Traffic

Overnight maintenance expected on Triangle Expressway

Posted March 3, 2013
Updated March 4, 2013

— Expect lane closures on the Triangle Expressway, beginning Monday night.

Crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation will close lanes between the U.S. Highway 64 ramp to N.C. Highway 540 North from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. Tuesday for routine maintenance on tolling equipment.

Overnight work will continue at the same times Tuesday and Wednesday as well as next Monday and Tuesday. At least one lane will remain open each night.

N.C. 540 East at N.C. Highway 147 will close Tuesday night; N.C. 540 West at N.C. 147 will close Wednesday. Next Monday, crews will work on the stretch from N.C. 147 South to Hopson Road ramp, and on N.C. 147 South to N.C. 540 eastbound ramp the following night.

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  • corey3rd2 Mar 5, 2013

    They are probably readjusting the cameras since there's websites explaining how to alter your car so it can't get a clear picture.

  • Obamacare rises Mar 5, 2013

    I drove past it this morning and they did a fantastic job clearing the dust from the highway. Looks just as good as the day it opened.

  • Scubagirl Mar 5, 2013

    didn't they JUST FINISH this not too long ago? If stuff already needs maintenance perhaps we, once again, paid too much for something.

  • short Mar 5, 2013

    Here's the issue as I see it in regards to the 540 toll. With some forethought - It should have been implemented all around 540 - not just the southern portions. That would have allowed it to get paid off faster as well as one of fairness......remember that word that always gets bantered about. Either that - or raise the gas tax 2-3-4 cents until its paid for inside the county or state....

  • corey3rd2 Mar 5, 2013

    If they hadn't told us they were shutting down a lane overnight, would anybody have noticed? Ever notice that they refuse to put up traffic cams online so we can't see how empty that road is? It's been open for a while yet they are hiding the revenue. And forget the lottery, the Toll Road has the most annoying ads.

  • tt4400 Mar 5, 2013

    I'm sick of people complaining about toll roads, it's a fact of life, get over it!

  • sidecutter Mar 4, 2013

    I use the road, I'm not happy about paying for it. However, besides saving time and in some vehicles, gas, the reduction in the probability of being in an accident is less. (I know the speeds are faster). Stop and go traffic is a recipe for slow speed collisions. I'll pay the toll and ride the road alone!

  • CaptainSpleen Mar 4, 2013

    Time is money. Figure out what you make per minute, and how many minutes it would save you. (Feel free to factor in your city vs. highway MPG as well.) I take it from 64 to 54, and for me, it's easily worth it to not sit in traffic. I bet they could increase usage if they bumped the speed limit up to 75. A lot of states do that for their toll roads.

  • goldenosprey Mar 4, 2013

    What maintenance is needed on this overpriced/underused boondoggle? Cleaning the dust off?

  • busyb97 Mar 4, 2013

    We accidentally used one section (we thought we were further down when we got on. OOPS!). But otherwise, even though it would save some time for my husband's commute after we move to that area, he won't use it. TOO MUCH! We lived in Chicago and tolls there, while they HAVE gone up, you pay $0.40-50 per toll with the electronic gadget, but that gets you several miles. Unlike 540, which you pay about that much PER MILE! not happenin'.

    And what kind of maintenance requires a shutdown/overnight, on such a new road anyway? With the track record of DOT and their pavement contractors...makes you wonder!

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