NCDOT Recognized for Innovation on Triangle Expressway Project Wednesday, August 28, 2013

RALEIGH —The North Carolina Department of Transportation today was recognized for its innovation on the Triangle Expressway project in Wake and Durham counties. The expressway received the America’s Transportation Award for Best Use of Innovation on a large project at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in Asheville.

NCDOT’s $1 billion Triangle Expressway is the first in the state – and one of the first in the nation – to utilize all-electronic tolling technology on an expressway, allowing motorists to breeze through without delay due to toll plazas. Motorists from North Carolina and across the country can pay their toll through an NC Quick Pass, EZ-Pass, or SunPass. Travelers without a pass are sent invoices in the mail based on their vehicle registration information.

The department’s Turnpike Authority implemented a marketing strategy highlighting the benefits of the Expressway and transponders to pay tolls. Within six weeks of opening the Customer Service Center, transponder sales surpassed six-month sales targets. The accelerated design-build process and right-of-way acquisition process allowed the team to open the road to traffic ahead of schedule. The early open date allowed a toll-free period for travel and testing, officially opening for revenue service on Jan. 3.

The top 10 projects, which consists of the 10 regional winners with the highest overall scores, will be considered for the Grand Prize Award, decided by a judging panel, and the People’s Choice Award, determined by public on-line voting.  The winners of the top prizes each receive a $10,000 award to donate to a charity or transportation-related scholarship of their choice. The winners will be announced at the AASHTO annual meeting this fall.

The America’s Transportation Awards competition was created by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, with support from AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to demonstrate that state departments of transportation are delivering value for our dollars. Projects nominated in this competition are making communities stronger, our economy more efficient, and our quality of life better.


Secretary Tata receives America's Transportation Award

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