Also referred to as the Raleigh-Chapel Hill Expressway, Wade Avenue constitutes a freeway connector between Interstate 40 and I-440/U.S. 1 (Cliff Benson Beltline) through the western reaches of Raleigh. Wade Avenue provides a pivotal link between the two highways and the arterial portion of Wade Avenue west of Downtown.

In addition to serving commuter traffic through west Raleigh, Wade Avenue also provides direct access to the RBC Arena (home of the NHL Carolina Hurricanes) and Carter Finley Stadium, home of the North Carolina State Wolfpack college football team.

Wade Avenue - East
Wade Avenue stems east from a three level interchange with Interstate 40. 07/12/05
The right lane of Wade Avenue eastbound defaults onto the exit ramp for Edwards Mill Road to the nearby sports complex. 07/12/05
A diamond interchange joins Wade Avenue with Edwards Mill Road one mile east of Interstate 40 (Exit 289). Edwards Mill Road stems south from Wade Avenue to Trinity Road. Trinity Road heads east to the sports complex. 07/12/05
RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Center holds up to 21,500 fans for Carolina Hurricanes Hockey or 19,447 for concerts. The $158 million venue opened October 29, 1999. 07/12/05
Wade Avenue travels 3.1 miles between Interstate 40 and I-440/U.S. 1. 07/12/05
Blue Ridge Road serves the Raleigh State Fairgrounds and the North Carolina Military Center. Home of the N.C. State Fair, the fairgrounds lie south of Trinity Road. 07/12/05
A diamond interchange joins Wade Avenue with Blue Ridge Road. 07/12/05
All through trucks must follow Interstate 440 (Cliff Benson Beltline) around the core of Raleigh in lieu of Wade Avenue. Wade Avenue downgrades from a freeway into a surface arterial east of the three quarter cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 440 & U.S. 1. 07/12/05
A pair of shields and a Benson Beltline sign direct motorists onto the respective ramps for Interstate 440 Inner (east) and Outer (west). Interstate 440 & U.S. 1 overlap between I-40/U.S. 64 (Exit 1) northeast to Capital Boulevard (Exit 11). 07/12/05
Traffic interests to Glenwood Avenue (U.S. 70/NC 50) should use the loop ramp onto Interstate 440 east & U.S. 1 north. The Cliff Benson Beltline interchanges with U.S. 70/NC 50 at Exit 7. The interchange with Wade Avenue is Exit 4. 07/12/05
Wade Avenue eastbound at the Interstate 440 west & U.S. 1 southbound off-ramp. The Cliff Benson Beltline ends at the Interstate 440 merge onto Interstate 40 southwest of downtown Raleigh. U.S. 1 continues southwest from there with U.S. 64 to Cary, Apex, and Sanford. The loop ramp onto Interstate 440 east & U.S. 1 north sees the control cities of Wake Forest for U.S. 1's departure from the Beltline (Exit 11), Rocky Mount for U.S. 64 east of Knightdale (Exit 13) and Wilson for U.S. 264 east of Zebulon. 07/12/05
Wade Avenue - West
Wade Avenue leaves the Meridth College area and approaches Interstate 440 & U.S. 1 (Cliff Benson Beltline). Pictured here is an older Beltine trailblazer assembly posted after Ridge Road. 06/06/05
Entering the cloverleaf interchange with the Cliff Benson Beltine on Wade Avenue west. The eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 440 departs ahead of a signalized intersection with the eastbound off-ramp. This signal was added when the loop ramp from Interstate 440 east to Wade Avenue west was eliminated. 06/06/05
Interstate 440 west & U.S. 1 south travel four miles to Interstate 40; U.S. 1 continues southwest from there to Sanford. Hillsborough Street intersects the freeway at the next interchange. 06/06/05
Interstate 440 shield assembly posted at the loop ramp to the westbound Cliff Benson Beltline. 06/06/05
Blue Ridge Road heads 1.5 miles north from Western Boulevard to Wade Avenue east of Carter Finley Stadium. The arterial continues beyond Wade Avenue 0.4 miles to Reedy Creek Road and 0.8 miles to Lake Boone Trail and the Rex Healthcare campus. 06/06/05
Wade Avenue next meets Edwards Mill Road at a diamond interchange near RBC Arena and Carter Finley Stadium. 06/06/05
Edwards Mill Road heada south from Wade Avenue to Trinity Road and north to Tysonville. 06/06/05
Wade Avenue defaults onto Interstate 40 west in a wooded area outside the Raleigh city limits. 06/06/05
A loop ramp provides return access to Raleigh and Benson (Interstate 95) via Interstate 40 east. Interstate 40 drops south from Wade Avenue to Asbury and the east side of Cary. 06/06/05
Wade Avenue merges onto Interstate 40 west ahead of northern Cary, Morrisville, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. 06/06/05

Photo Credits:

06/06/05, 07/12/05 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 40
Interstate 440 / Cliff Benson Beltline
U.S. 1

Page Updated 04-05-2009.

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