Interstate 540 Northern Wake Expressway - West

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Interstate 540 West
Drivers merge onto the beginning of Interstate 540 west from the Knightdale Bypass (U.S. 64 & 264). The northbound roadway is stubbed out just north of the Old Faison Road overpass. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Suburban sprawl engulfs land both east and west of Interstate 540 ahead of the Mango Creek bridges one mile south of the U.S. 64 Business (Exit 24) parclo interchange. Photo taken 05/30/07.
A rare Interstate 540 North Carolina shield represents the first mainline shield posted westbound near Mango Creek. A companion state-named shield resides in the opposite direction. Photo taken 05/30/07.
A pair of three lane bridges span both the Mingo Creek and adjacent Lynwood Road along Interstate 540. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 64 Business follows the original U.S. 64 & 264 routing along New Bern Avenue and Knightdale Boulevard between Interstate 440 and Zebulon. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Exit 24 leaves Interstate 540 west for U.S. 64 Business (Knightdale Boulevard). U.S. 64 Business generally stays north of the Knightdale town center along a busy commercial arterial. Westward the arterial generally travels just as well to Exit 13 of Interstate 440 through the Wilders Grove section of Raleigh. Photo taken 05/30/07.
A more standard neutered Interstate 540 shield continues drivers northward from U.S. 64 Business and Knightdale. The empty sign bridge in the background is for the planned diamond interchange north of Neuseoca Lake between Old Milburnie and Tarheel Club Roads. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Buffaloe Road meets Interstate 540 west at the Exit 20 diamond interchange just outside the Raleigh city limits. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Buffaloe Road meanders west to U.S. 1 & 401 within the New Hope Road section of north Raleigh. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Interstate 540 west at the Exit 20 off-ramp to Buffaloe Road. Buffaloe Road east leaves the current suburban area extent for a rural path east to Horton Road northwest of Eagle Rock. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Interstate 540 curves northwest toward a crossing of the Neuse River after Exit 20. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 401 (Louisburg Road) meets the freeway at a single point urban interchange (SPUI) in northeastern Raleigh next. Photo taken 05/30/07.
One half mile east of the Exit 18 off-ramp to U.S. 401. U.S. 401 merges with U.S. 1 south at the New Hope section of Raleigh to Interstate 440. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Westbound at Exit 18 to U.S. 401. U.S. 401 (Louisburg) continues northeast to Wake Crossroads, Rolesville, and the Franklin County seat of Louisburg. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Passing underneath the SPUI with U.S. 401 (Exit 18) on Interstate 540 west. U.S. 401 is one of three routes remaining along the city street grid within Interstate 440. U.S. 401 follows Capital Boulevard south from Louisburg Road into downtown with U.S. 70 & North Carolina 50. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Interstate 540 continues west with four overall lanes to the Fox Road overpass. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Triangle Town Boulevard joins Interstate 540 with the Triangle Town Center Mall to the south from Exit 17. U.S. 1 travels north along the west side of the shopping complex, meeting the freeway at adjacent Exit 16. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Exit 17 consists of a single point urban interchange (SPUI) with Triangle Town Boulevard just north of Old Wake Forest Boulevard. Areas around the interchange expect development, and Triangle Town Boulevard awaits a northern connector. U.S. 1 meanwhile travels a busy six-lane arterial nearby, meeting the freeway at a directional cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Exit 16 follows from within Exit 17 to an end at U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard) opposite Greshams Lake. U.S. 1 constitutes the main route between Raleigh and Wake Forest and Henderson (Interstate 85). Southward, the highway follows Capital Boulevard to U.S. 401 and its merge onto Interstate 440 west. Photo taken 05/30/07.
The westbound beginning of Interstate 540 sees traffic from U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard) merge with traffic emanating from the Interstate 540 SPUI at Triangle Town Boulevard. The SPUI at Triangle Town Boulevard serves nearby Triangle Town Center Mall. U.S. 1 passes by the mall just to the west through Wake Forest. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Interstate 540 reduces to three westbound lanes as it departs the interchanges with U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard) and Triangle Town Boulevard. Pictured here is the two-mile sign bridge for Exit 14 (Falls of Neuse Road) and a lane ends overhead near a railroad underpass adjacent to Greshams Lake. Photo taken 07/12/05.
The Northern Wake Expressway (Interstate 540) continues west toward the Exit 14 folded diamond interchange with Falls of Neuse Road. Falls of Neuse Road migrates northward from the Wakeview section of Raleigh to Falls Lake State Park and northern Wake Forest. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Westbound at the Exit 14 ramp departure to Falls of Neuse Road. Falls of Neuse Road reaches Falls Lake State Park 2.5 miles to the north and Spring Forest Road in Raleigh 2.9 miles to the south. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Many of the Interstate 540 reassurance shields posted on the segment between Exits 9 and 14 are banner less; this particular sign lies ahead of the Honeycutt Road overpass. This segment of freeway opened on June 29, 2001. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Continuing west to the Exit 11 SPUI (single point urban interchange) with Six Forks Road on Interstate 540. Six Forks Road derives its name from the Six Forks community of north Raleigh. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Interstate 540 west expands to four lanes with the addition of an auxiliary lane lane to Six Forks Road. Six Forks Road, like Falls of Neuse Road, travels northward from the Wakeview section of Raleigh to Falls Lake State Park. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Traffic to Five Forks Road departs Interstate 540 west for the Exit 11 SPUI. Five Forks Road meets North Carolina 98 (Durham Road) 5.4 miles to the north. Southward the surface roadway meets Interstate 440 & U.S. 1 in 5.5 miles at the North Hills Mall within the Northglen section of Raleigh. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Six lanes of Interstate 540 pass through the Exit 11 SPUI. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Several of the reassurance markers for Interstate 540 on the older sections of the Northern Wake Expressway exist in the form of small guide signs. The shields within these guide signs are devoid of the word "Interstate". Photo taken 07/12/05.
Next in line for westbound drivers is the Exit 9 diamond interchange with North Carolina 50 (Creedmoor Road). Creedmoor Road carries the state highway five miles north from its split with U.S. 70 at Crabtree Valley Mall to Interstate 540. Chander Drive passes over Interstate 540 within one mile of the Exit 9 off-ramp. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Motorists bound for North Carolina 50 (Creedmoor Road) depart Interstate 540 via Exit 9. North Carolina 50 passes through the city of Raleigh co-signed with U.S. 70 between Garner and the Brookhaven section of the city. The state highway continues north of Interstate 540 5.5 miles to North Carolina 98 (Durham Road) and 15.5 miles to Creedmoor and North Carolina 56 (Wilton Avenue). Photo taken 05/30/07.
Another Interstate 540 reassurance guide sign lies along westbound between North Carolina 50 (Exit 9) and Leesville Road (Exit 7). Photo taken 07/12/05.
The one-mile overhead for Exit 7 (Leesville Road) resides near the Ray Road overpass on Interstate 540 west. Leesville Road stems northwest from the Brookhaven section of Raleigh to Leesville and U.S. 70 (New Raleigh Highway) in eastern Durham County. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Westbound Interstate 540 at the diamond interchange with Leesville Road. Norwood Road stems northeast from Leesville Road nearby to North Carolina 50 (Creedmoor Road). Photo taken 05/30/07.
A typical reasurrance "shield" assembly posted along the initial section of Interstate 540, lacking the word "Interstate". Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 70 (Glenwood Avenue) meets Interstate 540 at Exit 4 in northwestern Wake County. The US highway ventures northwest from downtown Raleigh to William B. Umstead State Park and the city of Durham. A symmetrical directional cloverleaf interchange facilitates the movements between the two divided highways. Photo taken 07/12/05.
An exit-only lane emerges from Interstate 540 west for Exits 4B/A (U.S. 70). U.S. 70 (Glenwood Avenue) crosses the Durham County line 2.4 miles to the northwest on the 6.5 mile drive to Durham. Southward U.S. 70 enters the Glen Forest neighborhood of Raleigh within six miles. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Exit 4B departs Interstate 540 westbound for U.S. 70 (Glenwood Avenue) west. Glenwood Avenue intersects Brier Creek Parkway in one mile and TW Alexander Drive in 1.5 miles. Photo taken 05/30/07.
A loop ramp carries westbound motorists onto U.S. 70 (Glenwood Avenue) eastbound for the city of Raleigh. The US highway interchanges with Aviation Parkway/Westgate Road within 0.75 miles of Interstate 540. Aviation Parkway stems west from U.S. 70 to Commerce Road and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). Photo taken 05/30/07.
Traffic interests to Raleigh-Durham International Airport are guided to Exit 2 from Interstate 540 westbound. However cargo traffic to the airport should use Exit 3 (Lumley Road) to Commerce Boulevard and International Drive for their deliveries and pickups. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Nearing the Exit 3 folded diamond interchange with Lumley Road on Interstate 540 west. Lumley Road links the freeway with the intersection of Aviation Parkway, Commerce Boulevard, and Mt. Herman Road to the east. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 3 loops to Lumley Road from Interstate 540 west. North of Interstate 540, the surface road meets Brier Creek Parkway and TW Alexander Drive on the 2.4-mile drive to the Durham County line. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Drivers merging onto Interstate 540 west from Lumley Road form the exit-only lane for Exit 2 (Aviation Parkway). Aviation Parkway comprises a short limited-access connector between Interstate 540 and the Raleigh-Durham International Airport terminal. The freeway ends to the north at Globe Road near the Durham County line. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Globe Road itself passes over Interstate 540 westbound just ahead of the Exit 2 off-ramps to Aviation Parkway. The road carries Aviation Parkway traffic north to Page Road in Durham County. Aviation Parkway southbound interchanges with Terminal Boulevard in two miles.
This overhead was replaced with a new sign bridge that includes a variable message board by May 2007. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 2 drivers bound for Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Globe Road north depart Interstate 540. A directional cloverleaf interchange joins the two freeways to the north of the Brier Creek Reservoir. Photo taken 05/30/07.
One half mile north of the transition to North Carolina 540 at Interstate 40. The junction with Interstate 40 ahead carries drivers northwest to Research Triangle Park and Durham (via North Carolina 147) and southeast to Cary and Raleigh. Photo taken 07/12/05.
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Drivers cross the Durham County line on the approach to the Exit 1B/A ramp split to Interstate 40 west and east. Construction was evident involving the completion of the North Carolina 540 freeway spur between Interstate 40 and North Carolina 54 (Chapel Hill Road). The 4.5-mile segment of State Highway 540 opened on July 14, 2007.
Note the sign bridge replacement and variable message sign addition. Photo taken 07/12/05. Second photo taken 05/30/07.
A North Carolina 147 trailblazer directs motorists bound for the Durham Freeway and downtown Durham onto Interstate 40 west. Interstate 40 interchanges with the north-south freeway three miles to the north. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 1B leaves Interstate 540 westbound for Interstate 40 west to Research Triangle Park, Durham, Burlington, and Greensboro. Downtown Durham interests should take North Carolina 147 north. Others should continue west on Interstate 40 as it bypasses Durham to the southwest. Interstate 40 merges with Interstate 85 south 24 miles to the northwest at Hillsborough. Photo taken 07/12/05.
North Carolina 540 continues southwest one mile to Exit 69 (displayed here as Exit 50, which was an error corrected after the freeway extension opened). North Carolina 54 (Chapel Hill Road) meets the freeway at a folded diamond interchange in north Morrisville. Photo taken 05/30/07.
The Interstate 40 east to Interstate 540 east flyover passes overhead as all remaining Interstate 540 westbound drivers default onto the Exit 1A loop ramp onto Interstate 40 east. Interstate 40 continues 6.2 miles east to the split with Wade Hampton Boulevard and ten miles to Interstate 440 & U.S. 1 (Cliff Benson Beltline) at Raleigh. Photo taken 07/12/05.
A parting shot of the July 14, 2007 opened roadbed of North Carolina 540 from the Exit 1A loop ramp to Interstate 40 east. In the distance is the Slater Road overpass. At one point a ramp existed between Interstate 540 west and Slater Road. However due to construction associated with the Interstate 40/540 interchange, that ramp was closed. Photo taken 07/12/05.

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07/12/05, 05/30/07 by AARoads

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