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When the N.C. Turnpike Authority opens a new 6.6-mile stretch of the 540 Outer Loop in western Wake next week as part of the Triangle Expressway toll road, it also will start collecting tolls on an old 2.8-mile leg of 540 where drivers have traveled for free since it opened in 2007.
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Car owners have received unusual bills in recent weeks from the Turnpike Authority, charging them $0.00 for these 540 trips. It’s the state’s way of preparing them for a big change that takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.
Just as drivers will be charged (after a toll-free Wednesday) for driving on the new section of 540 from RTP to U.S. 64 at Apex, they also will start paying tolls for the previously-free stretch between N.C. 54 and N.C. 55.