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Phase 2 Begins for Complete 540 Extension Project in North Carolina

Parul Dubey on May 20, 2024 - in News, Projects, Roads

WSP is the prime construction engineering and inspection consultant for the 10.8-mile extension of the Triangle Expressway, which is expected to improve local traffic conditions.

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — The second phase of the Complete 540 project in North Carolina officially began with a groundbreaking ceremony held Thursday. Once finished, the two-phase, approximately $2.5 billion project will extend the Triangle Expressway by about 18 miles and complete the outer loop around Raleigh.

WSP is the prime construction engineering and inspection (CEI) consultant of NC 540 Phase 2.

“Partnering with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority on this transformational project will not only improve local mobility and help ease traffic congestion on other major thoroughfares, but also foster economic growth and opportunities in the greater Raleigh region,” said Mark Luther, senior vice president and district business line leader with WSP.

The $740-million Phase 2 project will extend the Triangle Expressway 10.8 miles, from I-40 to the existing I-540 at I-87/ U.S. 64/U.S. 264 in Knightdale. This includes six interchanges, 24 bridges and 14 culverts, with construction scheduled for completion in late 2028. 

The project is expected to improve local mobility by adding five new interchange connections to the local roadway network, as well as a crossing over the Neuse River. It will enhance safety by providing an additional evacuation route from the coastlines in case of emergencies.

Once completed, the Triangle Expressway extension will mirror the existing Triangle Expressway as a 70 miles per hour, six-lane all-electronic toll facility. Phase 2 is scheduled to open to traffic in 2028. 

Major aspects of the work will include mass grading, soil stabilization, drainage, asphalt and concrete paving, signals, lighting, Intelligent Transport Systems components, utilities, environmental compliance, maintenance of traffic, structures including bridges, culverts, and walls, railroad coordination, CPM (critical path method) schedule reviews, and public awareness activities to keep the local stakeholders informed on the project’s progress and traffic impacts.

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A groundbreaking ceremony on May 16 marked the start of Phase 2 of the Complete 540 project in North Carolina. Pictured (left to right) are Ron McCollum, NCTA deputy chief Engineer – preconstruction; Dennis Jernigan, NCTA deputy chief engineer; Alan Shapiro, NCTA director of highway operations; Patrick Norman, NCTA chief engineer; JJ Eden, NCTA executive director; Mark Luther, WSP district business line leader; Cameron Richards, WSP resident engineer; Bruce Scuffham, RS&H assistant resident engineer; Jerry Jannetti, WSP East region president; Jack Pedro, WSP senior inspection specialist; and NCDOT Transportation Secretary Joey Hopkins.


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