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Turnpike Projects


Triangle Expressway
The N.C. Turnpike Authority is authorized to study, plan, develop, build, operate and maintain toll projects. 

There are currently nine projects – either open to traffic, under construction or in the planning and development phase – that have been approved by local planning organizations and were requested of the N.C. Department of Transportation for consideration.

Open to Traffic

Triangle Expressway

The 18.8-mile, six-lane toll road connects N.C. 540 between N.C. 55 and N.C. 54 in Wake and Durham count​ies. Learn more

Monroe Expressway

The 18-mile, four-lane toll road extends from U.S. 74 near I-485 in eastern Mecklenburg County, southeast to U.S. 74 at Marshville in Union County. Learn more

Under Construction

Complete 540

This project involves completing the 540 loop around the greater Raleigh area by extending the Triangle Expressway 28 miles – currently ending at N.C. 55 in Apex – to U.S. 64/264 Bypass in Knightdale. Learn more

I-77 Express Lanes

The project involves approximately 27 miles of dedicated lane space 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. Learn more

I-485 Express Lanes

The project would involve building one express lane in each direction along I-485 for 17 miles between I-77 and U.S. 74. Learn more

Under Development

Mid-Currituck Bridge

The 7-mile roadway 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. Learn more

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

The proposed 5-mile project would widen the median and convert the bus lanes in the median of Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) in Charlotte to express lanes from I-277 southeast to Idlewild Road. Learn more

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

The proposed 6.3-mile project would widen and add express lanes to Independence Boulevard (U.S. 74) from Conference Drive to I-485 in Charlotte. Learn more

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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