A primary goal of Continental 1 trade corridor is to improve safety by detouring heavy long-distance traffic onto the corridor, away from the central business districts; reduce fuel and energy consumption; lessen environmental noise and air pollutant emissions; decrease travel times for motorists and freight; and positively impact neighborhoods by reducing the amount of traffic on local surface streets.

It is anticipated that additional benefits will be realized in the future related to a decreased in motor vehicle crashes and fatality rates as a result of improved design, increased law enforcement presence, increased access of emergency medical response and educational initiatives.