Time Running Out to Voice Opinion on Proposed I-540 Toll Road

Posted March 8, 2007

— Time is running out to voice your opinion on a proposed toll road on Interstate 540.

State officials said the only way to pay to extend I-540 from I-40 to Highway 55 is to charge drivers a $2 toll.

Officials also said the 18-mile extension of I-540 will cost $800 million.

Those interested have until Monday to provide input on the plan to the North Carolina Turnpike Authority. 


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  • plightfoot Mar 15, 2007

    This is the worst thing you can do, that is a poor county anyway and you just keep taxing them any way you can. If you put a toll down there then put one on all of 540.

  • one of the little people Mar 15, 2007

    I agree with slugolicious on a previous post as to a NC Education Lottery, we should start a NC Transportation Lottery or vote in some more school/road bonds.

    I have been living in Raleigh for 46 years after coming here as a teenager. I know NC DOT has been talking about and working towards HWY 540 for over 30 of those years yet they continue to allow construction in the proposed pathways. Where has all the money gone? in the pockets of the politicians who can LEGALLY vote themselves a raise. Hey, maybe I can do that where I work, go into payroll and tell them I voted myself a raise of say $40 grand a year. Do you think that would fly. They would tell me to fly straight to "you know where".

    ALL POLITICAL. !!!!!!!!! NO TOLLS!!!!!!!!!! Get the money from THEIR pockets...

  • GGP Mar 14, 2007

    I'm for the toll--toll the whole road of course!

  • barbhraleigh Mar 14, 2007

    Are they considering putting toll booths on the part that's already finished? I think the people who drive on the part that's open and cost too much should pay their fair share. They can easily add toll booths to the entrance or exit ramps.

  • Nobody but Carolina Mar 12, 2007

    I disagree with the tolls as well. It's not to get the road built that tolls are wanted by politicians, but to get it built faster.

    As far as which side of 540 got built first, I honestly don't know for sure, but I assume it may have to do, in part anyway, with where most of the people who work in RTP live which may be North Raleigh.

  • go getter Mar 11, 2007

    I am not for it. I think that if we must have a toll road, them they need to toll the whole road (that includes the part that is now open). It is not right that only the people from the southern area are to foot the whole bill. You can't tell me that people from the northern area are not going to be using the southern section when it opens.

  • go getter Mar 11, 2007

    not for

  • conservativemom Mar 9, 2007

    I agree that everyone using 540 should pay the toll, north and south. People should not be penalized for living in one area over another.

  • LTL Mar 9, 2007

    Keep Mike from robbing the Trustfund and get rid of the Turnpike Authority and use the 4Mil. on the roads

  • turnpike420 Mar 9, 2007

    I totally agree with mass transit, rail systems, etc. Unfortunately we have a slow, behind the pace TTA group who can't submit things to the Feds for their portion of the funding hoped for to what was a poorly conceived Regional Rail project in the first place.

    but that is another issue... NO TOLLS ON 540!!! we are grassroots, help us spread the word and let the public be informed!!