NC Turns To Tolls

North Carolina takes the initial step toward its first toll road Wednesday. The N.C. Turnpike Authority will break ground at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the Triangle Expressway in Wake and Durham counties.

The event will be held at the far western end of N.C. 540, where the road dead ends at the N.C. 55 exit.

The road will coast just over $1 billion, paid for by bond proceeds and federal loans. State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti estimates that the project will create or preserve 30,000 jobs.

The expressway is almost 19 miles and comprised of three segments: Western Wake Freeway, Triangle Parkway and the existing N.C. 540 between N.C. 55 and N.C. 54. The parkway is expected to open to traffic in 2011 and the freeway a year later.

Meanwhile, Conti told a crowd in Wilson Tuesday that North Carolina has hired two consulting firms to look at adding tolls to Interstate 95 in North Carolina.

Multiple media outlets report Conti could not say where the tolls may go up. The studies from the firms are expected next summer.


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  • by Cindy Location: ECU on Aug 12, 2009 at 11:36 PM
    Mr.T with your quote "Of course the Northern cities and states are greedy to the max." You might need help Mr.T
  • by Thomas Location: Manasquan,New Jersey on Aug 12, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    Mr.T - Wake up North Carolina is starting to learn how to get Greedy,and you will pay,pay $$$$$,pay your money to the State in road tolls.$10.00 to go on Route 17 or 64 and $10.00 more to get off. This is just a start to get your money a simple road tax, But the Dem Libs love to pay more taxes thats why they vote for Democrats so they can pay more taxes.The Democrats need your money to pay for there socialist programs don't you see? Just ask your Gov. Perdue
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 12, 2009 at 06:11 PM
    Buzz, I'm not crazy about the idea, but if they are going to do it, I agree with Local from Columbia.Commuters who live in or work in NC and use these roads everyday should be exempt.There should be some kind of pass issued to these people.The $17.00 that Wolfgang had to pay just to get to work everyday was ridiculous.Of course the Northern cities and states are greedy to the max. Just look at a episode of "Parking Wars" at how Philadelphia rips off it's citizens.And I've heard that NYC does the same.
  • by jojo on Aug 12, 2009 at 05:21 PM
    Amen to local location toll out of state. I have to pay when I go to Virginia so others staters can do it hear.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Aug 12, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    MrT I get your point, however I thought you were a "no new tax" kinda guy. And, this is a tax that will grow, I'll bet the legislators even learn to love it. Buzz-
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Aug 12, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    Veto Fuhgeddaboutit! I lived in New Jersey it cost me $17.00 in tolls everyday to get to work, and back home everday. You are right once they start putting in road tolls they won't stop. When is the last time you had a Brooklyn, NY Peter Luger Porterhouse Steak? Il Veto ha un buon arrivederci di giorno. In English Veto have a good day goodbye.
  • by Veto Location: New York City on Aug 12, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    Hi MrT If it was not for Yankee money now. The only good restaurant you would have in North Carolina would be KFC. Oh buy the way once they start to toll roads here they won't stop. Every NC interstate will be a toll road with on and off ramp tolls. Just wait $1.50 to go over the bridge. You can thank your Governer for this idea. Sorry I don't eat grits. I had them in the Army once I thru them out.
  • by Alex on Aug 12, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    This is crazy. The jobs will be GOVERNMENT JOBS, they can't even afford the teachers what the heck are they going to do with the toll workers and the toll system will bankrupt itself because the fees will not keep up with the pay increases and benefits of the workers plus the eventual retirees. These Democrats keep find new ways to tax us and the money will be of no benefit because it will be a wash by the time they pay for all the "studies" and "consulting". Thats just code for Purdues friends need jobs.
  • by Local Location: Columbia on Aug 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM
    Why not place a toll on 95 for all out of state drivers and use the NCDL as a pass for in state drivers? Why shouldn't out of state people help up keep that road? We have to help them if we travel into other states where a toll is charged. Let's recipricate but not charge our locals who support road up keep through the gas tax paid all year long on the gas we purchase.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    This is what are gas tax is for. And how can you make someone pay to ride a road that has pot holes in it from Rocky Mount to South Carolina?
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