Wade Avenue east
Also referred to as the Raleigh-Chapel Hill Expressway, Wade Avenue constitutes a freeway connector between Interstate 40 and Interstate 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 surface route portion of Wade Avenue west of downtown. Pictured here is the eastbound beginning of Wade Avenue as it leaves Interstate 40. A tri-level stack interchange joins the two freeways. Photo taken 07/12/05.
In addition to serving commuting traffic interests through the western reaches of 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. The right lane of Wade Avenue eastbound defaults onto the Edwards Mill Road off-ramp for the sports complex. Photo taken 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. Use Trinity Road east for the sports complex. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Peering southeast from Wade Avenue within the Edwards Mill Road interchange at the RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Center. The arena holds up to 21,500 fans for Carolina Hurricanes Hockey or 19,447 for concerts. The $158 million venue opened October 29, 1999. For more see the RBC Center web site. P Photo taken 07/12/05.
An Interstate 440 trailblazer guides Wade Avenue eastbound motorists toward the junction with the Cliff Benson Beltline. Wade Avenue travels 3.1 miles between Interstate 40 and Interstate 440 & U.S. 1. Photo taken 07/12/05.
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The next interchange (Blue Ridge Road) serves the Raleigh State Fairgrounds and the North Carolina Military Center. The fairgrounds, home of the N.C. State Fair, lie south of the Blue Ridge Road intersection with Trinity Road. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Eastbound at the Blue Ridge Road diamond interchange on Wade Avenue. Blue Ridge Road ventures 1.5 miles north from Western Boulevard to Wade Avenue east of Carter Finley Stadium. The north-south road continues beyond Wade Avenue 0.4 miles to Reedy Creek Road and 0.8 miles to Lake Boone Trail and the Rex Healthcare campus. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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 Interstate 40 & U.S. 64 (Exit 1) northeast to Capital Boulevard (Exit 11). Photo taken 07/12/05.
Traffic interests to Glenwood Avenue (U.S. 70 & North Carolina 50) should use the loop ramp onto Interstate 440 east & U.S. 1 north. The Cliff Benson Beltline interchanges with U.S. 70 & North Carolina 50 at Exit 7. The interchange with Wade Avenue is Exit 4. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 06/06/05.
Interstate 440 shield assembly posted at the loop ramp to the westbound Cliff Benson Beltline. Photo taken 06/06/05.
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The next interchange (Blue Ridge Road) serves the Raleigh State Fairgrounds and the North Carolina Military Center. The fairgrounds, home of the N.C. State Fair, lie south of the Blue Ridge Road intersection with Trinity Road. Photo taken 06/06/05.
Westbound at the Blue Ridge Road diamond interchange on Wade Avenue. Blue Ridge Road ventures 1.5 miles north from Western Boulevard to Wade Avenue east of Carter Finley Stadium. The north-south road continues beyond Wade Avenue 0.4 miles to Reedy Creek Road and 0.8 miles to Lake Boone Trail and the Rex Healthcare campus. Photo taken 06/06/05.
Wade Avenue next meets Edwards Mill Road at a diamond interchange. Wade Avenue 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. Photo taken 06/06/05.
Edwards Mill Road stems south from Wade Avenue to Trinity Road and north to Tysonville. Use Trinity Road east for the sports complex. Photo taken 06/06/05.
Wade Avenue defaults onto Interstate 40 west in a wooded area outside the Raleigh city limits. Photo taken 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. Photo taken 06/06/05.
Wade Avenue merges onto Interstate 40 west ahead of northern Cary, Morrisville, and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Photo taken 06/06/05.



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

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Interstate 40
Interstate 440 / Cliff Benson Beltline
U.S. 1

Page Updated 04-05-2009.