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Will there ever be an exit from I-140 to Blue Clay Road?

Vicky Eckenrode

The proposal to build an interchange at Interstate 140 and Blue Clay Road is not included on the N.C. Department of Transportation’s most recent long-range plan.

The project, however, is included in a group of proposed projects around North Carolina funded with state highway trust fund money.

But N.C. DOT officials said the current needs of the state’s urban loop projects, which are primarily bypasses around metropolitan areas, far outpace the money that is available.

One I-140-related project that is included on the 10-year proposed plan is extending the highway from U.S. 421 to U.S. 74/76, starting in 2013 on the 74/76 end. Officials said right of way already is being bought for the extension.

To help determine which urban loop projects made the plan, N.C. DOT evaluators prioritized them, giving them scores based on things like how they would cut down on travel time or spur economic development.

For more information about the prioritized projects, click here.

The proposed 10-year construction plan is scheduled to be finalized in the summer of 2011. Public comments to the N.C. DOT can be made by going here.

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