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The 3.7-mile Triangle Parkway, the first leg of North Carolina’s first modern toll road, will open Thursday for 26 days of toll-free motoring (tolls start Jan. 3).
No need to set your alarm clock Thursday morning: the actual driving doesn't start until after a 10:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting.
Will you drive this road free this week? Will you pay to drive it later? I'm reporting on this today. Please let me hear from you by email, and don't forget your name and daytime phone number. If you drive Triangle Parkway Thursday, I'd really like to hear from you then, too.
Triangle Parkway extends the Durham Freeway south from Interstate 40 through Research Triangle Park to the 540 Outer Loop. The rest of the Triangle Expressway, from RTP to Holly Springs, will open in 2012.
Exits at Hopson Road and Davis Drive are close to workplaces including the Environmental Protection Agency, Eisai and Ericsson.
Toll collection – all electronic, with no coin booths – starts Jan. 3. See ncquickpass.com for details.