Triangle Expressway Toll Increases 5% With New Year

TRIANGLE – Commuters using the Triangle Expressway will pay more in 2014 as the rates increased nearly five percent Wednesday to pay off the bond that helped build it.

The increase was scheduled to take place and isn’t a change in the plan. But, now commuters traveling on the road every day will pay an extra $67.60 per year.

The first phase of the project opened in December 2011; phase two opened in August 2012; the third phase opened December 2012.

With the discounted rate using an NC Quick Pass, the rate to travel the full length one way is $2.77 up from $2.64.

http://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/triangle-expressway-toll-increases-5-new-year/

NCDOT Awards Contract For I-40/440 Rebuilding

RALEIGH – Two firms have won contracts from the N.C. Department of Transportation to rebuild the southern portion of Interstate 40/440 around Raleigh.

The department announced Tuesday the team of Granite Construction Company and RS&H Architects-Engineers-Planners Inc. won contracts. NCDOT engineers estimated the project would cost $193,428,882. Granite/RS&H had the lowest bid of $130,129,000.

The project requires rebuilding 11.5 miles from west of Jones Franklin Road in Cary to north of U.S. 64/264 in Raleigh. The road is more than 30 years old, and is crumbling because of a chemical reaction between the rock and the cement.

Officials will work to leave three lanes open in each direction on the I-40 portion of the project, instead of two. That’s expected to greatly reduce traffic backups in and around the project area.

http://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/ncdot-awards-contract-for-i-40440-rebuilding/