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Turnpike Projects


The N.C. Turnpike Authority is authorized by North Carolina General Statute​ to study, plan, develop, build, operate and maintain toll projects. 

All toll projects in North Carolina have been approved by local planning organizations and were requested by the N.C. Department of Transportation for consideration.

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Triangle Expressway

The 18.8-mile Triangle Expressway (also known as N.C. 540) opened in phases beginning in December of 2012. The six-lane toll road at N.C. 54 extends to N.C. 55 in Wake and Durham counties. ​ 

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Monroe Expressway

The 19.8-mile, four-lane toll road (also known as Toll U.S. 74) opened in 2018 and extends from U.S. 74 near I-485 in eastern Mecklenburg County, southeast to U.S. 74 at Marshville in Union County.  

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I-77 Express Lanes

The project includes approximately 27 miles of dedicated express lanes on I-77. The northern section of the I-77 Express Lanes from Hambright Road near I-485 to N.C. 150 opened June 2019. The southern section from I-277 to Hambright Road opened November 2019. NCTA collects the toll revenue for the I-77 Express Lanes. NCTA is not responsible for the operation or maintenance of the I-77 Express Lanes. The lanes are operated by I-77 Mobility Partners.

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Under Construction

Complete 540

N.C. Turnpike Authority’s largest construction project, Complete 540, is being built in two phases. Phase 1 will add approximately 18 miles to the existing Triangle Expressway from N.C. 55 to I-40. Phase 2 of Complete 540 will add approximately 11 miles from I-40 to I-87/U.S. 64/U.S. 264 Bypass in Knightdale, completing the 540 outer loop around the greater Raleigh area. Learn more

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I-485 Express Lanes

The I-485 Express Lanes will add one express lane in each direction for approximately 17 miles between I-77 and U.S. 74 in southern Charlotte. The project includes an additional general-purpose lane in each direction from Rea Road to Providence Road. 

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Under Development

Mid-Currituck Bridge

The 7-mile toll project would include a two-lane bridge that spans the Currituck Sound and connects the Currituck County mainland to the Outer Banks. It also includes a second two-lane bridge that spans Maple Swamp on the Currituck County mainland, connecting Aydlett to U.S. 158.  

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U.S. 74 Express Lanes from I-277 to West of Idlewild Road

The proposed 5-mile toll project would convert the existing bus lane in the median of Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) in Charlotte from I-277 to west of Idlewild Road to express lanes, one in each direction.  

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U.S. 74 Express Lanes from West of Idlewild​ Road to I-485

The proposed 6.3-mile toll project would widen and add express lanes, one in each direction, to Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) from west of Idlewild Road to I-485 in Charlotte.  

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I-77 Express Lanes (I-277/NC 16 (Brookshire Freeway) to S.C. State Line)*

The proposed project would widen approximately 11 miles of I-77 to 10 lanes by constructing express lanes from the South Carolina State Line to I-277/NC 16 (Brookshire Freeway) in Charlotte.​

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Potential Projects

As a result of North Carolina's Strategic Transportation Investments law, two projects are under consideration as potential toll projects.

I-77 Express Lanes (I-485 to I-277)

The proposed project would to widen I-77 9.6 miles to 10 lanes by building express lanes from I-485 to I-277 in Charlotte.

I-40 Express Lanes

The proposed project would create a 31-mile express lane in the median of I-40 from Exit 301 in Raleigh to U.S. 15/501 in Durham County.

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