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12/30/2014: Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins Jan. 1; 14-22 cents increase for traveling whole Expressway

Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins Jan. 1; 14-22 cents increase for traveling whole Expressway

Posted 12/30/2014 3:57:42 PM

RALEIGH – A slight increase in the toll rate for the Triangle Expressway will take effect Thursday, Jan. 1, as required by the bond covenant created for the funding of the Expressway. 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 5 percent increase for 2015. The increase will be $0.14 for N.C. Quick Pass Customers and $0.22 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 $2.91 for Quick Pass customers and $4.45 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. Plans are under way for upgrades to the 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. The other will be in western Cary at Morrisville Parkway. Motorists who use a Quick Pass transponder on the Expressway now have the largest coverage area of interoperability in the nation. Last month a partnership with Georgia’s Peach Pass began, joining earlier agreements with 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.   ***NCDOT***
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11/12/2014: North Carolina’s Quick Pass and Georgia’s Peach Pass Now Interchangeable

North Carolina’s Quick Pass and Georgia’s Peach Pass Now Interchangeable

Posted 11/12/2014 3:58:30 PM

RALEIGH –Drivers who have a North Carolina Quick Pass transponder for their vehicles can use their device to pay for traveling on the I-85 Express Lanes near Atlanta, as well as any future toll roads that accept the Georgia Peach Pass transponder. That is a result of an interoperability agreement reached between North Carolina, Georgia and Florida, which allows owners of toll transponders in each of those states to use them when traveling in the other two. N.C. Quick Pass has had such an agreement with Florida and its SunPass system since July 2013. This is North Carolina’s third such transponder partnership, giving the state’s Quick Pass customers the largest coverage area of interoperability in the nation. A similar arrangement exists between Quick Pass and EZ Pass, which operates in15 states in the east, northeast and Midwest sections of the country. “This is another example of strong collaboration across several states to improve travel and enhance customer service,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata. "Expanding the reach of Quick Pass will give our customers access to key highways in the southeast, improving their travel experience in those states." The I-85 Express Lanes cover a 16-mile stretch of I-85 northeast of Atlanta, featuring variable toll rates, dependent on the traffic congestion. The result is faster travel times in exchange for the toll, even during times of heavy congestion on the general purpose lanes. Peach Pass customers will now be able to use the Triangle Expressway outside of Raleigh and any future toll roads in North Carolina, with the payment directly billed to their Peach Pass account. This convenience is already in place when SunPass customers use the Triangle Expressway. In Florida, the interoperability agreement allows Quick Pass transponders to be used in the SunPass-only lanes for more 700 miles of toll highways and bridges, including in Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg and Fort Myers. 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.  For more information on Florida’s SunPass and  Georgia’s Peach Pass, go to the respective websites at www.SunPass.com and www.PeachPass.com.*** NCDOT ***
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8/3/2012: Section of Old Smithfield Road to be Temporarily Closed in Wake County

Section of Old Smithfield Road to be Temporarily Closed in Wake County

Posted 8/3/2012 8:58:12 AM

RALEIGH – Old Smithfield Road between N.C. 55 Bypass and N.C. 55 Business in Holly Springs will be temporarily closed for approximately two months beginning Monday, Aug. 6, weather permitting. The closure is necessary for crews to widen the road to three lanes, install a new drainage system, curb and gutter. Residential traffic will have access, however motorists are encouraged to use N.C. 55 Bypass and N.C. 55 Business as a detour route. This work is part of the Triangle Expressway project and will take place within the NCDOT right-of-way.   Any disruptions to utility service or access will be scheduled with notification to those affected. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For information about the Western Wake Freeway project -- a section of the Triangle Expressway, North Carolina's first modern toll road-- visit www.ncturnpike.org/projects/Triangle_Expressway. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.   ***NCDOT***
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7/30/2012: Nighttime Concrete Paving this Week on N.C. 540 in Wake County

Nighttime Concrete Paving this Week on N.C. 540 in Wake County

Posted 7/30/2012 4:31:27 PM

RALEIGH — Nighttime paving will continue on the unopened section of N.C. 540 from U.S. 64 to Apex Barbeque Road beginning tonight, Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 4 at 6 a.m., weather permitting.   The high daytime temperatures require this concrete work be completed at night to ensure quality pavement. The neighborhoods of Scotts Mill, Kelly Glen and Ashley Downs could hear noise during construction. For information about the Western Wake Freeway project -- a section of the Triangle Expressway, North Carolina's first modern toll road-- visit www.westernwakeinfo.com.   Updated travel information is available by calling 511 or online at www.ncdot.gov/travel. In addition, NCDOT now offers travel information on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android, and some newer Blackberry phones.   *** NCDOT ***
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7/25/2012: Old U.S. 1 in Apex Re-opens Tomorrow

Old U.S. 1 in Apex Re-opens Tomorrow

Posted 7/25/2012 5:00:52 PM

RALEIGH — Contractors will re-open a section of Old U.S. 1(South Salem Street) between Kelly Road and Apex Barbeque Road in Apex on Thursday, July 26.  The section closed on May 2011 for the construction of two bridges over the Western Wake Freeway. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For information about the Western Wake Freeway project -- a section of the Triangle Expressway, North Carolina's first modern toll road-- visit www.westernwakeinfo.com. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type “m.ncdot.gov” into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. NCDOT Mobile is compatible with the iPhone, Android and some newer Blackberry phones.   *** NCDOT ***
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