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Cary family moves out of freeway's path

Posted March 31, 2010
Updated April 1, 2010

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— The Howells started saying goodbye on Wednesday to 41 years of memories at their Cary home.

The family's property on Green Level Road is located in the middle of what will be the $446 million Western Wake Freeway, a segment of the state's first toll road.

“They’ll be an exit ramp right behind the house,” Judy Howell said.

The family have until next week to move after accepting an offer from the North Carolina Turnpike Authority nearly 90 days ago. They are relocating to Apex.

“When you have to move out of a house you didn’t plan on moving out of, it’s kind of like being evicted,” she said.

I-540/N.C. 540 plan Cary family moves out of freeway's path

The Turnpike Authority said, so far, it has negotiated deals with 10 homeowners, whose properties are in planned path for the road. Four more deals are expected by the end of April.

The 12.6-mile Western Wake Freeway is the third piece of 18.8-mile Triangle Expressway. It will run from existing N.C. Highway 540 in western Wake County south of Interstate 40 to the N.C. Highway 55 bypass in Holly Springs. It is expected to open in 2012.

The first section – N.C. Highway 540 between N.C. Highway 54 in Morrisville and N.C. 55 near Research Triangle Park – opened two years ago, and drivers have been using it toll-free since then.

The other section, the 3.4-mile Triangle Parkway from I-40 and the Durham Freeway to N.C. 540, is expected to open later this year.

When it is complete, the Triangle Expressway will use an electronic, no-stop, cashless toll system. The price of the tolls has yet to be determined, but the Western Wake design team estimates it could be about 10 cents to 20 cents per mile.


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  • Adelinthe Apr 1, 2010

    Awww, am sorry for them.

    With the lovely trees in bloom around their house, it looked like they loved it.

    As for the TOLL...grrr - I hate toll roads that only go through areas the citizens of the state will use. It's ok for ones tourists use cause THEY should help pay for OUR roads too, but when the majority of users is people who paid the taxes to build the dang thing to begin with - NOPE!!! It's like having to pay for the roadway twice.

    God bless.


  • 3forme Apr 1, 2010

    the TOLL road..seems a little unfair to us folks in the southern and souteastern areas..we paid taxes for the other parts that we may rarely use ..seems the ought to go to I-85, I-77, an definitely I-95 for some of those funds..

  • ncguy Apr 1, 2010

    ya for 2 million you would move, but to buy the house and the land that Mr Howell has now he would have to move to a remote location in chatham county. A developer would pay 4 million to buy that land.

    So it's not really an apples to apples is it?

  • wildcat Apr 1, 2010

    May as well give the Indians their land back.

  • wildcat Apr 1, 2010

    People have no right any more. Lord help us all. Hopefully they will find another good place they will love and can stay.

  • djcgriffin Apr 1, 2010

    aarmisto - you took the words right out of my mouth. they get you coming and they get you going

  • makingmagick Apr 1, 2010

    "The first section – N.C. Highway 540 between N.C. Highway 54 in Morrisville and N.C. 55 near Research Triangle Park – opened two years ago, and drivers have been using it toll-free since then"

    So the Existing section, which was PAID for With HIGHWAY TAXES is going to be part of the TOLL ROAD?? Did any one catch this?? This secoin was complete BEFORE APPROVAL OF THE TOLL ROAD!

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Apr 1, 2010

    did they update the story with the price that they got for their house? i had assumed that the tax value listed on the wakegov website was the tax value prior to being bought out by the state. huge house on 30 acres prolly is worth a couple million in Cary. curious to see if they were offered above and beyond what they've been paying taxes on....

  • 007KnightRider Apr 1, 2010

    Shoot for 2 million I would move too. You wouldn't have to tell me twice.

  • peppercorns Apr 1, 2010

    you give me 2 million and i'd move in a heart beat..lol
    THey made out just fine!!!