State seeks input on extending Wake County toll road

Posted September 9, 2010

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— The North Carolina Turnpike Authority will hold three public meetings this month to gather public input on extending the Triangle Expressway from Holly Springs to Knightdale.

The $1 billion Triangle Expressway will stretch almost 19 miles, from the intersection of the Durham Freeway and Interstate 40 to N.C. Highway 55 in Holly Springs. Construction began last summer and is expected to last two to three years.

The Turnpike Authority is already considering a "southeast extension" to the toll road, which would extend the highway to the U.S. Highway 64/264 Bypass in Knightdale, where it would connect to Interstate 540 and complete a loop around much of Wake County.

More tolls on I-540? Wake Tech students don't want toll road

Several possible corridors for the highway are already under consideration, officials said, and the project would include improvements to several existing roads.

One interchange of the extended highway would likely be located near Wake Technical Community College on U.S. Highway 401 south of Raleigh, but Wake Tech students aren't eager to use a toll road to escape rush-hour traffic.

"I would say no toll. I'd say have it an open road for everybody," student Olivia Cranford said Thursday. "I don't really think that's fair, having to pay to come to school just to use that one road. That would be really inconvenient."

"A toll road? I would hate that very much," student Faith Park said.

"If it wasn't a toll road, I would take it," student Amelia Partin said.

The Turnpike Authority meetings will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Wake Tech Student Services Building, from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at Holly Springs High School and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Barwell Road Community Center.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 10, 2010

    If they toll the free part of I-540, they have to pay back all of the millions that the Federal government spent on I-540. Not going to happen.

  • seaduckin Sep 10, 2010

    If anyone using 540 has to pay tolls, then everyone using 540 should pay tolls! Lets put toll booths on 540 near the airport and Capital Blvd and begin collecting now. We, as taxpayers, already paid for that section!

  • shortcake53 Sep 10, 2010

    I have been driving on Raleigh roads long before these highways were even here. I will continue to use those roads, and skip the tolls completely. I got along fine without them before,and wont miss them now.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 10, 2010

    What's frustrating is that they take the gas taxes that we pay in Wake County to fund four lane highways to nowhere down east and in rural counties in other parts of the state, while telling Wake County that the only way to get better roads is through tolls.

    There are a lot of wasted highways down east. US-64 east of Rocky Mount to east of Tarboro is Interstate quality with almost no traffic. I-795 between Wilson and Goldsboro is the same way. There are several other four lane rural highways in North Carolina that didn't need to be built or widened based on traffic volumes.

  • common_sense_plz Sep 10, 2010

    Why Toll roads? NC is ranked 4th in the country for highest gas taxes. If I remember correctly we pay more than $0.30 per gallon not fill up, but PER gallon in taxes. if the State would manage our money better there would be no need for toll roads.

    My husband has had the opportinuity to attend many Legastive voting sessions, and has said that we would actually be suprised at our Representatives who do nothing but eat and drink coffee during sessions and voting time, only to come out to vote when it affects thier county, or a bill that they are pushing through due to thier lobbiest.

  • working for deadbeats Sep 9, 2010

    How about a toll at the state line to grab the dimes of all those disney worlder's? Nah...screw all the residents as usual.

  • Ladybug Sep 9, 2010

    If you're going to make some portions of 540 a Toll Rd., then all of 540 should be a Toll Rd. It's not fair to punish certain parts of the county that use 540. Personally, I do not use any part of 540 and if I was in the area to be part of the Toll, I'd find another route to wherever I was going.

    Make all of 540 a Toll Rd. A lot of visitors to the Raleigh and surrounding areas use and will use 540.

  • com_mon_sents Sep 9, 2010

    I knew this was coming...extending the toll road!!