N.C.'s toll road construction will mean thousands of jobs

Posted July 30, 2009

— The state's first toll road could help pave the way to economic recovery.

The North Carolina Turnpike Authority said Thursday that it estimates that construction on the 18.8-mile Triangle Expressway will support about 13,800 jobs over the next three years.

Planning and surveying work are already under way, and construction is expected to begin in mid-August on the two remaining stretches of the three-part highway.

Funding for the $1 billion project was secured through a $386 million federal loan and $624 million in bonds.

For Wilson-based S.T. Wooten Corp., which was awarded a $135.4 million contract to build the Triangle Parkway, that means rehiring former employees. The company has had to lay off approximately 200 people because of the economy.

"We will bring a lot of our own people back to work, first. Some have been out as long as a year," said Jonathan Bivens, S.T. Wooten's vice president. "Then, we'll make the determination of how many more we need to hire."

The company has hired the firm RK&K to do design work on the project. Subcontractor Tommy Peacock said that in the current economy, maintaining jobs is as important as creating them.

"(The toll road project) is going to have a big impact on our people and our staff," subcontractor Peacock said. "It's going to keep a lot of people busy for the next couple of years.

"We have about 50 people in our Raleigh office," he added. "Most everybody will be involved in the design of this project."

The Triangle Parkway, runs from N.C. Highway 147 in Durham to N.C. Highway 540 in Morrisville, and could open as early as 2011.

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, could open by 2012. The Raleigh/Durham Road Builders bid more than $446 million for the project.

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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  • lkanzig Jul 31, 2009

    seriously that many jobs?
    what a load of bs!
    only way any company in nc gets these jobs will be a fluke but my money is that the companies gave a kickback to get contracts!

  • donnied1952 Jul 31, 2009

    how about "ALAMO", can I sat that liberal wral, we will call it the "NC ALAMO TOLLWAY", built by professionals.....LOL

  • Professor Jul 31, 2009

    I just want ALL employees to be LEGAL USA RESIDENTS!

    Hello. I agree completely with you.

  • donnied1952 Jul 31, 2009

    That is what we must make priority and worry about the most. We must understand how fortunate we are and make the illegals priority.

  • lkanzig Jul 31, 2009

    i think everyone needs to get off this "the illegals are a drain on nc" kick!
    the biggest problem with nc is mismanagement! if nc was a public company NONE of them would be working! nc politics does not include common sense and deffinately no morals!
    and im talking both republicans and democrats!

  • rednek Jul 31, 2009

    I do not care if it employs lots of professional people, I just want ALL employees to be LEGAL USA RESIDENTS!

  • Professor Jul 31, 2009

    It it will bring some jobs, then I will certainly be interested.

  • lkanzig Jul 31, 2009

    gee just what we need is more roads!

  • mep Jul 31, 2009

    13,800 jobs seems a bit steep... but the real concern is HOW MANY OF THEM ARE LEAGAL US CITIZENS, and to a lesser extent, how many are actual NC residents? Either one, and the bulk of the funds leaves our state. But hey, the tolls will be a great way for our State officials to keep on spending money.

  • jeffdewitt Jul 31, 2009

    Speedy, I think someone caught that and they are changing the name to Western Wake Parkway.

    We need the roads and the Legislature has wasted the highway money that should going to build them. If you really object to paying for these roads don't drive on them... at least we have a choice, unlike say Bostons Big Dig or those piers.

    I'm the last person who is going to try to claim something isn't a tax when it really is (any mandatory fees the government charges are taxes no matter what they claim), but that toll isn't a tax... don't use the roads and you won't have to pay it.