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1/24/2017: USDOT Picks N.C. Turnpike Authority for Driverless Car Testing Site

USDOT Picks N.C. Turnpike Authority for Driverless Car Testing Site

Posted 1/24/2017 6:24:06 AM

RALEIGH –The U.S. Department of Transportation recently designated North Carolina as a proving ground pilot site for the testing of automated vehicle technologies. “The North Carolina Turnpike Authority, with its world-class facility, partnerships and research, is proud to serve as a designated automated vehicle proving ground,” Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Holder said.  “We are committed to ensuring the safety of the traveling public and the state’s roadways as we test this technology.” The state’s turnpike authority was selected from a competitive group of more than 60 applicants, including academic institutions, other state transportation departments, cities, as well as private entities and partnerships. National transportation officials say the sites chosen all have different facilities that can be used to gauge safety, manage various roadways and conditions, and handle various types of vehicles. “The Triangle Expressway, with its access to three Tier 1 research universities and the largest research park in North America, make it the ideal location for this pilot program,” said Turnpike Authority Executive Director Beau Memory. “As safety is our number one priority, we believe this opportunity will allow us to learn how to best keep our customers safe with this emerging technology.” In addition to the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, other designees include: City of Pittsburgh and the Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute Texas AV Proving Grounds Partnership U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center American Center for Mobility (ACM) at Willow Run Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) & GoMentum Station San Diego Association of Governments Iowa City Area Development Group University of Wisconsin-Madison Central Florida Automated Vehicle Partners
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2/3/2016: NCDOT Identifies Recommended Complete 540 Preferred Alternative

NCDOT Identifies Recommended Complete 540 Preferred Alternative

Posted 2/3/2016 10:12:06 AM

RALEIGH –The NC Department of Transportation will recommend “Detailed Study Alternative 2” as the preferred alternative for the Complete 540 project to federal and state agency officials later this month. From west to east, this route contains the orange, green (southern portion), mint and green (northern portion) corridor segments. After the recommendation is presented, NCDOT’s federal and state agency partners will provide formal comments about the Department’s recommendation. NCDOT will then review those comments and make any necessary changes before announcing the official preferred alternative to the public this spring. NCDOT has recommended the orange, green and mint segments because they: Are formally supported by all local governments; Minimize the number of relocations of homes and businesses, compared to other alternatives; Avoid impacts to the Swift Creek Watershed critical area (a source for Raleigh’s drinking water); Avoid the Clemmons Educational State Forest; Avoid impacts to historic resources; and Minimally affect only one local park. In determining this recommendation, NCDOT used data from the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (including topics such as impacts on the environment, homes and businesses, parks, community facilities and historic sites, and cost), past public comments on the proposed alternatives, as well as public comments made during the public comment period that ran from Nov. 9, 2015 through Jan. 8, 2016. For the next steps, NCDOT plans to announce the recommendation of the official preferred alternative this spring. Following that, the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) will conclude the environmental process, and NCDOT expects to award the construction contract in phases, starting in fiscal year 2017-2018. Phase one’s route is from the N.C. 55 Bypass to U.S. 401. Complete 540 will extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to the U.S. 64/U.S. 264 Bypass in Knightdale, completing the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area. This will link the towns of Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Raleigh. By better connecting these towns and cities, the project is anticipated to ease existing and future ­­congestion on area roads, including Interstate 440, I-40, N.C. 42, N.C. 55 and Ten Ten Road. For more information about the project, visit the Complete 540 webpage.
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12/11/2015: Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins Jan. 1

Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins Jan. 1

Posted 12/11/2015 2:51:47 PM

13-20 cents increase for traveling whole Expressway   RALEIGH – A slight increase in the toll rate for the Triangle Expressway will take effect Friday, Jan. 1, as required by the bond covenant created for the funding of the highway. 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 a five percent increase for 2016.   The increase will be $0.13 for N.C. Quick Pass Customers and $0.20 for bill-by-mail customers traveling the 17.4 miles between N.C. 147 at I-40 and the N.C. 55 Bypass. The new cost of the trip is $3.04 for Quick Pass customers and $4.65 for bill-by-mail customers.   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, signage, mowing, snow plowings and preparations.   Plans and work are currently underway for upgrades to the Triangle Expressway, with two added interchanges. One will be at Old Holly Springs/Apex Road, between U.S. 1 and the N.C. 55 Bypass in Holly Springs, scheduled to open to traffic in November 2016. The other will be in western Cary at Morrisville Parkway, scheduled to open to traffic in 2018.   Motorists who use a Quick Pass transponder on the Triangle Expressway have the largest coverage area of toll program interoperability in the nation. N.C. Quick Pass is interoperable with Georgia’s Peach Pass, Florida’s Sun Pass and with E-ZPass, which operates in 15 states in the east, northeast and midwest sections of the country.   For N.C. Quick Pass information, including payment and purchase options, call 1-877-7MY-PASS (1-877-769-7277) or visit the N.C. Quick Pass website.  
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12/9/2015: Final Complete 540 Public Meeting Tonight

Final Complete 540 Public Meeting Tonight

Posted 12/9/2015 12:02:50 PM

NCDOT will live stream the public hearing for those unable to attend. RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold the last of three public meetings today from 4 to 6:30 p.m. for the project known as Complete 540. The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight. Both are at the Wake Tech Community College in the Student Services Building, on the second floor in room 213/214. Those unable to attend the public hearing today can follow along with the live stream of the event.  This work will extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to the U.S. 64/U.S. 264 Bypass in Knightdale, completing the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area. This will link the towns of Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Raleigh. By better connecting these towns and cities, the project is anticipated to ease congestion on area roads, including Interstate 440, I-40, N.C. 42, N.C. 55 and Ten Ten Road. NCDOT will use data from the Draft EIS, including categories such as cost, and impacts on environment, homes and businesses, and historic sites, as well as past and new public comments to recommend a preferred alternative. The Draft EIS does not eliminate any of the alternatives for Complete 540.  For more information about the project, visit the Complete 540 webpage.  ***NCDOT***
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12/4/2015: Media Availability: Complete 540 Draft EIS Public Meeting

Media Availability: Complete 540 Draft EIS Public Meeting

Posted 12/4/2015 3:43:22 PM

what: Complete 540 Draft EIS Public Meeting when: Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at 4:15 p.m. where: Barwell Road Elementary School 3925 Barwell Road, Raleigh  details: The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold the first of three public meetings to give the public a chance to review and make comments about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project known as Complete 540 at Barwell Elementary beginning at 6 p.m.  Jamille Robbins, NCDOT Public Involvement Group Leader and Eric Midkiff, Head of Project Development at NCDOT for Complete 540, will be available to answer questions. NCDOT staff will not be available for an interview during the meeting itself, as they will be assisting members of the public. NCDOT will rely on data from the Draft EIS and public input from the public meetings to identify the path the route will take. The Draft EIS identifies the impacts to the local environment, historical resources, homes and businesses and other resources along the proposed routes as well as other information such as traffic studies. It does not eliminate any of the alternatives for Complete 540. NCDOT plans to announce the recommendation for the preferred alternative in the spring of 2016. Media parking is available at the school in the front of the school in the bus turn around.  ***NCDOT***
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