RALEIGH — Its official, but will it stick?
The state Department of Transportation has selected the official humorous nickname for its plan to cause three years of misery during a complete pavement rebuild on 11 miles of Raleighs southern Beltline.
Theyll call it Crawleigh.
Road crews will dig up and replace all the concrete and asphalt on the eight-lane Interstate 40-440 Beltline across south Raleigh, from U.S. 1-64 on the west side of town to U.S. 64-264 on the east side.
Traffic will be squeezed into two lanes each way for months at a time, day and night. The work starts in summer 2013 and wont be finished until 2016.
DOT polled Triangle drivers for nonprofane nickname suggestions, selected five finalists, and put them to an online vote. Crawleigh won 2,360 of the 4,752 votes cast online. The second choice was Southern Discomfort, followed by Carmuda Triangle, South-Wake Remake and Wake-Over.
Grant Tew of Raleigh was the first of about 40 people to nominate Crawleigh, according to DOT. There was no prize other than bragging rights.
DOT will use the nickname in its official references to the Beltline project. Some drivers might think of other names.
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