WESTERN WAKE FREEWAY

Wake County, N.C.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Western Wake Freeway broke new ground in a lot of ways for North Carolina. It is a pivotal segment of the ongoing 540 “Raleigh Loop” project that will eventually connect all of the suburbs around Raleigh together, and it was the first completely electronic toll road in North Carolina. At its construction, it was one of the few fully-electronic toll roads in the US that did not in any way rely on toll booths.

We were the prime Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) and Quality Control (QC) firm for this Design-Build project. Specifically, we provided inspections for the installation of fiber optic cable, microwave vehicle detection systems, closed-circuit television cameras and for the road’s dynamic electronic message signs. All of these elements were integrated through Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) along the road corridor and connected directly to the Triangle Regional Management center, State Emergency Operating Center and NCTA’s Customer Service Center. The Western Wake Freeway opened to traffic in 2012.

The purpose of this project is to improve I-40 from I-440/US 64 to just north of SR 1525 including improvements to NC 42 and SR 1010 (Cleveland Road). Once completed, the NCDOT I-40 Widening project will help reduce congestion and improve access.


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We are the lead CEI firm for the 16-mile US 17 widening project from South of Belgrade to the US 17 New Bern Bypass in Division 2. We currently staff a Project Manager and 12 CEI technicians, which includes lead Tech IV inspectors over roadway and structures.


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As the Prime construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) firm, we supplied experienced, qualified and NCDOT-certified technicians with expertise in roadway and structure construction on an 8.4-mile portion of the loop.


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