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  • piene2 Jan 10, 4:45 p.m.

    "Seriously, do we have to have rude comments regarding NC drivers. I'm a native, and I can assure you that NC natives are a rare species in the RTP area. How many do YOU know? They are certainly not a majority of drivers on area roads.

    24601"

    That is why they are so east to spot. They stick out like sore thumbs.

  • Stringbean Jan 10, 2:31 p.m.

    "Stringbean-that picture was taken before it opened to the public." *** I guess you dont spend much time over there. I do and its like that a good part of every day.

  • corey3rd2 Jan 10, 2:28 p.m.

    How much money is the Tollbooth folks spending on all those phony ads claiming someone being home 15 minutes early lets you cook food for you family and watch the 6 o'clock news?

  • look deeper Jan 10, 1:39 p.m.

    From the article: "Jason Peterson, a project manager with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, said the exit is built to federal standards..."

    "You're not going to convince anyone in DOT or the Turnpike Authority that their new baby is ugly."

    Pseudonym

    I can not help but keep hearing one of the greatest lines ever in any movie, over and over right now; from MIB "Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training. Now please step this way, as we provide you with our final test: an eye exam."

  • kikinc Jan 10, 1:19 p.m.

    Stringbean-that picture was taken before it opened to the public.

  • 24601 Jan 10, 1:06 p.m.

    Seriously, do we have to have rude comments regarding NC drivers. I'm a native, and I can assure you that NC natives are a rare species in the RTP area. How many do YOU know? They are certainly not a majority of drivers on area roads.

  • mojridingrb Jan 10, 12:29 p.m.

    It should have never been a toll road in the 1st place.

  • Stringbean Jan 10, 12:10 p.m.

    Lol !!! ... look at the picture ! No one is on that road. You can drive over any of the over-passes and see how empty it is.

  • Not_So_Dumb Jan 10, 12:07 p.m.

    If this road ever gets used to capacity, most of the exits will be huge bottlenecks. They are all very slow and sharp, which will back up traffic onto the expressway. Very poor design.

  • admyank Jan 10, 11:07 a.m.

    What ever they have collected is severely lower than what their expectations are.

    Think of it like this - you have a toll road, and only 10 people per hour use it, and you need 250 people per hour to pay for it - then this was built as a SHAM.

    The pricing points for it is like $400 to go around the entire loop, versus twelve cents per mile.

    So who are they really trying to get to buy into this? I know their mentality - eventually people will get fed up with the traffic jam to pay $12 a day to drive to RTP.

    Not me. $12 plus the gas? It is a SHAM!

  • RAA0013 Jan 10, 10:09 a.m.

    Has anyone seen any reports if the tolls collected thus far match what the expectations for revenue collected should be? Every time I see the new 540 from nearby roads it is empty. I don't take it. Cost me over $2.00 to go less than 5 miles one day so I won't go back on it. I know the back roads so I can avoid it.

    As for the last off ramp - fix it! Just fix it. Forget more signs. Fix it!! Safety is more important than the ego of the designers or the minimum federal standards which are usually subpar on projects anyway.

  • EZeegoing Jan 10, 9:51 a.m.

    I agree signage is bad and often leading you in the wrong direction. Specifically coming from RTP headed to Holly Springs. Locals can figure it out but out of town guests get confused. Again, to much DOT mindset and not enough common sense real world application. Fix the darn signs.

  • piene2 Jan 10, 9:40 a.m.

    "Just because its built to Federal standards doesn't mean its safe. Sometimes you need a little common sense to go along with the standards.

    shutterbug"

    There needs to be a whole different set of standards for North Carolina drivers, most of whom could not qualify for even a learner's permit anywhere else in the country.

  • Pseudonym Jan 10, 9:37 a.m.

    Quote from Dan22: "It's as if they are using the cashless method of payment as a way to generate additional income rather than simply saving them the cost of running toll booth."

    Bingo!! They don't tell you how much you're about to pay until it's already too late and you can't get off the road to avoid paying it. You're committed to pay it.

    I think they're also trying to mask how much you're paying. Notice the prices they are charging as you pass through certain toll gantries: $.21, $1.44, $1.82, $.53, etc. Penny-divisible numbers, not whole dollar amounts, that are hard to keep track of as you're driving.

    This is why I'm saying that you people who drive on it are going to be shocked by the amount you're paying. And even more shocked by the amount you're not saving.

  • Pseudonym Jan 10, 9:21 a.m.

    From the article: "Jason Peterson, a project manager with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, said the exit is built to federal standards..."

    You're not going to convince anyone in DOT or the Turnpike Authority that their new baby is ugly.

  • Goalieman Jan 10, 9:16 a.m.

    Funny too how these quick turns are only on this end of the Toll road. Why couldn't they make them like all the other easy on/off ramps?

    Also, just to let people know that have NOT compared. The difference is approximately 2.5 miles shorter taking the Toll road vs Hwy 1 and Hwy 40. Also, if you take the Toll road twice a day from 55 to 40, it will cost you about $116 a month. I have heard the tolls are going up too!!

    With the rise in SSN tax, I can't afford the toll road. But, for those of you that do take the toll road, THANK YOU! Where it use to take me about an hour to get to work going down 1/40, I can do it in 25 minutes. So, it works out great for me!

  • dan22 Jan 10, 9:11 a.m.

    Signage is very poor throughout the Expressway. I have taken the toll road on two occasions... both times I was trying to take the _free_ exit off of 540 and the toll road has taken me out of my way. I now exist near the airport and drive down Aviation to avoid the area completely.

    Every other toll road I have used makes it incredibly clear you are about to pay money to use the road you are taking.

    It's as if they are using the cashless method of payment as a way to generate additional income rather than simply saving them the cost of running toll booths.

  • pooodaddy Jan 10, 8:56 a.m.

    The engineers that design the roads around here and the companies re-paving the current roads all need to be fired. Look at 440's nice little pave job...its worse than the old road was. 540 exit on to 40 was a complete failure with only one lane (finally fixed that). I could go on and on.

  • EZeegoing Jan 10, 8:48 a.m.

    Yes, it is poor planning to have sharp, unexpected turns coming off a high speed roadway. You think it is bad now, wait until we have a slick rain or worst yet - freezing rain or snow.

  • short Jan 10, 8:23 a.m.

    One thing I will say - even as construction was on-going and I would drive by anyone of the entrance/exit ramps for the new stretch of I540...I continually commented to my wife that most if not all appeared to be not merges - but actually required left and right turns. I would also add - its not as if DOT did not realize they had a problem with the harsh curves.....as in many of the exit ramps....along side the 'curbs' that direct traffic left or right - DOT left the orange cones in place. Thats a sure sign they too then realized they had a problem. Haven exited both on 55 and onto 64 from I540...these are not merges....it requires an actual turn.....

  • Road-wearier Jan 9, 7:50 p.m.

    The exits onto US 64 are also very sharp at the bottom of the ramp...it's very oddly designed. Also very poorly signed.

  • neverindoubt Jan 9, 7:48 p.m.

    Hwy 64 West on-ramp to 540 N is way too sharp too. You're on a hwy going 55mph, merging onto another 55+mph highway, you should not have to slow down to 20mph to get onto the ramp. Plenty of land, don't know why they did it like that.

  • SaveEnergyMan Jan 9, 7:42 p.m.

    It's a pretty road, but that turn onto 55 is very sharp and sudden (I took it before they started tolling too). Too bad they spent all of the money on the pretty bridges and landscaping rather than adequate on/off ramps.

  • offthegrid7165 Jan 9, 7:21 p.m.

    Hmmmm... you could get on of thos hitch mount storage racks, load up a cooler, and voila! Can't see the plate!

  • offthegrid7165 Jan 9, 7:20 p.m.

    I notice many bicycle racks on cars on that road...installed (mid-winter?) to block the tag so the toll cameras cannot read it. Mr William

    Good ol American enginuity for ya!

  • Mr William Jan 9, 6:00 p.m.

    I notice many bicycle racks on cars on that road...installed (mid-winter?) to block the tag so the toll cameras cannot read it.

  • ConservativeVoter Jan 9, 5:56 p.m.

    You would think they would do better since it's a toll road. They are expecting people to pay to drive this poorly designed highway.

  • BuzKiller Jan 9, 5:50 p.m.

    Sounds like she was going to too fast!!!

    “I didn't know where the road was going from there,” she said. “I slammed on my brakes and stopped.”

    If the road design doesn't cause an accident, this driver will!

  • corey3rd2 Jan 9, 5:09 p.m.

    So how much faster is your trip going to be when you have to wait for the EMTs? From the people who messed up 540 to 40 interchange.

  • Nancy Jan 9, 5:09 p.m.

    I took that before they started charging for it and I have to agree, it's the strangest exit I've ever taken and I've driven all over the US. It was unexpected and thankfully I was alone on that stretch when I encountered it. Just weird.

  • cendicott Jan 9, 4:58 p.m.

    In my opinion, the intersection of 540 and 64 is one of the worst interchanges ever designed. 64 west merging onto 540 north is terrible and the whole 540, 64, and Kelly road debacle is dangerous with unnecessarily sharp curves, extremely short or non-existent merge lanes, and lots of oncoming traffic.

    And yes, T-man, the bump at 540 and 55 is nasty as well.

  • T-Man Jan 9, 4:48 p.m.

    TimeWillTell - you are exactly correct! The only reason I can come up with for the sharpness of the curves is the speed limit is higher on 540 than on 64, but only by 10 mph. The curve going to the "new" Kelly road bridge is absurdly sharp as well.

    I think the sharp bump you are talking about is the one where 540 crosses 55 (exit 69). I drive a car that sits low and has a stiff suspension and that bump jolts my car everyday!

  • sidecutter Jan 9, 4:45 p.m.

    When you get off 540 at 64 the turns are also short and sharp the ones off Kelly road are the same. There will be wrecks there. The design is very poor.

  • TimeWillTell Jan 9, 4:43 p.m.

    The southbound off ramp from the expressway onto US 64 is also very poorly laid out - very sharp curve at the bottom and a far too short acceleration/merge lane onto 64 west (which also serves as deceleration lane for westbound traffic exiting onto Kelly Road).

    Coupled with the sharp bumps one hits on one of the bridges on the new section... DOT still can't get it right.

  • shutterbug Jan 9, 4:42 p.m.

    Just because its built to Federal standards doesn't mean its safe. Sometimes you need a little common sense to go along with the standards.

  • hi_i_am_wade Jan 9, 4:39 p.m.

    Wait wait wait ... There are actually drivers on the "Triangle Expressway"? "No traffic, wide-open lanes. It's beautiful," she said. If you have to have advertisements to try and convince people to use the toll road you know that most people are choosing to skip it.

    I personally say they are the wise ones. Send a lesson to the state: We don't want tolls. Instead we want you to stop robbing the highway trust fund to pay for your waste.

  • robbincasino Jan 9, 4:38 p.m.

    I thought I was the only one who thought that the guys who designed the exit onto the 55 from the 540 must have been drinking when they did it! There is no way that a 90 degree turn is industry standard. You almost have to come to a complete stop to make the turn! So D.O.T please don't insult my intelligence or anyone elses for that matter and just fix the stupid thing before someone gets hurt.

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