Sure, those Inner / Outer Beltline markers make sense if you’re looking down at a Raleigh map – or perhaps flying high over the city in Sky 5.
From that vantage point, you get the picture: Inner Beltline runs clockwise around Raleigh, and Outer Beltline runs counter-clockwise. Many drivers like it this way.
But in the thick of traffic, a lot of us have a hard time knowing which way to turn. (Question: Will Inner take you toward Glenwood Ave. -- or toward New Bern Ave.? Answer: Where are you now?)
So after about 20 years of high-level hand-wringing, NCDOT has launched a project to get rid of those Innie and Outie signs. The work is part of a bigger job that also will widen I-40 in West Raleigh.
Is this a good idea? Let me know what you think of the new map, which will divide our inner loop between East / West I-40 (southern section) and East / West I-440 (the rest of it).
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