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Turnpike Authority awards contracts for state toll road

Posted July 29, 2009
Updated July 30, 2009

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— The North Carolina Turnpike Authority has awarded contracts to build the state's first toll road, the organization said Wednesday, and ground on the remaining sections of the project will break next month.

“This begins a new era for funding transportation projects in North Carolina,” said David Joyner, the Turnpike Authority's executive director. "We are excited about bringing this project to the citizens of our state decades sooner than otherwise possible using conventional funds.”

Preparation for construction will begin immediately, and construction will begin next month.

The Turnpike Authority received a $386 million federal loan earlier this month and sold $624 million in bonds to finance the 18.8-mile Triangle Expressway, which runs from the N.C. Highway 55 Bypass in Holly Springs to Interstate 40 at N.C. Highway 147.

Construction on the two remaining sections of the three-part Triangle Expressway, which will use an electronic, no-stop, cashless toll system, could be complete as early as 2012.

The 3.4-mile Triangle Parkway, which runs from N.C. 147 in Durham to N.C. Highway 540 in Morrisville, could open as early as 2011. S. T. Wooten Corp., of Wilson, bid $135.4 million for the project.

The Raleigh/Durham Road Builders bid more than $446 million for the Western Wake Freeway, which runs 12.6 miles from N.C. Highway 55 near Research Triangle Park to N.C. 55 between Holly Springs and Apex. It could open by 2012.

The Northern Wake Expressway is already open. It stretches 2.8 miles from N.C. Highway 54 in Morrisville to N.C. 55 near the Research Triangle Park.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 7, 2009

    Drivers will boycott the toll roads and the state will have to raise taxes to pay off the bonds.

    Either way, the state is going to get it's money from us.

  • ncman Jul 31, 2009

    And, of course, North Carolina will become the 1st state in the last 50 years to remove tolls once the bonds are paid off ... you believe me, right?
    hpr641

    Virginia used to have tolls on I-95 and I-85 but they are now gone. Hopefully te same will happen here.

  • beachboater Jul 30, 2009

    "The Raleigh/Durham Road Builders bid more than $446 million for the Western Wake Freeway, which runs 12.6 miles from N.C. Highway 55 near Research Triangle Park to N.C. 55 between Holly Springs and Apex. It could open by 2012."

    That's incredible. $35,396,825 per mile. That's $35 MILLION dollars per MILE.

  • lkanzig Jul 29, 2009

    the reason for such a high cost per mile is so that when they miess it up the first time, they already have their money to fix it.

  • Bob Sidel Jul 29, 2009

    What happened with the 'no tolls on 540' campaign? A big waste of time and effort, you could have done something more positive to benefit society but you wasted your time fighting the inevitable.

  • chfdcpt Jul 29, 2009

    If the DOT Highway Fund had not been looted by Jim Hunt during 4 terms, and Easley for 2; there would have been money to build the darn project.

  • Fuquayone Jul 29, 2009

    Notice they had to include the 'new' already built section which was already paid for by tax payers; otherwise too many people would exit at 55 and head into western wake. That is why they relabeled it with different signs than the main part of 540. It is pathetic, but I am sure I will pay the toll.

  • Nothing New Jul 29, 2009

    When to they Toll the existing part of 540, why should part of it be toll and the remainder free of Toll?

  • imtiredofit Jul 29, 2009

    This highway will be like the movie Field of Dreams, if you build it they won't drive it. What a waste of money building this toll road that few will use.

  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Jul 29, 2009

    Lets call it the Obama Freedom Parkway. This is his plans to add jobs and create jobs as well as take money from the tax payers. I guess no one could see the plan he really had. Tolls are great.... You either use them cause you want to pay or your dont and sit in traffic. Outstanding idea... keep it rolling boys....

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