RALEIGH, N.C. — The state's first toll road will not be built for about five years at the earliest, but the General Assembly and state transportation officials are already working to promote it.
To help sell the idea, the state has hired public relations veteran David Joyner to lead the North Carolina Turnpike Authority.
Legislators authorized three projects when the Turnpike Authority was created in 2002.
Local governments and chambers of commerce jumped at the idea as a way to get roads built faster without using traditional transportation dollars, such as vehicle and gas taxes and title fees.
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