North Carolina seeks public comments Thursday on proposed toll route

| 2/6/2007

The northern portion of a proposed extension of Interstate 540 in North Carolina is going to be toll-free, but the state is considering a toll for the southern portion near Apex, Cary and Morrisville.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will consider public input from a meeting scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Apex High School cafeteria, 1501 Laura Duncan Road, Apex, NC.

Residents and highway users wishing to comment can do so in person at the meeting, or call Jennifer Harris with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, (919) 571-3004.

Written comments should reference Transportation Improvement Project No. R-2635 and be mailed to:

Jennifer Harris
NC Turnpike Authority
1578 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1578

Project plans for I-540 extension are still being refined, according to NCDOT.

South of state Route 55, the proposed extension is known as the Western Wake Parkway, approximately 12.6 miles of six-lane highway on a route previously approved for I-540 in April 2004.

NCDOT plans to keep the I-540 extension toll free to the north of Route 55.