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TriEx groundbreaking set for 10 a.m. Wednesday

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Ready or not, here they come.

The N.C. Turnpike Authority will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday for the state's first modern toll road, the $1 billion, 18.8-mile Triangle Expressway.

The event takes place at the end of N.C. 540 (interchange with N.C. 55) just south of Research Triangle Park. TriEx will extend 540 south from N.C. 55 to the N.C. 55 bypass at Holly Springs. That part of toll road is to be open for business by January 2013.

The other part of TriEx, called Triangle Parkway, extending N.C. 147 south through RTP to NC 540, is to be open to traffic by January 2012.

To attend the groundbreaking, take NC 540 southwest from I-40, and drive until it ends. Don't take the final exit 66A for eastbound N.C. 55. Instead, look for attendants who will tell you where to park.


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Bruce, answer me this.

When are you going to inform us as to NCDOT's or NC Turnpike Authorities plans to complete the other 30 miles of 540 that are as of yet unfunded?

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Bruce Siceloff reports on traffic and transportation. A News & Observer reporter, editor and blogger since 1976, he took over the Road Worrier column in 2003. Lately he drives I-40 with the cruise control set at 68 mph. You can e-mail Bruce, call him at 919-829-4527, check out his Crosstown Traffic blog or follow him (@Road_Worrier) on Twitter.