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
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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