The N.C. Department of Transportation has found a name for the “I-40/440 rebuild project.”
And the winner is: “Crawleigh.”
Crawleigh won the NCDOT project naming contest by a large margin, the DOT said Wednesday.
Out of 4,752 votes, Crawleigh received 2,360. It was also the most popular name to be nominated. About 40 people submitted it for the grand prize of major bragging rights.
Grant Tew, of Raleigh, is the winner since his email was the first received. “I was born and raised around the Triangle area,” said Tew in a statement released by the DOT. “I think I’ve crawled through enough traffic snarls to know what one looks like. So Crawleigh seemed like a good name.”
The project is expected to begin next spring. As for his bragging rights, Tew said he will use them among his fellow Wolfpack friends and on Facebook.
The naming contest started July 30 when NCDOT asked Triangle residents to submit funny and creative names for the project, which entails the rebuilding of 11 miles on I-40/440 from U.S. 1 in Cary to U.S. 64/264 in Raleigh and is expected to 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.
NCDOT received about 350 emails with name suggestions. Most emails included more than one name. A panel of NCDOT judges selected the five best names, and Triangle residents voted for their favorite.
The vote tally is as follows:
Southern Discomfort 1,060
Carmuda Triangle 922
South-Wake Remake 270
1205 Front St., Raleigh
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