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Toll road credited for Holly Springs construction boom

Posted October 4, 2012

— John Golden moved to Holly Springs form Colorado nearly three years ago. In that time, he says he's seen quite a bit of growth in the area.

Some area leaders credit the new N.C. Highway 540 toll road with driving economic development in Holly Springs, as well as the rest of southwest Wake County.

Housing developments are springing up. Shopping centers are under construction, and much of the development is within a few miles of the toll road.

"This is a blessing," Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears said Thursday. "It gives people accessibility to getting to the airport a lot faster, getting to RTP a lot faster."

The first section of the state's first toll road through Research Triangle Park opened late last year. Traffic started moving on the second phase along N.C. Highway 55, near Morrisville to Apex, in August. The final section, from U.S. 64 to N.C. 55 Bypass in Holly Springs, is on course to open in January.

New building permits are on the rise in southwest Wake. Compared to the same time last year, Holly Springs has seen a 55 percent increase in the number of permits issued. Fuquay-Varina has seen a 44 percent increase, and Apex reports a 38 percent increase in building permits.

The Brier Creek area in north Raleigh exploded with Interstate 540 in the late 1990s. Subdivisions everywhere are anchored by the shopping center.

Sears says he sees the same potential for Holly Springs.

Golden says he is looking forward to it.

"It'll be convenient," he said. "A lot of eating areas – that's one thing we don't have here in Holly Springs, a lot of good sit-down restaurants."

Sears says the town has taken steps to help ease potential traffic congestion as a result of the toll road.

"We've widened our roads, repaved our roads. We've done a lot of different things to help with the traffic issue. I can't think of another negative," Sears said.

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  • AtALost Oct 5, 11:20 a.m.

    forgot to include the link for the toll prices https://www.myncquickpass.com/en/about/expressway_toll_guide.pdf

  • AtALost Oct 5, 11:19 a.m.

    Also, why just that segment of the 540? Why arent the northern resident paying for their segment? Those of us in southern Wake paid for that part of the highway. Something is rotten in Denmark.....

    Southern wake hasn't been paying nearly as long as northern wake. Many of the subdivisions now in Apex, Fuquay and Holly Springs didn't exist 20 years ago.

  • AtALost Oct 5, 11:15 a.m.

    Tolls have increased on the Triangle Expressway!!! I was shocked to find that they quietly raised the prices on August 1. I don't have to drive on 40 during rush hour but there are occasions when I do. If the merge from 147 to 40E is backed up, I figure the toll price is no more than I'd waste in gas idling plus it saves time. I was even considering a transponder since I love a sale. But I don't see how I missed news of the rate increase unless there wasn't any!!! Even the DOT call center guy didn't know about the rate increase until I kept pushing him to explain how the same trip was more expensive the last time. It's just like taxes, insurance, etc. where they squeeze more out of those still paying. Well the toll road is one item I can prevent and will make a greater effort to do so. Not cool DOT!!!

  • justtryingtosurvive Oct 5, 11:12 a.m.

    It is not the "toll" road that has lead to the boom, it is the road, which happens to be tolled by the state, that is driving development. Semantics, but relevant! If it was a non-toll road, it would be even better.

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 5, 10:23 a.m.

    "Some area leaders credit the new N.C. Highway 540 toll road with driving economic development in Holly Springs" - article


    Well, either those "leaders" are Johnny come latelys, or ignorant, because Holly Springs has been in a contruction boom since the middle to late 1990s.

  • torchhappysean Oct 5, 9:57 a.m.

    It is sad we have toll roads in this state....immaannoid...Yes it is... Especially since we have the highest gas tax on the whole east coast that is supposedly to fund our roadways... I can help but wonder where all that money REALLY goes because it cant be towards our roads!!!

  • NCPictures Oct 5, 9:56 a.m.

    "Despite what "whatelseisnew" wants to believe, the new section of 540 was not already paid for. We had a choice, no toll and built that section in 2020 or have a toll and build it now."
    ---jcthai

    I see you just skipped over the fact that the money was in the fund, but was "re-appropriated". In other words raided. Also, why just that segment of the 540? Why arent the northern resident paying for their segment? Those of us in southern Wake paid for that part of the highway. Something is rotten in Denmark.....

  • torchhappysean Oct 5, 9:54 a.m.

    "One of the biggest problems in North Carolina is the spider web of paved cow paths that we laughingly call a highway system. If the state ever to grow and attract large manufacturing businesses, it there needs to be major highway construction. Toll roads are the best way to help pay for that needed highway construction."..piene2...
    Spoken like a true northerer who loves to overpay for everything... If you don't like our "cowpaths" why do you continue to stay?? I would be more than happy to lead you back to I-95 and get you pointed North....

  • ldestefano63 Oct 5, 9:53 a.m.

    I moved to Holly Springs 8 years ago because I wanted the small town atmosphere - The traffic is crazy and I'm not a fan of Mayor Dick - lots of BS and can't figure out his thought of 2 of everything a 1/2 mile from the 1st one. If I could sell my house I'd again go somewhere smaller and quieter - some people like that

  • jcthai Oct 5, 9:24 a.m.

    Despite what "whatelseisnew" wants to believe, the new section of 540 was not already paid for. We had a choice, no toll and built that section in 2020 or have a toll and build it now.

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