Free ride offered on new toll expressway in Raleigh

August 3, 2012 by  

On August 1st beginning at 11:00 in the morning and running until 12:01 a.m. Thursday, the North Carolina Turnpike Authority opened a new six-lane stretch of the Triangle Expressway, or TriEx, in Raleigh, North Carolina without charging any tolls for either cars or trucks.

The Turnpike Authority has no doubt used poster printing and flyer printing to make drivers aware of this event so that they can experience the new highway before electronic toll collection goes into effect Thursday morning.

The new stretch of the Triangle Expressway runs from North Carolina State Route 55 to U.S. 64 at Apex along 540 South. Exits and entrances are available at either end of this new part of the highway and drivers can also enter and exit at the Green Level Road West interchange.

The Triangle Expressway is the first modern toll road in North Carolina and was opened in January of this year. The first phase was an extension of 3.4 miles of North Carolina 147 that runs from Interstate 40 to 540 and sees use of about 2,800 vehicles on an average workday. The newer sections of the road are expected to see daily traffic of about 20,000 vehicles. Drivers of the TriEx have been encouraged by the Turnpike Authority to purchase Quick Pass transponders and the Authority has already sold more than 25,000 of these for drivers of the TriEx.

The executive director of the Turnpike Authority, David Joyner, is very excited about the new section and hopes that drivers of it are as well. In addition, cars with transponders will be afforded lower rates on the toll road.