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Wake County Commissioners support original routing of the SouthEast corner of the 540 loop

Wake County's Board of Commissioners unanimously resolved to support the original planned routing of the southeastern extension of the Triangle Expressway - once called the Southern Wake Expressway.  The commissioners have agreed to support the original "protected corridor" for the future toll road.  The "protected corridor" for the highway dates back to 1996.  As a result of being "protected", commercial and residential development has been limited within its boundaries.

That said, the North Carolina Turnpike Authority is studying three other alternative alignments.  A number of residents and municipal leaders in the towns of Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina have begun to voice their concerns. 

Though the NCTA admits there is strong support and reasons for the nearly 15 year old "protected corridor", the Federal Highway Administration requires them to look at other possible alternatives.

The NCTA has an overview video of the project, shown below:






The NCTA also has a "flyover" video of the Phase 1 "protected corridor" and a possible Phase II alignment, here.

Story Links:
Uproar rises on siting of turnpike ---Raleigh News & Observer
Route of southeast 540 highway extension still uncertain ---Garner News

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