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2/16/2018: Complete 540 Project Public Meetings to Take Place Next Week

Complete 540 Project Public Meetings to Take Place Next Week

Posted 2/16/2018 3:54:17 PM

Complete 540 Project Public Meetings to Take Place Next Week RALEIGH – The North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will hold public meetings next week to share information about the Complete 540 project and solicit public comment.  The project will extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to U.S. 64/U.S. 264 (I-495) in Knightdale, completing the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area. NCTA and NCDOT will provide information on the project, share the preliminary highway design and gather feedback from the public. The three public meetings and one hearing are scheduled at the following times and locations: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6 – 8 p.m. Holly Springs High School Cafeteria 5329 Cass Holt Road, Holly Springs Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6 – 8 p.m. Barwell Road Community Center - Gymnasium 5857 Barwell Park Drive, Raleigh Thursday, Feb. 22, Public Meeting: 4—6:30 p.m., Hearing: 7 p.m. Wake Tech Community College – Southern Wake Campus – Student Services Building L. Rooms 212/213/214 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh The public meetings will be open house style and citizens can stop by at any time. Verbal comments will be recorded at the meetings for inclusion in the public hearing record. The hearing on Thursday will include a formal presentation, followed by an opportunity for the public to provide verbal comments. Written comments can be submitted at the meetings, at the hearing, or immediately following these meetings. Information gathered in the public meetings and hearing will be used in developing final design plans for the project. All comments carry the same weight, regardless of how they are submitted. The project’s updated schedule and more information can be found on the Complete 540 website. ***NCDOT***
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1/16/2018: Complete 540 Project Schedule Updated

Complete 540 Project Schedule Updated

Posted 1/16/2018 2:08:32 PM

Complete 540 Project Schedule Updated Public meetings to be held in February RALEIGH – The North Carolina Turnpike Authority has updated the schedule for the Complete 540 project and set public meeting dates to share information about the project and solicit public comment.  The Complete 540 project will extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to U.S. 64/U.S. 264 (I-495) in Knightdale, completing the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area. “We worked hard to accelerate this schedule and with the recent release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, we are confident in getting this under construction more quickly,” said NCTA executive director Beau Memory. “With the latest schedule, we now anticipate extending the Triangle Expressway to I-40 about a year and a half sooner.” Next Steps NCTA and NCDOT will hold a series of public meetings in February to provide information on the project, share the preliminary design of the project and gather feedback from the public. The three public meetings and one hearing are scheduled at the following times and locations: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6 – 8 p.m.  Holly Springs High School Cafeteria 5329 Cass Holt Road, Holly Springs 27540 Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6 – 8 p.m. Barwell Road Community Center - Gymnasium 5857 Barwell Park Drive, Raleigh 27610 Thursday, Feb. 22, Public Meeting: 4—6:30 p.m., Hearing: 7 p.m. Wake Tech Community College – Southern Wake Campus – Student Services Building L. Rooms 212/213/214 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh 27603 The meetings will be open house style and citizens can stop by at any time. Verbal comments will be recorded at the meetings for inclusion in the public hearing record. The hearing will include a formal presentation, followed by an opportunity for the public to provide verbal comments. Written comments can be submitted at the meetings, at the hearing, or immediately following these meetings. Information gathered in the public meetings and hearing will be used in developing final design plans for the project. All comments carry the same weight, regardless of how they are submitted. The project’s updated schedule and more information can be found on the Complete 540 website. Background The Complete 540 schedule was accelerated after the Federal Highway Administration approved the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) in December. Originally, the Turnpike Authority had anticipated having the FEIS signed by the Federal Highway Administration in mid-2018. The document is available online and at locations across Wake County for public review and comment until Feb. 1. Comments received on the FEIS will be used to develop the Record of Decision, which is the final environmental document needed to move forward with the final design, permitting and construction. ***NCDOT***
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12/18/2017: Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins Jan. 1

Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins Jan. 1

Posted 12/18/2017 4:29:43 PM

Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins Jan. 1 RALEIGH – A slight increase in the toll rate for the Triangle Expressway will take effect Monday, Jan. 1, as required by the bond covenant created for the funding of the highway. In 2008, the N.C. Turnpike Authority Board adopted a schedule of annual toll rate increases based on the financing requirements of the Triangle Expressway project, which set an average 3.5 percent increase for 2018. For NC Quick Pass customers traveling the 17.4 miles on the Triangle Expressway between N.C. 147 at I-40 and the N.C. 55 Bypass, the cost will increase 12 cents to $3.25. For bill-by-mail customers, the cost will go up 16 cents to $4.97. Revenue raised through the tolling process is used to help pay off the bonds sold to fund the $1 billion highway, as well as overall maintenance including road repairs, signs, mowing and winter weather preparation and response. Plans and work are currently underway for upgrades to the Triangle Expressway. A new interchange at Morrisville Parkway in western Cary is being designed, and is scheduled to be built in time to open to traffic in late 2019. In August, NC Quick Pass started offering free NC Quick Pass transponders and 60 percent off NC Quick Pass E-ZPass compatible transponders ($7.40 + tax). Motorists who use a Quick Pass transponder on the Triangle Expressway have the largest coverage area of toll program interoperability in the nation. The NC Quick Pass is interoperable with toll roads and bridges that accept Florida’s Sun Pass and Georgia’s Peach Pass. The NC Quick Pass E-ZPass compatible transponder can also be used on dozens of toll highways and bridges across 15 additional mid-Atlantic, northeastern and midwestern states served by E-ZPass, including: Delaware; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Virginia; and West Virginia. For NC Quick Pass information, including payment and purchase options, call 1-877-7MY-PASS (1-877-769-7277) or visit the NC Quick Pass website.   ***NCDOT***
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9/19/2017: I-77 Express Lanes Contract Review Final Report Released

I-77 Express Lanes Contract Review Final Report Released

Posted 9/19/2017 6:06:58 PM

I-77 Express Lanes Contract Review Final Report Released RALEIGH – The North Carolina Turnpike Authority has released Mercator Advisors’ final report as part of the review of the I-77 Express Lanes contract. Rather than asking the public to re-read the entire report to find changes and additions, the report is presented as an addendum to the initial report. The Turnpike Authority has delivered the final report to Secretary Jim Trogdon. Open houses for the public to learn more and ask questions will take place in October before any next steps are determined. Residents provided feedback through NCDOT’s website and by email. Some comments submitted discussed a “complete and delete” policy option. A description of that option and others can be found on page 3 of the addendum. While the final report has been released, the department always welcomes public feedback, which can be submitted through this website. Based on the Turnpike Authority’s experience with tolling, large financial transactions and no prior involvement in the procurement and execution in the I-77 Express Lanes contract, Secretary Trogdon tasked the authority with the selection of a consultant to conduct a thorough review of all aspects of the contract.  NCTA is facilitating the review and supporting Mercator's data and logistical needs. ***NCDOT***
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8/31/2017: Lane Closures Scheduled Next Week on Triangle Expressway

Lane Closures Scheduled Next Week on Triangle Expressway

Posted 8/31/2017 3:40:34 PM

Lane Closures Scheduled Next Week on Triangle Expressway RALEIGH – A series of closures are scheduled next week on the Triangle Expressway. All closures are related to toll system maintenance. Drivers are urged to slow down and pay extra attention when approaching any of these work zones, which will have warning signs along the highway in advance of the locations. Tuesday, September 5 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Left shoulder and travel lane closures on N.C. 540 North off-ramp to S. Salem St. (Exit 57) 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Left shoulder and travel lane closures on N.C. 540 South on-ramp from S. Salem St. 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.: Right shoulder closure on N.C. 540 South on-ramp from S. Salem St. Wednesday, September 6 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.: Right shoulder closure on N.C. 540 North off-ramp to S. Salem St. (Exit 57) 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.: Left shoulder and two travel lanes closures on N.C. 540 South near Exit 57 (S. Salem St) Thursday, September 7 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Right shoulder and travel lane closures on N.C. 540 South near Exit 57 (S. Salem St) 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.: Left shoulder and left two travel lanes closures on N.C. 540 South near Exit 54 (N.C. 55 Bypass) Friday, September 8 4 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Two right shoulders and travel lane closures on N.C. 540 South near Exit 54 (N.C. 55 Bypass) For real-time travel information, visit DriveNC.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.   ***NCDOT***
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