As the Triangle prepares for the major rebuild of I-40/440, about 370 people submitted creative names for the project -- names they will probably yell while they sit in traffic for three years, according to the Department of Transportation.
A panel of N.C. Department of Transportation judges picked five finalists. They are:
The public can vote on the final name through Thursday at noon.
To vote, go to: http://tinyurl.com/I40Rebuild
The winning project name will be announced Aug. 22, and will be used in all future references to the project. It will also be the website name that will provide information about project. The winner will be publicly announced and, the DOT said, get major bragging rights.
The rebuild of 11 miles on I-40/440 from U.S. 1 in Cary to U.S. 64/264 in Raleigh will begin in the spring/summer of 2013 and last three years. The project will require lane closures, sometimes leaving open just two lanes of travel. That section of interstate is 30 years old, and workers need to dig down at least two feet to remove and replace concrete and asphalt on the road, shoulders and ramps.
Although they did not make the final five, here were some names clever enough to earn an honorable mention from NCDOT:
1205 Front St., Raleigh
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