Toll-testing continues on N.C. 540

Posted August 6, 2010

— The North Carolina Turnpike Authority has been testing technology that will be used to charge motorists driving on the state's first toll road.

The cashless system involves two options for drivers – one called N.C. Quick Pass, which uses a vehicle transponder and infrared technology, and another that uses video cameras to capture license plate numbers.

Tolls are still undetermined, but drivers will likely be charged anywhere from 12 to 15 cents per mile, or higher, depending on which option they choose.

In May, the Turnpike Authority announced it would be testing four traffic cameras at different spots along the interstate for the purpose of configuring the cameras to accurately identify license plate numbers.

The testing is expected to continue until the three-part, 18.8-mile toll road, called the Triangle Expressway, opens in late 2011.

Once the road is open to traffic, permanent cameras will capture license plate numbers for billing purposes.

When complete in 2012, the Triangle Expressway will stretch from the N.C. 55 Bypass near Holly Springs to Interstate 40 at N.C. 147 in Wake and Durham counties.

The first section – N.C. 540 between N.C. Highway 54 in Morrisville and N.C. Highway 55 near Research Triangle Park – opened two years ago and is called the Northern Wake Expressway. Driver have been using it toll-free since it opened

The second section, a 3.4-mile stretch called the Triangle Parkway, will open next year and run from N.C. Highway 147 in Durham to N.C. 540 in Morrisville.

The 12.6-mile Western Wake Freeway, the third part of the Triangle Expressway, is expected to be complete in 2012 and will run from N.C. 55 in Cary to N.C. 55 in Holly Springs.


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  • citmyway Aug 16, 2010

    can someone please justify the completion to HWY 64 bypass and not to Highway 55 initially? Oh yeah, North Raleigh has Raleigh in it's name. I will NEVER pay to ride on this road.

  • MakoII Aug 9, 2010

    Sorry, West Raleigh, not East. North and East Free. West and South, Toll.

  • superman Aug 9, 2010

    The state wants toll roads and giving away free boat rides?

  • MakoII Aug 9, 2010


    The problem isn't tolls pe se. The problem is UNEQUAL tolls.

    Why is East 540 a Toll, but all of North 540 free?

    I'm saying make the toll EQUAL or make it NONE!

    Why are WE paying for Billions of cars to go through our state on I95 and I85 etc untolled, but we'll just select East Raleigh people to pay for that section of toll only?

    But we pay taxes for the North 540 and all the out-of-state travelers to ride free?!?

  • tperciac Aug 9, 2010

    Everyone wants everything for free. We don't want our taxes raised for new roads (with raising government deficits with people getting free money for not working) yet scream and holler with tolls. How about we all volunteer our time and build the roads ourselves?

  • ncguy Aug 9, 2010

    Time for a reflective plate cover..

    once again the middle class takes another financial shot.

    Thanks goober ment.

  • MakoII Aug 9, 2010

    They're already lying to you. They said initially it would cost 2 bucks to go the length. Do the math, 12 to 15 cents for 18.8 miles exceeds 2 bucks. Tolls NEVER go down.

    Unless 540 is ALL toll, I'll never use it. Why should North Raleigh people, who are the richest in the county get free 540 travel, but I'd have to pay 5 bucks a day?

    No way!

  • ConcernedNCC Aug 9, 2010

    Sounds like the only people that can use it will have to sign up for it.

  • NCPictures Aug 6, 2010

    Test away! You will never see me on that road if you charge a toll! And how much money are you spending testing????