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Triangle I-40 Bikeway on NCDOT's project list, but did not receive FY19 funding

01/19/2018 6:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Bikeway along I-40 does not receive FY19 funding, but FY20 funding hopeful

Disappointingly, the Triangle I-40 bikeway did not make NCDOT's FY19 funding.  However, it remains a priority project for Wake County.  Wake County plans to resubmit for FY20 funding.  And, Wake County will continue to plan it's routing.

And, it has come a long way due to your tremendous public input!  Starting as a vague concept on a map, it now is on the Regional and Statewide project list for strong consideration of planning and funding.

This bikeway along I-40 will connect the Trenton Road Greenway to RDU Forest and Davis Drive (RTP- Triangle Park Center). This missing link would enable bike/ped connections from downtown Raleigh to RDU and RTP.  It will enable connections to many of the area's major greenways, including: Black Creek, Reedy Creek, House Creek, Rocky Branch, Walnut Creek, American Tobacco Trail, Crabtree Creek, and the Neuse Greenways.  In addition to the regional/national East Coast Greenway and NC 2 (Mountains to Sea) and US 1 (Carolina Connection) bike routes.

AND, the Triangle Bikeway would serve as a vital connection to the RDU Forest trail system at Lake Crabtree County Park, RDU Airport, and Umstead State Park via the Old Reedy Creek Road Corridor.

The Triangle Bikeway along I-40 moved forward with unanimous support at September 21, 2017 CAMPO meeting.  

The Triangle Bikeway got a high ranking (4th out of 43) for the bike/ped greenways that CAMPO recommends for funding.  When ranked by NCDOT with all the other regional and state projects, it remained on the project list, but was not selected to receive FY19 funding.  

Thanks to Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson for adding the "Triangle Bikeway" along I-40  to a list of projects being evaluated for funding under CAMPO's request to NCDOT (known as SPOT 5). Note: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is the regional transportation organization serving Wake, Frankly, Granville, Harnett, and Johnston Counties. 

 

BIG THANKS ALL! 

Comments

  • 07/05/2018 8:33 AM | Anonymous member
    Triangle Bikeway 1 will be a great reinvestment into our community's access and preservation of one this state's and country's most grand natural resources, Umstead Park. Encouraging our residents and most importantly our children to actively explore and garner appreciation for the serenity of traversing outdoors promotes healthy activity while reducing automotive emissions and sedentary lifestyles. As a rapidly growing community, it is vital to scale the growth of our parks, greenways, and trails along with the infrastructure of businesses, residencies, and highways. Doing it the right way, now, mitigates the cost, time and effort of lost opportunity.
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