North Carolina's first toll road is opening to vehicle traffic.
State transportation officials open a three-and-a-half-mile section of the Triangle Parkway on Thursday. The road connects Interstate 40 and Interstate 540.
Motorists can use the highway in western Wake County toll-free until Jan. 3. There will be no booths collecting money, so tolls will be 15 cents a mile for those with wireless transponders and slightly more if the state bills by mail. Cameras above the road will snap license plate photos to bill people by mail.
The highway is the first phase of the 19-mile Triangle Expressway that will run between Research Triangle Park and Holly Springs in southern Wake County.