State's First Modern Toll Road In Wake County

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.

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  • by ECU FAN Location: GREENVILLE on Dec 9, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    Why didn't WITN show us the location of the toll road on a map in this story? WITN please do so.
  • by Sarah on Dec 8, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    I agree with the toll for a lot or reasons. Jobs for NC people and pays for up keep of the interstates. I-95, 40, 64,85 77. Yes, let the travelers pay the up keep. Disney World isn't free when the travelers arrive.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    Put the toll on incoming traffic, on interstate;77,85, and 95.
  • by Laura Location: Eastern NC on Dec 8, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    Forgive my ignorance. So if you are tolled by a camera taking a pic of your license plate and you are mailed the bill.....what about the people not from NC and what if they refuse to pay? Am I missing something?
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      by Tony on Dec 8, 2011 at 10:07 PM in reply to Laura
      I'm needing forgiveness of my ignorance as well. And wonder the same as what Ms.Laura questions. What is missing in this?
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      by Audra on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:09 PM in reply to Laura
      To whom do they send the bill if it's a rental car? What if you're vacationing and don't get back to your mail in another state for a while... do they fine you for not being home to receive the bill? Hmmm...
  • by tug Location: new bern on Dec 8, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    I used to take pride in that NC had no toll roads. And over all, NC has good roads. Even our secondary roads are in better shape than Delaware's and Jersey's. Everywhere I travel I have to pay tolls. But now since everything agency is broke, I have come to a different opinion. Toll roads are paid for by the people that use them. Otherwords, Raleigh and Charlotte can keep them as I don't drive on them, and I don't have to pay for them. Why should my tax dollars pay for their road, and why should theirs pay for mine? Don't want to pay the toll, take a different route.
  • by JG Location: Greenville on Dec 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    Sad "state" when we have to have toll roads in NC!
  • by Jim Location: Greenville on Dec 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    FYI a toll is a TAX and the gas tax in NC is gong up 4 cents a gallon
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    Here is an idea.. Make all roads into NC from the North toll roads and charge 10x the normal rate. Also make all roads into Cary toll roads.
  • by Darn truth! on Dec 8, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    In the 1980's we had Reagan, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope, now we have Obama, no jobs, no cash, and no hope!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    I thought this was what taxes were for?
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