City leaders on Tuesday updated their wish list for state road projects in and around Raleigh, and they added seven new road improvements and extensions to the list as traffic issues grow.
Many of the projects – such as the final section of the Interstate 540 loop, the widening of the Beltline in Southwest Raleigh and the freeway conversion of U.S. 1 to Wake Forest – have been on the drawing board for years.
Seven new additions to the list aim to address population growth on the city’s outskirts. Here’s what’s being proposed, in order of priority:A backdoor to Crabtree Valley Mall: Extending T.W. Alexander Drive:
The requests will go through the N.C. Department of Transportation’s new prioritization process; road projects already set for construction in the next few years aren’t on the list because they’ve been considered under the old formula.
Raleigh won’t be asking the state for much help on its bicycle and pedestrian projects. Many of the city’s efforts won’t qualify and therefore aren’t on the wish list.
“The legislature was very direct in terms of stripping funding from bicycle and pedestrian projects,” Lamb said.