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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

I-77 Express Lanes

The project involved 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​

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-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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