About the Study

Why is it important?

Triangle Expressway Toll Gantry

Many roadways within the Triangle region are near or at capacity. Physical constraints do not always allow new facilities to be constructed. Planned transportation improvements and funding may not be enough to address future regional growth and congestion. CAMPO and DCHC MPO are evaluating options to optimize the performance of the current road infrastructure and methods for developing additional infrastructure given limited funding from the motor fuel tax. It should be noted the current motor fuel tax is not growing due to better vehicle mileage efficiency, and new ways of funding the building of roads is necessary.

Currently in North Carolina the only existing toll road is the Triangle Expressway. It is an 18.8-mile toll road that extends the partially complete “Outer Loop” around the greater Raleigh area from I-40 to NC-55 Bypass. The first section of the six-lane, controlled-access toll facility opened to traffic in December 2011 and was completed and fully open in January 2013. The final segments of the Triangle Expressway (known as the Southern and Eastern Wake Freeways) will begin construction in 2018. At completion, the Triangle Expressway will be 30 miles long.

Although the Triangle Expressway has been in service for six years, the region does not have overall comprehensive toll road or express toll lane strategy. This study provides an opportunity to better define the region’s future approach to the use of tolling.

The study’s purpose is to develop a strategy and implementation plan that outlines the purpose for and ways to use toll road and/or express toll lane concepts in the Triangle. No specific decisions will be made through this study; however, this study will evaluate technology, operational structures and performance measures to evaluate future tolling decisions. The study will identify financing options and partnering mechanisms to fund any toll road and/or express toll lane infrastructure and operations. Input from local stakeholders will be solicited during this process.

Study Location

The Triangle Strategic Tolling Study area includes the planning areas of CAMPO and DCHC MPO. This study will evaluate existing and future planned highway facilities included in the counties of Wake County, Durham County, Northeast Chatham County, and portions of Orange County, Franklin County, Granville County, Harnett County, and Johnston County.

Map of Study Area

How will this study be managed?

CAMPO and DCHC MPO are overseeing this study in collaboration with the NCDOT and NCTA.

CAMPO is responsible for transportation planning for the eastern part of the Research Triangle area in North Carolina, while DCHC MPO encompasses the western portion.