NC DOT Proposes Changes to Cary Highway Interchange

Cary, NC – Along Walnut Street, Cary has a busy interchange that connects to three highways, and in an attempt to address congestion, the North Carolina Department of Transportation is proposing three different ramp reconstructions, as well as possible new lanes.

Near Crossroads Shopping Center, ramps connect Cary drivers to I-40, I-440, US-1 and US-64 and NC DOT is taking public comments and input until Thursday, May 23, 2019.

For Cary, the part that most impacts residents and drivers is three different interchange proposals, which would change how people turn onto both I-40 and I-440, with new lanes twisting drivers in new directions.

Cary Highway

Interchange Design #1

Cary Highway

Interchange Design #2

Cary Highway

Interchange #3

The red lines represent new ramps, while the red-and-white sections remain. Additionally, the yellow striped lines are future roadways that will be added onto I-440 leading toward North Raleigh. The gray striped sections are roadways that will be removed under these plans.

As part of the new proposed design, US-1 would add one lane, which means five lanes going both ways, and four lanes going both ways inside of the Gorman Street interchange.

Construction is not expected to start until 2023.

Story by staff reports. Photos courtesy of NC DOT and Hal Goodtree.

9 replies
  1. Kathy Bayard
    Kathy Bayard says:

    Yes. Please do the flyover Ramps. And I agree Crossroads needs more entrance and exits and the one main road through the shopping Center is not working. Too many cars for this plan.

  2. Penny
    Penny says:

    Crossroad Shopping Center needs more than just one way to get in and out from Walnut Street than just at the MacDonalds/Lowe’s intersection.
    Suggest going in/out by the left of Red Lobster at the light.

  3. Debbie Anderson
    Debbie Anderson says:

    PLEASE Town of Cary do not start construction this fall and have it torn up over holidays.

    • Mark Neill
      Mark Neill says:

      This work is not Town of Cary work, it’s NCDOT.

      Cary can submit requests to DOT, but the schedule is completely within their control.

  4. Doc Thorne
    Doc Thorne says:

    I’m having a difficult time orienting myself to the designs above. Which is Walnut Street? No matter how I turn the base drawing it seems that it is reversed, ie. South Hills in relation to Crossroads. What am I not understanding?

    • Gary
      Gary says:

      Walnut St. on not on the above maps. If the map were rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise, it would be more understandable.

      Best thing I saw was the usual crowd at the great D&S cafeteria pkg lot!

  5. George Jones
    George Jones says:

    Hopefully there is consideration of tying in improvement done at this intersections with modifications necessary at Exit 291 (Cary Town Blvd @ I-40) to accommodate Fenton and the Mall redevelopment. This could all potentially become one huge cluster if not done properly.

    • Mark Neill
      Mark Neill says:

      I’m still holding out for a collapsed DDI (DDI where the two sides are essentially adjacent, instead of at opposite ends of the overpass), if not just a plain DDI, at that interchange. The plain DDI would really only require A, the cloverleaf from 40W to turn into a straight-off ramp, and there’s plenty of land on that corner to do so; and B, possibly a widening of that bridge, to permit for an additional lane.

      NCDOT should please reach out to me to discuss all of the suggested plans I’ve created in my head for the I-40 interchange at CTB, as well as my suggestion for the “interchange” on CTB @Fenton/Cary Towne Center


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