The last section of Interstate 40, connecting Wilmington to Raleigh, North Carolina, a distance of about 120 miles, was completed and opened for traffic on June 29, 1990. It represents the final link in a 2,500 mile long route connecting the North Carolina coast to Barstow, California, across 8 states and 4 time zones. This segment of the road serves the ten county region between Raleigh and Wilmington, and provides an important means for greatly increasing the accessibility of this area. The completion of I-40 will have enormous implications for eastern North Carolina. Its effects are anticipated to have significant increases in accessibility, which will in turn accelerate economic and population growth, and changes in the environment, culture, and lifestyle of the region. Recognizing the probable effects of I-40, the North Carolina Division of Community Assistance, in cooperation with the I-40 Steering Committee, local governments, other federal and state agencies, and the private sector, initiated a study to identify I-40's impacts and determine what actions might be taken to maximize the positive effects of the highway. This report summarizes the findings of the study.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for the North Carolina Department of Economic and Community Development Division of Community Assistance and the I-40 Steering Committee.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of North Carolina, Charlotte

    Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
    9201 University City Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC  United States  28223
  • Authors:
    • Hartgen, D T
  • Publication Date: 1991-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 59 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725950
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Transp Pub Rpt 51
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1996 12:00AM