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Road Worrier: 540 Loop project offers a choice of colors

NOV 9, 2015

The reviled Red Route has not been ruled out. The more popular Orange Route is still in the running, too, as the state Department of Transportation agonizes over how and where to finish the 540 Outer Loop in southern and eastern Wake County.

And there are other colors to contend with. When DOT engineers picked colors for their alternatives map, they evoked the palette of Chapel Hill fashion designer Alexander Julian: Lilac, Mint and Teal!

No issues are settled and no alternatives are eliminated in the weighty Draft Environmental Impact Statement released last week, for two months of public scrutiny and comment. As it turns out, each choice poses problems.

But hey, we need to work this out. The Triangle needs to see Raleigh’s Outer Loop completed.


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