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4/28/2016: Preferred Alternative Selected for the Complete 540 Project

Preferred Alternative Selected for the Complete 540 Project

Posted 4/28/2016 3:20:30 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Complete 540 project has moved another step forward, with the selection of “Detailed Study Alternative 2”, better known as the Orange Route, as the preferred alternative for the project. That route, which going from west to east combines the proposed Orange, Green (southern portion), Mint and Green (northern portion) corridor segments, had been the recommended choice announced this earlier year. That initial NCDOT recommendation was presented to federal, state, and local agencies in February, and the Department, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, worked with those agency partners to reach the decision on the Preferred Alternative.  Alternative 2 was selected as the preferred choice because it: Is formally supported by all local governments; Minimizes the number of relocations of homes and businesses, compared to other alternatives; Avoids impacts to the Swift Creek watershed critical area (a source for Raleigh’s drinking water); Avoids the Clemmons Educational State Forest; Avoids impacts to historic resources; and Minimally affects only one local park. The selection of the Preferred Alternative was based on data from the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (including topics such as impacts on the environment, homes and businesses, parks, community facilities and historic sites, and cost), past public comments on the proposed alternatives, as well as those made during the public comment period that ran from Nov. 9, 2015 through Jan. 8, 2016. The next step in the process will have the NCDOT working on additional studies that are required for the project to help minimize environmental and human impacts. Following their completion, the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision will conclude the environmental process. NCDOT expects to award the construction contract in phases, starting in fiscal year 2017. Complete 540 will extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to the U.S. 64/U.S. 264 Bypass in Knightdale, completing the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area. This will link the towns of Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Raleigh. By better connecting these towns and cities, the project is anticipated to ease existing and future congestion on area roads, including Interstate 440, I-40, N.C. 42, N.C. 55 and Ten Ten Road. For more information about the project, visit the Complete 540 project webpage:  www.ncdot.gov/projects/complete540/. *** NCDOT ***
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3/28/2016: Work To Start on New Interchange for Triangle Expressway

Work To Start on New Interchange for Triangle Expressway

Posted 3/28/2016 9:37:20 AM

RALEIGH - Work is about to begin on a new interchange for the Triangle Expressway. The $18.4 million project will add access to and from the Triangle Expressway at Old Holly Springs-Apex Road, which is just east of U.S. 1. It is the first new interchange along North Carolina’s first modern toll road since its final phase opened in 2013. It will improve mobility for current traffic, as well as for the much larger volumes of traffic anticipated within the 10 years as a result of substantial growth and development. The initial work scheduled to start Tuesday, March 29, will involve the installation of portable concrete barriers on N.C. 540. Actual construction is expected to begin on April 4. The new interchange is scheduled to be open by Nov. 29, 2016. The contract, awarded to Blythe Construction of Charlotte, includes road widening, milling, resurfacing and shoulder reconstruction as well as bridge widening, toll site infrastructure and intelligent transportation system (ITS) upgrades. All electronic toll zones will be constructed on the northbound on-ramp and the southbound off-ramp. The toll rate for two-axle vehicles for each of the two new toll zones at the interchange is anticipated to be approximately $0.20 and $0.31 (for NC Quick Pass and Bill by Mail, respectively). These rates are preliminary and are subject to final approval. This will not affect the price of the entire Triangle Expressway trip or any other toll rates at existing toll zones. The Triangle Expressway is an 18.8-mile, modern all-electronic tolling facility located between Interstate 40 and the N.C. 55 Bypass. The Triangle Expressway strives to improve commuter accessibility and connectivity to western Wake County and Research Triangle Park while reducing congestion on the existing north-south routes that serve the Triangle Region, primarily N.C. 55 and N.C. 54. *** NCDOT ***
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3/22/2016: Quick Pass Helps You Save Money on Your Road Trips With a Spring Transponder Promotion

Quick Pass Helps You Save Money on Your Road Trips With a Spring Transponder Promotion

Posted 3/22/2016 4:24:37 PM

RALEIGH – Spring is here and summer is on its way, and vacations are being planned. To help you save money and time on your road trips to many parts of the country, N.C. Quick Pass is cutting the cost of its hard-case transponders in half to just $10 with a spring promotion from Tuesday, March 22 through June 20. Thanks to partnerships with E-ZPass, Georgia’s Peach Pass and Florida’s Sun Pass, customers with a N.C. Quick Pass hard-case transponder have access to the largest transponder coverage area in the nation, covering 17 states, including North Carolina. “It’s a great way to not only save money and time while traveling, but also means one less hassle for your trip,” says N.C. Quick Pass Director of Customer Service Susan Pullium. “There is no need to make sure you have enough change or cash as you come up on a toll booth, as the transponder will have you covered and enable you to quickly go on your way.” The hard-case transponder gives drivers a discounted rate when traveling on the Triangle Expressway in the Raleigh area, and can also be used on toll highways and bridges and in some locations even for transponder-only interstate exits and travel lanes in other states. They include Delaware, Florida (SunPass), Georgia (PeachPass), Illinois (I-Pass), Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia. Once you set up your N.C. Quick Pass account and place the hard-case transponder on the inside of your windshield, you are ready to go. You can get more information on how you can sign up for a transponder and maintain your account on the N.C. Quick Pass website, by calling the customer service center at 877-769-7277, or by visiting the service center at 200 Sorrell Grove Church Road, Suite A, in Morrisville (off Airport Boulevard, south of I-40 Exit 284). ***NCDOT***
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2/3/2016: NCDOT Identifies Recommended Complete 540 Preferred Alternative

NCDOT Identifies Recommended Complete 540 Preferred Alternative

Posted 2/3/2016 10:12:06 AM

RALEIGH –The NC Department of Transportation will recommend “Detailed Study Alternative 2” as the preferred alternative for the Complete 540 project to federal and state agency officials later this month. From west to east, this route contains the orange, green (southern portion), mint and green (northern portion) corridor segments. After the recommendation is presented, NCDOT’s federal and state agency partners will provide formal comments about the Department’s recommendation. NCDOT will then review those comments and make any necessary changes before announcing the official preferred alternative to the public this spring. NCDOT has recommended the orange, green and mint segments because they: Are formally supported by all local governments; Minimize the number of relocations of homes and businesses, compared to other alternatives; Avoid impacts to the Swift Creek Watershed critical area (a source for Raleigh’s drinking water); Avoid the Clemmons Educational State Forest; Avoid impacts to historic resources; and Minimally affect only one local park. In determining this recommendation, NCDOT used data from the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (including topics such as impacts on the environment, homes and businesses, parks, community facilities and historic sites, and cost), past public comments on the proposed alternatives, as well as public comments made during the public comment period that ran from Nov. 9, 2015 through Jan. 8, 2016. For the next steps, NCDOT plans to announce the recommendation of the official preferred alternative this spring. Following that, the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) will conclude the environmental process, and NCDOT expects to award the construction contract in phases, starting in fiscal year 2017-2018. Phase one’s route is from the N.C. 55 Bypass to U.S. 401. Complete 540 will extend the Triangle Expressway from the N.C. 55 Bypass in Apex to the U.S. 64/U.S. 264 Bypass in Knightdale, completing the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area. This will link the towns of Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Raleigh. By better connecting these towns and cities, the project is anticipated to ease existing and future ­­congestion on area roads, including Interstate 440, I-40, N.C. 42, N.C. 55 and Ten Ten Road. For more information about the project, visit the Complete 540 webpage.
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12/11/2015: Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins Jan. 1

Triangle Expressway Toll Rate Increase Begins Jan. 1

Posted 12/11/2015 2:51:47 PM

13-20 cents increase for traveling whole Expressway   RALEIGH – A slight increase in the toll rate for the Triangle Expressway will take effect Friday, Jan. 1, as required by the bond covenant created for the funding of the highway. 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 five percent increase for 2016.   The increase will be $0.13 for N.C. Quick Pass Customers and $0.20 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 $3.04 for Quick Pass customers and $4.65 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, as well as overall maintenance including road repairs, signage, mowing, snow plowings and preparations.   Plans and work are currently underway for upgrades to the Triangle 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, scheduled to open to traffic in November 2016. The other will be in western Cary at Morrisville Parkway, scheduled to open to traffic in 2018.   Motorists who use a Quick Pass transponder on the Triangle Expressway have the largest coverage area of toll program interoperability in the nation. N.C. Quick Pass is interoperable with Georgia’s Peach Pass, 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.  
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