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Runners to get first look at Triangle Expressway

Posted November 20, 2011

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— Before it opens to four-wheel traffic, the Triangle Expressway opened to a lot of two-legged traffic Sunday afternoon.

The N.C. Turnpike Authority organized the Triangle Expressway Trot as a 5K run/walk and Family Fun Day.

All proceeds from the event benefited Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the official partner of the race.

Runners and walkers got to see the newly constructed Triangle Parkway portion of the Triangle Expressway, North Carolina's first modern toll road. The race started near the intersection of Hopson Road and Davis Drive in Research Triangle Park.

The first phase of the Triangle Expressway, known as the Triangle Parkway, is scheduled to open to traffic in December. Tolls will be collected electronically, eliminating the need for toll booths.

Along with the Triangle Parkway  – a stretch of 3.4 miles between Interstate 40 at N.C. Highway 147 in Durham County south to Interstate 540 in Wake County – the existing portion of N.C. Highway 540 between N.C. Highways 54 and 55 will be tolled.

Drivers will have one month's grace, and tolls will begin in January 2012.

By the end of next year, the entire Western Wake Freeway should be open from N.C. 55 in Cary to N.C. 55 in Holly Springs. A section from I-540 to N.C. 55 Apex is expected to open in August.

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  • mmtlash Nov 21, 2011

    at least they weren't charged a toll to run along the road ;-p

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 21, 2011

    I thought Conservatives LOVED toll roads. It's just a usage tax...like the flat tax and mis-named "fair tax" advocate. Only the people who use it have to pay. Don't want to pay? Don't use the road. Or, is personal responsibility only for other people?

  • luvmynmls Nov 21, 2011

    @kikinc - Thank you for that link. If you click on the Toll Rates link on the DOT site, and go to page 2 of the pdf file that opens, it says tolls will begin Summer 2012 for the existing section between Hwy 55 and Hwy 54.

    Now that I see it publicly posted in black and white, I feel more confident with the response I received from DOT.

  • kikinc Nov 21, 2011

    luvmynmls-According to the NC DOT website, tolls start Jan. 3.

    http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/triangleexpressway/

  • luv2surffish2 Nov 21, 2011

    wase of money.. use 147 to i40 to I540 . ... just putting money in someones pockets and it wont go to where they say ..just like lotter- make the complete 540 free... fed funds built it

  • native_son_2 Nov 21, 2011

    Run, Walk, or drive, it will be a cold day before I set foot (or tire) on this monument to irresponsible state borrowing and spending. The best thing we can do to get the message across to the spend and tax crowd the General Assembly that we don't want toll roads in NC is to refuse to use it.

  • goozleboy Nov 21, 2011

    @ "How much are they going to charge the runners from southern wake county to run on it, while north wake runs for free?"

    Actually, both northern and southern runners will have to pay a runner's tax. The southern runners will have to pay a runner's tax and a privilege fee for the honor of getting on this POS. And please don't dare forget the advertising fees for the event. I think the good ole' boys can really work some magic with the numbers when they put their thinking caps on, don't you?

  • luvmynmls Nov 21, 2011

    Hey WRAL...can you double check your sources on this statement?

    "Along with the Triangle Parkway...the existing portion of N.C. Highway 540 between N.C. Highways 54 and 55 will be tolled....Drivers will have one month's grace, and tolls will begin in January 2012."

    I was told last week by the DOT contact for toll questions that the existing section would not be tolled until August 2012. I had received multiple conflicting answers from NC Quick Pass customer service, both in person and by phone, so I went straight to the DOT instead. But now I'm wondering again.

  • toddnfite Nov 21, 2011

    How much are they going to charge the runners from southern wake county to run on it, while north wake runs for free?