Triangle-area agencies have made plans for a 17-mile bikeway that will run through Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Research Triangle Park, Durham and Chapel Hill.
It will follow the I-40 and NC54 corridor and will be shared use for pedestrians and cyclists.
Proposals for the Triangle Bikeway have been long in the making. In 2016, when Wake County was in the early stages of a plan to expand its greenways, ideas emerged for a bike path that would bisect I-40.
Ideas like the Triangle Bikeway are relatively new, said Kenneth Withrow, a senior transportation planner with the NC Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
“Discussions about greenways and regional bike plans simply didn’t happen 20 or 30 years ago,” he said.
Following Wake County's lead, other local governments considered joining the project. Eventually, with buy-in from cities like Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill and others, the Triangle Bikeway project was born.
Funding for the project has yet to be finalized. There is currently no prospective timetable for when the bikeway would be completed and rideable, Withrow said.
"I would be remiss in saying let's put a hard deadline on the lower time or the latter time at which a project could be built," he said.