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Final leg of Wake toll road to open Thursday

Posted December 17, 2012 3:18 p.m. EST
Updated December 17, 2012 3:21 p.m. EST

— The third and final leg of the Triangle Expressway toll road in western Wake County will open Thursday, officials said Monday, but tolls won't be collected on the 6-mile stretch until Jan. 2.

The new section runs from U.S. Highway 64 in Apex to the N.C. Highway 55 Bypass in Holly Springs. The toll gantries on the highway will be at Old U.S. Highway 1/Salem Street, U.S. 1 and the N.C. 55 Bypass.

The opening comes a year after the first section of the toll road, the Triangle Parkway, opened, connecting N.C. Highway 147 in Durham to N.C. Highway 540 in Wake County. The second section, which carried N.C. 540 to U.S. 64, opened in August.

Tolls are collected electronically. Drivers who have a transponder affixed to their windshields are debited from an account they have set up, while those without a transponder are billed through the mail after the system photographs their license plates.