Cary, NC – As construction continues to plow south on 540 toward Holly Springs, a spur road called the Triangle Expressway is set to open this week.
The Triangle Expressway, or Tri Ex, extends NC-147 south to a new stretch of 540.
Currently, NC-147, also called the Durham Expressway, runs from I-40 north to the City of Medicine. Tri Ex will extend 147 to the south, connecting up with 540 between Davis Drive and Chapel Hill Road (NC 54).
The Benefits of Tri Ex
Now, if you are traveling from western Cary and points to the south (Apex, Holly Springs), you’ll be able to completely avoid I-40 on the route to Durham.
For rush hour commuters to and from the Bull City, this will prove an enormous time saver.
As well, Tri Ex will save on mileage (and therefore gas) by eliminating a dog-leg to the east to hook-up with I-40.
Tri Ex Opens This Week
The Triangle Expressway opens on Thursday, December 8, 2011.
Try it for free until January 3, 2012.
Tolls Start January 3
The tolls get activated on January 3, 2011.
Tri Ex will not have any toll booths. Enter and exit like any other freeway without stopping to pay any money.
The tolling on Tri Ex is automated. Special scanners look for a transponder on your car. If you don’t have a transponder, the scanners will grab your license plate and you’ll get a bill in the mail.
The trip from 540 up to NC-147 will cost about 50¢ for drivers with a transponder and 77¢ without.
That translates into about 15¢ per mile, consistent will toll roads in other states.
Get a Transponder
Even if you only anticipate the occasional trip up Tri Ex, why not get a transponder?
NC QuickPass Transponders come in three varieties (sticker, hardcase, and exterior mounted). Most individuals will want to get the sticker.
The sticker costs $5.00. You also will be required to give NC Quick Pass your credit card info and deposit $20 in your toll account.
Sign up online to get your transponder. It just takes five minutes and you’ll get the transponder in the mail in a few days.
One transponder per vehicle (no sharing). Have the following ready when you sign up:
- Vehicle year, make and model
- License plate number
- Credit card
How About 540?
NC-540 will remain free to travel until the project is completed in late 2012 or early 2013.
Your transponder will work on 540 once those tolls are activated.
For more information, visit:
- NC Quick Pass
- NC DOT – Tri Ex