teach logical fallacies at your college?
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 days ago
When is NCDOT going to get over the idea that adding lanes is an acceptable traffic solution? It's induced demand - more lanes = more traffic. Trying to solve traffic problems by adding more lanes is like trying to fix being overweight by loosening your belt! DOT is turning the Triangle into a sprawling, congested mess. Traffic engineers need to do better. They need to recognize that streets are public places - there's so much land dedicated to streets and rights-of-way and it needs to contribute to place making, not make places more dangerous, more congested, and more unattractive. Focus instead on TDM, congestion pricing, improving transit, multimodal options, diverging diamonds, ANYTHING but adding lanes. You job is to protect the public interest, not to diminish or destroy it. Quit forcing people into cars to get around. This is so harmful - to the environment, to those who cannot afford a personal vehicle, to those who are too old/young/infirm to drive. PEOPLE FIRST, NOT CARS FIRST!
Reply Flag 12 Agree14 days ago
This comment is 180 degrees wrong! Money from the gasoline tax is contributed by drivers, and should be used to improve roads! That helps everyone by making it easier to get around. Alternate modes of transportation are fine, and secluded spaces are fine, but if NCDOT focuses on those to the detriment of drivers, it is making the environment worse for all of us.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
Students, staff, and alumni of Meredith College have the upmost pride and respect for our gorgeous and quiet piece of Wonderland. Taking 1/5 of our already small campus would break so many hearts. Not only would plans for expansion be forever ruined, students would also face other unfair repercussions for NCDOT's actions. Our quiet and perfect campus would be blemished with pungent fumes, construction, and would be very unsafe for students. We beg you to please consider other options and spare our beloved school.
Reply Flag 11 Agree14 days ago
Please work with Meredith College! The campus must be protected.
Reply Flag 11 Agree14 days ago
I am a current student of Meredith college. I am paying 30,000+ a year to get a great education. This proposed plan is preposterous and will greatly have a negative impact on my college experience. Meredith is a private school and therefore should not be impacted by the State's Transportation Department as Meredith is privately funded.
Reply Flag 10 Agree14 days ago
Remember that the land is owned by the state, not Meredith College.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Please No. Meredith College should not take the brunt of these changes.
Reply Flag 10 Agree14 days ago
Need an alternative option ... this would give a commuter student too much difficulty to navigate the already tough morning traffic. Meredith College needs expansion room.
Reply Flag 10 Agree14 days ago
Meredith College holds a special place in so many hearts and to take away from their already small campus would be unfair to those who are in attendance today and in the future. In my opinion, expanding the road is unnecessary and not worth the inevitable consequences. Roads end, but Meredith is forever.
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
This is an unfortunate development. The campus of Meredith should not be touched to benefit a few impatient drivers. This will cause 4-5 years of suffering to those of us that live in the area and will only benefit people who chose to live in an area that requires travel in that direction.
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
I am a previous student of Meredith College as well as a Raleigh resident. Taking 1/5 of Meredith's campus will cause extreme impact upon a historic school and growing part of the Raleigh community. For just the purpose of controlling traffic, it brings detrimental and unnecessary change.
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
Taking 1/5th of Meredith College's property is not acceptable. As a strong partner within the Raleigh community, this would be a travesty and deeply harm the ability for the college to grow. There must be a better way to restructure the area. Also, relocating 23 families and 7 businesses is also a huge impact on this community. This must be reconsidered.
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
Meredith College will lose 1/5 of their land and it's a small campus to begin with. It's not right and other options should be considered!
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
Meredith College gave me the best 4 years I could have ever had there. I lived on its campus, I stayed up late doing homework or dancing in a parking lot to prepare for Cornhuskin, and I was more than prepared for life beyond the back gate when I graduated this May. To take away some of Meredith's beautifully petite campus would be a mistake, and would keep the college from growing the way that it has been; that is, there are more and more young women choosing Meredith each year. To accommodate those women would be to expand the campus, not take it away. Another plan must be proposed in order to protect Meredith's grounds. Perhaps taking away some of NC State's campus...
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
Please find another way and let Meredith be!
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
As a Meredith College student I oppose these plans. Meredith college should not have to give up 1/5 of its land. It is already a small campus as it is. This would affect many Meredith students and Merediths staff and faculty as well. Not to mention that these plans will negatively affect our environment, and other families and businessses. I urge the NCDOT to reconsider these plans and come up with another solution. Meredith college is a beautiful and historic campus and this would greatly affect its ability to grow. Meredith college is a top college in the nation and trains strong women to go into the workforce and the world. Meredith has been here for more than 125 years and we cannot risk allowing it to continue to raise up more strong women for another 125 years.
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
This is not necessary to take up part of the Meredith college outer campus! Totally not needed!
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
As a current student of Meredith College, I would appreciate alternative plan. This current plan would negatively impact the college itself as well as it's community of proud alumni and students.
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
Please reconsider the expansion. onto the Meredith College campus. Please register my disapproval of this plan.
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
I feel sorry for all the people losing their properties on secondary roads.
Reply Flag 9 Agree15 days ago
It is unreasonable to take so much land from a historical Raleigh land mark that positively contributes to the community. Not only will the college be detrimentally effected but Raleigh as a whole would have a lasting negative impact!
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
It takes too much land from Meredith. It would ruin the beauty of our campus.
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
Takes too much land from a historic campus. Other options should be considered before disrupting future education at Meredith College.
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
Too much land taken away from Meredith College campus just so traffic can run smoothly!!!!
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
This would ruin the amazing campus of Meredith College. There is always another solution;this one is not it.
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
I don't want a highway to ruin the beautiful campus I pay thousands a year to live on and go to. Meredith campus has been around for a long time and has an important history to the city of Raleigh. Please don't take our land for a highway, Meredith means a lot to me.
Reply Flag 7 Agree14 days ago
as a Meredith college student i understand the importance of reaching and empowering WOMEN!! Meredith wants to grow and empower more and more women.. how can that happen if land is taken from it. Taking a lot of our campus would hurt our school and goal.
Reply Flag 7 Agree14 days ago
As a recent Meredith College alumna, it breaks my heart to hear that there is a possibility to have a huge part of campus to be taken away. Meredith has been the best decision that I ever made, and it feels like home to me. I want to preserve Meredith and all it's beautiful campus so it can keep helping make women strong, and give them memories and sisters to last a lifetime. Meredith is such a special place to me to and so many students, alumnae, faculty, and staff, please preserve our beautiful campus!
Reply Flag 7 Agree14 days ago
The DOT design and thinking fails to address stormwater and runoff considerations. Expereince with the DOT is that it only plans to remove water from the roadway without managing for the increased water runoff volume that results from 1. the increase in impervious surface and 2. the removal of tree and shrub canopies. Without state of the art designs using state-of-the-art runoff management models (not the outmoded and disproved approach to stormwater management current used in NC). Lake Johnson downstream and neighborhoods upstream on Walnut Creek will suffer from increased levels and frequency of flooding from this "improvement" on behalf of cars. Incorporating the stormwater-runoff engineering based on state of the art modeling as part of the roadway design process (not an after-the-roadway design" is common sense as well as socially and environmentally responsible. It is embarassing and irresponsible that a city that hosts a major engineering University does not utilize best engineering or run-off management practices. Road designer's thinking they need only get the water off the roadway without thinking or designing for accountable for where the stormwater goes after it leaves the roadway is irresponsibble. With a truly modern and comprehensive design process the lanes could be added without increasing flooding off the road.
Reply Flag 6 Agree2 days ago
I agree, this area is already way too flood prone as it is. The changes to Buck Jones are going to make it worse and messing with I-440 will just compound that!
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 hours ago
It would be more efficient to invest in a better system of transportation, rather than a bigger road. I'd hate for the city to waste funds on a street that will just get crowded again in a few years. Raleigh is an innovative and progressive city, and there are thousands of engineering students in Universities across the area that are willing to find work. I'm sure there is a better transportation method that can be built instead, such as a sky tram or a TEB.
Reply Flag 6 Agree13 days ago
Displacing 23 families from their homes is not okay.
Reply Flag 6 Agree13 days ago
Meredith is already a small campus. Making it even smaller would be detrimental to their plans for growth in the future. Meredith is producing strong and prepared women for the 21st century....please don't hinder that.
Reply Flag 6 Agree14 days ago
Please help us fight this. Meredith is an amazing and special place. Taking away from the campus to make a highway large just breaks my heart. I can't imagine walking out of the Oaks and seeing a highway. Or trying to walk on the greenway and it being gone of the expansion. Meredith has such an opportunity to grow. Each year more and more women enroll at Meredith College. I want to allow these women to experience the same wonderful opportunity that I had in my time at Meredith. Please consider helping us fight this to keep our campus the way it is
Reply Flag 6 Agree14 days ago
This takes to much land from Meredith College.
Reply Flag 6 Agree14 days ago
This plan is just not going to work. Especially the land it is taking away from Meredith College. They past couple of years Meredith had had the largest classes in college history. This means hat the college is continually growing and this is all the land that they have to expand. Taking this from them is hurting the college and hurting the expansion of Raleigh. There has to be an alternative.
Reply Flag 6 Agree14 days ago
This has the ancillary effect of improving the intersection at the southbound offramp. That is a much needed improvement and significant to a large number of drivers. Overall this will significantly impact the character of the homes along Jones Franklin road. This has been a small street neighborhood for a long time with houses close to the street. I believe the impacts shown to many of the front yards in this area should be enough to require the state to purchase those properties. Removing significant portions of 60 year old front yards and limiting driveway access that has existed as long should entitle the owners to decide if they still wanted to live there or not. I think this will significantly harm the neighborhood and residents should be given the chance to get out.
Reply Flag 6 Agree14 days ago
I appreciate that you're considering the properties along Jones Franklin and the impact to the neighborhood but the issue for the owners is that we don't want to move and we don't want to give up our land that is indeed "ours". We've invested time and much of our lives in our homes & yards with the expectation of living here for life. Moving is a huge expenditure of money and time that some of us truly cannot afford to spend even if we were given a fair amount for our home. "Relocating" is not an easy thing. It's a very small word for a vary large endeavor.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
Along with you we are one of the homes that would be most affected. The DOT map shows little brown 'buildings'... true but many of those brown 'buildings' are 'homes'. Our neighborhood, though old, established, has a fine 'mix' -- older residents, young families with young children, and the middles who may be providing 'homes' for retired parents, in-laws. Relocating is NOT an option for us. I've also not seen any mention of the old, established trees which provide homes for many birds, including hawks. Additionally, whenever there is heavy rain, runoff floods across our yard. I do not see this issue addressed by current plans. People are more important than cars.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 hours ago
I live on Jones Franklin so the proposed widening puts me & my neighbors losing more than half of our front yards and unable to turn left out of our driveways due to the proposed medians. Currently, traffic on our road is minimal with heavier traffic only on week days between 4:30-6:pm. Other than that, it's a nice neighborhood road with many people walking up down the street all day long. Because of the foot traffic, I would love to have sidewalks and even wouldn't mind the road being widened to 3 lanes but to widen it to 4 lanes with medians seems extreme. I see it creating a lot more traffic on this street and also creating a lot more traffic on Barringer Dr. which has 2 accesses to Jones Franklin. Because people won't be able to have easy access to their driveways, they'll end up turning down Barringer and coming out the other end of it where they can come back to Jones Franklin to get to their driveways. Barringer isn't equipped to have that kind of traffic all the time and I can see it creating a worse problem with traffic back-ups than we currently have, leading to accidents. Quite a few of my neighbors work from home and have clients coming and going to their homes on a regular basis. The driveway access will create problems for clients as well.

According to the NCDOT, this neighborhood is a low income neighborhood and it seems that according to them, it's fine to force people out of their homes and businesses because there are sufficient residential & business properties available to accommodate them. Perhaps "home" doesn't mean anything to them but I can tell you that those of us who live here think of this as our home. From older folks who could not afford to move even if there is sufficient housing elsewhere, to young couples with small children to families that have passed their homes to 2nd & 3rd generations -- we are a family-oriented, nice neighborhood in every sense of the word who calls Jones Franklin Rd. HOME.

Lower Income doesn't mean we're unimportant, worthless people that are dispensable for the sake of what is being considered progress. More pavement is NOT progress. The draw of North Carolina is that we still have a lot of lush green areas with wonderful wildlife & beauty. If you think we need more pavement to welcome people in, I don't think you're listening to why people want to live here. Money would be better spent on better education for the children who already live here.
Reply Flag 5 Agree3 days ago
This plan negatively affects too much wildlife. The loss to habitat will take a huge toll.
Reply Flag 5 Agree6 days ago
Relocating 23 families and 7 businesses for a project that is being implemented to make travel by car easier is not smart planning. The state cannot maintain the miles of roads that they are currently responsible for. It should not be adding to that burden.
Reply Flag 5 Agree12 days ago
Be considerate of residences
Reply Flag 5 Agree13 days ago
I am asking the NCDOT go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option for lane expansion.
Reply Flag 5 Agree13 days ago
23 residents left relocations and 7 business relocations as well as the impact it has on Meredith College. This constructions benefits do not out weigh its adverse impacts. Please reconsider other options.
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
As an alum of Meredith College I think this is a travesty. As Dr. Allen stated in her comments at the public forum, Meredith College has given way more of their land for projects such as this. We are a landlocked educational institution and do not have any other alternatives but the historical land we currently own. Performing these improvements to the beltline and destroying our historical campus and the peacefulness of the setting would be a travesty. I cannot believe NCDOT is proposing this. I'm appalled!
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
Meredith College is an important part of the Raleigh community. Please try to preserve our campus! Current students and alumnae are all very passionate about our Meredith community, and we contribute largely to the Triangle.
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
This will disrupt the growth of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
The current plan would take a significant amount of Meredith College's land and would be the extremely detrimental effect upon the many students, faculty, and other members of the community who are involved at Meredith College. I implore NCDOT to seek other alternatives, taking Meredith College into a more serious consideration.
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
Meredith College's campus should not be sacrificed for sake of travel. Find another way.
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
Meredith College is growing and taking away land from the campus will prohibit further growth for the college
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
Meredith gave me the best four years of my life-please don't take that away from current and future angels! We love our Wonderland and want it to stay that way!
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
Our beautiful campus should not be sacrificed to this issue! We are already a small school and a historic one, this would just impede our growth as a school. Please consider another solution!!
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
This proposal takes too much land from Meredith College's campus. Please find another solution that won't inhibit Meredith's continued growth.
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
Widening is needed but alternative proposed is too much, not needed in the predominately residential area.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
This plan negatively affects too much wildlife.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
While the impact for improving mobility, eventually causing a decrease in automobile emissions and etc., is fantastic, the adverse reactions seem to outweigh the benefits. Too many people would need to find new housing and move and for an area already suffering for more schooling space, it does not seem fair to relocate Learn with the Best. The special needs community has been hit with closings of other private schools over the last few years, given funding, revoked charters, and so forth..Let's try and keep some consistency with their schooling.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
Too wide, too excessive, too much impact on business and stream buffers
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College has been a defining feature of Raleigh for over 125 years. I was under the impression that the onyx rings meant something special for this area. Some of our city's best teachers and business women were educated there. Wake county leads in education in NC and Meredith leads in producing the teachers that are behind that education. The campus is already cramped and has little space to expand. Taking any of that land not only sends the message that Wake county doesn't care about the contributions of one of the country's oldest and most prestigious NFP women's colleges, they also under value the contributions of women in Raleigh and the U.S. Go back to the drawing board if you have any decency. There are better ways that do not degrade an historical treasure or the very valuable and practical skills of the women still being educated there. Try again. Or since Raleigh is only getting bigger, take these cars off the road and put in a metro system underground and out of the way. Raleigh may not be that big yet, but start now and we will be by the time you finish.
Reply Flag 4 Agree13 days ago
Anything that impacts the neighborhoods and surrounding wildlife so greatly should not be considered a good plan. Please go back to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 4 Agree13 days ago
As a Meredith Alumna and current employee I am concerned that the current plans for the Walnut to Wade highway widening will adversely affect Meredith and our campus. I hope the committee will continue to look for other options to find a solution that will not take so much of our campus and bring highway noise and pollution closer to the campus. We cherish our college and want to see her grow and continue to be an important part of our community. This construction as shown in the map will greatly impair our ability to grow in the future. Thank you!
Reply Flag 4 Agree13 days ago
Leave the historic Meredith Campus alone!
Reply Flag 4 Agree13 days ago
It's going to take up merediths campus land! Not okay!
Reply Flag 4 Agree13 days ago
Need alternate plan. Too much land being "taken" from historic campus of Meredith College. Please reconsider.
Reply Flag 4 Agree13 days ago
DOT, please offer an alternative!!!! Meredith is one of the top women's college in the nation. Taking away land is taking away Meredith's ability to grow. 1/5 IS A LOT!!!!!!!!! Growth to a college campus offers positive growth to a city. Meredith is historical. The property is beautiful! Leave the property alone! I have seen the growth of the campus over the years and it's making a positive impact on the programs they offer students, the community and businesses worldwide. You are telling Meredith to stop growing! This is sick!
And not to mention how this will impact NC State, yet another reason Raleigh thrives. Come on! You engineers are smarter than this right??!!
Reply Flag 4 Agree13 days ago
I strongly disagree with sacrificing Meredith College's campus in any way.
Reply Flag 4 Agree13 days ago
Meredith College is my alma mater and an important part of Raleigh's history. This plan is detrimental to the campus and I adamantly opposed it.
Reply Flag 4 Agree13 days ago
I don't agree with taking the land from Meredith College . It's wrong and it's an historic landmark
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
NC State has the land to spare. Meredith Campus shouldn't have to take a hit. The light and noise could cause problems with those living in student apartments. It could also cause unsafe environment during construction. Don't kick the little guys.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
Please take into consideration what you will be taking away from. Meredith College is home to many, including myself. If you take away part of our grounds then that gives us no where to expand in the future. Meredith is a small college campus as it is and we are very proud of our campus, but taking parts of it away would risk the safety and security that this all women's college has. This plan also takes away other historical spots in Raleigh. Please take this into consideration before any plans are finalized.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
Meredith College campus should not suffer b/c of lack of imagination on the part of DOT.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
Meredith College is an institution which should be supported. Taking land from a small college is detrimental and unnecessary.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
As an alumni of Meredith College it saddens me to think of losing even one square inch (much less the proposed 20%.) Please go back to the drawing table on this one.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
Do not disturb the Meredith College campus!
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
I agree that traffic flow on I-440 needs to be improved, but the current plans project a potentially high-risk to the campus of Meredith College, affecting not only the amount of land (and equity) the College possesses, but the expansion also runs the risk of treading on the character of the campus. There must be other options; there are a lot of intelligent, creative people in Raleigh who would have alternative ideas.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
I got to Meredith College, and for you to take so much land from an already small school is outrageous. Meredith creates intelligent and independent women, and our school deserve as much respect as any other university. This would be a major set back to the college, to residents lives, and to many students' educations. This is not fair and should be stopped.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
There has to be another way to fix the problem. Meredith College is the largest women's college in the Southeast. It's not a big campus to begin with, and shouldn't but made smaller.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
Absolutely not. It takes too much land from Meredith campus. The highway expansion could never amount to the importance of the land being taken from this school.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
The University Club has been the center of our family's social life for over 35 years. It serves a need in this community and the DOT plan will destroy it. There simply has to be a better way
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
I work right in the proposed area and it would interfere with business and cuts into residential and commercial land. Will impact surrounding businesses and residences severely.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
The plan uproots and vastly affects families and their homes on Jones Franklin.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
If Jones Franklin Road it's going to be made into a four-lane road, and then narrow down to a two-lane road at Denise Road, this will create problems for Centerview Drive. Centerview is a loop road with no other means of egress other than Jones Franklin Road. Turning left from Centerview drive onto Jones Franklin Road (at either of the Centerview Drive Jones Franklin Road intersections) is very difficult today. Making Jones Franklin a 4 Lane from I-440 to Denise will exacerbate that problem. I recommend adding a traffic light at one of the Centerview/Jones Franklin intersections. Hundreds of people work and/or live on Centerview Drive.
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
I feel that multiple options should be presented and I do not feel that it is beneficial for so many families and businesses to be relocated.
Reply Flag 4 Agree15 days ago
The houses / residents impacted may be severely affected. While the report indicates there is housing areas nearby, I highly doubt that the residents affected would be able to afford them.
Reply Flag 3 Agree2 days ago
411 resident: also work from home, woman-owned, small business, registered with the state of NC as a corporation. Do not agree with need for 4 lanes to Barringer, then wide median in front of this property. Not only would the residents not be able to turn left into/out of the property but neither would business clients. 3 lanes with center pass/turn lane is more than sufficient (as on Hillsborough). Object to so much of yard taken as it is also used for client parking. Additionally, pool was installed for physical therapy. Projected widening will inhibit those coming for PT. This is still a residential area; not everyone is renting. We have lived here since 1984. Cannot believe that newcomers are moving to the area because they want acres of asphalt. Please reconsider!
Reply Flag 3 Agree2 days ago
To much impact on the natural resources and tax dollars.
Reply Flag 3 Agree5 days ago
I am writing with respect to the proposed changes to the Jones Franklin Road interchange.
The proposed I-440 expansion is problematic for properties owners along Jones Franklin Road for numerous reasons. Specifically, the Raleigh Swimming Association, parcel 769, has significant traffic flow, including traffic flow with young drivers, who access the facility every day. The proposed changes to Jones Franklin Road include a raised median which will prevent turning into the RSA property if you are traveling southbound on Jones Franklin. Rather, you will be required to make a dangerous U-turn at Denise Road. Similarly, when leaving the RSA facility, drivers intending to travel southbound on Jones Franklin will be forced to make a separate dangerous U-turn. The driveway into RSA has very significant traffic flow and a different option should be applied here that allows for two-way turning into and out of RSA. Moreover, the two parcels located behind the RSA facility, but accessed through the same access drive as RSA, are on schedule for development into a significant townhome community. This community will only increase traffic volume and mandate a more controlled two-way turning option at this access point.
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
I am writing on behalf of Raleigh Swimming Association, a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aquatic instruction for people of all ages, including outreach to the community. We own and utilize Sonner Aquatic Facility, the property identified as Parcel 769, for delivery of all of our programming. We purchased this property in 2013 when it was urban blight, covered in graffiti and used as a prime location for drug trade and illicit behavior. We revitalized the property and created a productive, revenue generating resource for the community.

We are opposed to the plan due to the difficulty accessing our facility. The plan will include a raised median at our shared entrance. Traffic travelling from the north will be forced to the new signalized intersection at Denise Drive where drivers will need to make a u-turn to head back to make a right turn into our facility. Exiting from our facility will require a right turn and heading to the north. Drivers would need to cross 2 lanes of traffic to use a new "u-turn lane" that includes a bump out in the southbound lane similar to the new "smart streets" concepts being applied in this area. The turn lane also is aligned with what will be the only exit from the neighboring office building, shown as Parcel 140, that currently has two entrances.

Our concerns are as follows:

· For traffic accessing our facility from the north, the requirement to make a u-turn into two lanes of oncoming traffic at Denise Drive creates a safety issue.

· For traffic leaving the facility and heading south along Jones Franklin Road, the need to immediately cross two lanes of traffic to get in the u-turn lane presents a challenge and, again, an unsafe condition. Users will only be able to exit the facility when there is no traffic approaching from the south. Further, the traffic exiting the adjacent office building from Parcel 140 will create conflicts for drivers in terms of deciding who has the right of way.

· We anticipate patrons using the lot at Parcel 140 for drop off and pickup to avoid the new configuration. This would result in children walking through the back of the small commercial building at the bottom of our lot, presenting a new safety risk.

It is our understanding based on information provided at the public meeting on August 8, 2017 that no traffic counts have been done to apply to the final design. This is concerning.

Our facility is open 359 days of the year. During this time, we have vehicles accessing our facility from 5:00 am until 9:00 pm on weekdays and from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm on weekends. Weekday peak access times between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm see in excess of 300 vehicles accessing our facility. This repeats between 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm. This is also representative of what occurs on weekends between the identified hours. When we host swim meets, fundraisers and membership events, we have twice the number of individuals accessing the facility in smaller windows of time.


We ask that you consider maintaining the center entrance for Parcel 140, eliminating the south entrance where you now show the u-turn option at the break in the median, and shifting the configuration of the proposed entrance for Parcel 140 to our shared entrance. This would eliminate the need for any u-turn motions between I-440 and Denise Drive. We would be willing to allow the widening of our entrance to accommodate three full lanes, with one lane each for traffic entering, traffic leaving and turning left, and traffic leaving and turning right.

Thank you for your consideration.

Neil Horman
President, Board of Directors
Raleigh Swimming Association
Reply Flag 3 Agree8 days ago
The residential and business relocations are significant.
Reply Flag 3 Agree13 days ago
Do not take land away from Meredith College. Taking land away from places of education is absurd to me as it's home to many students and commuters. Frankly speaking, don't spend my money taking land away from my alma mater.
Reply Flag 3 Agree13 days ago
This is a ridiculous and unnecessary proposal. Find another route for 440.
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
Please don't take land away from Meredith College. The college is only growing and needs that land for future students. This college raises strong women and prepares them for leadership roles and empowers them, this is soooo important.
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
This plan is not considerate of the Meredith College history or future. There has to be another alternative that will be less impactful to this historic raleigh site
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
This will take away valuable parts of Meredith College's campus.
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
It comes with deep sadness when I heard the news. I am parent of a recent graduate who doesn't understand why they would take 1/5 of the campus. Meredith College has been around for 125 years, why would you take something away that has made a big impact on young women such as my daughter and that is a well established university for young women. Why all of a sudden the change?
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
I'm a current Meredith student. One of the reason I choose Meredith was the beautiful campus; it was small, but it was absolutely the right size for me. Please vote no to this change that would take 1/5 of our campus away.
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
There just to be another way. This takes too much away from meredith college
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
It is imperative that any water runoff impacts to the lower neighborhoods of Roylene Acres and the adjacent apartment complex behind it (off Jones Franklin Road) are incorporated into the planning and ultimate plan, due to the history of severe flooding to that area. I do not see that in these plans.
Reply Flag 2 Agree2 days ago
I like it, but I'm not wild about it. It looks like it takes quite a bit of space from Jones Franklin homeowners on the North side of the interchange (including removing a building or two!). While I recognize the need to increase the capacity of I-440 and realign the intersection of the North side of the interchange, I don't see why Jones Franklin needs to be widened so far North of the interchange.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
Will not provide benefits assumed.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
Instead of road widening, add turn lanes/ roundabouts, and add sidewalks and bike lanes and urban trees.
Reply Flag 2 Agree6 days ago
I am opposed to the proposed changes due to their negative impact on the small businesses and residences along Jones Franklin Road. People will lose their homes and their businesses. The proposed median and the resultant traffic pattern will deter traffic to the remaining businesses, impacting their viability. In addition, the traffic pattern will create additional safety concerns for those accessing or leaving the residences and businesses. In particular, patrons of the Sonner Aquatic Facility, owned by non-profit Raleigh Swimming Association, will face safety issues accessing and leaving the facility. All traffic leaving the facility must turn right and head south on Jones Franklin Road. After turning right, drivers will be required to cross two lanes of traffic to get into the U-turn lane to head north, creating a safety concern. For traffic accessing the facility from the north (i.e. I440), drivers will be required to make a U-turn at Denise Drive into two lanes of oncoming traffic, creating an additional safety concern. Please consider an alternative to this plan.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
The I-440 change would impact the NCSU University Club. My family is there almost daily. It is the primary place we go for family activities. It also provides a community for our family to be a part of. This will will destroy the property as it is today threatening to close the establishment. Our family will be heart broken if that happens. Please looks for ways to save the NCSU club as it so important to many families in the triangle!
Reply Flag 2 Agree9 days ago
Too many residents, business, and natural resources would be disturbed. These are items that once are gone, are gone forever. Do NOT displace a school that serves children with special needs, as they are an important place in their life and routines.
Reply Flag 2 Agree10 days ago
Meredith College and the NC State Faculty Club are the epitome of what's been outstanding about Raleigh for many years. In this age of high tech and engineering brilliance, it is inconceivable to me that top notch engineers can't devise a more forward thinking plan to improve that corridor. This task should be an exciting challenge to some brilliant engineer whoever he or she may be. PLEASE don't destroy or even compromise these two wonderful Raleigh Institutions!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply Flag 2 Agree12 days ago
the more you increase road capacity, the more you encourage people to drive, further increasing congestion. This is north carolina not texas. we should not sacrifice our livelihoods to cars.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
As an Alumnae of Meredith College I am in no way in support of this proposed expansion. This would significantly impacts the students, faculty, staff and the City of Raleigh. I would suggest that the NCDOT go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and less impactful option for lane expansion.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Please don't take land from Meredith College. There must be other options that the State can select!!! Meredith students and Alum are passionate and will take a stand to stop this plan!
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
I hate the adverse impact - all of them - but there IS a traffic problem here.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Please carefully design any improvements to avoid compromising the campus of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Meredith college will be impacted by this expanison and it does not need to be. That campus os important to thousands of people and it does not need to be reduced in size!!
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Please go back and replan your invasion of Meredith College land. This is such an invasion of such an important college. It's impact will be massive.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Meredith college is the place where I found my scientific voice. It's a place where future female leaders will be shaped and find their professional path. Limiting the campus' ability to grow by taking land will limit the number of women that can receive an amazing education there. Don't do that to Meredith, don't do that to our society.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Please go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option to Meredith College.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Can you figure out another way that will not disrupt the Meredith Campus?
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Consider alternatives and maintain the campus at meredith college as there are plans for future expansion of college programs using land on Western side of campus ...and if any small slice of land (not what is currently being proposed) has to be utilized to support traffic needs consider paying the college millions of dollars to build what is needed for the campus... Or better help them build what they need..."you need this....they need that negotiation" if a plan can be put in place that preserves the integrity of this beautiful campus that is historic in Raleigh! Surely go back to the drawing board and see what can be done...look at what state of Virgina did for the campus of Mary Washington University to move it forward and also help handle traffic into Fredericksburg/DC area. Go back and talk about both needs...situations are dire for both. We have to support the traffic problems but not to the disfavor of disrupting a college campus ...come on now!! Engineers can plan better than this if both needs are considered...
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
I find it sad that so many people cannot read or follow directions.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
I do not like this! This is taking away too much land from Meredith College which is home to so many women. Taking away this land is like taking away a home.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
I can't even believe this is being considered. Obviously, the people making the decisions regarding solutions for traffic/growth have no ties to NC and the negative impact this will have on Meredith's campus.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Meredith College is home to over 2000 students and staff and is an historical, iconic and beloved place. I oppose this project.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Meredith College grounds should not be taken away from employees and students.
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
As a long time Raleigh resident and Meredith College alum, I am very disappointed in this plan. This area of the belt line is a problem and I appreciate NCDOT working with the community to address it. Recognizing something should be done, this plan is not a long term solution, and yet it has permanent negative effects on Meredith College. Meredith is a top notch school that educates women making significant contributions to the Raleigh community. This plan reduces the size of the campus and in turn jeopardizes opportunities for growth. Meredith should more appreciated and ultimately protected.
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
Another way to do this needs to be explored. Taking away land from Meredith College should not be the wayb
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
It takes away land from meredith college!!!!
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
Travel through this intersection frequently; Jones Franklin Rd needs to be widened and the road into Sumter Square Apts aligned with the US 1 ramp so as to remove one of the stop lights.
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
What is going to be the limit in the number of lanes for a highway? My daughter attends Meredith and I dont think expanding the highway is worth sacrificing Merediths land. This will prohibit Meredith from expanding by taking away their land. The have s small campus and can't afford to give up land to a highway.
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
It takes too much land from the Meredith campus which impacts the students. The college campus should not be sacrifice because some people were too lazy to wake up for work an extra 20 minutes early to beat the traffic. I oppose this plan.
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
Be sure to include accommodations for greenway connection to Lake Johnson.
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
I don't see anything about the I-40 and US 1 interchange. The existing weaving has to be eliminated to reduce the backup on I-40 west
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
This road improvement is needed for the growth that will occur in the area. However, it is critical that the project does not add additional stormwater flow to Walnut Creek. This creek is already experiencing an increase in flooding. Proper planning and design can be done that will decrease the chances of future flooding and same the community pain and money.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
Our teenage daughter swim at Raleigh Swimming Association (RSA) which is located at 1013 Jones Franklin Road. Four lanes of traffic is a wonderful idea, however, we are concerned with her not be allowed to turn left out of the facility. She would be required to turn right, immediately merge to the left lane to make a u turn to head home which we feel would be a very dangerous situation. We feel that a better option would be to install a turn lane on Jones Franklin. The traffic shouldn't be as bad with two lanes of traffic going both ways. Please reconsider the ability to turn left out of the facility.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
I am an alumnae of beloved Meredith College from the class of '81. I am supporting the statements made by our President Jo Allen and also requesting you to go back to the drawing board and not to propose changes that would so negatively impact our college campus and thus this fine important educational institution. Ginger Knott Johnson
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
The current plans take away too much land from Meredith College. Over the years, Meredith has given plenty of land to benefit the City of Raleigh and its residents. This new proposal is too invasive to the college and it's students. Please look for alternative options.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
My "Yes" vote is in favor of sidewalks, bike lanes, and a future greenway on Jones Franklin Road (as a resident of a street just off Jones Franklin Road). I would love to be able to walk/ride to crossroads without fear of being run over. yes, it will drastically change the character of the neighborhood, but I'm hopeful it will change for the better!! I am concerned for the sake of homeowners along the road who will lose significant portions of their land, and perhaps need to relocate. Please make sure that these homeowners are given appropriate reimbursement if they choose to leave and that they will have ample time to make arrangements.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
•I am RSA swimmer parent and I need turn left from RSA when leave RSA. I need go RSA 6 times a week. the proposal of "All traffic leaving the facility must turn right and head south on Jones Franklin Road. After turning right, drivers will be required to cross two lanes of traffic to get into the U-turn lane to head north, creating a safety concern
• For traffic accessing our facility from the north (i.e. I440), drivers will be required to make a U-turn at Denise Drive into two lanes of oncoming traffic, creating a safety concern.
I highly against the porposal, it will cause big problems to me to take my swimer almost every day to and leave RSA.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
I am a 1963 graduate of Meredith College and am deeply concerned about the potential to negatively impact its future. Please go back and ensure that the important growth issue does not take steps that will impact the future of loyal past, present and future city advocates.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
The traffic flow changes proposed specifically on Jones Franklin Road at and near the interchange with 440 concerns me. Raleigh Swimming Association (RSA) has their pool facilities in this area. The change for how swimmers and drivers will have to access that facility concerns me. Drivers travelling from the north on Jones Franklin will have to drive past the facility and make a U-turn at a traffic light and will have to quickly cross two lanes of traffic to get in the far right lane to immediately turn right into the facility. There are over 300 swimmers typically associated with this facility. The high school swimmers typically drive themselves. I think this change in traffic flow will be dangerous to all drivers and especially younger drivers.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Too much land from Meredith college
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Meredith College land should not be sacrificed for a new traffic pattern
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
This design impacts both Meredith College and the University Club in that land that is already developed and currently being used as a vital part of both is now in danger of being destroyed!
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
Meredith College graduates have a huge impact on Raleigh. Don't do this to the campus! Think of other ways please!
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
Takes too much space from the Meredith College Campus
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 days ago
takes too much land from Meredith and will change the landscape of this important southern college for women
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
As a Meredith College alumna, I appreciate the need to improve I-440’s traffic flow. But plans put forth by NC Department of Transportation are not reasonable as they could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s campus. Meredith’s students, faculty, staff and supporters call upon the NC Department of Transportation to come up with more equitable plans that pose fewer impacts on this historic campus.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
Meredith is a beautiful and historic campus. It is affected too much. Any plans should affect Meredith land only up to 5 %.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
As an employee and supporter of Meredith College, I oppose the proposed restructure of 440. Under all of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris as well as the completed interstate footprint would permanently disrupt the campus experience, and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district. NCDOT should recognize the irrevocable damage its plans would cause and immediately go back to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
All three of NCDOT’s plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s historic campus.
● Any of NCDOT’s three plans for widening I-440 between Hillsborough St. and Wade Ave. would ultimately result in a cumulative loss in transportation-related projects of approximately one-fifth of the college’s footprint since our establishment here in 1925.
● NCDOT’s plans would cripple Meredith’s ability to grow -- which would put any organization in a difficult position, let alone a landlocked college that plays so many vital roles in our community.
● Under all of NCDOT’s three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes and debris as well as the completed interstate footprint would permanently disrupt the campus experience, and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district.


“Meredith College appreciates the need to improve I-440’s traffic flow. But plans put forth by NC Department of Transportation are not reasonable as they could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s campus. Meredith’s students, faculty, staff and supporters call upon the NC Department of Transportation to come up with more equitable plans that pose fewer impacts on this historic campus.”

- Dr. Jo Allen, President, Meredith College, Class of 1980
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
Do not take land from the Meredith Campus. It is a beautiful school, and I am sure there are other ways to resolve this problem without hurting an important educational institution in our area.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
Please design a less intrusive and impactful option for lane expansion so that Meredith College is not impacted.
Reply Flag 1 Agree9 days ago
This plan immensely affects the current students at Meredith College as well as it's future as a growing institution. Taking away 20% of Meredith College's land is detrimental and it is honestly, asking too much. The NCDOT should consider revising their plan so Meredith College is not affected to this degree. It is not a park, it is not a mall, it is a college where thousands of women have graduated from. I ask that the NCDOT go back and start from the beginning to develop a plan which avoids inhabiting Meredith College's ability to grow and expand.
Reply Flag 1 Agree9 days ago
This will prohibit the growth of Meredith College and thus take away from current and potential students.
Reply Flag 1 Agree10 days ago
I'm very concerned about the impact this project and the Wade Avenue/Hillsboro Street project will have on the Meredith campus and it is presenting many barriers to future expansion and changing a historical landmark! Please go back to the drawing board and re think this project!
Reply Flag 1 Agree10 days ago
Incredibly egregious use of Meredith College's acreage. Te College should not have to sacrifice 1/5 of it's land for this improvement - especially when (according to the above survey), 57% of the traffic is due to shopping and entertainment.
Reply Flag 1 Agree10 days ago
I am a proud graduate of Meredith College. I am not in favor of the proposed Jones Franklin Road Alignment because it impacts the campus. I understand and believe that the expansion of the belt line is necessary, but the changes in this proposed alignment will have a drastic impact on the campus, the students, the faculty, and the staff. In this proposed plan, Meredith College will lose the best sites for residence halls, facilities, and classroom buildings, as well impact the current students who attending Meredith College for the experience, the sisterhood, the education, the knowledge, the campus, and the lifestyle.
We ask that you go back to the drawing board and please find a less intrusive plan that will have little to no impact on Meredith College and its faithful students, alums, faculty, and staff.
Reply Flag 1 Agree10 days ago
This plan is devastating to Meredith College campus and should not be allowed.
Reply Flag 1 Agree10 days ago
It is incredible that the impact on the campus of Meredith College has not been appreciated by the NCDOT and other NC officials. To take 1/5 of the campus property directly impacts its growth potential for the future. It already is a campus with limited expansion options based on location. The on-site campus experience is what I most remember from my time there as a student. The aforementioned proposal would forever change the character of this Historic Women's College.
Reply Flag 1 Agree10 days ago
It looks like a reasonable improvement to me.
Reply Flag 1 Agree11 days ago
The expansion would negatively impact the Meredith College campus by increasing traffic noise and fumes while decreasing the amount of land for potential expansion in the future. I do not agree with the expansion and would like the NCDOT to look for alternate ways to address the 440 expansion issue.
Reply Flag 1 Agree11 days ago
Please go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan that will not affect Meredith College!!! Respectfully, STW Class of 1975
Reply Flag 1 Agree11 days ago
I am a real estate broker and own a firm as well as being a Meredith graduate and participant in their WINGS program -- non-traditional age college students who balance their personal lives, jobs and families while they earn an undergraduate degree. The benefit of this program is not able to be measured both in the lives of the individual participants or in the overall improvement to our communities. My lack of understanding is why a city or state would focus on destroying the establishment, i.e., Meredith College which has provided so much good and so many well educated women to Raleigh, the surrounding area, the rest of the state and the nation. There has to be another choice and while I understand Amendment V of the US Constitution gives the right of eminent domain to the government, it also specifies that "the taking" is a benefit to the public. How in the world could the damaging of one of the finest colleges in the nation be "for the benefit of the public?" Can we take a step back and chat again?
Reply Flag 1 Agree11 days ago
Please go back to the drawing board as this plan fails to address the impacts to Meredith College and her students from the highway, its concomitant expressways, ramps, berms, bridges and flyovers. It does not even mention the effects of the proposed 100-foot tall lighting masts along the entire western side of our campus.

The report fails to speak to the visual impacts of highway infrastructure and flyover bridges that will loom four to five stories over the campus. The plan will significantly compromise our ability to continue growing in a manner consistent with the college’s 126-year mission and campus master plan – a state-recognized Designed Historic Landscape – that we have followed for over 50 years.

We will lose the very best sites for future classroom buildings, residence halls, and athletic facilities, as well as impact current offerings for high quality instruction, research, residential living, and commuter service.
Reply Flag 1 Agree11 days ago
Land should not be taken away from the Meredith College Campus. It is a historic campus with many women living there to attend college. Another way should be found to expand the highway.
Reply Flag 1 Agree11 days ago
Too much land is taken from Meredith College
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
This proposal takes too much from the Meredith Campus. Please consider other options.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
I would like to say that this proposal sounds absurd. Why is taking 1/5 of Meredith's campus away even being discussed. I am a Meredith Alum. from 1994. The small, serene, historic campus is a jewel in the midst of a big city. Losing land doesn't allow for future growth, disturbs the peace for the students who live there. Please make another plan. This one is not reasonable and would be devastating for Meredith College.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
Raleigh is home to the largest woman's college in the South. Why would you ruin that? Meredith needs every bit of land that it has
for current and future growth.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
Strongly oppose this plan, as it will be detrimental to the NC State University Club. Taking over 19 acres from this well established facility that serves the community in many ways will be a tragedy. There has to be a better alternative.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
Please do not negatively impact Meredith College's campus. It has been there for over 100 years and is loved by many.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
Please detail impacts to cycling and pedestrian access
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
Surely there are enough clever, intelligent, well-trained engineers and city planners on the expansion of the Jones Franklin project that another solution can be found that doesn't involve taking land away from Meredith College. This is an old and well-respected institution of higher learning, supported by the community and by former students. When government begins to grab land away from an institution such as Meredith, it is just another blow to education in general, and another demonstration that government and contractors and developers are not interested in protecting and supporting education. As a woman educated at Meredith who has gone on to receive Masters and Doctorate degrees - due in great part to the education and atmosphere of learning at Meredith - I urse the committee to find another creative and practical solution to the Jones Franklin project!!
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
One of the draws for me to attend Meredith College was the expansive campus that made you feel secure and safe in the middle of a bustling city. To take 1/5 of the campus to create a new traffic pattern is atrocious! Please please find another way. Enough sacrificing green space for growth!
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
Taking one fifth of Meredth College's campus shouldn't even be considered!
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
As a member of the University Club where our family spends so much quality time together - the impact on that ultimately impacts our whole family. It's a healthy place to be- this project wrongly destroys that setting.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
As a Meredith graduate I request that you go back to the drawing board and design a less intrusive and impactful option for land expansion. The Meredith campus should not be disrupted as much as it is with the present plan. Thank you for reconsidering this plan.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
I would suggest moving the left in left out intersection at the Interchange Plaza building to the Sonner Swim Intersection. There is twice as much develop able property at this location. In fact a large apartment complex is in the approval process with the city right now. There should be sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the Jones Franklin bridge that goes over I440 and for the full lengths of all improvements. There should be a U-turn bulb added at the Wood Isle Road intersection. Plus do not add any traffic signals to Wade Avenue, leave south bound loop access in.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
As a parent and friend of a Meredith College alumni I fully support President Jo Allen's August8, 2017 public remarks against this project and the adverse impact placed on Meredith College. This project will forever adversely effect the life of Meredith College in the most negative manner.
Len Dillon
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
Meredith College is a 127 year institution in Raleigh that should be considered and supported by city planning. This proposed intrusion on the campus will mar the beauty and threaten air quality for those more than 2000 people who live, study and work here. Please go back to the drawing boards.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Thank you for an opportunity to express our views on your proposed roadway. My concern is for the negative impact the roadway would have on campus life at Meredith College; also the negative impact it would have on the important first visit. From another point of view, while Meredith is a Raleigh institution of higher learning, it is one of the City's most beautiful landmarks and deserves landmark level consideration. Also, we know traffic relief will be temporary based on the, "If you build it, they will come." While traffic relief will be temporary; it's impact will not.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Although I do not currently live in Raleigh, I am a dedicated alumna of Meredith College and have deeply appreciated its impact on both my life and academia in general. It has grown in both stature and size since my college days and I could not be more proud of it. I can clearly see that it has the ability to continue to grow and to become one of Raleigh's outstanding landmarks. To do this, it will need land and space to continue to grow and fulfill its promise. To swallow up so much of its land would be to stunt its promise -- and in doing so would be quite unforgivable.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Meredith College needs to maintain all of its campus space!
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Please add more protected/dedicated bike lanes and sidewalks
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
As a graduate of Meredith College I strongly oppose this proposal as it will negatively affect the current beauty and have an adverse affect on the colleges beauty as a result of noise and fumes. Meredith has always been a strong presence in Raleigh and supportive of the community. I live in Baltimore - an ever growing city who still recognizes the needs to respect the beauty of many universities located within the city- namely Hopkins , MICA and Loyola University's. These institutions of higher education are recognized as big parts of the city in a positive light- bringing many from out of this area and contributing and being recognized as revenue builders! They- among many other private schools and places of higher ed are appreciated for the positive light they provide to this city!! Please don't destroy a campus that is so beautiful and grows due to its continued growth! This proposal will cripple this growth and beauty!
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
More thought needs to be given to how cyclists and pedestrians use this area. I use Jones Franklin to commute to work via bike. It needs bicycle lanes.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
While I rarely use Jones Franklin Road I think doing something at the intersection of Ft. Sumter Road and Jones Franklin is important. I'm sure it would be beneficial the employees in the Capital Center Dr Office park to be able to leave with the assistance of a traffic light. Relocating people to other houses or apartments is not a workable solution. Moving special needs children is going to be a nightmare for the kids, teachers and their families alike.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
It will impact the Meredith College campus. Can the I-540 be completed instead of expanding the I-440?
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Intrusive to Meredith College's future & present. Please, please scale back as much as possible.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
It takes too much land from Meredith College
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Expanding 440 in this way would be a detriment to the growth of Meredith in the future and desttoy the the west side of campus. As an alum I'd hate to see the largest women's college in the southeast lose its ability to grow and stay competitive. The college has been cooperative of previous needs for town development but this is too much. Raleigh has a town and university full of engineers- certainly someone has a better idea- perhaps build up/over as opposed to widening the road.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Meredith College is far more important than 2 extra lanes added to the highway. This school has provided thousands of women with an outstanding education that is far more valuable to society then a highway. Meredith College has been in this location for 100 years and will remain there for hundreds more. The DOT will not mess with our property.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
This is ridiculous! The DOT should not be allowed to intrude on Metedith College land. This will increase noise, fumes, amd limit any opportunity to expand the college. Meredith has been in Raleigh for 125 years. There is a stable and horses which will be spooked by coming any closer. I-440 itself already gives off too much noise to that side of the campus. This project is too intrusive, unnecessary, and a waste of money. Why don't you repair and repave the roads you already have! THAT would be more useful to this vicinity.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Surely you can find another way for a design that is less intrusive and impactful for lane expansion. I am sure you have smart folks who work for NCDOT who care about the environment and what it does to students on Meredith campus.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Please reconsider options to avoid this project as the impact on Meredith's campus is too great. Meredith is already limited in its ability to expand and this would hinder any potential growth and impact current and future students from attending such a highly reputable and historic institution.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Our Meredith Campus has the quiet and serene atmosphere for living/ study / reflection / and private renewal both presently and historically. The present planned expansion of the Beltway would jeopardize the integrity of the campus atmosphere and be exceedingly destructive to future growth and expansion of the college's programs and needs
Another plan for this highway's modification should be created
Such a plan should be respectful
Of Meredith's property and purpose
Marti Elliott-Best
Class of 1972
Onyx Society Member
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
It would impact Meredith College negatively by taking away land for future college expansion and bringing all the noise and pollution associated with a busy highway to a beautiful campus.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
As a Raleigh native and Meredith College alumnae, I adamantly oppose this proposal. The land taken away from the college and possibly used for road expansion would negatively impact the future of Meredith College's growth and recruitment. Meredith College is a beautiful piece of Raleigh's history that deserves to be left intact. Thank you for your consideration.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
After studying the proposed changes I think the study of the environmental assessment is inadequate in seriously considering a number of impacts on Meredith College. The College’s well-being will be permanently affected by the increased noise, traffic, fumes, etc. that the building and completion of the expanded lanes will create. Finally, the potential for future building will be seriously affected as land is taken for this project. I implore the NCDOT to reconsider and try and find alternatives to this solution.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
The Jones Franklin Road ramps have never seemed especially heavily traveled or difficult to use to me. There's not a lot to draw traffic there. That's a lot of expense and disruption for only a little benefit. Honestly I'm not sure the exits off I-440 there are entirely necessary, as there are other nearby routes.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
I work in the Capital Center. Traffic getting out of the development is really hard between 4-6p. opening another exit, as shown on this plan, with a traffic light would be helpful.
Reply Flag 1 Agree14 days ago
Too many relocations for too little benefit. Bike lane not necessary here. This specific map is not about Meredith Campus....... that's later on down the page......
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 hours ago
When exactly were impacted property owners supposed to be notified!? This is the first I have heard of this and I'm listed on the PDF!
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 hours ago
I'm concerned that the health and safety measures are not being considered that will affect the over 3,298 members of the NCSU Club. The noise, increased pollution, and air quality issues, the barrier to the proximity to the usage areas of the Club, water run-off, and collection and the effects of this on the water basin.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Please do not close Beryle Road it makes it too difficult to access the J CRaulston Arboretum.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
This would have a significant negative impact on Meredith College, the University club and residences. I do not approve of this change.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
When I-4 from Orlando to Disney World became to crowded instead of widening the road, the built an elevated
road over the original one. We should just build an elevated road over the present one and not use any or at least
very little of the adjacent land. Also we (Wake County) becomes an instant Disney to see our elevated road. I will serve as chief engineer without pay.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am a proud graduate of Meredith College (1963) and am writing to you to ask the NC Dept. of Transportation to go back to the drawing board to evaluate the impact of your plans on our campus and its future development. Meredith is one of the leading women’s colleges in the Southeast and we need space to grow in order to become one of the best colleges in the U.S. Meredith is definitely one of the positive drawing cards that attracts women and families to the Triangle area.

Meredith is one of Raleigh’s most valuable and historical gems and as you probably know was previously land-locked in downtown Raleigh. Its current property was purchased with plans to become a larger women’s educational institution. Our campus is now bound by the Beltway and If your plans for I-440 are implemented, Meredith will be limited to a smaller area for future development and our school will have little chance of becoming a much brighter star in the education of future students and a drawing card for new faculty.

Please reconsider your decisions and rework your plans so that Meredith does not lose any of its valuable campus.

Thank you,

Joyce Tripp Miller
Meredith Class of 1963




Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I would urge you NOT to take so much land from Meredith College as the impact would be to destroy many of plans for growth as well as increase noise on campus. Please reconsider!!!
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Enough is enough. NCDOT, Developers and Government/City Officials need to learn the word NO!! Repeat - NO! It's constantly a battle, you wouldn't be satisfied if you too 50% of the campus. Sometimes the answer is just NO! We have grown until we are splitting at the seams. No amount of construction or change will completely ease congestion or serve the motives of development. NO! NO! Do we have to tie ourselves to the trees? Okay then!
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
My grandmother, mother and I all are Meredith women and have treasured the sanctity and strength it has offered. Part of that has been the peaceful campus and the thoughtful expansion. This plan not only disrupts the peaceful nature but negatively impacts the future expansions and Meredith's National Register historic district. Meredith, as an all women's college, brings much prestige to Raleigh and this plan would likely jeopardize its national standing. Ask any prospective student how valuable the "feel" of a school is and you will understand why Meredith's efforts to remain current yet stately are critical,
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Meredith College is a beautiful campus with a strong historic background. You cannot take so much land from such an important landmark. This is one of the few women's colleges left in the country, and all of the land is vital for Meredith to continue educating strong women.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
This will be really bad for Meredith College, and surrounding community organizations. To quote President Jo Allen of Meredith College: “Meredith College appreciates the need to improve I-440’s traffic flow. But plans put forth by NC Department of Transportation are not reasonable as they could wipe out a significant portion of the western side of Meredith’s campus. Meredith’s students, faculty, staff and supporters call upon the NC Department of Transportation to come up with more equitable plans that pose fewer impacts on this historic campus.” I am a Meredith College Alumni, and want to preserve the beauty of Meredith College, and see it grow. Pamela Smith Compton
- Dr. Jo Allen, President, Meredith College, Class of 1980
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
This needs to begin all over again and have all parties at the table
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
The DOT needs to go back to the drawing board, include the persons and institutions potentially directly affected, and come to a consensus that all parties can live with. This present plan is not acceptable to Meredith College because it affects students and therefore their suggestions must be taken into consideration.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
NCDOT has no right to take all this land from Meredith College. We recognize the need for road changes, but think taking so much of the COllege's land, for which there are already growth plans, is completely unfair and unwise.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Meredith’s campus has already been affected by city and state projects and, if this project goes forward with one of the proposed designs, almost 20 percent of the College’s campus will have been lost.
The widening project will significantly impact Meredith’s ability to expand buildings and other learning spaces.
Under all three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes, and debris, as well as the completed interstate footprint, would permanently disrupt the campus experience and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district.
NCDOT’s three plans also harm other area organizations to an unacceptable degree.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
If the education at Meredith is so great and so important, how come none of you know how to read or follow the simple directions in this survey?
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
This plan will do harm to any future expansion at Meredith Campus and have an adverse effect on the current campus with increased noise. Student life would be greatly impacted
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Please come up with another option that will not take land away from Meredith College.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I think these interchanges are all designed to maximize 'f;ow', but have not been studied through the lense of cost to their surroundings.
These appear to be very '20th century' plans.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am a graduate of Meredith college taking over 20 percent of the campus is govertmental abuse. It will also impact the safety of the students
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Your plan would turn Meredith's campus into the horror on two sides of it. That would be unforgivable.DOT once planned a super highway thru the center of Raleigh. A more intelligent decision was made then. One day, hopefully soon, there will be public transportation in Raleigh/Cary/Wake Forest and the need for more and more lanes will be diminished. DOT can think smart!
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Meredith’s campus has already been affected by city and state projects and, if this project goes forward with one of the proposed designs, almost 20 percent of the College’s campus will have been lost.
The widening project will significantly impact Meredith’s ability to expand buildings and other learning spaces.
Under all three plans, construction and its inevitable noise, fumes, and debris, as well as the completed interstate footprint, would permanently disrupt the campus experience and negatively affect the college’s National Register eligible historic district.
NCDOT’s three plans also harm other area organizations to an unacceptable degree.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
The impact it will have on Meredith College is unacceptable. WIth the amount of money colleges charge today, it is unacceptable to do something that will detract from the experience. It also limits the college's ability to expand and it will affect the college's National Register eligible historic district.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Having bike and pedestrian lanes is very important to me.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am a University Club Member and this is going to be a death sentence. It is very upsetting for our community. I understand imminent domain, but my concern is that this just isn't going to help the traffic. That would be a tragedy to lose the University Club and a problem(I agree traffic is bad there) not be solved. I would reconsider the need for this.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Don't like effect on NCSU University Club, you can't replace land
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
It takes too much land from Meredith Campus. Wrong decision to do this.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Too much land being taken and nearby people and businesses being disrupted/displaced.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
no comments
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago

Meredith College has been educating strong, confident women for over 125 years. Today Meredith is one of the largest independent women’s colleges in the United States, graduating nearly 500 students each year who come from across the country and around the world. It is important to note, that there are less than 40 women’s colleges left in the United States today. Meredith College is a very well regarded and highly ranked institution, of which, North Carolina should be very proud.
The beautiful, pastoral campus of 225 acres is an important and critical component in the College’s success in attracting outstanding students and competing with other institutions. The College is landlocked and any reduction of acreage will have a very definite negative impact on current operations and any future plans for growth.
It stands to reason, that there must be an alternative plan that will spare this historic North Carolina treasure from being compromised in a way that will have irrevocable and permanent damages to its future. I respectfully ask the North Carolina DOT take a very disciplined and measured approach to ensure that changes and modifications are found to preserve the integrity of this outstanding and unique North Carolina landmark.

Anne Fonville Sams
Meredith College
Class of 1977
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. The JC Raulston Arboretum relies on public access in order to fund its operations and pay salaries. It is vital that access along the length of Beryl Rd. is maintained during the construction process in order to allow the JCRA to fulfill its education and outreach mission."
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
THE SCHOOL FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN NEEDS TO BE ASSURED THAT IT CAN BE MOVED TO COMPRABLE SPACE AND PRICE LOCATION
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
I am a member of the JC Ralston Arboretum. The JCRA relies on public access in order to fund its operations and pay salaries. It is vital that access along the length of Beryl Rd. is maintained during the construction processing in order to allow the JCRA to fulfill its education and outreach mission. Thank you for your consideration of this outstanding Raleigh resource. C. Newby
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. The JC Raulston Arboretum relies on public access in order to fund its operations and pay salaries. It is vital that access along the length of Beryl Rd. is maintained during the construction process in order to allow the JCRA to fulfill its education and outreach mission."
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago

"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
I am a member of the JC Raulston Arboretum and green industry professional who depends on research being conducted on the grounds. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Road access. Thanks for your consideration of logistics, Brie Arthur
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
My support for this plan would be contingent on finding a way to maintain water flow in permanently impacted area of nearby stream, as well as NCDOT's financial support in relocation of Learn with the Best special needs education facility.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
The map is difficult to read, but I am assuming that this portion of the road will be widened to 6 lanes. We need this widening. I like the addition of a planter. Please provide us with wider, safer roadways and make them as attractive as possible. The current narrowing at this interchange is dangerous!
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
The left in left out intersection needs to be moved from the Plaza Interchange building to the RSA property entrance. There is twice as much developable property at the RSA enetrance as compared to the plaza interchange entrance.

Also, there should be sidewalks and bike lanes along the entire length of then Jones Franklin Road improvements. There are pedestrians and bicyclists crossing that bridge and it is extremely unsafe!
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
I call upon you to reconsider your plan to widen I-440 in the area between Hillsborough Street and Wade Avenue. Your proposed plans will impact the Meredith College campus to a degree that is unacceptable.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
It should not impact Meredith College.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
There are times when this interchange is not safe. If local concerns can be met, goals to improve safety are important.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
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Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
I don't drive this path enough to understand the need for improvement or the impact of the proposed plans.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
The new traffic light at Denise Drive should (obviously) be tied to the traffic lights at Jones Franklin and the Beltline. Currently, the lights on either side of the Beltline are not synced, and more often than not, drivers must stop at both of them.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
Jones Franklin North after Barringer road should not be two lane. This will cause aggressive drivers to take chances to pass. The two lane should end with a left turn only at sumter road. This aggressive driving in combination with pedestrians walking frequently here is a fatality waiting to happen.. I can understand if you want to extend a two lane road path for future full four lane all the way to athens drive, but please don't mark it for two lanes. maybe it can be a bus stop for now right after barringer road.

There's many people going south bond on Jones Franklin that turn on Water's edge. I guess not anymore. I don't think i see a resolution to support people to get to the areas on Water's edge from southbound Jones Franklin. i guess they will do a u-turn at jones franklin and ft sumter. If so, it's already a problem turning left from southbound jones franklin to I-440 south. now this adds more vehicles turning left.

Southbound Jones franklin turning left onto I-440 south ramp: I don't see this is helping the congestion of traffic turning left. It always takes 2-3 light changes to finally turn left in the morning during work day. there's so much vehicle collection because of this stop light at Jones Franklin and sumter road. Cars are backed up on the Jones Franklin bridge. It would make sense to ease traffic by not having a left turn from Jones Franklin south to I-440 south, and move this to a ramp for a right turn onto I-440. there's still plenty of distance to merge onto US-1 south or stay in the service collector and continue there if need be.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
If any improvements to the roads are made, all the planned improvements for non-auto traffic should be invested in - like Greenways, assisting the City, creating a net gain for the community that does not drive.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
The Jones Franklin bridge area is a choke-point for traffic and an awkward intersection with Ft Sumter Rd (which seems like it would be more prone to accidents). Updating this portion would be very beneficial.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
The thought to widen to only go back to a bottleneck at another point in Raleigh does not solve the issue of traffic. If other bridges and roads were open that have created detours over the course of the pass 5 years were opened back it it might eleviate some of the issues near Lake Johns and 440 get on/off ramps
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Good Plan. Needs to be Improved!
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Needs to be improved!
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Full size map link for Jones Franklin wouldn't open. Will there be widening at Western Blvd interchange which is a bottle neck...
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
I want a sound wall
Reply Flag 0 Agree14 days ago
NCDOT Poll:
Alternative A: Replace the existing bridge in place
I Like It
I Don't Like It
I Don't Understand
This Is Not Important To Me
Vote to view results
NCDOT Poll:
Alternative B: Replace the existing bridge to the north
I Like It
I Don't Like It
I Don't Understand
It Is Not Important To Me
Vote to view results
NCDOT Poll:
Do you have a preference between the Alternatives? If so, why?
Alternative A, mostly because it doesn't impact as many homes.
Reply Flag 13 Agree14 days ago
This area is home to families - relocating 6 households is too many.
Reply Flag 9 Agree18 days ago
It seems it would be best to prevent relocating as many families as possible
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
shutting down the bridge would be a big disruption to persons that use the bridge. building a bridge while the old one is still in use disrupts 3 additional familes forever. shutting down the bridge (replace in same location) seems to be the lesser of 2 evils.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
My residence is very close to the bridge. It has not been made clear to me whether or not my residence would be taken for this Alternative B or not, but that is my worry. It is more expensive for the city and it would likely impact more people's homes. I think a year or 2 of inconvenience is something that people could get used to. I look forward to the public forum meetings.
Reply Flag 4 Agree16 days ago
Closing the bridge for up to 12 months is worth it if it means 3 residential relocations can be prevented
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
Amen
Reply Flag 1 Agree11 days ago
Less impact on properties
Reply Flag 3 Agree14 days ago
Replacing in place impacts me as I use Athens Drive frequently. But I would rather detour than see any more homes in my neighborhoods disrupted like the Buck Jones Road project. (check w City or Raleigh)
Reply Flag 3 Agree15 days ago
All of us need to live with the temporary inconvenience so homes can be saved.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Choose the option that takes less people's property .
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
I don't want my tax dollars being under-utilized. This is a nonsense solution to no problem. I have never, ever seen traffic back up here and you would be disrupting families lives because of it.
Reply Flag 2 Agree15 days ago
Alternative A because not as many homes would be impacted. I travel Athens Drive frequently but can deal with being slightly inconvenienced by detour or using another route rather than seeing people lose their homes.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 hours ago
Alt A, to cause fewer home relocations.
Reply Flag 1 Agree7 hours ago
We live near and use this bridge on a daily basis. We implore you to replace it in-place, despite it needing to be closed for longer to accomplish this, as it would be a lower cost and necessitate fewer people losing their homes.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
Please go with Alt. A so families do not have to lose their homes.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
$10 million and 6 homes is too many! The public can be inconvenienced for 9 months.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
I prefer the cheaper alternative that does not impact as many houses.
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
Alternative A is both cheaper and displaces fewer residences.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Alternative A displaces fewer (read: none) residential units, which should be a higher design priority for construction.
Reply Flag 1 Agree6 days ago
Need to keep Athens Drive open for transportation to the high school and park access.
Reply Flag 1 Agree14 days ago
There's no good solution here. NCDOT needs to work with Wake County Schools to develop alternate bus and access routes. I like the existing road alignment but the amount of disruption to the number of families is phenomenal. Consider that the Avent Ferry Bridge at Lake Johnson is scheduled for replacement, Lake Dam Road bridge has no timetable for repair and this part of West Raleigh starts to seem very isolated. Even if the Avent Ferry Bridge improvement is postponed, can Avent Ferry really handle the southbound traffic that would normally be spltting off at Athens Drive?
Reply Flag 1 Agree14 days ago
The shifted bridge placement plan worked really well at Lassiter Mill Road when that overpass was replaced.
Reply Flag 1 Agree15 days ago
Any improvement for Bike/ped traffic for the Athens Dr Bridge would be welcome to this local pedestrian. There is absolutely no consideration for Bike/Ped traffic over the current bridge, with a 24"W X 12"H curb not being pedestrian friendly, and constant overgrowth on the entry/exit from the sidewalk requiring pedestrians to walk into vehicle traffic. This is dangerous considering that students walk over this bridge daily to get to/from Athens Dr High School. I would propose that a "Greenway" connector on the right of way between Athens Dr and Ravenwood Dr would significantly improve pedestrian mobility within these neighborhoods and would serve as a safer and more logical routing connection with bike/ped patron when compared to Melbourne Rd and it's interstate access.
Reply Flag 1 Agree16 days ago
I use this interchange daily to go to/from work. I like option B as it would allow the exit to remain open. I thank the relocated families for their sacrifice and trust they will be fairly compensated.
Reply Flag 0 Agree19 hours ago
No preference
Reply Flag 0 Agree21 hours ago
The main issue to me is bike safety. If this bridge is rebuilt in place, there will not be a safe crossing for bicycles during the year that it is closed. Keeping the Melbourne Rd. bridge open during this period does not help much, because it is too circuitous to get from Athens Dr. to Melbourne and back to Athens Dr. A better alternative would be to keep the Beryl Road crossing accessible, but alas, this is threatened by the Hillsborough-Blue Ridge project. It would be too dangerous to cross freeway daily on a bike during construction at the crossings that are heavily traveled by autos, such as Western Blvd. and Hillsborough. PLEASE assure that there is a safe way to cross during construction!
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
who set up this pathetic survey? next time, get your software people to chat to someone that is knowledgeable in survey design. and test the survey instrument!!!!!! get feedback first!!!
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Replace in place should be less expensive.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
To close this bridge and to close the bridge on Melbourne at the same time would be a burden on my family in getting to our residence (1337 Swallow Drive).
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I don't think there is totally a need to relocate 6 residences, but I do transit this bridge multiple times a week and a year without the bridge seems like it will be very annoying.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I need to use this bridge on a weekly basis.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Whichever is less imactful on its surroundings suits me.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Alternative B - less time of closure while work is completed
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
It's absolutely imperative that there be a safe bicycle crossing during construction. For bicycle commuters, and ride many ride across the Athens Dr. bridge twice a day. If this bridge closes, they will need to find a safe way to cross the Beltline. Crossing it on heavily traveled streets like Western, Hillsborough, and Jones Franklin just doesn't seem safe, especially considering the large number of times they would need to cross. I can see the following alternatives.

1. Cross at Beryl. This is two miles out of my way, but the terrain is very flat, so it wouldn't take much more time. Traffic is light for the whole distance. Unfortunately, the Beltline project will coincide with the construction of the overpass at Blue Ridge Rd., so traffic at Beryl and Blue Ridge is likely to be impacted.

2. Cross at Ligon. The big issue here is elevation changes. There's no way to get to Ligon and the Beltline without going up and down hills. If the culvert is reconstructed in place, it may also be closed just when I need to use it.

3. Cross at Melbourne Rd. This is even less viable. Just getting to the Melbourne Rd. bridge adds 2.3 mi. to the length of the route. The Melbourne Rd. bridge is not a substitute for the Athens bridge, or vice versa. And this is true for both drivers and bicyclists.

However, if there's room on the right-of-way, perhaps a temporary bike/pedestrian path could be built between Athens Dr. and Aukland St. Then the Melbourne bridge would be a viable alternative to the Athens bridge, and vice versa.

So ... my recommendations for a safe bicycle crossing: (1) Keep the Beryl Rd. crossing accessible to bicycles at all times, or (2) build a temporary path between Athens Dr. and Aukland St.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I prefer to replace the existing bridge to the north due to the impact of shutting down the bridge for so long.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Don't go even close to any school. Waste of money, degrades the purpose of a college campus.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Minimize impact on homes and simplify construction implementation.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
The impact to the current homes should be as small as possible
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
no comment
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Closing the bridge for a year would several years impact my life in a negative way.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
You incorrectly assume people's houses will be removed. If the new bridge is built and the old one is closed you affect Athens Drive HS and Combs elementary. Most of you idiots don't even live on Athens drive
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
disruption to JC Arboretum from both sides needs to be made at different times !
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Neither one is good. Find another way to move people.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
I'd totally close this exit. This is the only 440 exit that connects to a small neighborhood street. Pineview is already looking at speed bumps to slow down the people who use it for a thoroughfare to Avent Ferry Rd. and Lake Dam Rd. Close the ramps and forget the Pineview speed bumps. Save major money and maintenance at the same time while encouraging drivers to not cut through neighborhoods and use larger streets like Athens Drive and Western Blvd. No delays, no relocations, neighborhoods preserved.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Alternative b since the bridge will not need to be closed.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
No.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Although A is better between the two because of lesser impact on homes, the whole concept of expansion of 440 should be revisited.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
I prefer A because it impacts fewer homes and is cheaper.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
Having the school and park near Athens makes it very hard to close the street. Any relocation is bad, but I think a long closure of that route would cause headaches for many in those neighborhoods.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
Costs less and no home relocations
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
Alternative A because it offers the same functionality as B with lower cost and fewer displaced families. The bridge closing will be inconvenient but I believe it is the better choice. That being said, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not let this bridge be closed at the same time that the Avent Ferry Rd bridge over Lake Johnson is closed.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
Agreed. I live in the neighborhood and would prefer to save as many homes as possible (presuming that they are indeed homes and not rentals).
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 days ago
Alternative A relocates fewer homes than option B.
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 days ago
Please consider choosing the option that does not displace as many residents.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
It is unfortunate that there are relocations. I hope homeowners will be treated fairly. Alternative A seems better, has fewer relocations. but will cause disruption for Athens Drive high school students. I hope that the bulk of work can be done when school is not in session.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
I like alternative B, due to the fact the road would remain open during construction.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
I don't drive here and therefore cannot offer valuable feedback.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
According to the plans, moving this bridge would not require any residential relocations. It seems that the other comments did not read the maps carefully and are confusing this bridge with the Melbourne Rd. bridge. Alternative A would result in a closure of about one year on the Athens Drive bridge. This would probably raise travel times for hundreds of commuters by about 10 min. for one year. That's a pretty big impact to save $1.3 million.

Please, as you go through these comments, transfer the ones that are obviously about the Melbourne Rd. bridge to that section. Don't let them get conflated with the comments about this bridge.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
No
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
Keep the bridge in place to minimize to the loss of homes. The inconvenience for 9-12 months is nothing compared to what these families are going to have to deal with.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
Alternative A
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
The website does not allow me to choose where I work and part of the time it is in Raleigh and Cary -- I am a real estate broker and own a firm. I am also a Meredith graduate of their WINGS program -- non-traditional age college student who balances their personal life, job and family while they earn an undergraduate degree. The benefit of this program is not able to be measured both in the lives of the individual participants or in the overall improvement to our communities. My lack of understanding is why a city or state would focus on hurting or destroying the establishment, i.e., Meredith College which has provided so much good and so many well educated women to Raleigh, the surrounding area, the rest of the state and the nation. There has to be another choice and while I understand Amendment V of the Constitution gives the right of eminent domain to the government it also specifies that "the taking" is a benefit to the public. How in the world could the damaging of one of the finest colleges in the nation be "for the benefit of the public?" Can we take a step back and chat again? Carolyn Hriso
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
Agree with not displacing existing families/homes
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
I can't see how a closure this long would work as this is a main thoroughfare for a lot of traffic as well as providing options for detours as needed when other roads are impacted by any possibilities such as water main breaks to accidents. for example, melbourne road bridge was closed for a long period, so traffic was diverted to athens.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
continued mobility - 3.2 mile detour could have much worse impacts on neighborhood and surrounding community than 3 residential relocations.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
B because the bridge doesn't need to be closed during construction.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
If it has to be done then alternative A is the best; I see no reason to relocate the bridge if it only keeps the current bridge open. Detours are temporary.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
I use this bridge almost daily, as do many who access either Athens Drive High School or the Thomas Crowder Center. It would be hard to close this bridge for a year, especially with the possibility of the closure of the Melbourne Bridge and all the work that will be going on all up and down the beltline in this area.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
A is better. Less impact. Cheaper.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
It keeps the existing bridges from being closed during construction
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
People can be without a bridge for awhile, instead of people losing their houses FOREVER! In fact there are many types of accelerated bridge building techniques that can limit the lengths of the closure.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
the more you increase road capacity, the more you encourage people to drive, further increasing congestion. This is north carolina not texas. we should not sacrifice our livelihoods to cars.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Of the 2 alternatives, I would choose A, because only 3 houses have to be moved.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
a detour during construction would be preferred over relocating families
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Replacing the bridge to the north adds unnecessary re-alignment and easement acquisition, effecting a significant number or residential properties.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Choose the in place option. Cheaper and causes fewer adverse effects to residents and surrounding neighborhood.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Entire bridge should be replaced now to avoid impact of future replacement of south bound bridge.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Alternative A because it impacts less homes
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Relocation of homes should be kept to a minimum.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
no
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Alternative A- relocate as few families as possible
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
While the bridge closing would be inconvenient, losing fewer residential homes is worth it.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
I want a sound wall
Reply Flag 0 Agree14 days ago
Alternative A is best, many accidents occur here.
Reply Flag 0 Agree14 days ago
B seems better, takes fewer homes away from people. Still no good option.
Reply Flag 0 Agree15 days ago
It's actually A that takes away fewer homes.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
NCDOT Poll:
Alternative A: Replace the existing bridge in place
I Like It
I Don’t Like It
I Don’t Understand
It Is Not Important To Me
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NCDOT Poll:
Alternative B: Replace Bridge to the North
I Like It
I Don’t Like It
I Don't Understand
It Is Not Important To Me
Vote to view results
NCDOT Poll:
Do you have a preference between the Alternatives? If so, why?
I agree that stoplights at the on/off ramps are not needed. Stop sign works just fine onto Melbourne.
Reply Flag 15 Agree17 days ago
This comment does not have to do with the alternatives. Deboy St. closure shows up in both plans. I don't think it is necessary to dead-end Deboy St. I do not see why the Deboy St intersection with the off-ramp needs to be closed. It is currently the most convenient way to access Melbourne and 440. Closing it will increase my commute by several minutes daily (it adds up!).
Closing the Deboy-off ramp intersection will add a lot of traffic to Huntingdon, as people maneuver from Deboy over to Melbourne. This includes the 11L GoRaleigh bus which currently comes down Deboy and right onto the Melbourne off ramp. Huntindon is not equipped for that type of traffic (both the bus and other traffic heading for Melbourne). Huntingdon is narrow with no sidewalks and a lot of pedestrians. If the Deboy-off ramp intersection is closed, in my opinion, in a few years Raleigh will be looking at widening Huntingdon, which will be expensive.
Reply Flag 14 Agree20 days ago
This is a NIMBY view. Many people use that entrance to commute to work. Their travel time would be increased by removing the ramps. This issue was raised at an earlier stage of public comment, and those in favor of keeping the exit were about 2/3 of the total. If EVERYONE tried to keep traffic out of their neighborhoods, no one could get anywhere. Philosophers would say that this principle (NIMBY) is not universalizable. It cannot be applied in all situations. Anyone advocating it here is faced with the challenge of showing why their neighborhood is different. Some people, including me, bought a home here because of access to the Beltline. Even those who did not want access to the Beltline knew about the ramps when they bought their home. Changing that now would be like changing the rules in the middle of the game.
Reply Flag 2 Agree10 days ago
When this section of the beltline was constructed around 1960, the Melbourne access ramps were a nice convenience to a single family home area with relatively low traffic volumes. Times have changed! The Melbourne ramps are now used by residents of high density housing developments along every corridor leaving this immediate area. As that development is basically guaranteed to continue, it will only increase the amount of traffic using the small neighborhood streets to access these ramps. We all know that cut through traffic will always create higher rates of speed, greater safety risks to pedestrians and unfortunately more crime & trash. The continual increase in traffic and what it brings will filter thru all of the neighborhood roads. With the Melbourne bridge in place, you can remove the existing ramps and this area will still have far more convenient access in and out of the neighborhood and to 440 than other similar neighborhoods around Raleigh (many of which have much higher property values). The improved traffic flow at Western Blvd and Jones Franklin will certainly assist to minimize any inconvenience. Times have changed and it is responsible planning to change the outdated Melbourne interchange at this perfect opportunity.
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
This was my comment. You totally misinterpreted my comment. I ABSOLUTELY want to keep the beltline access open. I said to keep the exit open. In fact I am saying NOT to close the Deboy intersection, as is shown in the map. Please keep the Deboy-off ramp intersection OPEN.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Wasn't that 'vote' at a CAC meeting with about 50+ people in attendance? That few people can hardly speak for the greater neighborhood. This online forum is the first truly public vote where everyone has equal access that I'm aware of. (And that's assuming all our elderly neighbors have a computer. Which they don't.)
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
Agree with the comment that travel time will increase slightly - I also use the ramps regularly. But early discussions never noted that houses would be taken and that Melbourne and the bridge would be widened to include bike lanes on a small street. Talk about changing rules in the middle of the game - ask the people who will lose part of their lot or their whole house. Hardly comparable to a little inconvenience.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
I asked about this at the meeting Tuesday and was told Deboy cannot connect into the Melbourne exit ramp because it does not meet current federal regulation. And federal funds cannot be used on any project that does not meet the current code.

I agree with you that traffic will increase on Huntingdon as well as Melbourne as people maneuver through our small streets to access the ramp. (I can't speak to the bus situation because who knows how the route will get changed.) But the reality is that the only way to keep traffic from cutting through on these two small streets is to remove the ramps. Then cars will naturally flow out on the medium size streets of Deboy, Powell and Kaplan to Western, Gorman & Jones Franklin entrances. In addition, if the ramps are removed, it removes the need to widen Melbourne (which is already proposed) and potentially widening Huntingdon as you suggested could happen. I, along with many of my neighbors, agree removing the ramps is the better option and hope our Huntingdon neighbors see that the benefits outweigh the inconvenience of going a few extra minutes to the other entrances.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Though I am not personally impacted by this issue, I have a lot of sympathy for the folks on DeBoy and Huntingdon. They bought their houses expecting to access the Beltline directly, or not to have that much traffic driving past their homes. While the current arrangement is unusual, and while unusual traffic patterns in general raise the chance of accidents, in this case, the current exit is quite nicely laid out. I suspect that accidents at that intersection are pretty low. The change would impact certain individuals disproportionately to the benefit gained. It seems to me that it is worth asking for a design exception.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
Also, I think the stoplights are not needed at the Melbourne on/off ramps (that is never congested), but rather at the Melbourne/Kaplan intersection (often congested).
Reply Flag 12 Agree20 days ago
We survived the closure, we can survive the closure again. Preventing an additional 3 residential relocations is worth the temporary closure and inconvenience.
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
Prefer replacing existing bridge in place. Less negative impact to property owners on Melbourne Road. Less expensive. Bridge closure for 9 to 12 months not an important issue since we just went through multiple weeks of closure due to accident damage to the bridge; detour worked just fine. Fewer residential relocations; therefore less disruption to the neighborhood.
Reply Flag 8 Agreeone month ago
I am not sure our neighborhood needs the lights at the on/off ramps. There is so little room between bridge and Kaplan, wouldn't a light back up traffic into Kaplan? Currently during rush hour I do not find it difficult to access the highway or Melbourne. Please provide us with a sidewalk so that we can safely traverse the bridge. Why is Deboy to be closed? Are there accident data for that intersection, or is this a federal road guideline for an off-ramp? Closing it off seriously impacts a whole neighborhood, for a problem that doesn't currently seem to exist. Please provide data to justify. And is that closure why Melbourne is so impacted for a dozen households with widening?
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
You are going to have to provide a thorough traffic analysis for what reason(s) DOT has to close the intersection of Deboy and Melbourne. I do not currently see or anticipate any increase in congestion with having this intersection remain open after widening.
Reply Flag 6 Agree16 days ago
See comments above about that intersection not meeting current federal code (which now says a road cannot intersect a ramp in the middle). Sadly if the ramps stay, Deboy is definitely getting closed off, per the DOT rep I spoke with. We still have the opportunity to get the ramps removed if enough people send in feedback supporting the closure, which would solve a lot of traffic issues. I was told by another DOT rep that the two options presented here are not set in stone - changes can definitely be made if there is enough support.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
I would prefer to have the exit ramp closed altogether. This is the only ramp that falls right into a completely residential area.
We could all easily use the new and improved western blvd. Interchange.
If this is not possible, please replace in existing place. Alternative A. This will save more homes. I have been in this neighborhood for 29 years and hate to see pavement take over homes.
Also, Melbourne rd does NOT need to be widened and bike lanes are NOT necessary. Please save our real estate!
And please do not tear up an existing side walk for another one.
Reply Flag 5 Agree13 days ago
Why is Deboy being turned into a dead end? No problem currently seems to exist and the "solution" would likely increase traffic on Huntingdon Drive -- currently a quiet residential street with on-street parking. It would be difficult to navigate city buses on this street and just cause a future headache.

Where are the bike lanes on Melbourne leading to? If they will just end abruptly into the flow of traffic, please remove them from the plan and reduce the space that will be required for the proposed right of way.
Reply Flag 5 Agree13 days ago
Deboy used to be a 'quiet residential street' until people started using it for 440 access. I wish they would just close off this neighborhood altogether.
Reply Flag 2 Agree12 days ago
I prefer keeping existing bridge to impact less properties. Also - we don't need the bike lane along Melbourne and that will impact more people doing that . Less impact of people's land and yards is best option . Also - sound walls are vital from Athens Drive to Western. We are so close to the highway already - please put up the walls in front of the lake too ! Those neighbors on Ravenwood already hear too much noise now.
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
Again, choose the option that takes less houses. Also - Melbourne doesn't need a traffic light and it doesn't need bike lanes. Minimize how much land you will disturb on people's yards up Melbourne. Also - we MUST have sound walls along this neighborhood especially along the lake , Auckland , Melbourne and toward Western. We already hear the beltline now - this is vital!!! Also...when building the new bridge fix the intersection of Kaplan and Melbourne . Currently it gets congested with AB Combs school traffic turning left onto Kaplan from Melbourne. Not wide enough for people wanting to turn right - they have to wait in long line of traffic behind left turning cars on school days .
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
I want a sound wall
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
Neither--REMOVE THE ON AND OFF-RAMP TO MELBOURNE ROAD!!

To my knowledge this is the only exit along I-440 that funnels directly into a neighborhood, rather than onto an secondary road. Because of this design, Kaplan Drive, my street is basically "Kaplan Highway." Because of the highway access, I've seen an unsettling number of 18-wheeled tractor trailers short-cutting to the highway via Kaplan Drive even though the road is not designed to handle their wide turning radius or heavy load. No one wants to see tractor-trailers driving through their neighborhood where their children are playing.

I would like to advocate for the removal of the on and off-ramp at Melbourne Road. This would mean accessing I-440 at Western Boulevard or Jones Franklin Road with minimal time loss for commuters, but better planning for public safety and residential property concerns. Evaluating the effect of closing the on and off-ramp here could have beneficial results for both the Cardinal Hills neighborhood and I-440 alike. Eliminating this exit along this particular stretch of I-440 may actually help ease traffic congestion on the beltway itself. Furthermore pedestrians and bicyclists would benefit from this solution by allowing folks to safely cross between both sides of the Cardinal Hills neighborhood without fear of being hit by a reckless driver.

Let's keep the neighborhood intact and get rid of the on and off-ramp!
Reply Flag 4 Agree3 days ago
Why are these the only two options? I'D TOTALLY CLOSE THIS EXIT. It's the only exit on all of 440 that connects to a small residential street. Pineview Drive is already looking at speed bumps to slow those who use it as a thoroughfare to Avent Ferry Rd. and Lake Dam Rd.. Close the exit, forget about the speed bumps and traffic signals, save tons of money and maintenance, force drivers to use the larger streets (Athens Dr. and Western Blvd). rather than cutting through neighborhoods. Nobody gets displaced, neighborhoods are preserved.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
Please close the ramp/exit at Melbourne Road for the following reasons: (1) this is the only ramp which puts high speed traffic directly into a very small residential community. Because of this entrance/exit, many motorists cut through the very narrow and curvy Pineview Drive which has no sidewalks and no curb. This creates a very DANGEROUS situation for pedestrians and cyclists. The motorists speeding to get to the exit/entrance are not residents of the neighborhood. As there is more and more development, the traffic increases with no protection for the residents of the neighborhood from those who treat our neighborhood as if it were a major boulevard, and (2) the Melbourne road ramp is not needed because there are ramps at Western Boulevard and Jones Franklin - this is an outrageous expense that should be eliminated.
Reply Flag 4 Agree6 days ago
I agree 100%! There are numerous on and off ramps that eliminating one would not affect folks by more than a few minutes. Direct access from a highway onto a residential street without a secondary road to handle this heavy traffic is bad design. This needs to be changed for the benefit of those that currently live in the neighborhood and have to deal with passerby speeding up and down our streets.
Reply Flag 2 Agree3 days ago
While I personally use the Melbourne access ramps everyday, I could not agree more that they need to go! Eliminate the need to widen Melbourne Rd, eliminate the approx. 300 yards of bike lane on a road less than 1 mile in total length that will only encourage highway access cut through traffic to travel at increased speeds creating a much more dangerous situation as the road transitions back to the current width, eliminate the need for traffic calming in most of the neighborhood. Neighborhood streets do not need traffic signals and are not designed to handle traffic accessing a 6 lane highway. Replace the bridge in place and deal with far less inconvenience than those that would lose their homes. The overall cost savings should greatly assist in the cost of sound barrier walls on both sides of the highway.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
I agree, I use the on and off-ramps every day, often multiple times a day. But I would prefer to see the ramps closed altogether. The benefits of closing the ramps far outweigh keeping them open.
Reply Flag 2 Agree3 days ago
Please reconsider closing the ramps - this will have the natural effect of calming traffic throughout the neighborhood and would eliminate the need for additional traffic-calming measures on Melbourne, Pineview and other cut-through streets. This would also eliminate the need to widen Melbourne and close off DeBoy. Our small neighborhood streets need to remain neighborhood streets. I recognize the inconvenience as a I use the ramps daily - but the inconvenience for a few is minor compared to the effect of turning the neighborhood into even more of a thoroughfare than it already is and compared to the cost associated with a wider bridge, widening Melbourne Rd, buying parts of lots, buying and taking down homes and adding bike lanes to a road that is less than 3/4 of a mile long.
Reply Flag 4 Agree10 days ago
Closing the access of DeBoy Street to the interchange at the bridge severely limits the access from one side of the beltline to another. Convenience to access from the DeBoy side to the Kaplan side is ESSENTIAL for travel to other areas of the city and to access the parks on both sides of the highway. In addition, a lot of elderly residents on the DeBoy side go to church at Western Boulevard Presbyterian. I have a relative off Avent Ferry whose home I access from DeBoy across the Melbourne bridge. This would impact the amount of time that it takes me to get to his home in the event of an emergency. This comprises the integrity of the neighborhoods on both sides of the bridge!!! NO, NO, NO!!!!
Reply Flag 4 Agree13 days ago
See comments above about the DeBoy-Melbourne ramp intersection not meeting current federal code, per the DOT. The only way to leave that open is to remove the ramp. So let's get our neighbors to vote to remove the ramps. It can still happen.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
The half-interchange at Melbourne Road does not meet current federal safety standards. NCDOT has indicated that the accident rate on the I-440 at this stretch is already three (3) times greater than average. The distance between the Melbourne Road ramps and the Western Blvd ramps is inadequate to be safely navigated by traffic. The "Code of Ethics" for Professional Engineers stipulates in Section 1 that "Engineers, in the fulfillment of their professional duties, shall hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of the public." Why is NCDOT not communicating this Melbourne Road safety issue to the public? Furthermore, Melbourne Road is the only street in an established neighborhood in all of Raleigh which receives high speed I-440 traffic at the exit ramp. This is unreasonable and unsafe. NCDOT should educate the public about the present and future safety issues of the half-interchange at Melbourne Road. Please keep the bridge but eliminate the half-interchange at Melbourne Road. By analogy, if a medication were found to be unsafe, we would not expect our government to endorse its continued usage by citizens.
Reply Flag 4 Agree15 days ago
The ramps at Melbourne Road add tremendous value to the neighborhood. If the ramps were removed it would negatively affect the appreciation of all of the surrounding properties. My family lives in the neighborhood at least partially due to the convenience offered by those ramps. It was a relief to see that there is not a proposal that includes removal of the ramps.
Reply Flag 6 Agree14 days ago
I disagree because I live on Kaplan Drive and I think all the thru-traffic and speeders are negatively affecting my home value.
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 days ago
I disagree completely that the ramps/440 access ADD value to the neighborhood. They TAKE AWAY value every single day that they're open. I've lived here for 10 years and we plan to stay for 30 more if all goes as planned. It's as simple as this: a 6-lane beltline has no business directly connecting with a small midcentury neighborhood with many streets that even lack curbs and gutters.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Hope the DOT design team / engineers can start using a common sense approach to this segment of the project... the convenience factor of some should never be considered over the impact/disruption of many families lives. Build the new bridge in place and no additional right of way is needed. Go one more step toward proper design and remove the Melbourne access ramps to eliminate the need for traffic lights and traffic calming measures throughout the immediate area. The cost savings to the DOT and city of Raleigh alone should warrant this option ( and yes, the cost savings are always significant and important when you are talking about tax payers dollars).
Reply Flag 4 Agree15 days ago
Let the neighborhood have a true vote on the ramps, like we are doing with the bridge placement! And disclose ALL of the effects of keeping or removing them. A 'vote' at an informal open-house in 2012 and 2014 was never advertised as a vote - it was promoted as a way to give public input. It is not right that the ramps are staying based on 62% of only 84 comments (2012 meeting) and a petition signed by only 129 people (in 2014) without all the facts being presented. (Stats taken from the USDOT Environmental Assessment publication posted on the I-440 website, pages 4-3 and 4-4). Please give residents more information and a real vote on this subject.
Reply Flag 3 Agree5 days ago
People can be without a bridge for awhile, instead of people losing their houses FOREVER! In fact there are many types of accelerated bridge building techniques that can limit the lengths of the closure.
Reply Flag 3 Agree12 days ago
Why are bike lanes being proposed on Melbourne? This is unnecessary on a small neighborhood road and makes already small lots even smaller. Widening the road to accommodate bike lanes turns a quiet street into a thoroughfare encouraging speeding, which then means the city spends even more money to add traffic calming measures. Leave the street like it is and save the money.
Reply Flag 3 Agree16 days ago
Bike lanes have been proven in many studies to make streets calmer. I'm not saying this to mean that I approve of the proposed project, just as an educational piece.
Reply Flag 1 Agree14 days ago
Agreed - bike lanes could help calm traffic and I am all for them on larger roads. But in this particular situation, if we close the ramps, traffic will remain calm, we won't need to widen Melbourne to handle the traffic, and 6 homes on this small street wouldn't need to be taken.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
I have lived in this neighborhood since 1993. Forcing neighbors to relocate is too difficult with the lack of affordable housing in Raleigh.
Reply Flag 3 Agree18 days ago
Yes to sound wall!
Reply Flag 2 Agree3 days ago
Keep the ramps! The quiet neighborhood streets will become much more busy with having to use them as a cut through from Western Blvd. I don't see a need for bike lanes anywhere in Raleigh. All the money spent on these lanes for a very tiny % of the population that actually uses them. Even around the campus you see very few bikes. Please make a long designated right turn lane at Kaplan and Melbourne.
Reply Flag 2 Agree12 days ago
Stop lights are not needed and am ok with either option as long as exit ramps remain. These ramps were a major factor in purchasing our home in this location and to lose them would be a huge detriment. I am glad that both options retain these ramps.
Reply Flag 2 Agree12 days ago
Bicycle lane on Melbourne aren't necessary, we already have sidewalks, maybe the improvement to them should be discussed. No stop lights need, people need to be re-educated to actually STOP and follow traffic rules.
Reply Flag 2 Agree12 days ago
I prefer alternate A because the alignment has a longer tangent section across the bridge and better sight lines. I don't believe a light will be warranted at the top of the onramp to I-440.

In general I feel that sound walls should be added due to how long this neighborhood has been established.
Reply Flag 2 Agree12 days ago
I much prefer Alternative A to alternative B, but also wish the access to Deboy St would remain maintained. I'm sure the inconvenience of driving through the neighborhood streets would deter a lot of traffic, but many of the neighborhood streets are not suitable for handling much of an increase in traffic volume at all. These two alternatives, other than widening I-440, are realistically solutions to problems that do not exist.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Fewer residential relocations are better, particularly when it's less expensive to displace fewer people. The inconvenience of the closure is worth it.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Alternative A, mostly because it affects fewer homes.
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
Replace the existing Melbourne bridge in place plan.
Reply Flag 2 Agree15 days ago
I prefer replacing the bridge to the north. The bridge closure would be a major inconvenience to me. I cross that bridge on foot and in car multiple times daily to get to work and get my child to school, as well as other things. Even if you could somehow leave open just a pedestrian bridge while the vehicle bridge is closed, that would mitigate the impact somewhat for me. Currently we walk to school from the neighborhood east of 440 to get to Combs. That will be impossible with the replace bridge in place option.
Reply Flag 2 Agree20 days ago
Neither, get rid of the on and off-ramp please!
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
Alternative A minimizes impact on existing properties and would just work better. I live on Melbourne Road. There is no need for traffic light signalization implementation. There has never been traffic back-up problems of any sort exiting I-440 onto Melbourne or exiting Melbourne onto I-440. Traffic lights would create unnecessary snarls that don't currently exist in that area and shouldn't even with the improvements.
The widening, addition of sidewalk and bike lanes is unnecessary for a roadway that is under a mile long! We already have sidewalk that meets code on the southern side of Melbourne to the Powell Drive intersection and the city is currently adding sidewalk on the north side after the Powell Drive intersection to the end of Melbourne. The widening of the road to include bike lanes is not necessary and disrupts the properties and neighborhood that have done well without them before. I don't anticipate that the traffic will increase significantly with these proposed improvements.
I don't understand the need to widen the bridge on Melbourne Road as it does not currently carry a high volume of traffic at any particular time and I don't anticipate that it would increase significantly with the proposed improvements. Let's face it, the people that will use the bridge after the improvements are the same that are using the bridge right now. The population of the neighborhood is not increasing due to the improvements so the amount of traffic shouldn't vary all that much. Since you'll have two ramps that limit the ingress and egress from I-440 you will limit the amount of traffic utilizing the bridge.
I am in favor of keeping the ramps open as we've gotten used to their convenience and accessibility during all these years. It is unfortunate to have to close the end of DeBoy but it is a small price to pay for the improvements and doesn't overly disrupt the neighborhood and doesn't take property away from anyone.
A sound wall will be necessary. The traffic on I-440 is quite loud when you go walking on the street that borders the I-440 right-of-way and will only increase with the proposed widening improvements. The sound of the proximity and increased traffic will be bothersome to any of those adjacent properties.
Thank you for taking the time to read these comments and thank you for allowing this feedback!
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 days ago
Prefer to remove the ramps and just leave the bridge in place; we need a noise protection wall, not the exit.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
A few years ago the Cardinal Hills neighborhood in the vicinity of the Melbourne Road interchange and elsewhere was designated as a Special Overlay District. The regulation added certain zoning restrictions in order to maintain the existing character of an older, valued Raleigh neighborhood, something that is becoming more and more endangered in the fast growing Raleigh area. The area, including Melbourne Road is blessed with many 50-year-old homes on beautiful well-established lot with large front lawns and massive trees.
It would seem only logical that the DOT should heed the desires of the Raleigh City Council and all the neighbors that supported the overlay. That would mean permanently affecting Melbourne Road as little as possible.
Given that the beltline has to be widened and the Melbourne Road Bridge has to be replaced, there is only one right option for the bridge – BUID IT IN PLACE. Why spend extra money and condemn more homes just to prevent the temporary inconvenience of a small detour for a few months? The ugly scars of realignment and demolished homes would last for years.
Further more, why is it even necessary to incur the costs of additional sidewalks and bike lanes? The one slightly used existing sidewalk seems ample. This isn’t downtown Raleigh. And who needs a small stretch bike path? The speed limit is only 25 MPH and I rarely see a bike on Melbourne Road anyway.
Save yourself some money and do what’s right– Build the bridge right where it is now, where it has worked well for over 50 years. And drop the new sidewalk and bike path.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
Alternative A relocates fewer homes than B.
Reply Flag 1 Agree9 days ago
Leave Deboy open and close the ramps. You can't use Melborne ramps going or coming from the south anyways!
Reply Flag 1 Agree9 days ago
This issue is different from the Athens Dr. bridge. Here, moving the bridge would require residential relocations, according to the plan. That is probably a key difference
Reply Flag 1 Agree10 days ago
Get rid of exit ramp
Reply Flag 1 Agree11 days ago
Do not like either plan because of the closing of Deboy Street. This will have a negative impact on the access to the community.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
See comments above about the DeBoy-Melbourne intersection not meeting current federal code. Let's vote to close the ramp and keep DeBoy open.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
I hate for the homes to be impacted, but I can't imagine the bridge being closed for so long and cutting the neighborhood in two. Combs is a magnet and hundreds of families and staff use that bridge to get to school/work. I use it daily to access Western Boulevard. The Avent West neighborhood will be left as an island if yo close this bridge and the Athens Bridge ; with the construction that will be going on at the Western Interchange, I imagine getting out of the neighborhood headed towards Cary will be a nightmare.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
I travel over that bridge daily, to get to work, to church and doing errands. It cuts the neighborhood in two to have it closed for a long period of time.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
of the 2 options, I would choose A as it means fewer people losing their homes, but I can't bring myself to "Like It". I would also agree with the other comments made regarding closing off DeBoy St and the unnecessary stop lights. Turning left onto Kaplan can be a bit difficult, but also not worthy of a stoplight.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Dislike both due to impact on residential areas.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Alternative A to impact less homes. In addition, including stop lights at the ramps is not needed.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
stoplights are not needed at this time. alt A will disrupt fewer families (permanently) but will cause problems with drivers having to travel thru the int of kent rd and western blvd (bottle neck at the light will be terrible) to access 440.
Reply Flag 1 Agree15 days ago
Alt A. Fewer home relocations. I occasionally bike downtown (using Melbourne) but I don't think a bike lane is needed on Melbourne. As I see it, it's a "lane to nowhere". Save us some money and frustration. And I don't think Melbourne needs to be widened either. I don't think we need lights at the ramps. I agree one would be more useful at the Kaplan jct. I use the ramps all the time but I would be fine using the new Western exchange. And saves a few houses or Deboy access I guess. I can adjust to using a different ramp. I suggest closing the ramps. I understand there is low density housing on the N/W side of 440 here but it's a crime still to not put up a sound barrier.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 hours ago
I use this interchange daily to go to/from work, so keeping the bridge open is important to me. I thank the families being relocated for their sacrifice and trust they will be fairly compensated.
Reply Flag 0 Agree19 hours ago
no preference
Reply Flag 0 Agree21 hours ago
This is a different situation than the Athens Dr. crossing because moving the bridge would mean condemning houses.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
More homes are lost moving the bridge to the north. Also I would want the a sound barrier in place, I live several streets over and can currently hear the noise I can only imagine how that will increase with more lanes.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
Alternative A. I hate to relocate more than is absolutely necessary. I love my bridge but can be displaced for 12 months to save a home.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
We live in the neighborhood with Melbourne Road and although we use the ramps to/from 440 regularly, we feel very strongly that CLOSING THE RAMPS is the most sound and thoughtful decision to ease traffic problems both on the beltline and within the neighborhood itself. The Melbourne bridge is a vital connection between the two halves of this midcentury neighborhood, and replacing the bridge in-place (instead of nudging it north) will have a short-term impact that provides a far better long-term solution. The neighborhood-based volume across the bridge itself does NOT warrant widening or stoplights and this should be a cost-savings as well. Indeed, closing the ramps would only help to preserve a new bridge for a longer period on account of less wear/tear. Traffic at break-neck speeds through this neighborhood (CHECK THE POLICE REPORTS) from drivers cutting through here to get to the beltline provides a constant source of high-speed accidents, DWIs and near-misses with pedestrians, cyclists, elderly residents and school-aged children on foot (re: AB Combs Elementary and Athens Drive High School). Given the high number of interchanges on this portion of the beltline, and the intricate engineering at play to accommodate the tremendous volume at larger junction points with Western, Hillsborough and Wade, there simply is NO REASON to continue also having an interchange with Melbourne.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Replace in place should be less expensive.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I strongly object to both proposals. Recommend closing the exit altogether. Both plans negatively impact too many homes and this is a highly desired neighborhood. Also, Melbourne doesn't need a traffic light and not bike lanes. Homes on Melbourne are already being disturbed with creation of a new sidewalk - this is *enough* disruption to property and the street.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Sound walls are going to be very important in order to maintain property values.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Again, it would not be practical to close both the Melbourne Bridge and the Athens Drive Bridge at the same time.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I have serious concerns about the closure of Deboy, which will surely push traffic onto two smaller residential streets (Huntingdon and Driftwood), one of which has no sidewalk and the other has a sidewalk for only part of its length. Will bicycles continue to be able to get through that point?

Also: Please, no stoplights in this residential neighborhood.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
$10 million and 6 homes is too many! The public can be inconvenienced for 9 months.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Close Deboy. Traffic flow is more important than the convenience of a few people.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Eating houses for roads is just the wrong direction. If replacing the bridge in place acn be accomplished within the existing footprint, go to it.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I use Melbourne access both directions frequently. The crane incident disrupted use for a month, and was inconvenience. I do not want to give up this access unless Athens Drive would allow longer access North. Would like to have access from Cary--that would be quite an improvement.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Bridge should be replaced in place, I heard there is a couple that has lived in the neighborhood for 60 years that will loose their home if the bridge is moved. No need for bike lanes on Melbourne, it's quiet and wide enough for cyclists and cars to share the road safely. As for the ramps, they are a convenience, but I'd rather have less traffic. I live on Huntingdon and see plenty of cars speeding through during the day and especially at night. We have a lot of families with kids and elderly in the neighborhood who walk on the streets, not to mention pets. So I support closing of the ramps. I can always use Western Boulevard intersection for commuting.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I prefer replacement of the bridge to the north so it is not shut down.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
it's ok.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Please do not remove the ramps altogether as some are suggesting. I use them for my work commute, shopping, and other errands, and they add value to the neighborhoods. I don't think stoplights are necessary. I've never had more than two cars ahead of me at the stop signs during rush hour.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Option A makes the most sense. It's the least expensive and has the least amount of residential relocations. A temporary closure of the bridge and a TEMPORARY inconvenience to some people makes way more sense than the PERMANENT removal of residential homes. Period. I don't understand why option B is even an option.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Neither option is really appealing. Change the bridge from connecting Kaplan to Melbourne to a bridge that connects Kaplan to Deboy St so fewer homes are impacted by either ramp changes or streetscape changes. The options presented are like asking do I want to give up AC in August or heat in January. Pros and cons to both options with either option being an issue in some manner. I would hope educated engineers could come up with a better solution. Sometimes what sounds good on paper is awful in reality.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Why not change the bridge from connecting Kaplan to Melbourn to a bridge that connects Kaplan to Deboy St?
Then couldn't Melbourne be connected to the Deboy/Kaplan bridge in the existing offramp corrodor?
This also seems like it would make it possible to bring the on ramp to 440 closer to the highway, impacting fewer homes on the Kaplan side. This plan would cost more but have an overall lesser impact on everyone in the neighborhoods on both sides.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
no comment
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
Fewer houses are lost with alternative a. There are many travel options available to folks entering and exiting the neighborhood besides the ramps at the bridge. I wish they could go away so fewer homes are impacted.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
I like A- I don't think that Melbourne Rd. needs to be widened. I don't think that there needs to be bike lanes on Melbourne Rd.
A stoplight at the intersection of Melbourne Rd and Kaplan Dr. would be of benefit to the drivers.
Does the environmental study include the detour of traffic that will greatly impact traffic on Driftwood Dr if/when the bridge is replaced? There already is alot of traffic on Driftwood Dr. because drivers use that as a cut-through from Deboy St. to Powell Dr. Vehicles go up and down Driftwood Dr. all hours of the day and night (and alot of the drivers are driving way too fast). This not only impacts the residents, but also persons that walk along Driftwood Dr.
How about a consideration of reallocation of funds to use monies not used for bike lanes on Melbourne Rd to fund speed deterrent measures on Driftwood Dr. (speed bumps or speed tables)? RPD has been advised of the amount of traffic on Driftwood Dr. and nothing has been done to discourage "speeders". Also a noise wall along the 440 corridor to block some of the excess noise from the beltline to Deboy St. would be of a great benefit.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Close the off ramp but do NOT dead end Deboy. I live on Huntingdon right off of Deboy and see how many vehicles access the ramp from Deboy to go across the bridge hit the on ramp of the beltline or to get on Kaplan. Huntingdon is also very narrow and ends across from the basketball court at Powell Drive Park where many teenagers park their cars. It would be more fiscally sound to simply close the ramp, not have to build a dead end on Deboy, and not have to make future changes to Huntingdon at a higher future cost.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
No.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
In place would be better between the two.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Prefer A because it has an impact on fewer neighborhood homes and is cheaper.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
no. I do not feel Deboy should be deadend
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
Alternative A displaces fewer families and saves money. No stop lights needed at the ramps. This access to the beltline is a critical connection for this neighborhood.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
Agreed, having stop lights does not seem necessary and given the short distance would frankly cause more traffic problems based on what I see during the morning commute. Yes -- I would also prefer to save houses although this ramp is a vital link in/out of the neighborhood. There is just no good alternative.
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 days ago
Both plans call for the closing of Deboy at the beltline which is very bad . There is a very large apartment complex where the majority of the residents on Schaub Drive use this access to get home when coming from the North. Closing Deboy will force these residents to either travel further thru the residential neighborhoods with much narrow streets than Deboy. The only other option is Deboy is closed is forcing all drivers to either turn left or u turn at the intersection of Western Blvd and Deboy which is already congested and has had several accidents.
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 days ago
These residents can easily take the Western Boulevard exit and make it home in the same amount of time. I doubt closing the on and off-ramp would be that much of an issue here.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Again, option A preferred in order to save funding and relocate fewer people. I certainly hope that during construction only ONE bridge will be closed. It would be unfair to have both bridges closed at same time for any length of time.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
I do not like the dead-ending of Deboy Street in both plans. As long as there's an access ramp onto Melbourne, it will shuttle more traffic into this residential area and negatively affect residents, especially along Powell Drive. I HOPE that whichever plan is chosen does not destroy the wooded beauty of this exit. All in all, I find this interchange currently to be the most lovely and pleasant of all. Better to remove the I-440 access ramps altogether and return the area to a park-like and walkable setting. This would reduce all the traffic in the entire area and maybe the bridge widening work could be completed more quickly without the ramp work. I could live with that. And Deboy would remain open, as it wouldn't intersect with a ramp.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
Keep the bridge in place to save homes - the inconvenience to others in the neighborhood is immaterial compared to losing your home.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
Minimizing disruptions of being able to access I-440 during construction would be a big benefit for many neighborhood residents who commute to RTP in the morning and back in the evening.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
I was born and raised in cities having 5-7 million population, and know what traffic congestion is. Raleigh does not even have 15% of the traffic problem in
comparison, and I like the quiet way it is now, especially where I live on Melbourne the last 10 years. Replace that bridge which is too old, and leave everything
as is. Do not close Deboy St. ramp, and do not cut up the residents nice green yard to widen the road, and oh yes there is no need to install red light. I40 exits
at Melbourne Rd. a total residental area, not like Wade Ave and Western Blvd., or Crabtree or Crossroad which are all commercial areas. What's the purpose to
widen the road and install red light only to attract undesirable characters to explore the area, ended by police cars chasing criminals thru the neighborhood.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
Again, the least disruptive, the better. Please do not add lights at the exit - keep the exit in place, use stop signs, do not dead end Deboy Street, as it will cause major issues with safety and congestion on the only other streets where folks can cut through - this will greatly impact the neighborhood for residents, place kids in harm's way where there are no sidewalks and undoubtedly will be speeders trying to find a short cut once Deboy is no longer available
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
no stop lights needed. delroy st doesn't need to be closed. however, i am tired of about getting hit by drivers entering/leaving delroy. just better signage and things are needed because i think people don't understand the intersection as it is right now.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
Closing of DeBoy will create traffic headaches on Huntingdon and also at the intersection of Kent and Western Blvd. which can be a nightmare already. Stoplights are not needed at this bridge.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
North Bridge is best option. Must close Deboy!
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
NCDoT needs to pay special attention to the timing of intersection closures (especially Melbourne and Western) to minimize and shorten traffic detours. Also, sound barriers will now be a must on both sides of the Melbourne interchange.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
A is better. Less impact. Cheaper
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
I think either alternative could work. We recently lived for about a month with the Melbourne Road bridge closed after damage, so we have learned how to manage a detour. But I think that closing Deboy Street access to Melbourne via the I440 exit would be very detrimental, bringing considerable traffic to Huntington, presently a quiet residential street not equipped to handle so much traffic. I am very much opposed to that part of the proposal. I also agree that a stop light at the end of the exit ramp to Melbourne is unnecessary.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Agreed - closing DeBoy will affect Huntingdon. Since DOT has to close it to meet current federal code, I'd rather see the ramps closed and DeBoy stay open. Which is still a possibility per a DOT rep at the meeting last Tuesday if enough people request it.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
the more you increase road capacity, the more you encourage people to drive, further increasing congestion. This is north carolina not texas. we should not sacrifice our livelihoods to cars.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
a detour during construction would be preferred over relocating families
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Prefer alternative A.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Prefer A
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
no
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
MUST HAVE sound walls from Athens Drive to Western. Would also like to see ramp from 440 to Melbourne closed - dangerous intersection when turning onto Deboy with on-coming traffic exiting hwy. I've seen wrong-way drivers trying to get on at that intersection more than once as well. If it stays in place, a stop sign for vehicles exiting 440 would improve safety.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Yes - close the ramp and keep DeBoy open!
Reply Flag 4 Agree12 days ago
NCDOT and Wake County really need to make sure they address schools with their detour plans. This could end up being a nightmare.
Reply Flag 0 Agree14 days ago
This seldom used bridge can be out of service for several months and affect very few.
Reply Flag 0 Agree15 days ago
same as with Athens drive bridge - why?
Reply Flag 0 Agree15 days ago
I agree a stop light at Melbourne and Kaplan would be useful given the current backups that occur during the morning and afternoon commute. However, if the ramps were closed, this wouldn't be an issue and the small neighborhood streets would be less congested and the City/DOT wouldn't be spending money on lights, traffic calming and widening/adding bike lanes where they aren't needed.
Reply Flag 0 Agree16 days ago
I agree that stop lights aren't needed at Melbourne but if the ramps were gone I'd likely be driving through your neighborhood to get to/from work every day.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
I changed my mind - start with stop signs on Kaplan at Melbourne and see if it alleviates the congestion. I agree with an earlier comment that a light would cause a bottle-neck in the morning & afternoon. The rest of the day isn't an issue so don't bother with a light.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago

Western Boulevard   

A Double Crossover Diamond is being recommended for the Western Boulevard Interchange.  This alternative will accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians along Western Blvd and it has the best traffic operations of all alternatives considered.  Impacts to surrounding properties is expected to be minimal as little new right of way is needed.  A video of how this type of intersection operates is available for viewing here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD-0QnUlLOQ

 

Full Size High Resolution Western Boulevard Alternative Map  (http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/download/U2719-western-boulevard-2017.pdf)

NCDOT Poll:
Double Crossover Diamond - Also known as a Diverging Diamond Interchange
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I Don't Like It
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It Is Not Important To Me
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Pedestrian access needs to be a higher priority here than it is. At the public meeting, the general message was "Well, we've designed this for cars, and then we put pedestrian accommodations as an afterthought." A pedestrian bridge or tunnel would be the best option here. At the very least there should be no unsignalized pedestrian crossings of high speed ramps.
Reply Flag 18 Agree14 days ago
I'm not going to comment on the merits of this particular project. It may very well solve some SHORT-TERM transportation issues.
Rather I want to raise the question: Is this the best use of our resources?

Not long ago, Blue Ridge Rd. Bike/Ped Improvements from Trinity Rd. to NCMA project did not get funding. A bike/pedestrian friendly project would have a much higher return on investment than the proposed Western Boulevard Diamond Interchange. For example, if there were more and better bike friendly roads, my husband and I could ride our bikes to work. Thus, leaving our cars at home and keeping them from contributing to traffic jams.

The average American city builds the largest roads and parking lots it can possibly fund, maximizing the amount of available space for vehicles, in a noble attempt to reduce traffic and serve its citizens. But the result is that cities become nothing but wide, well-engineered, fast, deadly expanses of concrete. These are terrifying places for walkers and cyclists, which builds still more demand for more cars and more roads. It's a circular problem. I'm sure this double cross over diamond will again be too small in a few years if we keep encouraging driving over alternative transportation methods such as bicycles, walking, public transportation, etc.

I would like to encourage the State and the City of Raleigh to look for and fund projects such as the bike/pedestrian improvements project, and similar projects that will do more to address the long-term well-being of the citizens at a fraction of the cost.
Reply Flag 13 Agree15 days ago
Agreed 100%.
I would also like to see more resources being directed to making roads more bike and pedestrian friendly!
Reply Flag 1 Agree2 days ago
I notice you did not list in impacts how long this will take, and how long the interchange might be closed. How many of the roads crossing 440 will be closed at the same time? (Athens, Melbourne, Jones Franklin)
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
not to mention Hillsboro and Beryl
Reply Flag 1 Agree15 days ago
MaryMolly TaylorWould like to add a pedestrian bridge or tunnel to line up with either Garland or Reavis. My neighborhood feels isolated because it's hard to safely get to greenways
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
1) You cannot have a construction bottleneck on Western at the same time you have a construction botlleneck on Hillsboro.
2) If the only thing you did was fix the Western Blvd interchange, it would be worth the total price
Reply Flag 4 Agree15 days ago
RogerHendersonI don't know if there is an option with fewer negative impacts, but I'll be glad to see that loop off-ramp go away. I always stay in the left lane on I-440 traveling southbound, just to avoid vehicles slowing to exit to Western Blvd.
Reply Flag 3 Agree15 days ago
the more you increase road capacity, the more you encourage people to drive, further increasing congestion. This is north carolina not texas. we should not sacrifice our livelihoods to cars.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
I like the concept, but this is Western Boulevard which has a high number of bicyclists and pedestrians. This areas is where Cary and NCState and therefore downtown Raleigh connect, especially for bicyclists. It is also a conversion point for the Blue Ridge corridor (which I will not elaborate on). This is an opportunity to enable us folks that want to use our feet and legs to get between longer distances and serve lower income people in the area. So the glaring problem is that in isolation, sure the pedestrian solution in this and the video is great, but how am I supposed to get from one side of the road to the other outside the area of the drawing to get across the bridge? Are there large sidewalks and bike lines available outside the "designed area" here? Either you further isolate communities or people will get killed if that isn't addressed. I have been hit several times walking across intersections on Six Forks because drivers are not used to pedestrians. You have to take the larger system into account here.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
Pedestrian access should be improved as this effectively cuts off those living on either side of the beltline. Many local residents without access to cars rely on the Kmart for basic necessities.
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
This sounds like a no brainer.
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
LOVE THIS!! Drove over one in Utah and it wasn't confusing at all.
Reply Flag 2 Agree15 days ago
Consider eliminating the Western Blvd interchange entirely ? Or eliminate half of Hillsboro and half of Western
Reply Flag 2 Agree15 days ago
Yeah... NOT going to happen.
Reply Flag 0 Agree14 days ago
As long as it's accessible for cyclists and pedestrians I am for it. From my observation, the most foot traffic is on the K-Mart side along Western, and to cross western towards Blueridge. Right now, to cross Western people have to run across the road after the turn signal traffic subsides, which is dangerous. That traffic light is not set up to allow pedestrians cross safely.
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 days ago
These interchanges are just confusing but it would be better than the current interchange
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
I want a soundwall
Reply Flag 1 Agree14 days ago
Travel through this area frequently and agree road widening on I-440 is needed; also, merging traffic here often creates a bottleneck so the new ramp arrangement is preferable. Commend you for the low impact plan in this area.
Reply Flag 1 Agree14 days ago
I don't think the Double Crossover is the most appropriate design for this retro-fit. There are existing constraints in this area and the Double Crossover is unfamiliar pattern to most people in NC, and Raleigh. It seems like it is being squeezed into an area where it barely fits, and I think there will be unforseen problems with this application.
Reply Flag 1 Agree14 days ago
This makes more sense with the increased traffic volume and a major thoroughfare. Also, I think this redesign will be better suited for the bus corridor on Western
Reply Flag 1 Agree14 days ago
Looks as though most of the problems for this interchange have been resolved accept you still incorporated a cross merging traffic pattern with all access to 440 westbound from Western Blvd and the Melbourne Rd off ramp... simple fix would be to eliminate the Melbourne ramp.
Reply Flag 1 Agree15 days ago
Why hasn't a second option been proposed? Even though longer, safer ramps would be great, the cost of this is insane.
Reply Flag 1 Agree16 days ago
As an accident victim resulting from congestion caused by the left lane merge at Western Blvd, I welcome any improvement for interstate commuters at that interchange.
Reply Flag 1 Agree16 days ago
Does the traffic support an investment of $44 Million dollars? I have travelled this route daily for 24 years and it doesn't seem to warrant such disruption and an investment of resources.
Reply Flag 1 Agree18 days ago
I appreciate the fact that the on and off ramps from 440 will be longer and less hazardous and disruptive than the existing ramps, but I think this design will be confusing to drivers. Also two additional stoplights will make driving Western more of a headache. Is there a better design?
Reply Flag 1 Agree20 days ago
Check out some information on the Divergin Diamonds interchange. If done correctly, which this one seems to be, they are very efficient.
Reply Flag 1 Agree15 days ago
I've used this design in several cities. Once you've done it once, maybe twice, you "get it". It's more confusing on paper than to actually drive it, and in the end, it works quite well. Quite a few cities across the US now use this design. However, THIS design is flawed for pedestrians and bikes, in an area with a lot of pedestrians and bikes. I'm not sure the cost is worth it, even with a good walking/bike plan........ that interchange is one of the most dangerous and certainly needs a re-do, but this is not my favorite at this point. 40' is a long way to dig. This should probably be the last element of this project so go back and re-think this. With so many interchanges and now Blue Ridge/Hillsborough being torn up, this one can stay in place for now. I hate it, but I don't like 40+ million spent on something with so little regard to walking/biking, where we do a lot of that.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 hours ago
Don't understand the drawing; however, I agree that the left-side entry lane for westbound traffic is hazardous and needs to be eliminated. I wonder whether there could be a better long-term solution for both Western Boulevard and Hillsborough Street with a redesign utilizing Blue Ridge Road as a major access/exit point to I-440; this might be also be a solution to the safety issues of the railroad crossing near the Fairgrounds.
Reply Flag 0 Agree19 hours ago
This is fantastic. This is going to shrink my commute (Wafe Forest to Melbourne Road exit) by like 40%. Good job! A+
Reply Flag 0 Agree19 hours ago
I worked at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden in Fayetteville when the DOT was working on the bridges in front of the
Garden. The Garden suffered greatly from the loss of revenue because it was impossible to understand DOT signage while driving, so people just didn't bother to come. Events were poorly attended for the same reason. Please help the Arboretum by making the above as painless as possible.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
There is plenty of open land here to put in a standard cloverleaf intersection or the equivalent of one. The double diamond is a Rube Goldberg scheme. The design contract on this project must be a percentage of cost contract or there must be some kickbacks being paid!!!!
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
how many other interstate ramps have pedestrian crossings? Seems out of place and dangerous. Is this a new trend especially when there are no lights at the crossing. Thx u
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I hope that in the right-of-way area C (in the diagram), the trees, which act as a natural noise and pollution buffer, are left mostly intact during construction.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I drive through this intersection several times a day in different directions (I live nearby) but also use the path to cycle. The figure did a very poor job of explaining how this complicated intersection will work [I looked it up on a more friendly website] and even less clearly conveyed what the impact will be for pedestrians and cyclists. Currently, crossing the on/off ramps can a dangerous task for pedestrians, so anything that can improve that experience would be welcomed. We should not be an afterthought!
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I agree the flyover that merges into the left lanes of traffic needs to be corrected, but this plan seems to be far more than that interchange needs, all the other on and off ramps for Western Blvd work just fine. Certainly there is another alternative that is not $44 million!
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Synchronize all lights.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I live less than half a mile from this project, and I am SO excited for this interchange upgrade.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
It appears to be a needlessly massive intrusion for some marginal improvement in performace at peak periods.
I just don think it is warranted.
Pedestrian and bike routes through here are treacherous now. These plans merely extend the dead zone hundreds of feet in each direction, eating land and handing it over to traffic. Certainly with all its' resources and expertise, the DOT can solve problems of peak period flow slowdowns without these massive infrastructure projects.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Looks like you managed to maximize complexity and cost.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Meredith College is an integral part of Raleigh with a long history and much growth. With so much land already being taken from Meredith's campus this tremendously negatively impacts Meredith's future. It is of the utmost importance to not take as much land and in this plan. There has to be another way.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Looks way too confusing and little scary crossing for pedestrians/bicycles. Please redesign and simplify
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
majorly expensive
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
This is a terrible interchange - please make it better!
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
short term solution.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Incredibly complex and disruptive.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I agree that this intersection needs improvement- right now it is dangerous at best. The plan overall is fine, but it MUST have a way for pedestrians to cross the streets! It can NOT be only car-centric.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
no comment
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
While addressing the left merge on to I-440 is important, it is not at all clear that a double crossover is the most cost effective and least disruptive way to accomplish this. It would be very helpful to have an alternative with a normal traffic pattern for Western Blvd. to compare.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
I can't follow this, need directional arrows in different colors to determine flow depending on where I am coming from and where I am going. I do travel all 4 directions occasionally.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Natural resources will all be gone just because you continually expand highways.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Seems to me like the only dangerous aspect of the existing intersection is the left merge for westbound Western Blvd. traffic that wants to go southbound on 440. That's where virtually all the accidents happen. Wouldn't all this be solved with a simple cloverleaf interchange? Are we just trying to see how much money we can spend? I mean just look at that thing! How are we going to survive getting through that labyrinth with all the texting kids weaving about?
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Pedestrian and bicycle use need to be a higher priority.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Once again this is going to have a huge negative affect on wildlife. The riparian buffer needs to be better protected. 17 acres is a major loss to habitat and wildlife patterns.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
I don't like the adverse impacts to the multi-use path and the streams.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Agree completely with the comment about the merits of the overall project. This is a massive amount of money to spend on a massive new interchange at a time when we ought to be shift transportation dollars away from in-city highway transit. I would favor a much smaller scale, simpler way to maintain/improve the existing interchange.
Reply Flag 0 Agree6 days ago
Fix what needs to be fixed here.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
You are adding 2 stoplights where there are now no stoplights. How will this affect traffic on western blvd? Currently traffic is not an issue here but will be with these stoplights.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
I second all the comments regarding the waste of money involved...pedestrian safety and bike safety plus some improvements to public transportation are the only hope for fewer traffic problems.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
This plan doesn't change the problem of the same ramp being used to get on at Western (headed towards Cary) and getting off at Melbourne. It just makes it one long ramp. Still an issue because people are cutting in front of each other to either get on or off the highway. I like the idea of taking out the Melbourne ramp. That is monumentally safer.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
Not clear to me if there is any other viable alternative (I am aware that there may not be). I am familiar with these double crossover interchanges and they do work but become yet another stop-and-go interchange. What we have now at least allows for a free flow of traffic on/off the beltline. Is there not an alternative that does not add yet _another_ stop-and-wait-for-the-light commute? I'm personally getting tired of stopping every 100 yards for the next stop light.
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 days ago
Two more traffic lights for Double Crossover Diamond? NCDOT, you can come up with a better solution than that.
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 days ago
seems too complex and costly. would like for DOT to explore other, less expensive options that would be less impactful to pedestrians & the stream
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 days ago
This plans seems like a lot of cost to fix one awkward interchange. I don't see the value here.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
In general, I'm a strong advocate of diverging diamonds. When they finally put one in at the Beltline and Wake Forest, it will help traffic flow a lot. Here, though, I think that the benefit needs to be offset against the extra traffic light on Western Blvd. In recent years, the number of traffic lights on this road has just gone up and up. There is a new one at Varsity, a new one at Clanton, and most egregiously, a new one where the grade separation was removed at Hillsborough. Unlike the other traffic signals, signals at a diverging diamond cannot easily be interfaced to other signals, because of the fact that the light always needs to be red for one direction on the main road. At times of light traffic, drivers on Western might still need to stop at two extra lights. Free flow of traffic is important. In most places, a diverging diamonds helps that. Here it doesn't.
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
I really like this upgrade and think it's greatly needed. It should also encourage more traffic on Western to compensate for less on Hillsborough.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
the adverse impacts clearly outweighs the benefits in the chart provided - as a resident in immediate vicinity of this area, I do not see how this will improve my life or others in our neighborhood -
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
We should not be investing this much money in an intersection that seems to function just fine. Auto growth is not going to be on the same pace over the next 20, 30, or 40 years - due to self drive. Its a real thing. Why is the State investing in this type of over-engineered infrastructure when VMTs do not continue to increase? Safety should be prioritized and invested in with what we have, not tear down and rebuild at this kind of scale.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
Left onramp to the inner beltline is dangerous and needs to go
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Recently drove through one of these and it was very confusing. Why does there need to be pedestrian and bike lanes? I've never seen a bike rider on Western Blvd. in this area in the many years I've lived here.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
This will eliminate the two current, difficult and dangerous merges: Southbound I-440 onto eastbound Western Blvd; and westbound Western Blvd. onto southbound I-440. It will also hopefully eliminate the southeastern quadrant, cloverleaf trash pond.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Designing infrastructure for walking, busing and biking is a great way for planners to incourage equality. This design says, "Buy a car if you want to actually be able to live here".
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Poor pedestrian walkway planning on N. side of Western through crossover diamonds. Existing bike path / sidewalk on S. side of Western is lost.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
please don't remove the western blvd path; i use it to commute
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Way more complicated than necessary.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
My only concern is the high cost and use of resources. This whole project is a significant amount of resources and does nothing to reduce the carbon footprint or advance public transport to reduce the number of cars on the road vs accommodate the increase of cars on the road.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Unlike the Hillsborough/Wade area, it appears NCDOT got this one right.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Overall, I like this design, but would prefer the addition of a multi-use path on the eastbound side of Western Blvd. The path on the other side is commonly used, yet requires crossing Western in several locations, which is not very safe or convenient.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Negatives of environmental impact outweigh the advantages
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Is it really worth this much $??
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Is there really enough pedestrian and bicycle traffic here to justify the work? It looks quite expensive and has significant environmental impact.Is the current situation really $43.9 million broken?
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Clearly something needs done because that horrible merge to get on heading south towards Cary from west bound Western Blvd is a tragedy waiting to happen. But I'm not sure about this option. Would like the public to get a 2nd option because you know one is out there. Also - even though this presents a safer option than we presently have - it's still too close to the Melbourne exit. Yes, it would be an inconvenience for some, but I'd still like to see the ramps at Melbourne get closed. It's all of 2-3 miles to get to other on-ramps.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
This section of I-440 (heading from Raleigh to Cary) has always been the scariest part of the freeway. People entering from the left and exiting to the right is always congested and always a cluster. When you're doing regular speed and need to slam on your brakes, something is wrong with the planning, not the driving. Fix this interchange at any cost, please!!
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
I am a 78 year old graduate of Meredith College, class of 1960. Whoever came up with this idea apparently has no knowledge of North Carolina, Raleigh. Also apparently, they have no appreciation for the education of women. Meredith has a sterling nationwide reputation for the education of state and national leaders in every field. Why reduce the attractiveness and the value of an institution that has had such a profound impact on society at every level. Meredith is a landmark in a great southern city. Do the planners of this highway have no sense of civic pride? Get rid of the cars, not an august institution. Harriet Marquis, Ph.D., LCSW
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Current intersection needs to be replaced, but I'm not sure how this will improve traffic flow. From WB Western Blvd to WB I-440 new interchange requires at least 1 stoplight, whereas current configuration allows "free" flowing traffic.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Love it. Great innovative design.
Reply Flag 0 Agree14 days ago
That is a dangerous way to get on. I am surprised we have not heard of people being killed there.
Reply Flag 0 Agree15 days ago
I would really like to see the much larger easements like B, C and D be filled with our iconic Oak and Pine trees. Also, Is there a reason that the diamonds the split section of Western is so wide? I have seen DD patterns where the roads are much closer together. Why is this?
Reply Flag 0 Agree15 days ago
Option for more traditional intersection design? Less expensive??
Reply Flag 0 Agree15 days ago
This has been a nightmare intersection for decades. Would like to see another option with even safer ramps.
Reply Flag 0 Agree15 days ago

Ligon Street   

Currently a one lane traffic culvert extends under I-440 at Ligon Street.

Three Alternatives are viable at this location.  The original culvert was constructed along with I-440 to retain connections between the historic Oak Grove Cemetery and the Method neighborhood. 

Full Size High Resolution Ligon Street Alternatives Map  (http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/download/U2719-ligon-street-2017.pdf)

NCDOT Poll:
Alternative A: Extend the one-lane traffic culvert enough to accommodate widened I-440 above
I Like It
I Don't Like It
I Don't Understand
It Is Not Important To Me
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NCDOT Poll:
Alternative B: New Bridge south of existing culvert
I Like It
I Don't Like It
I Don't Understand
It Is Not Important To Me
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NCDOT Poll:
Alternative C - New Bridge north of existing culvert
I Like It
I Don't Like It
I Don't Understand
It Is Not Important To Me
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NCDOT Poll:
Do you have a preference between the Alternatives? If so, why?
The one lane tunnel under 440 at Ligon encounters very little vehicle traffic, as most vehicles either take Hillsborough, Western or Beryl to their eastern or western destination. NCSU does not have a need for a bus route on Ligon to the surplus warehouse. As a biker, I appreciate Ligon St's low vehicular traffic, and it serves as the most Bike/Ped friendly route heading towards NCSU from any location between Western and Hillsborough st. Save the money for better safety improvements where there is a higher pedestrian/vehicle interaction.
Reply Flag 12 Agree16 days ago
Closing the Lignon St. culvert the same time as closing Beryl Rd. (for widening) would be a disaster for bike commuters. If both of these project have to occur, I would prefer having the projects staggered so bikers have at least one option to get around.
Reply Flag 3 Agree8 days ago
I understand the connectivity, but could this culvert be closed? And has a traffic study been done? Spend as little as possible on a road that is barely used.
Reply Flag 3 Agree16 days ago
"I am a member and supporter of the world class JC Raulston Arboretum. I live in Clemson, SC, but I make it a point to visit this amazing arboretum at least 4 times a year. I feel that year-round access needs to be provided for visitors to the JC Raulston Arboretum. Is is possible to complete the Ligon Street project before the Hillsborough Rd project which will affect access to the arboretum via Beryl Rd.?
Reply Flag 2 Agree3 days ago
As a volunteer and user of the Raulston Arboretum, I urge planners to be certain the construction process itself does not close the arboretum because of lack of access. In particular, the Ligon construction and Beryl construction must not both happen at the same time, or there would be no access to the arboretum, damaging its capacity to serve as a teaching resource for students and faculty at NC State, as a wonderful community resource and state resource. Plan carefully to be positive there is always public and university access to the arboretum.
Reply Flag 2 Agree4 days ago
We are members and supporters of the JC Raulston Arboretum, which we travel to frequently for visits to the gardens, for seminars, and for special events. Access to the Arboretum and parking in the vicinity are already a bit challenging, and we fear that currently planned projects for the improvement of I-440 may make the Arboretum effectively inaccessible to us and the many other members of the public who use the Arboretum extensively. Often, visits to the Arboretum are brief interludes during the work day, so ease of access is critical.
In addition, the JC Raulston Arboretum relies on public access in order to fund its operations and pay salaries for its employees. The Arboretum is a key public resource, not only for the people of Raleigh, but for the surrounding communities (we live in Durham). The Arboretum leadership are wise stewards of their limited resources, but care must be taken not to damage their financial standing. Otherwise their future as a key resource for the community and as a vibrant cultural organization may be impaired.
Regarding the Ligon St. project, we ask the Department to assure that the Ligon Street project is completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access. Otherwise, impacts upon public access to the Arboretum will be unnecessarily severe.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I am a member and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.


Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
Please consider the timing of the Ligon St. and Hillsborough Rd projects - they should NOT occur concurrently due to the problems with access to the JC Raulston Arboretum via Beryl Rd.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
The JC Raulston Arboretum is a valuable resource in our community. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I am a member of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access. This also would be better for biking/walking to the campus.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I am a frequent visitor of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it is critical that the Ligon Street project is completed BEFORE the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I am a supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I am writing you today about the Ligon Street project. As a member and volunteer of the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, I am concerned about access to JCRA. Please complete the Ligon Street project before the Hillsborough Road project impacts the Beryl Road access.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I am a member and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Whichever alternative is chosen, it is necessary that the Ligon Street project be completed before the Hillsborough Street project impacts Beryl Road access. If they both impact at the same time the disruption of operations and access is going to be extreme. Public, staff, and volunteer access to the Arboretum is critical.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I'm a member of the JC Raulston Arboretum. It would be best for the gardens if the Ligon St project and the Hillsborough St project were NOT implemented concurrently so that Beryl Rd could remain open. It's important that volunteers and the public be able to access the gardens.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
"I am a member of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago

"I am a member/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I am a volunteer of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed BEFORE the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access so that there is some sort of entrance to the JCRA. If Ligon St. and Hillsborough / Wade Ave exchange are done at the same time, there will be NO ENTRANCE to the JCRA.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago

"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."

For the Hillsborough/Wade Ave Interchange, a comment to the effect of:

"I am a member/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. The JC Raulston Arboretum relies on public access in order to fund its operations and pay salaries. It is vital that access along the length of Beryl Rd. is maintained during the construction process in order to allow the JCRA to fulfill its education and outreach mission."
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I am a member of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago

For the Ligon St. project, a comment to the effect of:

"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."

Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I often need to access the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project (whichever alternative is chosen) were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
"I am a member, volunteer, and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
The Ligon Street tunnel and Beryl Rd. are critical access points that workers and visitors to the JC Raulston Arboretum rely on for access to the garden. As a member and supporter of that garden, it is imperative that this project, whatever alternative, be finished before work on the Hillsborough interchange also disrupts access to the Beryl Rd. entrance to the Arboretum
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
I support and do some plant research at JC Raulston Arboretum. I am worried that working on two intersections simultaneously will confuse and drastically reduce the ability to access this important facility. I think it would be a good idea to complete the Ligon Street project before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access. It the simultaneous nature of these projects that I am worried about. Thank you.
Reply Flag 2 Agree5 days ago
This tunnel receives very little traffic. Why spend an extra $10million for a bridge to nowhere?
Reply Flag 2 Agree13 days ago
This replacement being a bridge is critical to safe bike and pedestrian connections in this part of the city. I would support either B or C.
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 1 Agree3 days ago
"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."


Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago


As a keen member of the JC Raulston Arboretum, I prefer the Lignon Street project be completed BEFORE the Hillsborough project impacts Beryl Rd. access. I need my daily dose of the garden. Thanks!
Reply Flag 1 Agree4 days ago
I am a supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
State budget cuts have impacted the operations of the arboretum. I am concerned about the short term impact the 440 project will have on the arboretum's visitors and supporters ability to reach the site especially for fund raising events which are vital to the survival of the arboretum.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago


I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
Please complete your work on Ligon Street BEFORE working on the Hillsborough St exchange. I ask this as an avid supporter of JC Raulston Arboretum.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
I don't have a preference among the alternatives. However, I am a member and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago

"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 1 Agree5 days ago
As someone who bikes between NCSU campus and the Horticulture Field Lab on the west side of the tunnel several times daily, any disruption of the tunnel would significantly raise my daily commute time (potentially several hours). It would make it impossible for me to be able to meet my research, teaching, and class commitments that are scheduled on campus and at the horticultural field lab. I know many others who are in a similar situation. Many students, staff, and faculty alike would be negatively impacted by any disruption to the tunnel. As many have said, the tunnel has little traffic. Only people who need to use the tunnel typically do. Please do not disrupt the tunnel.
Reply Flag 1 Agree8 days ago
The big issue is that this crossing be maintained, as a way to cross the Beltline safely by bike. That said, the long-term best approach seems to be Alternative B, because it is the straightest route with the least ups and downs. I suspect it is likely to be safest, though with the traffic volume at this crossing, any alternative is likely to be acceptably safe. The residential relocations with Alternative C is a definite downside.
Reply Flag 1 Agree10 days ago
Build a I440 bridge over Ligon Street.
Reply Flag 1 Agree12 days ago
Either B or C
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
This culvert is out of date and unnecessary
This ia a huge waste of money, time, and energy
It does not serve its original purpose any longer
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
There is very little vehicular traffic through the existing culvert, but it remains a very preferable and safe cycling route. Adding a bridge would encourage vehicular travel, taking away another safe alternative between Blue Ridge Rd and Sullivan St, where the Greenway picks up.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
Alternative A has the least negative impact to people, research and the environment. Alternative C is especially unattractive as it displaces 10 residences.
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
This should be a least cost option since it services few.
Reply Flag 1 Agree14 days ago
I dont like anything that is displacing homes and businesses. Work w City to (get off the dime ) and connect Ligon to blue ridge and build the overpass in the culvert footprint.
Reply Flag 1 Agree15 days ago
The impact to residents and NCSU are minimized. If one of the other options was selected, where are these residents going to be able to relocate with a similar investment?
Reply Flag 1 Agree18 days ago
Spend the least amount of funds on this.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 hours ago
I am a member of the JC Raulston ARboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 hours ago
I am a supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 0 Agree16 hours ago
"I am a supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 0 Agree16 hours ago
Build an abutment wall bridge on I-440 over a two-lane Ligon Street. This would have the least amount of permanent impacts to the area. At the public hearing NCDOT and their consultants repeatedly insisted this is not possible. However, I have visited the site two different times with contractors very experienced in NCDOT interstate widening design-build projects. Both contractors reviewed the plans available and both were confident building a bridge on I-440 over Ligon Street is absolutely possible, even though it absolutely would be very challenging given the grade changes necessary and the restrictions on impacts to the east side of I-440. While the construction would be more expensive, the property taking impacts would be much less costly than either of the bridge over I-440 scenarios. Both contractors suggested some leniency with criteria could make a big difference, such as using 11' lanes instead of 12' lanes on I-440 temporarily during construction operations. Both contractors also said in a design-build procurement they would not propose such a change because the construction cost would outweigh the possible benefit they would receive in a best-value scenario, so the inclusion of a bridge on I-440 over Ligon Street would have to be a project requirement rather than a potential option to explore.
Reply Flag 0 Agree19 hours ago
The tunnel is really cool.
Reply Flag 0 Agree19 hours ago
in re: Ligon street project

I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access. At this point, I do not have a preference as to which alternative, but limiting access to the Arboretum during multiple projects is not an acceptable alternative, no matter which is selected.
Rebecca Wright, JCRA volunteer

Reply Flag 0 Agree21 hours ago
no preference
Reply Flag 0 Agree21 hours ago

"I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 0 Agree22 hours ago
The bridge south of the existing culvert would provide the straightest shot, and the most level crossing, suggesting that it would be the safest as well as the most convenient.
Reply Flag 0 Agreeyesterday
As others have mentioned, the low volume doesn't merit spending money on a bridge. I am a member and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Access to Beryl Road is critical for arboretum staff, volunteers and visitors. Working the Ligon Street and Hillsborough Street projects simultaneously would be a disastrous disruption for the arboretum. So it would be quite helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed *BEFORE* the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Road access.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am the President of the Raleigh Garden Club (RGC) and am responding to the impact the I-440 widening construction project will have. We are a non-profit, philanthropic and educational organization founded in 1925. We are very concerned about the proposed project’s impact on the NCSU University Club’s facilities. This facility has been used by our organization for many years on the 1st Wednesday of each month, September through May, to hold our general meeting and luncheon, for our current membership of approximately 150, plus guests. This project will be detrimental to our on-going meeting venue and partnership with the University Club, not to mention the damages to the existing facility and grounds of this University treasure. The RGC’s objectives include aiding in the protection and conservation of natural resources, promoting civic beautification and encouraging the improvement of roadsides and parks. Being sensitive to conservation of the land, the current plan will damage or eliminate much of the hiking trails, picnic areas, the natural landscape and wooded buffers to this major highway and cause increased air and noise pollution, and safety issues. The proposed plan moves the main I-440 centerline road much closer to the University Club’s facilities, eliminating much of the parking, and the right of way even touches the edge of one of the pools.

The Raleigh Garden Club also has a partnership with the J. C. Raulston Arboretum and utilizes these facilities for many of our other meetings, events and activities throughout the year. Many of our members are volunteers/members/supporters of the Arboretum and volunteer regularly in various roles. Another of our objectives is to encourage the maintenance of our arboretums and botanical gardens for the advancement of horticulture and the enjoyment and education of the public. We specifically have an on-going committee that maintains the Arboretum’s Winter Garden. The widening of I-440 close to the Arboretum will impact access coming from the east on Beryl Road during construction. In conjunction with that project, the Beryl Road/Blue Ridge Road intersection will also be under construction impacting access on Beryl Road from the west. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access. It is vital that access along the length of Beryl Rd. is maintained during the construction process in order to allow the Raleigh Garden Club to continue our activities there and for JCRA to fulfill its education and outreach mission.

Joyce Moses
President, Raleigh Garden Club


Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Prefer less expensive alternative A.
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As a volunteer and member of the JC Raulston Arboretum, I take great pleasure in inviting people from around the world to visit this extraordinary resource. In fact, Trip Advisor, the world's largest travel website, rates the JC Raulston Arboretum as number 7 of 152 things to do in Raleigh. We need to make sure this valuable tourist site remains accessible during construction. Therefore, I strongly suggest that the Ligon Street project is completed before the Hillsborough Rd project, which will impact Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
The State and City don't need to spend money excessively on this project when Western Blvd and Hillsborough streets are accessible to Blue Ridge Rd. Extend the present culver and save money. The Oak Grove Cemetery should not be disturbed.
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I am a member of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am a member of the JC Raulston Arboretum and visit often. To help this organization please complete the Ligon Street project before you work on the Hillsborough one.
Thank you. Olivia Kemp
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I am concerned about access to the JC Raulston Arboretum during construction related to the widening of I-440. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access. This arboretum is a valued source of plant introductions and research for our nursery. Please help keep it easy to approach.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
We should go with a plan that is consistent with future plans so we don't have to go back for a do-over later and also an alternative that allows buses to cross without impact to the cemetery. Alt C seems like the clear winner.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am a member and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum and this project has the potential to disrupt access to this garden. It would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project so impact on access to this garden is minimized.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
The plans will put an end to the University Club. The club not only serves members, faculty and staff, but many community businesses and residents. The club is a major catering facility that serves many businesses and families. I personally attend several business events there a year and recommend it to others. As a club member, the current plans will ruin the club. The golf and tennis programs will have to be eliminated.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
i dont like it, but at least it respect the historic cemetery.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
"I am a member and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
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"I am a member and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
You need to maintain access to the other side, but it sees so little use that it is impossible to justify the expense. If necessary put a light at the tunnel ends that provides alternating right of way.

Furthermore, I am a member of the JC Raulston Arboretum and a frequent visitor. I will be negatively impactful if the Ligon Rd and Hillsborough modifications are occurring at the same time. I would hope that these the two projects did not need to be concurrent as it almost complete blocks access.

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As a faithful volunteer at the JC Raulston Arboretum, I am concerned that construction on the Ligon Street project occurring at the same time as the Beryl Street project will severely restrict access to the arboretum. Attending lectures, events, kids' camps and simply walking the paths throughout the year are tremendous resources for all, so consider carefully the timing on construction and access closures.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am a member, volunteer and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
Meredith College matters, women's education matters. Taking out a chunk of the college for road expansion makes a statement that Raleigh doesn't care about women's education.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am a member of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am a member and volunteer of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access. Access is the main concern.




Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am a member and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access. We need ease of public access to ensure continued support of this important institution!

Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I am a member/volunteer/supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
I work at the JC Raulston Arboretum and we are concerned that our access will be greatly impacted during construction. We depend on rentals, weddings, meetings and educational programs to help fund salaries and keep our garden growing. It would be most helpful if the Ligon Street part of the project was complete before the bridge over Beryl Road is under construction.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
As a supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access.

Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I am a supporter on the Jc Raulston arboretum. It would be helpful to complete this before Hillsboro rd. To limit the impact to this valuable community resource.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
This letter expresses concern from a volunteer and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. It would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Road project impacts Beryl Rd. access to limit the disruption of operation and access to JCRA.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I vote for A. There really isn't any need for a bridge, it's very quiet road used mostly by cyclists and NCSU staff. In my ten years of living in Raleigh and using the road there hasn't been a single accident. The road doesn't need to be more than what it is now.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
I would choose B because while I think historic sites are important, alive people are more important. Many more relocations with C.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
not needed.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
Alternate A minimizes impact and would be more economically feasibel.
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
"I am a member, volunteer and supporter of the JC Raulston Arboretum. In order to limit the disruption of operations and access, it would be helpful if the Ligon Street project were completed before the Hillsborough Rd project impacts Beryl Rd. access."
Reply Flag 0 Agree3 days ago
no comment
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
I am a member, supporter, and volunteer of the JC Raulston Arboretum. The Arboretum is of growing importance to the community as a place for events, education, and contemplation for those of us seeking green space and beauty. I often visit the Arboretum four or more times a week for volunteering, events, and photography outings. The Ligon Street access is important to employees, students and some volunteers who work, study, and maintain the Arboretum and its facilities. Please keep this access to the garden available during the planned construction of the I 440 changes. The JCRA is a jewel of Raleigh, known to many and hopefully more as Raleigh urbanizes and its citizens seek out the green spaces that provide beauty and solace.
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
While improving mobility is a laudable objective it seem rather disruptive to accomplish.
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Alternative B or C seems best but I am concerned about this construction taking place while the Hillsborough St. and Beryl Road projects are under construction. As a volunteer with the JC Raulston Arboretum this worries me. How will access occur if these are concurrent? Can you please see that this project is copleted BEFORE the Hillsboro/Beryl project?
Reply Flag 0 Agree4 days ago
As a public agency, NCDOT has a mandate to assure that, whichever alternative is implemented, local business can continue to function with the least possible negative impact from the proposed interstate construction. The JC Raulston Arboretum is not only a business, it is a state agency, a forum for education and decompression from urban living, and the “home” to living organisms which depend on ongoing attention. To limit disruption of each of these vital aims, it NCDOT should plan to have the Ligon Street project completed before the Hillsborough Rd project has an impact on Beryl Rd. access.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Go with the least expensive, least intrusive plan... A.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
This area is sorely in need of modernization and upgrades. It is unfortunate to disturb the cemetery, research buildings, businesses and homes, but the work weds doing. I liked C the best because it had lower stream impacts.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
Spend as little as possible on this barely used road.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
just read through some comments. I think we SHOULD eliminate the Hillsborough street exit completely. you are tryin t to improve an interchange that shouldnt be there in the first place.

By making the interchange on HIllsborough street "better", you are in effect increasing exponentially the traffic on HIllsborough street during fairs, games and concerts. You will then need to widen hillsborough street from the exit to Blue Ridge. Where does this folly end?

Improve the Blue Ridge Road exit so that it can better handle the fair and concert traffic. Promote the Edwards Mill Rd exit as a viable alternative.

CLose the Hillsborough Street exit, period.

For those planning to get on Hillsborough street to get to Meredith and NCSU, they can take Faircloth.
Reply Flag 0 Agree7 days ago
I think this should be left as is.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
Alternative B is better - the plan will not affect DearStyne Research facilities. I hope that 440 project will not affect the function of DearStyne. This is the only Avian BSL2 Research facility available to the Poultry Science researchers at NC State University.
I am concerned about the proposed closer of the tunnel under 440 leading to the DearStyne Labs for one year. However, I support the request to have the proposed 2-lane bridge over 440 to be completed before closing the tunnel.
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
All three options have a terrible impact on the areas that are currently visually pleasing. There are changes being made to slow traffic along Hillsborough Street - why make a major interchange there? We need to encourage traffic to flow down Western Blvd. Traveling on Wade Avenue is already heavy, and most drivers don't obey the 35 mph speed limit. These two areas are our neighborhoods. There are VERY FEW affordable places ITB where my teenagers can hang out. The huge impact these options have on the club will take this away! Sorry, but if this was impacting RCC or CCC, I doubt it would happen!
Reply Flag 0 Agree8 days ago
Less impact to the cemetery.
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 days ago
Ditch this traffic culvert. Large trucks can't get thru it anyways. Use either Western or Beryl Road to access Ligon road.
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 days ago
Whatever the final decision, please add a sound barrier on 440. It is already extremely loud on the roads that back up to this highway.
Reply Flag 0 Agree9 days ago
no
Reply Flag 0 Agree10 days ago
No
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
no
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
Alternate C, least impact on NC State
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
Does traffic warrant this kind of investment here? I do not believe there is very much traffic here.
Reply Flag 0 Agree11 days ago
No preference
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
No preference they all are damaging and lack thought.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
I prefer the bridge south. A curved bridge is too elaborate for such a small crossover. The north bridge would also be harder to upgraded in the future.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
No.
Reply Flag 0 Agree12 days ago
Alternative C. Allows for future growth/plans while preserving the cemetery and has less impact on the surrounding residents and businesses
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
of the 3 I'd choose Alternative A
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
Completely disagree with the feedback, Option 3 is the way to go. I would much rather take my chances getting into Raleigh from the Blue Ridge corridor on a bike taking this route then trying to cross at Western. In fact, this solves the interconnectedness and road crossing problems for pedestrians and cyclists introduced with that inverted diamond approach. Option C solves the problems for those of not in cars getting cross town coming off the greenways and parks along Blur Ridge corridor. Although, I will miss the thrill of driving through my secret passageway that currently exists!
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
back to the drawing board, please.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
no
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
The option that takes the least number of homes is the right one, even if others are inconvenienced for a little while.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
The proposal to take nearly 17 acres from Meredith College will grievously harm the quality of life on the campus, which the state has recognized as a Designated Historic Landscape. The land in question is the most important section of the campus for future building and facilities, so this plan grievously damages long-planned prospects for growth and expansion. In addition, a major element of the Meredith experience is the beauty and quiet of a campus that allows students to live and work in a calm and aesthetically pleasing environment. Thus the plan deals Meredith a double blow: the material impact of losing land for future development AND the recruiting impact of replacing a signature feature of the campus—its well-recognized historic and aesthetic appeal—with the noise and disruption of a major urban interchange.
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
It is very hard to tell from the online maps but Alternative A seems to have the least impact to surrounding property. Whatever you do, please add a noise barrier along 440 on the Method Rd side. it is already way too loud!
Reply Flag 0 Agree13 days ago
I want a sound wall
Reply Flag 0 Agree14 days ago
it's not important to me
Reply Flag 0 Agree15 days ago

Hillsborough Street and Wade Avenue Interchange Area 

The Hillsborough Street and Wade Avenue interchange area presents many challenges.  Three Alternatives are being presented.  All would improve traffic operations and will avoid impacting the pedestrian bridge over I-440.  All will impact the Reedy Creek Greenway section through Meredith College and all require new right of way from NC State University the NC State University Club, Meredith College and Museum Park.

NCDOT Poll:
Alternative A - One Flyover

Slightly better traffic operations compared to other alternatives

Would likely need a two-lane loop ramp for eastbound I-440 loop to westbound Wade Avenue

Full Size High Resolution *One Flyover* Alternative Map ( http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/download/U2719-hillsborough-wade-flyover-2017.pdf )

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Alternative B - Two Flyovers

One of the most effective for traffic operations.

This Alternative has similar Impacts to other Alternatives

Full Size High Resolution One Flyover Alternative Map (http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-440improvements/download/U2719-hillsborough-wade-two-flyovers-2017.pdf)

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Alternative C – Slight Detour

Traffic on Hillsborough Street must pass through traffic signal on Wade to enter I-440 Eastbound. This alternative has less impacts to the main campus of Meredith College than other two Alternatives

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NCDOT Poll:
If you had to choose one of the three options for the Hillsborough-Wade Interchange, which would it be?
Alternative A - One Flyover
Alternative B - Two Flyovers
Alternative C - Slight Detour
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If you have a preference or other comment regarding this interchange, please share
All options have too great an impact on Meredith College and the University Club. Future growth of the College will be severely thwarted.
Reply Flag 118 Agree15 days ago
Agree, please go back and rethink the plan.
Reply Flag 21 Agree7 days ago
Please eliminate the Hillsborough-Wade Interchange.
Reply Flag 7 Agree2 days ago
All three options have far too great an impact on Meredith College. The State needs to seriously reevaluate the thought of taking property from a PRIVATE HISTORIC college, that is already landlocked without opportunity to grow beyond the current grounds.
Reply Flag 88 Agree15 days ago
I would like to see an alternative that did not negatively impact the University Club and Meredith College so much. There has to be a better way.
Reply Flag 71 Agree15 days ago
Another vote for eliminating the Hillsborough St exit entirely. You've already destroyed its use as a through street into town with the one lane traffic and circles everywhere. If it doesn't want to be used as a major road, don't bother dumping 440 onto it.
Reply Flag 63 Agree14 days ago
agree x 100
Reply Flag 17 Agree14 days ago
COMPLETELY AGREE!
Reply Flag 15 Agree13 days ago
Absolutely!
Reply Flag 12 Agree13 days ago
Certainly agree and posted a more complete argument for it. Did DOT ever consider this alternative and do a complete study of it.
Reply Flag 9 Agree9 days ago
Agree- Hillsborough Street is undergoing construction non-stop that already makes traffic horrible!
Reply Flag 5 Agree10 days ago
Agree -Hillsborough St is a nightmare now
Reply Flag 2 Agree7 days ago
AGREE! Back to the drawing table with you!
Reply Flag 3 Agree5 days ago
The impact to the University Club (a major pull to recruit top faculty) and Meredith College are too great. Do the traffic studies show an increase in vehicular traffic in 10 years? There must be a better alternative.
Reply Flag 55 Agree18 days ago
None of these three alternatives is appealing. Too much intrusion is involved for Meredith College and for the University Club. Let's go back to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 49 Agree15 days ago
As a student at Meredith college and resident of the on campus apartment, The Oaks. I feel like this is a horrible idea. the campus of Meredith College is absolutely beautiful and not to say a HISTORIC, private, all-women university. This is a HUGE, terrible plan and should be re-advised and Meredith College, students, and staff should not have to see our small, beautiful campus demolished in some places just because of "bad traffic". Raleigh has grown rapidly over the years and will increase to do so but there is another way to do this. You will have some VERY mad women and other supporters of Meredith College if this decision is not changed. As I lay here in my bed, on campus at The Oaks. I can hear the traffic, loud exhaust pipes on trucks, and emergency vehicles passing by like it is right beside my window already. This is not right, and together WE WILL FIGHT!!
Reply Flag 48 Agree15 days ago
I am a member of the NCSU University Club. The impact to the University Club is far to great. The University Club is used by Raleigh families for multiple purposes; children's camps,civic meetings, weddings, tennis, swimming, exercise programs, and golf. The possible loss of this club due to this expansion will greatly impact the city. Loss of over 100 jobs, as well as a vital
recreation center for so many families. In order to save the UC Club we must be compensated fairly for the millions of dollars we have invested in our facility. Raleigh has national recognition for it's green-ways and recreation. Taking away such an active, affordable, recreational club inside the beltline is not moving Raleigh in the direction we are recognized for and support.
Reply Flag 44 Agree15 days ago
put the parking on the other side, club itself isn't effected
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
Club will be affected. Please educate yourself as to how before commenting something so definitive.
Reply Flag 2 Agree2 days ago
None of the alternatives are acceptable. There is no need to decimate the University Club and severely damage Meredith College. NCDOT has the ability to improve the design of the Wade Avenue/Hillsborough St interchange, and you all need to get back to work to figure out a solution that works within the existing right of way and eliminates the need to acquire 32 - 35 acres from the U club and Meredith. These are both invaluable resources to the community. Using a diverging diamond at Wade and eliminating the access roads running parallel to I-440 should be your priority. If need be, close the interchange at Hillsborough Street. Between Wade Avenue and Western Blvd, there is ample access to the area. When you factor in the existing Interstate 40 exit at Hwy 54 and the Blue Ridge Road and Edwards Mill Roads interchanges along Wade Avenue, there really is no need for a third congested interchange on Hillsborough.
Reply Flag 40 Agree14 days ago
As an alumna of Meredith College I ask that you find another solution to address this issue. Meredith has given a wonderful gift to Raleigh already by allowing access for the greenway to pass through campus. Many gifts have been given to ensure that Meredith continues to grow and prosper and this road expansion would greatly counteract those donations.
Reply Flag 38 Agree14 days ago
The problem is because the proposed design is treating this as if it's way out in the countryside because there's open land here on Meredith's campus and by the University Club. That gives the false impression that the amount of land this design uses is less important, and results in a right-of-way over 800' wide between Meredith and the University Club. The problem is, this ISN'T way out in the country. Open land in the middle of a city like Raleigh is a precious commodity. This should be treated like an urban location that is hemmed in by development on all sides.

To minimize the footprint between Meredith and University Club. For an example of how to do this correctly, Look at this example in Chesapeake, Virginia, where they have used retaining walls and viaducts with straddle bents to braid the ramps in a very tight corridor not more than 300 feet wide. This is with nearly the exact same ramp and lane configuration as is proposed here. https://goo.gl/maps/P9dUe87LT5k

Probably SOME new land will have to be used in order to build this. But there is no need to take up anywhere near so much land through there as is proposed. Please go back to the drawing board. And reference this while doing so: https://goo.gl/maps/P9dUe87LT5k
Reply Flag 36 Agree14 days ago
Agree!!!
Reply Flag 4 Agree12 days ago
Very good point. NCDOT has pattern books . This plan was pulled from a rural county. Think out of your box DOT!!
Reply Flag 3 Agree6 days ago
Each option encroaches on the Meredith campus. The college needs their land to expand. Commuting and driving may be important but not more so than education and the rights of a private institution to fulfill its mission to its students and the community.
Reply Flag 35 Agree14 days ago
When I look at these plans I wonder if the NC DOT has been in any communication with the City of Raleigh. Raleigh has always been "a city within a park" and these plans show a huge amount of paving over of green space for nothing more than on/off ramps. It looks like the 4-6 lanes widening could be done with minimal impact, but the interchange plans are disastrous to both Meredith College and the NCSU Club. Why these huge loops for Hillsborough St - a street that has been undergoing construction for 5 years to NARROW it so it is no longer a thoroughfare? And then Wade Ave, which is bearing the brunt of the huge increase in housing downtown, gets an extra stoplight? This section of the plan looks very counter to the vision that Raleigh has for itself.
It's time to show some creative design and smart engineering that NCSU is so rightly known for!
Reply Flag 34 Agree14 days ago
Yes!
Reply Flag 1 Agree13 days ago
I teach at Meredith, and the proposed plan impedes the college's plans to expand. As a women's college, Meredith is now as relevant as ever. Listen to the news for gender imbalance and the rhetoric surrounding this issue. Yet you want to reduce its land and ability to grow?
Reply Flag 31 Agree14 days ago
Go back to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 31 Agree15 days ago
Beth WeaverI am very concerned about the impact to the University Club. I beg you to find another solution that will not rape our landscape. The club serves not only the members but the community...serving as a much needed meeting site for an abundance of community and civic groups.
Reply Flag 31 Agree15 days ago
As a current resident of Meredith College and someone who uses the belt line many times a week I understand the need for improvements to the road. But the amount of land that this would take from the college that is already surrounded by roads on all sides is extremely concerning and upsetting. Meredith is already one of the smallest college campuses and we need the room to continue to expand and improve. Not only does this plan cut down on the amount of land the college has it also means precious parts of the campus' history and traditions would be taken away forever. It would also disrupt the privacy of students living on that side of campus. Our enrollment grows almost every year, and the campus simply cannot be downsized the amount currently proposed. I plead with the DOT to create a new plan that is not so detrimental to the college.
Reply Flag 30 Agree14 days ago
All three options take too much from Meredith College and NC State. The greenway and the Art Museum will also be adversely impacted. You are ruining a perfectly lovely area that is a huge asset to Raleigh.
Reply Flag 29 Agree14 days ago
As a Meredith College Alumna, I believe this new route would not allow the college to expand and grow (as it has been ever since it opened). Not only would it affect the noise and beauty of the campus, but it would mean that when MC grows, new buildings would have to be away from this main campus. Meredith is known for its secure, gated community and has been a real home to so many women. The highway changes would take away commuter parking and not allow room for growth.
Reply Flag 29 Agree14 days ago
What an embarrassing effort by NCDOT. The three alternatives are ridiculous and wipe out a large portion of Meredith College and completely destroy the University Club, which is not a "country club", but a landmark West Raleigh institution and a low-priced community resource open to the public for weddings, banquets, associations, graduations, meetings, et al.
Reply Flag 28 Agree13 days ago
As a MEREDITH College graduate and a Raleigh resident for 35 years, I agree that I440 needs improving however I stand with the college in opposing any plans that encroach upon our historic campus and challenge our plans for growth.
Reply Flag 28 Agree14 days ago
Why is such a high burden for this interchange placed on Meredith College and the University Club? In all 3 alternatives, Meredith College will lose a substantial portion of its campus which will have a negative impact its future. Is the NCDOT ready to negatively impact the future of a private college? Please, please request options that do not take property needlessly.
Reply Flag 26 Agree14 days ago
As a life long resident of Raleigh I oppose this plan and its impact to The University Club, NC State's golf facility, and Meredith's campus!
Reply Flag 26 Agree15 days ago
and I gotta say, prioritizing event traffic over daily use of U Club and Meredith sets my teeth on edge
Reply Flag 23 Agree15 days ago
As an NCSU faculty member the University Club is the only affordable place for my family to swim and play tennis. I grew up with a similar club and I hoped for the same for my kids. This will be a large negative impact on the hundreds of members of the club.
Reply Flag 22 Agree14 days ago
I am a Meredith College graduate, and I still travel this road at times on the way to and from work. I understand that updates need to be made but the solution is not to take land from Meredith. The college continues to grow every year and is already surrounded by roads. Taking this land from Meredith would hurt the college, and that is a shame since Meredith had been such an asset to the community. I ask that the DOT find another way to improve 440.
Reply Flag 22 Agree14 days ago
Bill mccreaPLease consider eliminating the Hillsborough St. Exit. IT would solve many problems for the Uclub and Meredith College.
Reply Flag 21 Agree15 days ago
I am a graduate of Meredith College (BS and MBA) and the mother of a member of the class of 2021 moving onto campus in 10 days. I grew up in Raleigh and have seen first hand how much Meredith has grown since I graduated in 1992 and again in 1997. It has been wonderful to spend time on our beautiful campus and to see the new buildings and improvements. The new buildings are needed because the number of students attending Meredith has continued to grow over the years .This includes the grad school programs which are also open to male students, adult learners, and commuters. Spend some time on campus and see for yourselves just how much the community is a part of our school and campus, especially with the addition of the greenway connection. Meredith needs all of the current land to continue to grow according to the plans already set for the college. PLEASE reconsider all three of YOUR plans and look for a new way to improve 440 without taking 1/5 of the college campus. It will negatively change the direction of Meredith forever. It will stop the growth that has continued over the last 25 years and plans for other buildings for more programs will end. The beauty and history of our campus along with wonderful programs and faculty members attracts students from all over the world. Your plans will change a big part of what our campus offers now- history, beauty,community, and room to grow for future Meredith students. I travel this section of the beltline almost daily to commute to my office, so I know the challenges and traffic issues involved, but please find another way to improve thos issues with 440 without taking 1/5 of Meredith College's campus!
Reply Flag 20 Agree14 days ago
My name is Ashley Walker and I am one of 900+ families that attend the NCSU club. As a UNC graduate, I admit that this venue has won my heart. My children swim on the swim team (top 1-2 in the county), I play tennis, and we've used the facilities for events including my grandfather's funeral gathering. This club serves almost 1000 west raleigh families, and is a community and Raleigh resource. The current plans severely encroach on the footprint, eliminating all parking, golf, and essential could completely derail the continuation of this wonderful resource. Of particular concern is the proximity of the right of way to the club's pool, and the potential impact on both pollution and safety of the children swimming. What will prevent a distracted driver from potentially running into the pool? Would/could the proximity of a pool lend itself to this risk? I hope the safety of the children will be considered priority in contingency plans regarding the Hillsborough/Wade section of the plan. I hope that the DOT can consider alternate plans that will not take so much existing land from the club.

Sincerely,
Ashley Walker and family
Reply Flag 19 Agree15 days ago
All three plans are detrimental for Meredith College and the University Club. Additional alternatives should be proposed that lessen the impact to these valuable assets to Raleigh community.
Reply Flag 18 Agree14 days ago
Highway expansion is needed, but hindering the growth of Meredith College does not serve the students or citizens of Raleigh.
Reply Flag 18 Agree15 days ago
I am a Meredith College alum who used 440 and Wade Avenue regularly when I commute to work, go shopping, and go to doctor's appointments. I think there is room for improvement, but taking part of Meredith's campus and grounds is NOT a feasible, necessary, or prudent course of action. Please consider alternatives!
Reply Flag 18 Agree15 days ago
All of the alternatives would compromise (and likely make impossible) the use of the NC State University Club, of which I am a member. As currently designed, I believe the encroachments into the property will kill its functional use. I play tennis there three times a week for my health. If all of those courts are compromised and the state isn't willing to fund replacement, I will be forced to cancel my membership and I have it on good authority that many other members will too. No other property impacted by the expansion will be pushed out of existence by the 440 expansion, and you have to consider the job loss that will occur as a result. I understand the road must be widened to accommodate future growth, but there has to be a better way. Even partial relief would keep open the possibility of the club remaining viable.
Reply Flag 18 Agree16 days ago
The impact on Meredith and the University Club are totally unacceptable
Reply Flag 17 Agree13 days ago
All the alternatives here show a corridor about 800 feet wide, whereas up in Chesapeake, Virginia they know how to build a highway with MORE lanes and just as many braided ramps in a corridor less than 350 feet wide. Why is Virginia so much better at this than NC? https://goo.gl/maps/P9dUe87LT5k

I think this 800' corridor would make sense where land is plentiful. But here in central Raleigh, just because there's nothing built on this land doesn't mean it isn't precious. Taking land from institutions like Meredith College (I know many alumni) and the University Club (I had my wedding reception there) is no better than taking parkland to build a highway, something which federal laws absolutely prohibit unless there is absolutely no alternative. So I believe any property taken from Meredith or University Club should be minimized.

Please go back to the drawing board and come back with an alternative more similar to the Chesapeake, Virginia design: https://goo.gl/maps/P9dUe87LT5k - Yes you will have to throw your current autocad drawings in the trash and start from scratch and maybe you will even have to reach out to your counterparts at VDOT to figure out how they managed to do it and who designed it for them. And it will probably cost more, too. But for the love of Raleigh, please do it!
Reply Flag 16 Agree14 days ago
You need to evaluate a fourth alternative that does not make these changes, and offer that choice as Alternative D. You have forced everyone to choose one of the three bad alternatives or choose "it does not matter." That is too narrow and so your survey results are not going to reflect actual public opinions.
Reply Flag 16 Agree14 days ago
As a Raleigh native and a Meredith College graduate, I have seen our small city grow. As a Mom of a student driver, I of course want safer roads and less congestion but I do not believe Raleigh's growth should come at the expense of Meredith College. Meredith College has been a great friend to the area and has support many important races and causes over the years. Meredith should not be negatively impacted due to Raleigh's growth when the college itself is still growing. Most of the comments here are from NC State and Meredith college ... both colleges have passionate staff and alumni ... I think reevaluating your plans and not impacting Meredith College or the NC State University club would be a step in the right direction.
Reply Flag 16 Agree14 days ago
Takes too much property away from education institutions, the University Club of NCSU and a significant portion of Meredith College's campus. Please return to the drawing board and find a way a mitigate detrimental property acquisition along the route.
Reply Flag 15 Agree14 days ago
As a fourth generation Meredith College graduate, I strongly oppose changes to 440 that will take any portion of Meredith College's land. I also oppose any changes that will cause noise, light, and exhaust pollution to the campus. I urge all stakeholders to review the environmental impact to the campus and seek alternate routes that will not impede the college's planned growth for indefinite duration.
There should be no assumptions that we women will be submissive in response to this indirect disregard to highly-ranked higher education. We are a worldwide community of strong, successful, determined women. If we lose even a small portion of our campus due to lost land or the damaging effects of having a freeway looming over our beautiful, learning-rich environment, our campus and ability to grow will suffer significantly.
I stand by the comments made by our current president and Meredith Alumna, Jo Allen.

Reply Flag 15 Agree15 days ago
Why are you asking me to vote on one of your 3 plans when they are all unacceptable!!
Reply Flag 14 Agree12 days ago
I am stunned that no alternatives really look at potential improvements on the east side of the intersection. It almost looks like there was a deliberate attempt to avoid impacting the State Museum property and the pedestrian bridge, to the expense of the University Club and Meredith College. I have no attachment to either of those organizations and I actually frequent the museum property on occasion, but this looks like burden for this intersection was focused on two parties.

One glaring example of this bias is the offramp from outer 440 to west Wade Avenue. In one of the alternatives the offramp is in the approximate existing location. In the other two alternatives THE OFFRAMP ACTUALLY MOVES FURTHER AWAY FROM THE MUSEUM PROPERTY! Just think about that for a second and ask yourself how often an interstate road widening project requires less land across any part of the frontage?

If the offramp was shifted on to the museum property maybe you could make the west Wade to South 440 movement with a circular onramp, shifting one of the lanes out of the University Club property? What if you pushed a circular ramp on flyover D to the east to give more merging distance to the Hillsborough connector so that it didn't have to swing so far into the Meredith property? Why not start with a conventional cloverleaf design and then use bridges and elongated lanes as necessary to address weaving?

Could the area between Wade and Hillsborough be made more efficient in any way by impacting the museum property or the pedestrian bridge? If the answer is yes then the NCDOT should provide that alternative for consideration. If the answer is no that option should still be available for public consideration. You can't compromise the largest part of a potentially $485 Million project because you're protecting a pedestrian bridge.


Reply Flag 14 Agree14 days ago
As a student of Meredith College O beg you not to take any of the land from us. The proposed projects would take about if a fifth of the land away from Meredith. Meredith has been such an important part of Raleigh for 126 years, to take this away from our school would be a huge loss for all the students who currently attend Meredith and future Meredith students.
Reply Flag 14 Agree15 days ago
I don't have any ties to Meredith or the University Club - I am a just a west-Raleigh resident who lives nearby and think that there must be an alternative to taking this much land from any institution.
Reply Flag 13 Agree12 days ago
I am a member of the NCSU University Club. Every option in your current plans will seriously damage our existing facilities and grounds. We have been an asset to the University and community at large since Governor Luther Hodges signed the agreement that this state land was to be used for this purpose. It not only is an affordable, family oriented place for me and my family to treasure, it continues to be an asset for university faculty and employees, Wolfpack Club members, alumni and thousands of Raleigh residents and civic clubs who are not members but utilize the affordable and excellent banquet and meeting spaces. Many of my fellow members are 2nd and 3rd generation members who have grown up using the facilities and enjoying all that it offers. I would hope that DOT considers this history and very real treasure as you develop final plans.
Reply Flag 13 Agree12 days ago
I cannot choose one alternative for this interchange because the impact is too great on the University Club and Meredith in all 3 scenarios. The University club is more than a swim and tennis club. It is a longstanding place of community for the NCSU alumni, faculty and friends of the University. Many of the University club's facilities and investments to those facilities made over decades will be lost. This club is not a club supported by wealthy individuals and replacement and rebuilding of the current structures that would be lost may not be a viable option. This is a club that regular individuals like myself can join and have a place where my kids learn to swim, play tennis and golf. A safe place that my kids can attend summer day camp while both parents work. This is a place to hold community meetings and events. I have to believe there are other options than the ones presented and ask that this group do more research so that the University club that I hold dear can continue to serve the community and my family.
Reply Flag 13 Agree12 days ago
This is a lose-lose situation, where two long time institutions are negatively impacted on either side of the roadway in each option. Eliminating the Hillsborough St intersection should be a considered option. There has got to be a way to improve the Wade Avenue interchange without an excessive impact.
Reply Flag 13 Agree14 days ago
Meredith College is continually growing and expanding. Any obstruction to the campus will impact all prospective students, current students, faculty, staff and those who still contribute to the college. Meredith has stood strong for over 126 years and will continue to thrive. Nothing should stand in the way of that!
Reply Flag 13 Agree14 days ago
I attend meredith college and I would hate to see campus taken by a road. This is a beautiful school where young girls are made into strong women. It has shaped so many girls and in order for it to shape more, they will need to grow the campus. Taking part of the campus for this road will prevent meredith from growing more and helping shape more woman in our community. Meredith is a wonderful place that has a rich history. I really hope there is another option besides taking a chunk of our beautiful campus.
Reply Flag 13 Agree14 days ago
Meredith College is my home... and every last bit of it holds a very special place in my heart. This project should not interfere with Meredith's campus
Reply Flag 13 Agree15 days ago
As a recent Meredith College graduate with a younger sister who also just started her journey at MC, I agree with improving I-440, but disagree with the solution of taking a fifth of Meredith's campus to do so. One of the reasons my sister and I chose to attend Meredith was due to it's beautiful landscape and location in Raleigh. MC is already a small community that is continuously growing and I could only imagine the impact this will have on MC's alumna, faculty, and current/future students. I hope the NCDOT will explore options that do not intrude on Meredith's campus!
Reply Flag 13 Agree15 days ago
All options are too intrusive to historic Meredith College and the NCSU University Club. Please go back to the drawing board to find a better alternative.
Reply Flag 12 Agree13 days ago
There is no good option from those presented
Reply Flag 12 Agree13 days ago
As an alum and employee of Meredith College, I am not in favor of any of these options - all of them impact both the Meredith Campus as well as the NC State University Club at an unacceptable level. Although Meredith College has traditionally been a cooperative community partner, this plan is too invasive to the college, effecting all who live and learn on campus. It is my hope that Dr. Allen's plea that the NCDOT go back to the drawing board and design a less instrusive option for lane expansion.
Reply Flag 12 Agree13 days ago
These plans will negatively impact two beautiful facilities that have served many Raleigh residents. You are talking about paving over little pieces of paradise.
Reply Flag 12 Agree13 days ago
All the options take way too much land from NCSU and Meredith. Go back to the drawing board
Reply Flag 12 Agree14 days ago
I have been a member of the University Club since 2005. I joined the Club because I am an NC State graduate, had close friends who were members there, wanted access to a nice swimming pool in the summer and membership was very affordable compared to other club facilities in the Raleigh area. After attending the Public Hearing last night, I am more convinced than ever the Club. Will be put out of business if any of the I-440 proposals for Wade Avenue/Hillsborough Stret presented to date are implemented. Since 2008, the Club has undergone some new additions and facility enhancements - a new kitchen, additional dining space, an outside patio and fire pit, a saline swimming pool for adult lap swimming and competitive swim meets and a combined swimming pool/tennis snack bar and tennis pro shop. These improvements were financed by gifts from Club members and additional monthly dues of $35.00 beginning in May of 2008 and $45.00 beginning inFebruary of 2013. These amounts continue to be due and will be paid by members for the foreseeable future. So each of the 950 plus members of the club have a stake in the outcome of this project. To lose 19 acres out of the 40 plus acres that comprise this property, including all the tennis courts, main parking lot and swimming pool/tennis snack bar/pro shop without a good alternative for replacement will make membership less attractive and will result in many current members seeking other options, especially since the new road will butt right up against the current swimming pools. I truly believe NCDOT can do better. Sally Williamson Greaser
Reply Flag 12 Agree14 days ago
There has got to be an alternative that does not encroach on Meredith.
Reply Flag 12 Agree14 days ago
As a graduate of Meredith College and a citizen who uses I-440 regularly, I oppose the current plans to expand the I-440 belt line. The current plan will have detrimental impacts to this beautiful campus and would restrict Meredith’s own plans to grow. The current plan would take from the 126-year-old women’s college approximately one-fifth of its land. Many women have looked at Meredith as home for the four years they were there and it will always be home long after. I would ask the NC DOT to please come up with a different plan that will not affect our historic college campus.
Reply Flag 12 Agree15 days ago
As a member of the University Club I can't support any of the options. More than likely club membership would dwindle drastically and the club could potentially close. We have had an improvement campaign members have been paying for over many years, putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into the existing structure, grounds, and building of new structures and facilities. This plan would essentially do away with some of the brand new structures and compromise the experience entirely. I would suggest pursuing traffic calming in these areas, as opposed to widening, to help reduce incidents of accidents. All the the members I've spoken to regarding this development have said they would drop the membership if such a loss of property, which would result in loss of amenities as well as noise barriers, were to move forward. Additionally, Meredith College would be drastically impaired.
Reply Flag 11 Agree13 days ago
Consider eliminating the Hillsborough exit altogether - and route via Wade or Western with surface street: It has been done is other places such as Atlanta....
Reply Flag 11 Agree13 days ago
The University club will loose almost half of its 40 acre site. As the second of four generations that have enjoyed the tranquil setting and views from the club I implore you to find a better alternative. This is not a country club. It serves mostly middle class workers, alumni, and faculty who have little other choices in West Raleigh. The members are not here for four years and then gone, many start out as children and continue through adulthood. I've been a member for almost 50 years. My family would be devastated if we loose the club.
Reply Flag 11 Agree13 days ago
Put the money for these projects into lightrail services. Widening the road is only encouraging more driving and more cars. Making the road bigger does not have the long term impact that a rail service would.
Reply Flag 11 Agree13 days ago
What if you make all Hillsborough St. traffic get to it from Blue Ridge Road from Wade or Western and just improve Blue Ridge (burying or raising the railroad tracks) into a thoroughfare/boulevard with service roads for the fairgrounds and vet school and then close the Hillsborough exit entirely and just widen 440? The taking of property from the U-Club and Meredith would then be relatively minimal. It would fit with Raleigh's bike plan as well.
Reply Flag 11 Agree14 days ago
All three options have far too great an impact on Meredith College. The plans provided take too much land from the College and will interfere with this historic institution's ability to continue to successfully educate young women who make a tremendous impact on this community and beyond.
Reply Flag 11 Agree14 days ago
As a current student of Meredith College, I oppose this plan. I understand that the roads need improvements but I do not agree that taking land from our school to expand the road is the best thing to be done. By taking land from our school, it takes away from our educational value.
Reply Flag 11 Agree15 days ago
The whole project looks like a real boondoogle and colossal waste of taxpayer money and more cost to Meredith and the University Club. The simple and least costly option would be to close the Hillsborough St. exits and entrances allowing a simple and less expensive widening of 440. That would certainly provide smoother and less dangerous traffic flow throughout the intersection. All options still include complicated merges at this intersection. The project makes no sense due to the competing project to quiet Hillsborough Street. There are already long lines on Hillsborough at the narrowing at the intersection of Faircloth/Gorman and there are long lines at the Blue Ridge intersection. The flyover and detour plans would only increase the traffic flow on an already crowded Hillsborough Street. In essence the proposed plans create paths to even more congestion on Hillsborough Street and may create more rather than less bottlenecks on 440/wade intersection. There are already many alternative routes to reach all destinations on or near this intersection many of which are not fully utilized. The closing of the Hillsborough Street exits to 440 would simply and efficiently distribute this traffic flow. It is unclear if this simple alternative was ever seriously considered.
Reply Flag 10 Agree9 days ago
All of these three proposals are land grabs that do not take the concerns of the NCSU or Meredith communities very seriously. Accident issues in the Triangle will continue to escalate because of human error. These road proposals might mitigate the problem slightly but will cause irreparable damage to the involved stakeholders. These interchanges reflect typical DOT overplanning that does not reflect anything but an over dependence on numbers. Better traffic enforcement to slow down drivers would be a cheaper solution. Also why would brick wall barriers similar to the ones near North Hills not be considered ??? What looks appropriate on paper often does not work out in practice. The issues on Hillsborough Street near NCSU prove that. This whole project needs to be reexamined in order to find a solution that has less effect on Meredith and NCSU properties.
Reply Flag 10 Agree13 days ago
These proposals are ALL terrible and it is not possible to choose one over the others. The impact on all adjacent properties will be immense and due consideration has not been given to the increase in noise and pollution, not to mention the intrusiveness of more humans in the area. The impact to Meredith College will be particularly devastating. Go back to the drawing board and find something else.
Reply Flag 10 Agree13 days ago
I am a Meredith College graduate (Class of '72) and basically grew up on that campus, attending every special event, even as a child, to which my mother (Class of [41) would take me. I fell in love with the campus, the people, the life there and, when about the graduate from high school, did not apply to any other college. The campus was a real home for four years. Later, living in the area (Chapel Hill & Durham), I often drove to Raleigh for work, for lunch, for events, to meet up with friends... and the Meredith College campus always loomed up in front of me as a beacon drawing me to Raleigh and, again, home! Please do NOT destroy this amazing campus which has meant so much to my family and to me over almost all the years of its existence, as so many of the women in my family, including my sister (Class of '85), cousins, and aunts, gong back to the beginning, graduated from there. I am SURE the NC Transportation Department can find a better way to fix the highway problem without taking so much Meredith campus land!
Reply Flag 10 Agree15 days ago
RogerHendersonI have friends who belong to University Club and I play tennis there several times per year. I feel bad for them; the tennis and parking will be obliterated and because the land is owned by the State, it's my understanding there is little compensation offered. They just built a beautiful new out-building between the tennis and pool; it'll remain. I think the problem is that Hillsborough St, Wade Ave and Western Blvd are too close; perhaps an alternative that improves I-440/Wade and I-440/Western but without direct access to/from I-440 and Hillsborough St.
Reply Flag 10 Agree15 days ago
I take issue with 2 flyover design. It keeps only 1 lane on the ramp from the Beltline onto West Wade Avenue going towards RTP, and adds an additional merge onto that lane. The traffic gets way too bad here to keep one lane on the ramp AND add an additional merge onto it from the flyover ramp.

Can we not figure out a way to keep this narrower between the two exits to minimize the impacts to Merideth and NCSU Club? This seems overengineered and unnecessarily wide.
Reply Flag 10 Agree15 days ago
The negative impact to the University Club far too great. The University Club is used by Raleigh families, civic groups, and small businesses as an affordable location for meetings and recreation. All proposed plans take so much from the university club it could force the club to close. The loss of jobs, the loss of meeting space for civic groups, the potential recruitment loss for top faculty to NCSU, and the loss of an affordable space for Raleigh families to enjoy summer camps, swimming, tennis, and golf would be a huge loss for the city of Raleigh. The loss of all of this for an exit ramp onto Hillsborough St, which has been revamped to not be a thorofare.
Reply Flag 9 Agree12 days ago
You need to start over and come up with a new option that has less impact to Meredith College and the University Club. Future growth and quality of life to students on campus will be greatly affected.
Reply Flag 9 Agree13 days ago
Please find a better way. All three options impose to much on Meredith College and the University Club.
From a Cary native, Meredith Alumni and commuter to Raleigh.
Reply Flag 9 Agree13 days ago
All options greatly impact Meredith College and the University Club. There needs to be better options that do not impact the community.
Reply Flag 9 Agree13 days ago
This needs to go back to the drawing board. The University Club will be virtually destroyed by all three options. The amount of acreage taken from Meredith will severely damage the future of one of the most vital women's colleges in the US. Both of these institutions deserve more consideration from the DOT.
Reply Flag 9 Agree13 days ago
eliminate the Hillsboro Street interchange. Drivers can exit onto Wade to Blue Ridge or Faircloth or Go to Western Blvd. The improvements to those interchanges can handle the extra traffic.
Reply Flag 9 Agree13 days ago
there is much talk about this project closing the University Club. Some people think that is unnecessary. My perspective is it will not happen as soon as the construction fences go up but rather be a slow death. As current members come out and see the impact of the road and decide they dont want to use the facility due to the noise and visual pollution from traffic, membership will gradually decline.
Prospective members will have the same opinion and eliminate future growth. Within a few years the club will not longer be able operate and will close its doors. Eliminate the Hillsboro Street exchange and eliminate the impact on both sides of the beltline
Reply Flag 9 Agree13 days ago
As a Meredith College graduate, I use I-40 to enter Meredith when traveling and then route towards I-440 to get off the exit for Hillsborough street. Meredith serves a vital institution for academic excellence and overall growth. This land has been inhabited by Meredith College students for years. This school has no football team, no sororities/fraternities but it houses a place for growth. Implementing a change that will possibly help the flow of traffic sounds beneficial to the public, but for how long? Roads change, weather causes damage etc. Yet expansion and growth that yields engineers, medical leaders, scientists, lawyers, designers, educators etc will impact Raleigh, NC forever. Please think of decades and allow Meredith to utlize the land to provide for great community helpers versus a road that will need to be updated periodically. Thank you for your time and consideration. Class of 2013
Reply Flag 9 Agree15 days ago
My family is a member of the N.C. State University Club, and all three alternatives presented here have the potential to decimate the club and its membership. These plans take away the parking and tennis facilities, and put the traffic very close to the swimming pool. Our family uses this club almost daily year round. The possible loss of the club would result in the loss of over 100 jobs and vital services that make our community strong. The club's members recently have invested millions of dollars improving the facilities and there does not appear to be a plan to compensate the club. These 3 alternatives all seem to disregard the interests and rights of the university club members. I would like to see a 4th alternative that has a minimal impact on the university club.
Reply Flag 9 Agree15 days ago
I absolutely agree that all options have too great an impact on Meredith and the University Club. As a 65 year old resident of Raleigh for all but 9 years, I fully appreciate the value of both institutions. I believe the DOT's disregard of them, as evidenced by these proposed designs, is appalling. The University Club struggled for years, but it has had wonderful upgrades in the last few years, under the tireless leadership of Al Weaver. It's pool is super-nice. It's geographic location, on a ridge that gets the breezes, is very pleasant. The pool would be ruined, and the tennis courts gone. I believe that both are vital to its future. It's like the DOT wants to destroy the place. Although it's been rumored for years, I always hoped this project wouldn't take the Short Game Facility and its adjacent woods.
I still don't see why that ramp has to cut through so much nice land. Does DOT want it as straight as possible, sacrificing anything in favor of faster speeds and saving a few seconds? It seems that way with all of this. Like it was designed with a blind eye towards the institutions affected. Meredith has been a wonderful citizen of Raleigh. I'm still grateful that Meredith allowed our Greenway to go through its campus. If I ran the venerable school and this got shoved down my throat, I'd tell Raleigh to find another route for its Greenway. Surely, the DOT has to consider this as a possible outcome of this proposed land grab. I cannot believe we've waited this long, for the much-needed additional lanes only to see these proposals. We need a new design. I'd rather sit in traffic a year or two longer than see some of Raleigh's nicest places so negatively affected.
Reply Flag 8 Agree9 days ago
I support the approach outlined by Greg Kempf in his comment at the public meeting, which involves asking for design exceptions for the turn radius on the flyovers and for the weaving lanes.

An important point that hasn't surfaced so far is that Kempf's approach would eliminate traffic signals in the Wade-Beltline interchange. The grade crossings that are removed will decrease accidents. While it's true that the design exceptions would be likely to increase accidents, they have to be offset against the accidents that have & would occur from a traffic light in the middle of a freeway interchange.

It really seems that taking so much land for these interchanges is just being politically correct. There is a very large amount of public concern about the impacts to NCSU and Meredith, which easily justify the effort required to propose and sustain a design exception.
Reply Flag 8 Agree10 days ago
The impact of all plans on NC State's University Club would be devastating to the to the club. Meaning, it most likely wouldn't survive , which would be incredibly unfortunate and sad. It is a Raleigh institution that has such a positive impact on so many lives. It's way more than just a "country club" and supports many people and local organizations. It also provides jobs, taxes and is a huge help in recruiting some top talent/professors to the area. Please come up with alternatives that will spare the UClub.
Reply Flag 8 Agree11 days ago
None of the options are good. All 3 have a major negative impact on the University club which is a community resource and recruitment tool for NCSU and local business, a community facility used for training, commerce and entertainment and not a private club. DOT should close the Hillsborough St Intersection and upgrade the Blue Ridge interchange on Wade, the intersection at Hillsborough and Blue Ridge and grade separate the railroad tracks at Blue Ridge as a viable alternative. Also NCDOT should loosen their own restrictions and reduce right away and build walls to save as much land as possible for University Club and Meredith College.
Reply Flag 8 Agree12 days ago
Please consider creating additional solutions. I do not support any of the options shown.
Reply Flag 8 Agree13 days ago
Why not eliminate Hillsborough street access and widen Faircloth and Blue Ridge. There are too many access points to the belt line between Wade and Cary.
Reply Flag 8 Agree13 days ago
The footprint for all these options is tremendous and extremely damaging to institutions on both sides of the roadway, the University Club and Meredith College. There must be a less disruptive option. Why can't the roadway just be widened here instead of trying to add peripheral roads? Why use large loops instead of diamonds? Why do all of these options have the new roadway situated west of the old one? Why add another traffic light on Wade Ave? None of these options is acceptable to me.
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
None of these are good options. They will ruin Meredith's campus and ability for future growth. I went to this college and the beauty of the campus was part of my reason for wanting to attend on top of many other factors. I hope one day my future child(ren) will want to go to Meredith and I want them to be able to experience its beauty as well, without a highway destroying it.
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
Please consider other options that do not have such a negative effect on Meredith College and the university club
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
It seems as though the real decision is how much land is taken from the University Club vs. Meredith. Given that the U-Club **could** have access to the vet school property and other adjacent land in some sort of land swap among state agencies while Meredith is landlocked, it would be more fair to take the U-club land and help them build tennis courts and parking on the other side near the vet school. If you take the land from Meredith, they just have less without really any alternatives.
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
All 3 designs have immediate impact to the University Club. It would be devastating!
Reply Flag 9 Agree13 days ago
As a fourth generation Meredith College graduate, I strongly oppose changes to 440 that will take any portion of Meredith College's land. I also oppose any changes that will cause noise, light, and exhaust pollution to the campus. I urge all stakeholders to review the environmental impact to the campus and seek alternate routes that will not impede the college's planned growth for indefinite duration.
There should be no assumptions that we women will be submissive in response to this indirect disregard to highly-ranked higher education. We are a worldwide community of strong, successful, determined women. If we lose even a small portion of our campus due to lost land or the damaging effects of having a freeway looming over our beautiful, learning-rich environment, our campus and ability to grow will suffer significantly.
I stand by the comments made by our current president and Meredith Alumna, Jo Allen.
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
All three options are going to impact Meredith College way too much! Meredith is not only my home but a part of Raleigh's history. We should be helping it to grow not be destroying it little by little.
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
Each of these alternatives would negatively impact the Meredith College community. As a student, the thought of losing so much land from my beloved school is terrifying and repulsive.
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
All three options would both effect Meredith College, and would effect the North Carolina State University Club. We have been members of the University Club for more than 20 years, we use the golf course and tennis courts daily we also use the pool and snack bar every day of the summer almost. I have growned up swimming and playing at the university club. You most come up with another option this awful to do such a thing. I will be contacting Governor Cooper....
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
As a Meredith college graduate, I oppose this "solution."
Reply Flag 8 Agree14 days ago
All proposed changes deeply affect Meredith college and it's future growth. Meredith is an important fixture in the community and deserves every opportunity to grow and thrive and become everything it can be. It would be heartbreaking to see the devestating affects on the college if the plans to use the land were carried out. I strongly believe that construction would have a negative affect on campus and take away part of what makes meredith so special. As a student of Meredith College I beg you to leave our campus be and find an alternative that does not affect our campus.
Reply Flag 8 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College alumna, I frequently used the Beltline during my 3 years in Raleigh. While the need for traffic management is important, it should not be at the cost of historical value, tradition and the area that Meredith college needs for future upgrades. Meredith College is a jewel that brings talented, educated women to Raleigh, NC, which benefits greatly from these women. Please consider an alternative to usurping Meredith College's much needed and valued land.
Reply Flag 8 Agree15 days ago
I am opposed to the plan to take away meredith land!
Reply Flag 8 Agree15 days ago
As a graduate of Meredith College and current faculty member, I urge the DOT to find a solution that does not negatively impact such a beloved Raleigh institution.
Reply Flag 8 Agree15 days ago
None of these "options" are the best option for the neighboring entities. Meredith stands to lose around 6% of their property, while the Univeristy club stands to lose around 42%. Additionally, NCSU is losing valuable land that will impact both current programs and future growth. There are creative solutions that need to be explored...including a very detailed one that was presented at the August 8th public hearing. This particular section basically needs an entire redo before moving forward.
Reply Flag 7 Agree9 days ago
Please consider a 4th option that minimizes or eliminates impact to both NCSU Club and Meredith College. The current options will destroy the club. Older neighborhoods inside the beltline near NC State do not have neighborhood pools and the club is our neighborhood pool! This is a wonderful place where kids spend summers while adults enjoy a little piece of heaven inside city limits. If you destroy it, you will deprive current and future kids of wonderful childhood memories. There will always be roads and highways, but childhood is priceless. Plus, the city of Raleigh and the world will loose a gem, all because highway engineers think it is just a faceless spot of land that a highway can run through. I encourage highway engineers to come visit the club to see how wonderful it is.
Reply Flag 7 Agree9 days ago
NONE of the Alternates are acceptable!
Reply Flag 7 Agree12 days ago
I'd rather have the Hillsborough Street ramps closed that have the impact to the University Club and Meredith. There has to be a way to handle Fair and game-day traffic without a Hillsborough Street exit; or somehow exit form Western onto Beryl. I'm not an engineer, but this design at Hillsborough is the sticking point. PLEASE come up with another option, even if it means no Hillsborough Street access.
Reply Flag 7 Agree12 days ago
The State needs to make a greater effort to avoid ANY impact on the Unique and HISTORIC campus of Meredith College, which I believe is also considered an arboretum.
Reply Flag 7 Agree14 days ago
I am extremely concerned about the effect this will have on the historic Meredith College campus. If the campus land is taken, the College loses this land and has no other alternative to acquire more land for its growth. I strongly urge the NCDOT to assess using land located on the opposite side of 440 for expansion. This land is used for a private member recreational facility for NCSU faculty, friends and alumni. NCSU is a much larger institution with far more options for the relocation of this private member recreational facility. Meredith HAS NO ALTERNATIVE! Please reconsider and show respect of and value forone of the most important women's higher educational institutions in our county.
Reply Flag 7 Agree14 days ago
The University Club is not owned by NCSU, we the members own it we do not have any options other than closeing if they do that. They need to reduce the lines through the two exits.
Reply Flag 9 Agree14 days ago
While the club may not be owned by NC State, it is affiliated with it. As such, NC State available resources should be an option for relocation if needed. Being that this is a club owned by members (and not a general public accessible resource to the community) puts it in a much different position than Meredith College. Meredith College has absolutely NO options regarding gaining any more land on it's current campus for expansion, and to take away the land that the do have should not be an option.
Reply Flag 2 Agree14 days ago
Arguing over whether you like Meredith or the U Club more is not productive. The real issue is that design at this interchange dramatically alters the future of both institutions and a design change at Wade to make the additional travel lanes more compact, including a diverging diamond, along with a flyover design near Hillsborough, would eliminate the need for the land being taken from both the U Club and Meredith. This is a bad design.
Reply Flag 16 Agree14 days ago
So a private women's college deserves more protection than a club that serves the whole community?
Reply Flag 4 Agree14 days ago
Let's point out that this "private" women's college is also part of the whole community, with many functions, events, and great involvement in the area. Not to mention the historical aspect of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 7 Agree14 days ago
Geez, work WITH Meredith, it's your best opportunity to defeat this monster!!! #togetherwearestronger
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
I agree that this area needs improvement, however Meredith College will greatly suffer with the proposed plan. There must be another way!
Reply Flag 7 Agree14 days ago
This is a historical college and needs to remain as such. It needs to be a priority for the city and state, for Meredith college to be preserved. As a Meredith graduate I oppose the expansion of 440 as proposed because it ruins the aesthetics of the property. There needs to be an alternative plan.
Reply Flag 7 Agree15 days ago
Meredith College is a treasure to the city of Raleigh, to state of NC, to the 2,000 students, 22,000 alumnae, 300 faculty and staff, and to the countless others the school impacts year in and year out. Meredith's regional and national rankings are due to its strong reputation and student outcomes - the physical campus is part of the College's reputation and indeed, the living lab for students. Encroaching on the campus in this manner will harm operations of the College and impede future growth. Please identify other options. Use land the state already owns for this project. Support the educational environment of women.
Reply Flag 7 Agree15 days ago
As a current student at Meredith College, I completely oppose this plan as it currently is written. I am not disputing whether or not the road needs the update. It is beyond ridiculous that the only idea that the NCDOT could agree on was to take land away from an establishment that has been around since 1891, and in it's current location since 1924. I will be extremely disappointed if no changes are made and I know I am not alone in saying that Meredith College's voice will be heard and we will not back down.
Reply Flag 7 Agree15 days ago
I think that the idea of taking some of Meredith Colleges campus is a real outrage. Meredith has always been a team player for the benefit of Raleigh and of North Carolina. This is too much. I dare say that if UNC or State were to be affected like this the state would not be having this conversation. You should all think twice about this expansion. It is disappointing the projection of the project looks to cut into the Western part of Meredith's campus in this manor. Shame on you all. Meredith for over 100 years has educated many of North Carolina's women leaders, to take away from her campus shows a true disrespect for our States women's education and leadership.
Reply Flag 7 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College graduate I absolutely oppose this plan and the impact it would have on the campus and future growth of an institution that has been and continues to be a great asset to Raleigh and the surrounding area.
Reply Flag 7 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College student I completely oppose this change. Meredith is a beautiful place, not just to its students & falculty...but also to the city of Raleigh. It doesn't not deserve to be altered in any way.
Reply Flag 7 Agree15 days ago
As a Raleigh resident and Meredith College graduate, I strongly oppose this plan. Meredith College is a gem to this city and is unique because of it's beautiful, intimate campus. The amount of land we would lose would negatively impact the serenity of our campus, the ability of current students to enjoy the college experience that makes Meredith special, and would affect the college's plans for future growth. Losing the commuter parking area and athletic fields would be a huge blow, as the campus does not have alternative locations for those purposes. I understand that a big city like Raleigh must grow and change, but expanding a highway into the backyard of a thriving 126 year old campus is not a good decision. I urge you to find alternatives that will preserve Meredith College's property.
Reply Flag 7 Agree15 days ago
As a 1964 graduate of Meredith College, I remember seeing the construction of the Raleigh beltline, giving us immediate access to a wonderful highway. Since that time, Meredith has grown, and more buildings have been added to the campus toward the highway. With the outlook of a prosperous future for Meredith, it would be detrimental to the college for its land to be taken away. It is my hope that the Highway Department will use another course of action to improve this highway. Meredith is a wonderful educational institution, and its land should be preserved.
Reply Flag 7 Agree15 days ago
Taking 20% of an historic college's land and only areas for expansion amounts to bullying. Your first plan is a total failure. Return to the drawing board.
Reply Flag 7 Agree15 days ago
As a student of Meredith College and a user of the beltline, I oppose this expansion in it's current form. I believe that taking land from Meredith would impede growth and would negatively impact the living and learning experience for Meredith students and staff.
Reply Flag 7 Agree15 days ago
As the father of a Meredith College graduate I have become aware of the significance of this College's role in developing strong young women who will serve as leaders in our local community, the State, our nation and across the world. Yes, there is a huge need to improve this section of the Beltline for safer transportation but Meredith' s campus should be unharmed. It serves as an attractive beacon to bright young women and is the logical location for future development of Meredith College's campus infrastructure.
Reply Flag 7 Agree15 days ago
The impact on the NC State University Club from all of the 3 alternatives will be devastating if implemented as shown. All 3 take 19+ acres of land from the club which is a substantial amount of the club's approximate 40 acre campus. The club has provided social. meeting and recreational venues for NC State faculty, staff, alumni and the public since it was formed in1961 following a lease signed by then Governor Luther Hodges and which was later modified by Governor Jim Hunt. The acreage that would be lost from any of the 3 alternatives would culminate in the loss of the tennis courts, parking lot and part of the golf course. These outdoor facilities are a necessary part of any club compound and the loss of them would render the property as a club untenable. Additional design alternatives should consider the elimination of this exit or the use of an elevated highway that would allow stacking the roads to minimize the loss of land for both the University Club and Meredith College.
Reply Flag 6 Agree7 days ago
Can't help but notice you didn't include a "None of the Above" choice on your options. That would have been a MUCH better option than "It's not important to me." Well, I'll say it here: NONE OF THE ABOVE!!! Meredith College is a PRIVATE COLLEGE that is 126 years old, and to think that you would try to flex your "Eminent Domain" muscles to bully your way into robbing them of 1/5 of their campus is just absurd. They are already landlocked, and need more room to grow as it is. Meredith has long been a caring, generous, flexible, and paragon community partner and advocate for Raleigh, and it's time to recognize and respect that by problem-solving in another direction! President Jo Allen doesn't like bullies, and neither do the 2500 Meredith students and their families, not to mention their thousands of STRONG WOMEN alumni, so you've got your work cut out for you. Ditto to the effects on the University Club. You're going to pulverize the largest university in the state so people can go "Zoom-Zoom" even more inside the city? That's just insulting. More air and noise pollution, more asphalt, in exchange for beautiful historic educational institutions and the lovely natural landscape surrounding them? It's a no-brainer. PROBLEM SOLVE, PEOPLE!!!
Reply Flag 6 Agree7 days ago
I hope that comments with suggestions for other potentials be taken into consideration. Both Meredith College and University Club don't deserve to lose their space.
Reply Flag 6 Agree7 days ago
There are too many intersections too close together. Omit the Hillsborough exit and preserve the dignity and history of Meredith College and the University Club.
Reply Flag 6 Agree9 days ago
I advocate for the elimination of the Hillsborough Street interchange. Tens of millions of dollars in project costs would be saved related to reduced construction costs and right of way acquisition costs. The negative impacts on the University Club and Meredith College would be almost entirely eliminated, potentially saving the existence of the University Club.

The loops and ramps at Hillsborough Street would be eliminated.

The existing bridge over Hillsborough Street would not require widening.

Many of the proposed collector/distributor style ramps and lanes between Hillsborough Street and Wade Avenue, and their related bridges, would be eliminated from the design.

The Wade Avenue interchange could remain a cloverleaf design, eliminating the need for expensive flyovers. The resulting design would be far more familiar to drivers than any of the designs shown at the public hearing. Reducing interchange complexity reduces accidents.

Elimination of the Hillsborough Street interchange would also provide for considering an alternative design concept for Hillsborough Street itself, as advocated by the City of Raleigh. In the Scoping Meeting minutes of August 22, 2012, it is recorded that for Hillsborough Street at this interchange, the City prefers a lower speed limit, better pedestrian access, and a multi-use path to the fairgrounds. A similar type of design is already present along much of Hillsborough Street, from St. Mary’s Street to Brooks Avenue, and is under construction from Brooks Avenue to Gorman Street.

Regardless of the final design selection for I-440, between Hillsborough Street and Wade Avenue, I also advocate for noise walls on both sides of the main alignment.
Reply Flag 6 Agree9 days ago
I say just forget about the interchange on Hillsborough Street, have one at Wade and Western Boulevard
Reply Flag 6 Agree9 days ago
First preference is no impact on Meredith or NC State. Surely the brain trust in this area could come up with more tenable solutions . Utilized design students at Meredith and State, who have a vested interest. Give them school
Credit for researching the problems and presenting alternatives.
Reply Flag 6 Agree10 days ago
These options are not OK. Having to relocate the University club and impact Meredith is not worth the over-engineered solution. Invest in satetfy with what we have, not tear down and rebuild something that is unwarranted. This is a critical areas that makes Raleigh, Raleigh and would be repping an even large gash in an area that si critical for non-auto access.
Reply Flag 6 Agree11 days ago
The NCSU University Club is a wonderful asset to the community, faculty, and many families. This project could seriously jeopardize its ability to stay open. Like others, I strongly prefer an option (unlike the three presented), that has significantly less impact to the NCSU University Club (and Meredith College).
Reply Flag 6 Agree11 days ago

All three options are too invasive on HIstoric Meredith College and the University Club. I'm particularly concerned with the lack of future growth options for Meredith with the current plans.
Reply Flag 6 Agree12 days ago
All alternatives are undesirable and significantly damaging to both Meredith College and the University Club. Find another way!!
Reply Flag 6 Agree12 days ago
All the options have a huge impact on the University Club. It's not a fancy country club, but an affordable neighborhood institution where our kids go to summer and track our camps, learn to play tennis and to swim, and it's the only large pool in the areA. These older neighborhoods were not built with community pools. It would be a shame to destroy the UClub. I understand the need to widen the road, but there has to be a better solution.
Reply Flag 6 Agree12 days ago
You all need to go back to the drawing board and find a way not to interfere with the Meredith College campus. For over 125 years the land has been considered sacred grounds and now is definitely not the time to take 1/5 of the campus for a highway. One of the draws for the college are the beautiful grounds that are used by all community members. Folks use the campus for a safe place to exercise and walk their dogs on the lush property that has freely been used by all. The fact there will be not be any sound barriers or buffers to protect the area is also just unfathomable. The college will take a financial hit to the new apartments they constructed for students. No one will want to live there now being so close to your road. Pave paradise and put up a super highway? Not a great solution to your traffic issues. I traveled Wade into Meredith for many years and as I have returned to visit never faced any traffic issues on Wade Ave. Can you not start your project away from Meredith? and the NCSU University club? Please re-evaluate and restructure your current plans so that Meredith will not suffer from your thoughtless proposal.
Reply Flag 6 Agree13 days ago
I am saddened by the lack of understanding and vision by planners who would take land for a beautiful college campus and turn it into a so-called fix for the traffic problems in Raleigh!
Reply Flag 6 Agree13 days ago
Please consider another solution. The impact this will have on Meredith College (and the University Club) will be detrimental. As a graduate of Meredith, I am opposed to these "options". I agree 440 needs to be improved, but this is not the answer.
Reply Flag 6 Agree13 days ago
Please consider an alternative to protect and preserve Meredith College. We are already a small campus, and taking land from us in any of these designs will be very detrimental. This college is so important to so many of us as students, alumnae, and staff, and we all have an impact on the Raleigh community. Please, Raleigh community, come together to protect us.
Reply Flag 6 Agree14 days ago
As a current student of Meredith College, I completely oppose this plan. I understand the need of road reconstruction due to traffic and safety, however I ask that if at all possible you consider a plan that does not negatively impact the historic campus of Meredith. This campus is so important to many members of the community.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
Please don't move on to Meredith anymore. The roads around campus have been under construction the last two years and expanding I-440 is the last thing we need.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
Although I can completely understand the need for improvements along I-440, I cannot support this current plan. Meredith College is an incredible school with so much potential for growth. Over the past 126 years, Meredith College and it's students have made endless contributions to the city we love and call home. Allow us to grow even more so we may continue supporting our community on an even greater scale!
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College alumna and former resident of Raleigh, I understand the need to make improvements to this corridor of I-440. However, such improvements should not come at the price of taking over 20 percent of our campus. Meredith is a welcoming community to all and one of the reasons we have remained successful and attractive as a women's college is our beautiful campus and ability to adapt and grow. I urge you to consider the impact of this project on our viability as an institution to grow and continue to be an integral part of Raleigh and our state. There must be a compromise that can be made.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College graduate and Raleigh teacher, I have used these roadways for years. There is room for improvement along the roadways, however I believe there has to be other means of improving the roadways in which Meredith College and surrounding businesses are not impacted as great as this plan predicts.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
I use always use this road to get to school.
Meredith College happens to be that school. Find another way to improve this. A road will never be more important than education.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
You must not cut into Meredith campus! Students are brought to our area because of the school, and this will devalue it.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College graduate, I strongly oppose this plan and kindly ask NCDOT to go back to the drawing board. While I understand the need to widen this road, I believe there are other options to look at to create a solution that will make everyone happy. Taking away from Meredith's historic and beautiful campus is not an option. Please reconsider this plan that is detrimental to the future growth of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College alum, and North Carolinian it saddens me that road expansion and improvement trumps education and the community in which the college resides. While I do agree that the road needs help, I believe that through collaboration engineers, contractors, and the community can all achieve a common goal WITHOUT interfering with our beautiful campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
I am a Meredith College graduate and am totally opposed to this plan. This plan should not impede the growth of Meredith College and the wonderful educational opportunies offered.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College student, I oppose this plan. Meredith College has a fairly small campus as it is, which suites the population of our school. But, I do not think that we can afford to have anymore land taken away from our campus. Meredith College is a community and students are constantly utilizing the land space available for exercise, exploration, sports, etc.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College grad, I implore NCDOT to find an alternative solution that does not impose on this beautiful campus. Not only for the sake of the current and future campus population, but for preserving this important institutional landmark for the entire greater community.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
Opposed to this plan and how it effects Meredith College!
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
I am a Meredith college graduate and I oppose this plan as it will impose future campus growth. Meredith college is an important part of the community and continues to grow each year. I ask that the DOT consider alternative plans that will not take land from a private college.
Reply Flag 6 Agree15 days ago
I'm strongly opposed to any of these options. Have NCDOT considered a one way rush hour solution (i.e. AM inbound and PM outbound from I-40/US 1 to Wade AVE)? Washington DC uses such a solution along an older roadway (Rock Creek Parkway) that sits in a protected greenway. Such a solution could provide an additional two lanes of traffic at peak time with minimal new road work. Another strategy could be to make this stretch of I-440 HOV-2 or HOV-3 during rush hour, effectively reducing congestion with little infrastructure investment. Single drivers could still get to where they need to go but they would need to go "the long way" round.
Reply Flag 5 Agree7 days ago
An alternative should be offered that does not have a negative impact on the University Club and Meredith College. The University Club is used by families in the Raleigh community and by many civic organizations. Eliminating this facility would have a major impact on the community. There is always another way!
Reply Flag 5 Agree8 days ago
All of these options take too much land away from Meredith College and NCSU. I'm a graduate of both schools and disagree with taking this much property from educational institutions, especially a landlocked, historic, private women's college. There has to be another plan. I don't like that the last question didn't have a "none of these options" answer.
Reply Flag 5 Agree9 days ago
Meredith College and the NC State University Club would be severely impacted with this, which is just awful. Both of these institutions are too valuable to be altered in any way. There are other alternatives to cutting Meredith's campus and the programs/services offered at the University Club. The club has come too far as far as what they offer to families- tennis, golf, pool, camps, activities - to have this taken away is so very sad.
Reply Flag 5 Agree9 days ago
I no longer live in Raleigh but what happens to Meredith College and NCSU property is important to me because I have strong family ties to both and am a graduate of Meredith College. To ask Meredith to give up 13 to 20 acres of land, parking and athletic field space and space to grow would put Meredith at a severe disadvantage for it's own potential for growth in the future. In the community in which I live we are going thru some studies to look at our own transportation needs, albeit on a tiny scale compared to the needs of the Raleigh area. One thing I am learning in this process is that you cannot push for change for one part of the population, in this case vehicular traffic at the extreme detriment of another - properties such as those owned by Meredith College and NCSU. I believe that the three options you have proposed will cause a hardship to the Meredith Campus that they will simply not be able to overcome in the future. You must go back to the drawing board and find another option that does not have this type of impact on these schools. I do want to add that it is extremely surprising me that your roadway designers even considered these three options in the first place.
Reply Flag 5 Agree13 days ago
All options are grossly inconsiderate of surrounding community; these designs are not really up-to-date; all three are much too large and noisy and construction of any one of them will rapidly put a cloud of toxic DE-construction dust over densely populated residential Raleigh. Respect the University Club and Meredith College & challenge a creative engineering mind to solve our problems. Don't put ANY of these present designs out for bids - get us a GOOD alternative.
Reply Flag 5 Agree13 days ago
I stand by the remarks delivered by President Jo Allen during the public hearing on August 8, 2017. All three options have too significant of an impact on Meredith College, an important piece of Raleigh's history since the 1920s.
Reply Flag 5 Agree13 days ago
GO UP!! Do a double-Decker freeway through here--- it works in San Francisco and other parts of the country.
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
Another route needs to be found that doesn't restrict the growth of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 5 Agree14 days ago
A new plan that does not impact Meredith College's historic campus must be designed! Meredith College is an asset to the community in many ways, and this land must be protected both for its beauty and for the college's future expansion.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a meredith mom I know how much the college needs this land. There is no other way for them to grow- they are limited in their space. To take this land would impede the college's ability to expand their facilities.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith Alum I recognize the negative impact to campus this road change would cause. Athletics are a huge draw for the school and a differentiator when you compare us to other woman's colleges. As a former Meredith athlete i see the impact to the general athletic field as detrimental to campus life, enrollment, revenue, and general awareness about our school. In addition, the impact to displacing the commuter lot would negatively impact the hundreds of students commuting every day. Please explore other alternatives to the road renovations that would not negatively impact Meredith.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
This College has been a compassionate friend to this area & is deserving of consideration of viable options that would not jeopardize it's future to remain strong. It is a gem that should not be sacrificed. Find a better solution for all parties. This place was my home for four years & I consider it to be sacred land.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a current Meredith College student, it is extremely important that the College remain in possession of the room it needs to grow. As a student-athlete, the fields, classroom buildings, recreational facilities, and the landscape altogether are essential to my college experience, and we're part of the reason that I chose to attend Meredith College. Please reconsider the plan so that many generations of Meredith students, past, present,and future, may be able to learn at and enjoy this historic campus.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College student and Raleigh Citizen, I use the beltline very frequently. I do not think that a college that has been around since 1891 should have any part of it taken away. Meredith is already a small campus and does not have the land to be taken. I am opposed to this change.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a current Meredith College student, I strongly oppose this plan. It would negatively impact our campus life, community, and so much more. Meredith College is a special, historic, and beautiful place that should not be changed by the growth of a road. The campus is already small enough, so wiping out 1/5 of our space would greatly impact the school. Not only does this plan impact Meredith, but also other areas that are used for education and community. The belt line is already big enough, please do not expand it further. Meredith needs all the space it can get for hosting many city and statewide events, games, competitions, and so much more. By taking part of our campus, there will be less parking for commuters, visitors, residents, and staff. It is very upsetting to hear that someone wants to eat up a piece of our already small but important college just for a road that most of us only use a couple times a week. On behalf of the Meredith community, please do not take away our private land for your public road. This plan will cause unimaginable damage to our school in many ways.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith alum I am opposed to this change. Yes the corridor needs updates but there must be another way. By encroaching on Meredith's grounds NCDOT is impeding on the colleges future growth and value. Meredith was and is a safe haven in the community, please don't restrict that by running a highway through campus.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a current Meredith College student, I strongly oppose this plan of expansion. This section of the beltline desperately needs to be updated. However, the solution is not to impede the growth of Meredith College. Meredith is an award winning institution and has been an asset to the community through the support of faculty and students. Now is the time for the community and state to recognize the contributions that the strong women of Meredith College have provided and to encourage more strong women to learn and grow.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
I am all for positive growth and development for our city and state as long as it will not hinder the growth and development of Meredith College. As a graduate of Meredith College I ask the NCDOT to please go back to the drawing board and develop a plan that will not negatively impact such a historical and fundamental institution like Meredith College. Meredith has helped to mold and shape women for generations and will continue to do so. Please do not go through with this plan if the sacrifice is the beauty, safety and history of Meredith College.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
Do not usurp the property of Meredith College to widen this highway. It will be destructing and altering the peaceful campus and it's already limited space, especially since sound barriers were not approved. It would be despicable to do this to not only a historic piece of Raleigh, but also a school in which many travel from out of county, state, or nation to attend.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a student at Meredith College and a life time resident of Raleigh, I have used I-440 countless times in my life. The updates proposed are understandable yet it would be a devastating loss to Meredith. To suggest taking land from such an established part of the community is horrible. Meredith College deserves better from the community it has supported for so long. I completely OPPOSE this plan.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a graduate of Meredith college, and a life long Raleigh citizen who has driven on the beltline a million times I strongly oppose this expansion plan. The expansion of 440 does not need to effect a college that directly supports the growth and development of Raleigh, the triangle, and the State!
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a proud MC Alum, it hurts my heart to know that though this project could potentially help the commute of many, NCDOT feels that MC should be impeded by this project. I feel that more options of execution should be considered before MC has to suffer.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College student I have to say that I don't agree with this plan, our school is small already, I do agree that the road in question needs to be fixed and improved but taking land from an learning institution is not the solution. From the year I started to now the schools population has grown, we need and use all of the space we have. This can not be the only solution, there is a way to improve the area that doesn't negatively effect my school that many students call home.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
Do NOT impede on Meredith College lands. the campus is beautiful and SAFE! Taking area form the College will not allow for a safe environment .. Please go back to the "drawing board" and find another way to engineer the necessary issues for traffic. I am certain that engineers can come up with another solution!
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
SAFETY is an issue for Meredith which requires serious consideration as this project impacts Meredith on so many levels.
Reply Flag 0 Agree5 days ago
As a Meredith College student, I oppose this plan. I frequently use this area of the beltline and know it needs improvements. Please consider another plan that does not affect the Meredith Campus.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College student, I understand the need for an update. But the update needs to be done in a way as not to interfere with our campus. It can be done without interfering with the campus. I completely oppose the plan.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
This change would take away too much land from Meredith College. I am opposed to this due to the impact on the campus. Meredith is a great school and growing at a rapid rate, and I believe this would impede that growth!
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith college student, this is NOT okay. Meredith College doesn't have any room to give away land. We are small enough and should not have to worry about our city taking away our precious land!!
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith alumnae, I oppose the projected expansion of I-440. I have spent many years traveling this particular stretch of I-440, and while I agree there is a problem with traffic, it is not fair to Meredith College to have part of their beautiful campus taken away for a highway. This current expansion would impact important resources to the campus such as the commuter parking lots, on-campus apartments, and greenway. It also threatens the safety of the campus by having a highway cut so far close into campus. Meredith has always been a safe environment for its students, let it stay that way! Meredith's green spaces, such as the popular greenway, has been loved by students & Raleigh residents & used for many community events. The expansion threatens the campus in numerous ways as well impacts Meredith's future growth and overall beauty of the campus. Please reconsider this expansion plan & find a way to spare the Meredith College campus.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
This is no solution. A growing institution of higher learning needs just that. ROOM TO GROW! I bet THEY wouldn't do this to NCSU, OR DUKE, OR UNC.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
Those institutions all had to deal with space constraints and they did so by expanding to new campuses. Instead of shutting down every reasonable option at improving traffic flow, why doesn't Meredith look at other options for expanding.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
As a Meredith College student and a woman who uses the highway to get to and from work and home to school this is completely unnecessary. Yes, it needs updates, but this is not the solution, especially when you would be taking from a small private campus that already has given so much. Our school is growing as is Raleigh and we must have the land to do so. With Wade avenue behind us, the highway to the left of us, and surrounded by Faircloth street and Hillsborough street there is no excess room for expansion. Meredith has bred powerful and influential women since 1891 and many of these women have, are or will provide a vital stability to Raleigh and the surrounding areas. PLEASE RECONSIDER.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
Please don't encroach upon the beautiful campus that sets Meredith apart from so many other institutions. My alma mater deserves room to grow and serve even more female leaders in the future!
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
Meredith is much more than a "piece of property" it is home to so many people.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
Choose another pathway than besides through our beautiful Meredith campus! The beloved grounds are used by all community members and it would be a shame not to preserve something so sacred and well kept with such rich Raleigh history. Pave paradise and put up a parking lot? No thanks! Find another plan please.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
Written by a Meredith Grad and now Meredith mom!
Reply Flag 3 Agree15 days ago
As a meredith college student, I oppose the plan to expand I-440 into meredith campus. Although the high way itself does need updating it doesn't need to be expanded into Meredith's already small campus.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
As a Meredith College graduate who lives near Wake Forest and mother of two Meredith College graduates, I have travelled this area for over 30 years. I too understand the need for road improvements. However, taking away so much of the Meredith campus is detrimental to Meredith's future. i am totally opposed to this plan.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
I am a Meredith College graduate and am horrified at the negative impact this proposed project would have to this historic campus. The environmental impact, noise, added lighting and loss of land for future growth make this proposal unacceptable. This type of encroachment and hindrance to the future growth of this nationally respected college for women would not be attempted toward or accepted by any other college or university in North Carolina. The NCDOT needs to go back to the drawing board. History, education and environmental impact cannot take a back seat to the growth of highways.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
I am a parent of a Meredith College student and have family in and around the area. Our experience at Meredith is one of tradition with continued growth towards the future. I am against the proposed changes impacting the Land currently surrounding and part of Meredith's college campus. Please reassess the proposed changes to save our college's present as well as it's future.
Reply Flag 5 Agree15 days ago
None of the options are attractive. The spaghetti junction that is proposed does not strike me as helping and its complication would not seem to improve traffic flow. Seems like road engineers gone wild. Who really believes that having a light coming into town on Wade Ave BEFORE 440 interchange is a good idea?? Are you kidding me - Have you seen how congested that stretch is every weekday. The impact on both the University Club (likely to kill the Club) and Meredith (changes their entire growth plan) is unacceptable. There has to be a better way! Things to consider:
- Elimination of the Hillsborough Street interchange. Tens of millions of dollars in project costs would be saved related to reduced construction costs and right of way acquisition costs. The negative impacts on the University Club and Meredith College would be almost entirely eliminated, potentially saving the existence of the University Club. I think your objective is better and safer traffic flow and no doubt the much simpler traffic patterns would provide that. All the flyovers, distributor and collector lane mess would be eliminated. Eliminating the complexity has to improve driver safety.
- Use the money saved to help support a light rail system. We have to do that in the long run to keep Raleigh the attractive city that it is. Incorporate this into your plans. You say you are planning for the period up to 2035; light rail down this corridor has to be a part of that.
My understanding is that the elimination of the Hillsborough Street interchange would also provide for considering an alternative design concept for Hillsborough Street itself, as advocated by the City of Raleigh. I believe the City prefers a lower speed limit, better pedestrian access, and a multi-use path to the fairgrounds.
Reply Flag 4 Agree7 days ago
I do not agree with any of the current plans as they so negatively affect Meredith College and the University Club. Meredith students will be negatively impacted in many ways and the future growth of the college will be forever jeopardized.
Reply Flag 4 Agree9 days ago
all alternatives have too much impact on Meredith College and University Club. We have spent several years, not to mention significant money & inconvenience, to divert traffic from Hillsborough St. Let's follow through with that course of action and eliminate the exits from 440 to Hillsborough. Impact of all current plans would be devastating to Meredith & University Club, 2 historic and treasured members of our community.
Reply Flag 4 Agree9 days ago
There seems that there could be a much better solution to expanding the highway without the great impact on Meredith College and NC State. It would be nice to see a more creative way to have less impact on the surrounding communities.
Reply Flag 4 Agree9 days ago
Prefer less impact on Meredith and University Club.
Reply Flag 4 Agree10 days ago
All options have too much detrimental impact to the university club- a public resource for Raleigh, not a country club. My children have been on the swim team, I've learned to play tennis there, people benefit from its golf, and overall banquet facilities. We held my grandfathers post funeral gathering at the UClub. It offers reasonable banquet and meeting facilities for all of Raleigh. More importantly, it offers a wonderful recreational venue for western Raleigh. Please do not take so much of our land that this valued facility is forced to close. This will devastate almost 1000 Raleigh families and leave over 100 workers unemployed. Surely there is a better option for the Hillsborough interchange, should it even be required. The current plan is too detrimental to the survival of this valued resource. Please reconsider options.
Reply Flag 4 Agree11 days ago
Of all this white privilege in these comments, this one takes the cake.
Reply Flag 0 Agree2 days ago
All options will potentially destroy the future potential for the growth and expansion of Meredith College. This historic property and all those who now study and work there will be adversely affected by the noise, hazardous dust and carbon dioxide fumes from traffic and potential wrecked vehicles or large implements that can roll off of passing trucks. There is not a wall high enough to replace the large tree barriers that have grown strong over the years. I am a 65 year old graduate of Meredith. Meredith now has a growing "Wings" program for older students. We have graduated over 500 of these commuter students who park where land will be taken. The program is growing with Veterans, women who are able to go back to school after raising their families or just to get better jobs. Traffic on Faircloth and Hillsborough Street will cause further delays in accessing Meredith and use more gas that is sometimes at a premium for these students. We have 300 male students who are earning their MBA at night on the Meredith campus The College has been recognized as a Garden Community because many alumnae have donated flowering trees, and plants It is the home of Soccer Champions Local businesses seek out our students when they are interns and graduated students as excellent employees. We graduate students who become "Teachers of the Year" in Wake County. Meredith significantly participates in the economy of Wake County. We enroll paying and scholarship students Many of our students have to live off campus so they are paying rent. Our students are required and enjoy participating in community projects so they are accustomed to volunteering where ever home happens to be in the world. We have a organic vegetable garden for use by our students and our Meredith kitchen...how would fumes and dust affect that ongoing opportunity to learn how to grow healthy food and provide it to those who use it? Did you know that Meredith College has a program for Autistic Children. These young children have a playground right outside their school room. It is on the side where huge cranes and moving dirt will be heard and be ingested by these children. Meredith is a year around beautiful community of diverse people who love being there. We are the Meredith Angels. We are Meredith Strong...We are committed to being good neighbors...welcoming people of all walks of life. We want to maintain our growing College for young and older women to become strong leaders and participants in a uncertain world. My doctor even picks blackberries on our campus...Meredith College is a Treasure for our community. It provided me an opportunity to get my degree and to experience life-changing opportunities...even spend the summer in one of our Meredith Abroad Programs...which attract many students to our campus. We understand that I-440 needs expanding but we pray that you will consider the negative impact it will have on a private property when it is land-locked for future expansion and the noise and environmental impact it will have on our present students, faculty, staff, visitors, and all who attend concerts, art exhibits, camps and too many year around programs to recall. Pull up the Meredith College Website and become familiar with this small corner of west Raleigh that should make our entire population proud to recognize that those that study there deserve to have the atmosphere conducive to a healthy, quiet, place to move forward and up the ladder of success as Strong, independent, capable members of our society. Please seriously consider moving the planned flyaway bridges...up to 16 acres of land and anything that will dangerously impact the people living and visiting Meredith College. And for those of you who read this...please help us convince the Department of Transportation Engineers that Meredith College and all the "people" who will be affected by their plans beg them to go back to the drawing board...We thank you for your consideration.
Reply Flag 4 Agree12 days ago
The triangle is unique in that we have a number of college and university programing. It would be a terrible loss of the city to value growth of traffic over growth of education. Meredith College and N.C. State graduate and faculty can be attributed to the success of the city. The future state of the city is going to be jeopardized if NCDOT penalizes the college and university.
Reply Flag 4 Agree12 days ago
Meredith college is a thriving and growing institution with strategic plans that involve all areas of the campus including the proposed area that would be right of way for this expansion of the highway. The campus has already been impacted with the placement of the greenway on the campus and now additional land is being proposed as right of way. This amount of land proposed has too great an impact and hardship on the campus. The current and future students will suffer the consequences of traffic, noise and loss of land slated for education use. While is it understandable that the Raleigh community is growing, so too is the Meredith Community. The continued encroachment and poaching of Meredith land diminishes our ability to educate and stay current with educational needs if we are not able to expand due to the lack of space. These three options are unacceptable because each have far too great an impact on the Meredith community and landscape.
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