First NC Toll Road Open

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The first toll road in our state opened Thursday. The Triangle Parkway connects NC-540 to the Durham Freeway and Research Triangle Park.

You'll be able to drive the road for free until January 3rd. Then it will cost about 15 cents a mile with an EZ Pass transponder. It will cost 21cents a mile without one. A toll-booth will take a picture of your license plate, and mail you the bill.

The Triangle Parkway is a 3.5-mile section of the Triangle Expressway.

For information about the Triangle Parkway visit the link below.

Click the photos tab to see a map showing the location of the toll road.


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  • by Taxpayer2 Location: ENC on Dec 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    NC Toll roads can only be built IF there is a FREE alternative route for the public to use. So if you don't want to pay a toll, use the alternative route. How hard is that to figure out?
  • by h Location: belhaven nc on Dec 9, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    There was a toll road in NC earlyer between Plymouth and Hyde County.
  • by New Yorker on Dec 9, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    I am a native New Yorker who moved here because of the high taxes, high cost of living, and tolls, liberals have placed on the working class. Now they are here too? Geez! I can't win for losing!!!
  • by beachbum3 on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:13 AM
    this states ncdot has become nearly totaly disfunctional an inedept at the performnace constructions an mainteance of roadway simply do to the fact thatthey have force out or fired the older more qualified an experdence state personnal that they did have working at one time. in order for their to be the complete deregulatory atmosphere where that their in absoultly no contract oversight of any kind an the ncdot mearly give lip service to the state personnal being allowed to perform their jobs dutys as perdescribe in the state specfication an construction manual as ii lay out what the actual job description are with regards to enforcement an oversight of contracting enitys thank you
  • by beachbum3 on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    i surely hope that these concrete joints on this roadway dont blow up like the one on the I-40/15 501 section did just a few years back. if there had been proper inspection by states own inpsectors an they had been allowed to actually perform their jobs dutys an that being the actual enforcement of the state specefication for roadways an bridges without the deregulatory atmosphere an the pro-business atmosphere that now a days exist with in the ncdot these failure quite possibly would not have taken palceby simply allowing state inspectors to be able to actually do their jobs dutys an that being the enforcement of the states specefications an put a stop to the deregulatory atmosphere within the ncdot. i surely hope that this newly constructed roadway ride better than the concrete bridge decks do on both ends of the the bridges going on to the northern outer banks ( kitty hawk an manteo ends ) for at 55 mph they will nearly bounce you out of your vehical thank you
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2011 at 07:31 AM
    I dont get toll booths or toll roads at all, IS that not why and part of the reason we pay taxes so we can have roads to drive on?
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      by beachbum3 on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:24 AM in reply to
      this is mearly another way that the state republican party has devised a plan top farther increase their overal present in north carolina an to continue to sock it to the taxpaying citizens of this state in the name of pro-bunsinees an private enterprize they have probably got some company already contracted out to handle all of the billing of this toll road . the state has been for more than fifty or so year without toll in in the taxpayers funding going to the N.C.D.O.R. EVRYDAY were properly managed when handed over to the various state agencys there would be no need whatso ever for these ever increasing fees toll or taxes or what ever you so chose to call them thank you
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        by Cboy on Dec 9, 2011 at 03:20 PM in reply to beachbum3
        Bb take another toke and do some research, the republicans had nothing to do with this.
  • by Terry Location: PA on Dec 9, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    According to the NCDOT web site, the road only accepts QuickPass, not E-ZPass. Has that changed?
  • by K Location: NC on Dec 9, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    Won't it cost more to mail the bills than the amount of the toll? Seems to me it will cost the State more even if they get bulk rate mail.
  • by Harry Location: Goldsboro on Dec 9, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    NC Residents will regret the day they allowed the implementation of tolls on the highways. Politicians love toll roads as it allows them to divert taxes for other pet projects. The pox of toll roads has been let out in the state and politicians will make quick use of their new found way to divert gas taxes for other purposes.
  • by here Location: here on Dec 9, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    Here we go!! Once they start they won't stop. The government gets addicted to the money and expands to more roads. Mark my words we will be paying to drive on 264 some day soon. As soon as the state figures out to logistics of placing/building toll boths. They (the state) will present it as a good thing because it will make more jobs. HAHA!
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