Turnpike Authority eliminates routes for N.C. 540 extension

Posted November 6, 2010
Updated November 17, 2010

— The North Carolina Turnpike Authority announced this week that it is eliminating three routes being studied as possible extensions to the state’s first toll road.

The N.C. 540 Southeast Extension would connect to and complete the Triangle Expressway, which is under construction in Wake and Durham counties.

The routes, referred to as the Blue, Purple and Yellow corridors, are being eliminated because of high impacts to neighborhoods, community resources and the environment, the Turnpike Authority said.

The Turnpike Authority is still considering five other routes, including a new one between Interstate 40 and Knightdale (the Tan Corridor) and another (the Red Corridor) in Garner, which town officials say would have an adverse effect on 13 neighborhoods as well as the town’s primary industrial recruitment area.

They will be studied further in the coming months, and the Turnpike Authority says more routes could be eliminated.

Public input was also a factor in the decision to eliminate the routes. The Turnpike Authority received more than 2,000 individual comments, as well as numerous petitions and local government resolutions during a public comment period.


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  • silverflash Nov 18, 9:58 a.m.

    There is NO way this toll road will go unused. Those who think that are living in a dream world. the route will save at least 15 minutes on a commute to rtp from holly springs. At least! Now with traffic etc it is 45 minutes on a good day. With toll, maybe 20 minutes???? How much is 40 minutes a day in your time worth?? I'd pay 3.00 for it.

    looking forward to the opening!!

  • Shamrock Nov 18, 9:29 a.m.

    "the state is going to raise taxes 20+% next year anyway thanks to the person you elected as your leader. enjoy that raping of your wallet won't you." waiting

    Wrong story once again.

  • Peace Love and Cold Meds Nov 18, 9:06 a.m.

    the state is going to raise taxes 20+% next year anyway thanks to the person you elected as your leader. enjoy that raping of your wallet won't you.

  • cybergump Nov 17, 2:00 p.m.

    Why in the world would they even consider running a route north of Lake Benson in Garner when they need to loop completely south and east of the town. They then need to complete the circle east of Clayton and back over to Knightdale. And a toll road? Really? More will avoid it and the state will have to raise taxes to pay for it regardless.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 8, 6:05 p.m.

    The toll road will go unused and then the state will raise taxes to pay off the debt.