I-440 Widening/Blue Ridge Project

I-440 Project Overview

Improvements to I-440 – between just south of Walnut Street in Cary and north of Wade Avenue in Raleigh – are needed to improve traffic flow, access and efficiency along the roadway (referred to locally as the Raleigh Beltline).

Additional Project Information

The first phase improvements will include widening I-440 from four to six lanes, replacing pavement and bridges, and upgrading interchanges.

The second phase improvements will include the widening of I-440 will coincide with lowering the grade of Blue Ridge Road and constructing new bridges for Hillsborough Street (N.C. 54), Norfolk Southern Railway/North Carolina Railroad/CSX Transportation and Beryl Road to reduce congestion and train-related conflicts with vehicles and pedestrians. A new connector road will link Blue Ridge and Hillsborough.​ Construction completion is planned for Summer 2023.

General Construction Notes

  • Routine night closures occur between 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.
    • Temporary extensions of hours to 7 p.m. – 6 a.m.
  •  Daytime work is limited to the median and shoulders of the road. Currently, no daytime lane closures are planned.
  •  Work will be limited during home football and basketball games.
  •  Long-term I-440 westbound at Wade Ave. ramp detour scheduled for the remainder of the project. Currently beginning 11/11/19. See map.
  • I-440 from Wake Ave to Walnut St has a 55 mph work zone speed limit. Please do not speed. Be patient and obey posted speed limits. Penalty for speeding through a marked worked zone is $250.

For Project Information Contact: Chad Hinnant, 919-332-1599, cohinnant@ncdot.gov


UPCOMING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGES/CLOSURES

  • 4/26/20 – 4/27/20– I-440 Eastbound Exit Ramp to Western Blvd. eastbound – See Map
    • Ramp will be closed nightly from 7 p.m. – 6 a.m.
    • Detour to Hillsborough St.
  • 4/27/20– I-440 Eastbound Exit Ramp to Western Blvd. westbound – See Map
    • Ramp will be closed nightly from 7 p.m. – 6 a.m.
    • Detour to Hillsborough St.
  • 4/28/20 – Western Blvd westbound under I-440 bridge traffic shift – See Map
  • 4/28/20 – I-440 eastbound off-ramp to Western Blvd – See Map

ACTIVE TRAFFIC PATTERN CHANGES/CLOSURES

  • 3/21/20 – Westbound Wade Avenue lanes shift between I-440 and Ridge Rd. – See Map