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Additional tolling to begin next month on Triangle Expressway

Posted March 14, 2012
Updated July 13, 2012

— If you're driving on any part of the Triangle Expressway, beginning next month, prepare to pay.

The state is planning to open on Aug. 1 an additional 6-mile stretch of N.C. Highway 540, called the Western Wake Freeway, which runs from N.C. Highway 55 in Cary to U.S. Highway 64 in Apex.

Beginning Aug. 2, that will be tolled, along with the Northern Wake Expressway – an existing 2-mile stretch of N.C. 540 between N.C. Highway 54 and N.C. 55 in Wake County. Right now, it is free to ride.

Currently, only the 3.5-mile Triangle Parkway is tolled. It links Interstate 40 and N.C. Highway 147 in Durham County to N.C. 540 in Wake County.

Toll rates will range from 30 cents to $5, depending on the distance traveled, type of vehicle and method of tolling.

Drivers will pay an average of 15 cents per mile, according to the North Carolina Turnpike Authority.

Motorists can pay the tolls in two ways: automatically through an N.C. Quick Pass transponder placed on a vehicle's windshield or by mail after an overhead camera captures a vehicle's license plate.

The transponder is linked to a credit card or a pre-paid account, and drivers receive a monthly statement, as well as a 35 percent savings. With the alternative method, the vehicle's owner receives a monthly bill.

Triangle Parkway, toll road, Triangle Expressway, Western Wake Freeway Additional tolling to begin next month on Triangle Expressway

Patty Baker already has her N.C. Quick Pass on her car's windshield.

"I don't think anyone's happy with paying, but (the toll road) will get you where you want to go a lot quicker," she said.

"I'm very excited about it," driver Kent Shackleford said. "It'll help the congestion."

"I'll use it," said Doug Romick, who battles rush hour every day on N.C. 55. "I've already got my toll pass coming to put on the car, so I'm ready."

Construction continues on the final 8.4 miles of the Western Wake Freeway, from U.S. 64 in Apex to the N.C. 55 Bypass in Holly Springs, and that section is on course to open in January.

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  • jakej. Jul 13, 7:25 p.m.

    I for one, will do everything to avoid the toll road. Theft of hwy road tax money is the blame. i blame the past governor for stealing the money from the hwy trust fund.. NC has one of the highest gas tax along the east coast. I don't think the new Governor will be any better especially if it's PAT.

    We should all try to AVOID the toll roads. this is the only way to protest this theft of money.

  • corey3rd Jul 13, 6:25 p.m.

    Live near where you work. It's the only way you can save on gas, tolls and headaches of traffic.

  • ldestefano63 Jul 13, 6:25 p.m.

    I don't understand why I need to pay another road tax on a road i already pay taxes on. Oh ya we're in NC !!

  • whatelseisnew Jul 13, 6:23 p.m.

    ""I find it highly amusing that so many people whine like spoiled children about the rotten condition of our infrastructure but whine even louder over paying a few measly bucks in taxes to fix it."
    "

    Yep a few measly bucks. That is all the State takes. Tell me, what activity is it that you can do that is not taxed? I ask that question assuming you are either employed or self-employed and are not one of the beggar class that pays for nothing.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 13, 6:21 p.m.

    What a shame. I want my money back that was taken from me when I filled up my vehicles with fuel. These theives stole year after year from the highway trust fund. The idea of any toll road is unbelievable. But once you become a thief, stealing money over and over again is a hard habit to break.

  • westernwake1 Jul 13, 6:19 p.m.

    The rip-off of the drivers in the Triangle starts in a few mere days.

    Where does all of our gasoline taxes go in North Carolina? Wake County residents only get 30 cents in roads back for each dollar they pay in gas taxes. Absurd!

  • ladyblue Jul 13, 5:08 p.m.

    I will give those people the secret of success. Get some education, save instead of spending every penny, paycheck to paycheck and live within your means. It is all so very simple. piene2"

    your replies on here are pathetic. It matters not how successful or much money one has or makes. if they have any common sense at all, they still don't want to be overcharged for services..

  • ladyblue Jul 13, 5:04 p.m.

    "I don't think anyone's happy with paying, but (the toll road) will get you where you want to go a lot quicker," she said.

    seems to me when they build the original roads they should think ahead at traffic congestion for the furture instead of building it for estimation of traffic for a few years. As people divert from this road i'm sure it will cause more congestion on the other roads not tolled. So people are taxed in every way possible in NC to build the roads then taxes raise to take care of the road and charged again to use the road. Go nc. tax away..

  • Bendal1 Jul 13, 5:03 p.m.

    A few weeks ago one of the NCToll Authority officers came by our office and boasted that the NC 540 toll road was already carrying 300,000 cars a month.

    Except, I-40 between Durham and Raleigh carries that much traffic in three days. Averaged out, NC 540 was only carrying about 10,000 vehicles a day, not even enough traffic to justify two lanes!

  • joeblink Mar 16, 3:11 p.m.

    Wonder how long it will take them to start losing money when they toll I-95? I suggest we take the young female engineer who blew the whistle on the defective work on I-795 a few months back and put her in charge of DOT. She seems to be one of the few who knows what she's doing and isn't afraid of the big, Raleigh-centered power brokers.

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