Raleigh Major Streets and Roadways

The city of Raleigh is one of the most disciplined and well planned cities in the United States. In the 1790s, the city was planned and built with the intentions of making it to serve as a capital city of a state. The streets have been laid out in an axial fashion with one central square and four other public squares. Being a place for educational services, this city saw a growth of settlements.

As a result of this the city planning had to be redefined to ease traffic congestion. As a result of this the 1970s and 1980s saw the construction of the Interstate 440 (I-440) beltline. The "I-440" is characteristic in Raleigh and it is differentiated into two beltlines, the Inner Beltline and the Outer Beltline.

The city of Raleigh is divided into areas based on its geographical composition into Raleigh Addresses namely: Downtown, Midtown, Uptown, East, West, North, South, Northeast and Southeast Raleigh. Along with this Raleigh address, the areas zip code (digits 276) is used for identification.

The Inner Beltline runs clockwise through the city and serves the downtown/older Raleigh that has the historic parts of the city like its neighborhoods and places. This is also called the downtown or Old Raleigh. The Outer Beltline runs counterclockwise though the city and serves the newer commercial areas of Raleigh. The city is well connected to the other cities around Raleigh by means of air, interstate highways and freeways, bicycle and pedestrian walkways and intercity railways.

Major Freeways, Highways, and Streets

  • I-440 - Circles city
  • I-540 - Circles N end of city
  • I-40 - Traverses city from NW to city center to S
  • I-85 - Small branch in NW 
  • 1 - Traverses city from SW to NE
  • 64 - Branches from city center to E