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The second leg of the Triangle Expressway will open Aug. 2, extending the state's first modern toll road south from Research Triangle Park to U.S. 64 in western Wake County.
At the same time, an existing leg of the 540 Outer Loop will lose its toll-free status. (7/10/12 update: See today's Road Worrier column with reader comments and TriEx toll rates.)
I'll be reporting on this Monday. Do you expect to drive on this new leg of TriEx? If so, I would like to hear from you. Please email me with your name and workday contact info, so I can catch up with you on Monday.
The first leg of TriEx opened in January (red on the attached map), extending NC 147 south from Interstate 40 through Research Triangle Park to the 540 Outer Loop.
The second new leg (blue on the map) will extend the 540 Outer Loop south from N.C. 55 to U.S. 64 in Apex. The third leg (purple on the map), now under construction, opens in December. It will reach farther south to N.C. 55 at Holly Springs. Off ramps are marked on this map with yellow icons.
Also in August, the N.C. Turnpike Authority will start collecting tolls on an established section of NC 540 (green on the map) between N.C. 54 and N.C. 55. This road was built separately, but state and federal officials agreed to make it part of the toll road as a means of connecting what otherwise would be two separate tollroads: Triangle Parkway through RTP (red) and the road once known as the Western Wake Expressway (blue and purple).
Many RTP commuters who squeeze through Apex on NC 55 every morning will welcome TriEx as an Apex bypass.