NCDOT to hold public input meetings on 540 loop

Proposed 540 loop with routes in color. (DOT)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold its first of three public input meetings on the proposed 540 connector.

The project would complete the 540 loop between Apex and Cary to Raleigh.

The new 30 mile-stretch of 540 would include toll roads.

NCDOT says the project will be completed in three phases of constructions, but they first have to decide on what route to use to complete the loop.

There are multiple proposed routes, the most popular route, or the one that Garner, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina prefer, was proposed in the 1990s.

NCDOT officials say they will consider public input as well as environmental impact the construction would have on nearby neighborhoods.

“We had to do environmental impact studies on all those different routes. Once we pick one, we’ll have to go back and do an environmental impact study again,” said Steve Abbott, NCDOT.

The NCDOT will hold two other meetings this week, one on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Holly Springs High School’s Cafeteria. The other meeting is set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. t wake Tech Community College’s Students Services Building.

Monday’s meeting is being held at Barwell Road Elementary School.

NCDOT officials hope to pick a route in the spring of 2016 with construction beginning in 2018.

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