'Complete 540' project receives final federal approval


The NC Turnpike Authority has received final federal approval for the state's effort to complete the "Outer Loop" around Raleigh, the NCDOT announced Thursday. The Federal Highway Administration delivered its "Record of Decision," which is the final hurdle and sets a route for the "Complete 540" plan.  After years of studying various route alternatives, the Record of Decision confirms the orange-green-mint-green route as the selected alternative.

"We are excited to hit this milestone for a project that has been a priority for the local communities, metropolitan planning organization, and regional business community," said North Carolina Turnpike Authority Executive Director Beau Memory. "This is a critical step in advancing a project that has received nearly 30 local resolutions of support calling for the completion of the 540 outer loop."

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