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3/6/2014: NCDOT Names NC Turnpike Authority Executive Director

NCDOT Names NC Turnpike Authority Executive Director

Posted 3/6/2014 9:43:55 AM

Raleigh - As part of continued efforts to increase operational efficiency and better serve customers, NCDOT has named Clayton Somers as the new Executive Director of the North Carolina Turnpike Authority. Somers has a strong and diverse leadership background in business and law.  His proven experience in administrative operations including policy, human resources, and legal, will help drive the strategic and innovative funding options of NCTA to help address increasing congestion issues and funding challenges. Somers currently serves as General Counsel for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association and oversees all operational functions including legal, human resources, insurance, real estate, and compliance with governmental regulations. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Vice President of Human Resources, and General Counsel for Wasserman Media Group. He is a member of the bar associations of North Carolina, California, and New York. In December, NCDOT named a new Director of Operations and New Director of Customer Service for the Turnpike Authority. As Executive Director, Somers completes the leadership team that will strengthen NCTA’s overall efforts. Somers begins his new role on March 10. *** NCDOT ***      
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11/26/2013: Required Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins January 1

Required Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins January 1

Posted 11/26/2013 5:03:05 PM

RALEIGH – A slight increase in the toll rate for the Triangle Expressway will take effect Jan. 1, 2014, as required by bond covenant. The NC Turnpike Authority Board adopted a schedule of annual toll rate increases based on the bond covenant in the financing requirements of the Triangle Expressway project.   The average increase will be $0.13 one-way for NC Quick Pass Customers and $0.18 for bill-by-mail customers traveling from N.C. 147 at I-40 to the N.C. 55 Bypass.   In June 2013, the Board passed a resolution to delay beginning the tolling in July 2013 and advance scheduled increases in order to synchronize toll rate adjustments across all phases of the Expressway.   Traffic and revenue on the Triangle Expressway continues to surpass the numbers that were projected in the 2009 Traffic and Revenue Study. In addition, there are steady gains in toll transactions per month, with more than 2 million in September.   New partnerships now make it easier for NC Quick Pass customers to travel throughout the eastern United States. Quick Pass transponders are now compatible with 16 E-ZPass and 5 SunPass agencies, allowing drivers with a NC Quick Pass to use it in 15 states. It is the largest interoperability footprint in the nation.   For more information on NC Quick Pass, please visit the website at www.ncquickpass.com.   ***NCDOT***
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8/3/2012: Section of Old Smithfield Road to be Temporarily Closed in Wake County

Section of Old Smithfield Road to be Temporarily Closed in Wake County

Posted 8/3/2012 8:58:12 AM

RALEIGH – Old Smithfield Road between N.C. 55 Bypass and N.C. 55 Business in Holly Springs will be temporarily closed for approximately two months beginning Monday, Aug. 6, weather permitting. The closure is necessary for crews to widen the road to three lanes, install a new drainage system, curb and gutter. Residential traffic will have access, however motorists are encouraged to use N.C. 55 Bypass and N.C. 55 Business as a detour route. This work is part of the Triangle Expressway project and will take place within the NCDOT right-of-way.   Any disruptions to utility service or access will be scheduled with notification to those affected. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For information about the Western Wake Freeway project -- a section of the Triangle Expressway, North Carolina's first modern toll road-- visit www.ncturnpike.org/projects/Triangle_Expressway. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.   ***NCDOT***
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7/30/2012: Nighttime Concrete Paving this Week on N.C. 540 in Wake County

Nighttime Concrete Paving this Week on N.C. 540 in Wake County

Posted 7/30/2012 4:31:27 PM

RALEIGH — Nighttime paving will continue on the unopened section of N.C. 540 from U.S. 64 to Apex Barbeque Road beginning tonight, Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 4 at 6 a.m., weather permitting.   The high daytime temperatures require this concrete work be completed at night to ensure quality pavement. The neighborhoods of Scotts Mill, Kelly Glen and Ashley Downs could hear noise during construction. For information about the Western Wake Freeway project -- a section of the Triangle Expressway, North Carolina's first modern toll road-- visit www.westernwakeinfo.com.   Updated travel information is available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android, and some newer Blackberry phones.   *** NCDOT ***
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7/25/2012: Old U.S. 1 in Apex Re-opens Tomorrow

Old U.S. 1 in Apex Re-opens Tomorrow

Posted 7/25/2012 5:00:52 PM

RALEIGH — Contractors will re-open a section of Old U.S. 1(South Salem Street) between Kelly Road and Apex Barbeque Road in Apex on Thursday, July 26.  The section closed on May 2011 for the construction of two bridges over the Western Wake Freeway. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For information about the Western Wake Freeway project -- a section of the Triangle Expressway, North Carolina's first modern toll road-- visit www.westernwakeinfo.com. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.   *** NCDOT ***
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