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12/22/2017: Complete 540 Final Environmental Impact Statement Signed

Complete 540 Final Environmental Impact Statement Signed

Posted 12/22/2017 10:12:43 AM

RALEIGH –The N.C. Turnpike Authority, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have signed the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for the project known as Complete 540. This is a key step toward constructing the final section of the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to U.S. 64/U.S. 264 in Knightdale. Originally, the Turnpike Authority had anticipated having the document signed by the Federal Highway Administration in mid-2018. “We know how important this project is to the communities involved and we are excited to have reached this major milestone in an accelerated and responsible manner,” said NCTA executive director Beau Memory. “While this is not the final step, it is a critical point in moving this project to construction.” Next Steps The FEIS document and updated information are on the Complete 540 website. The public now has the opportunity to review and comment on the document. For comments to be included as part of the public record for the Final EIS comment period, they must be received by February 1, 2018. In the coming months, NCTA and NCDOT will then hold a set of public meetings to gather additional input on the design plans. This information will be used in the development of a Record of Decision, which is the final document needed to begin 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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8/30/2017: NC Quick Pass Now Offering Lower Transponder Prices

NC Quick Pass Now Offering Lower Transponder Prices

Posted 8/30/2017 1:40:54 PM

RALEIGH –To help customers save time and money on both local commuting as well as road trips, starting today, NC Quick Pass will offer free NC Quick Pass transponders and 60 percent off NC Quick Pass E-ZPass compatible transponders ($7.40 + tax) – and those are permanent discounts, not sale prices. “We are excited to offer for the first time free NC Quick Pass transponders,” says Turnpike Authority Executive Director Beau Memory. “This will be a game-changer for both new customers and current bill-by-mail customers, as they can now receive 35 percent discounts on their Triangle Expressway tolls as well as convenient automatic billing.” Customers desiring a new transponder before Labor Day weekend will need to visit the customer service center at 200 Sorrell Grove Church Road.  Online, mail and phone orders will be mailed in a few business days, but will likely arrive after the holiday weekend. The free NC Quick Pass transponder will work on the existing 18 mile Triangle Expressway in Durham and Wake counties and all future North Carolina toll roads, as well as toll facilities in Florida and Georgia where SunPass and Peach Pass are accepted.  The NC Quick Pass transponder has previously cost customers $5.00. 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.  The NC Quick Pass E-ZPass originally cost customers $20.00. The North Carolina Turnpike Authority has been at the leading edge of new toll collection technologies since its inception and is now implementing new technology which reads multiple types of transponders on the Triangle Expressway. With this multi-protocol technology, the Turnpike Authority can purchase transponders at a far lower cost and is passing those savings to drivers with free and discounted NC Quick Pass transponders. “The NC Turnpike Authority continues to raise the bar on what it means to be the most advanced turnpike in America,” said Joe Milazzo, Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Alliance, the regional business voice for transportation in the Triangle region. “This is the first time this type of tolling technology is being implemented in the nation, and existing and new customers will immediately benefit from the convenience and savings.” You can get more information on how to sign up for a transponder and maintain your account on the NC Quick Pass website, by calling the customer service center at 1-877-7MY-PASS (1-877-769-7277), or by visiting the service center at 200 Sorrell Grove Church Road, Suite A, in Morrisville (off Airport Boulevard, Exit 284, south of I-40). Once you set up your NC Quick Pass account and place the transponder on the inside of your windshield, you are ready to go. Editor’s Note: Broadcast-quality b-roll and soundbites with NC Turnpike Authority Executive Director Beau Memory can be downloaded here.
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