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Wake County Highways Could Be State's First Toll Roads

Posted February 5, 2007

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— Three highways in western Wake County could become the state's first toll roads under the current plan of the North Carolina Turnpike Authority.

The three roadways -- the Triangle Parkway, the Western Wake Parkway and part of Interstate 540 from N.C. Highway 54 to N.C. 55 -- would all connect.

Triangle Parkway extends N.C. Highway 147 3.5 miles from Interstate 40 in Durham County to Interstate 540 in Wake County. The Western Wake Parkway extends from I-540 from N.C. Highway 55 south of Morrisville to N.C. 55 south of Apex.

Under the plan, parts of I-540 would be free of charge, but drivers would have to pay on future sections.

Toll backers say they can ease the pain of paying with modern conveniences such as a sticker tag or a transponder where motorists can pass the toll plaza at highway speed.

"We are on track if all things go together, and so far, they are," said Steve DeWitt with the Turnpike Authority. "We're on a very fast track to get the projects under construction, and we hope to have the whole corridor of three highways open by no later than 2011."

State toll-road legislation says a majority of the mayors of Morrisville, Cary, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina and Apex must approve the toll road plan for it the Turnpike Authority's plan to proceed.

That vote is expected this summer.

The public can find out more information about the Turnpike Authority's plan at a public meeting on Feb. 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Apex High School cafeteria at 1501 Laura Duncan Road in Apex.

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  • patriot4liberty Feb 6, 2007

    NIMBY, NIMBY, NIMBY!!! What about the INTERSTATE connections that fuel drug trafficking, such as I-95??? Make THOSE suckers pay for the ineptitude of our highway engineers?

    Anyone ever crossed the state line from NC to VA? Notice the difference in the quality of roads? Come on, people. Stop messing around and do the job RIGHT for once!

  • El Doggo Feb 6, 2007

    You are right in some ways pdking. However, there is less and less to choose from. It seems that public office is attracting the wrong candidates. I have seen no true reformers in years! Many candidates will say whatever they can to get elected then do an about face in office to suit their own agendas.

  • Oh Smeg Feb 6, 2007

    This state has been known as "North Taxolina" for at least three generations. But as long as folks keep re-electing the politicians that propose this idiocy, the population will keep bearing the burden of their fiscal irresponsibility. It's not enough to just vote at election time, we have to be informed and vote smart, too.

  • smoothtip99 Feb 6, 2007

    Very stupid with all of the projected traffic on I-540 only 3 lanes are available. That is really sad. I catch heck now coming off of Creedmoor Road onto 540 all the way to Louisburg Road. I have to dodge traffic. Some drivers are driving 20 mph and then some drive 100. It is crazy.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 6, 2007

    If Easley would put back the money that he has mis-appropriated from the Highway Trust fund to fund his socialist agenda, we would have more than enough money to build all of the roads needed to fix the traffic problems in the Triangle.

    Plus let's quit building wasted and un-needed four lane highways in Eastern North Carolina. US-64 east of Rocky Mount is a classic case of a Expressway built for political reasons instead of need.

    Change the Highway spending program in North Carolina to spend the money where it is needed instead of where it is politically convenient.

    Wake County is a donor county. Most of the gas tax money collected in Wake County goes to fund un-needed highways in small counties built for political reasons instead of need.

  • alwayslovingu30 Feb 6, 2007

    crooked dm politicians why dont we cut lawmakers/politicians pay an start there if your going to do something lets start at the top of the crook line.gas taxes pay for our roads until some crook dips his hand in illegally where will it stop.get rid of the goverment waste put real people up there instead of lifetime crooks.look at this site www.porkbusters.org.here is the truth in site

  • deerslayer Feb 6, 2007

    Got a better idea. Stop wasting money on these beautification projects like the one on Fayetteville Street and those stupid signs in Cary and put it to better use..hey like paying for something we really need.

  • finallysingle Feb 6, 2007

    j -dot- lewis ,you took the words out of my mouth.

  • normalthinking Feb 6, 2007

    So why not put tolls on interstate roads like 85, 95?

  • My2centsworth Feb 6, 2007

    There was enough money to finish this road when the project started several years ago, then Gov. Easley robbed the Highway Truast Fund to balance HIS budget. I thougt trust fund meant it was only for 1 thing and could not be used for another.

    Then again, this is the same Governor that illegally kept tax money collected by the state for other municipalities. Yes it was eventually paid but after those municipalities had to make cut backs to balance there budgets.

    And what about the money taken from the State retirement system. That was found to be illegal also. Hmmm, politics and crime, crime and politics...can't have 1 without the other!!!