Interstate 540 Northern Wake Expressway - East

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Interstate 540 East
Merging onto Interstate 540 from U.S. 1 near Triangle Town Center mall. The eastbound on-ramp travels over the Exit 17 off-ramp in braided fashion. Exit 17 consists of a single point urban interchange (SPUI) with the current north end of Triangle Town Boulevard. Triangle Town Boulevard spurs north from the mall to Interstate 540 and awaits a north connector road to be built later. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Eastbound reassurance shield posted after the Triangle Town Boulevard on-ramp and ahead of the Fox Road overpass. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 401 (Louisburg Road) crosses paths with Interstate 540 at the Exit 18 single point urban interchange. The two highways cross paths next to the Wake Tech Community College North Campus. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 18 departs Interstate 540 east for U.S. 401. All traffic departs in unison for the SPUI ramps. U.S. 401 follows Louisville Road northeast from Raleigh to Rolesville and the Franklin County seat of Louisville. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Nearing the Neuse River on Interstate 540 east, one mile out from the Exit 20 diamond interchange with Buffaloe Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Interstate 540 turns southward after the river on the one half mile approach to Buffaloe Road. Buffaloe Road meanders east from U.S. 1 & 401 (Capital Boulevard) at New Hope in Raleigh to meet the freeway. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 20 leaves Interstate 540 east for Buffaloe Road. Buffaloe Road continues east into rural areas, ending at Horton Road northwest of Eagle Rock. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Blue Run Lane briefly parallels Interstate 540 east (south) by this reassurance shield after Exit 20. Photo taken 01/02/08.
1.50 miles north of the Exit 24A/B parclo interchange with U.S. 64 Business (Knightdale Boulevard). Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 64 Business consists of a busy commercial arterial west to New Bern Avenue into Raleigh and east into the town of Knightdale. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 24A departs Interstate 540 east for U.S. 64 Business west. U.S. 64 Business travels to the Milburnie and Wilders Grove communities of east Raleigh before meeting Interstate 440. New Bern Avenue continues from there along old U.S. 64 into downtown Raleigh. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 64 Business continues east through Knightdale, bypassing the town center by several sprawling shopping centers. Knightdale Boulevard carries the route east to U.S. 64 & 264 outside Eagle Rock. This original section of U.S. 64 was bypassed by July 2005 with a new freeway to the south. Photo taken 01/02/08.
State-named Interstate 540 shield, the only along eastbound, posted one mile north of the Interstate 540 eastbound end at U.S. 64 & 264 (Exits 26A/B). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Interstate 540 east at the westbound ramp to U.S. 64 & 264 (Exit 26A) back into Raleigh. U.S. 64 & 264 travel four miles to Interstate 440, where U.S. 264 ends and U.S. 64 merges onto the Cliff Benson Beltline southward to Interstate 40. Photo taken 01/02/08.
All traffic shifts to the right as Interstate 540 ends at the Exit 26B loop ramp onto U.S. 64 & 264 east. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 64 & 264 continue eastward to Wendell and Zebulon and their freeway split. U.S. 264 travels a southerly route to Wilson and Greenville while U.S. 64 branches northeast to Rocky Mount and Williamston. Photo taken 01/02/08.
The eastbound carrigeway ends abruptly next to the Exit 26B gore point. Completion of the Eastern Wake Expressway may not occur until 2015 or 2022 depending upon funding options using tolls or other funds. Photo taken 01/02/08.

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01/02/08 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 40
U.S. 1
U.S. 64

Page Updated 04-08-2009.