Triangle, NC – As many of you will be travelling for the Labor Day weekend, you may be interested to know that one of our new roads has won an award for Innovation. I can tell you don’t believe me, but even the roads in the Triangle are Innovative! The Triangle Expressway Project recently won an award for Innovation.
Now in its sixth year, the America’s Transportation Awards competition – sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – recognizes the very best of America’s transportation projects in three main categories: Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget, and Best Use of Innovation.
In the Southeastern Regional Competition Best Use of Innovation category, The North Carolina Department of Transportation won in the large category ($200 Million and over) for its Triangle Expressway project (See the AASHTO Press Release)
The Triangle Expressway Project
North Carolina Department of Transportation’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.
The accelerated design-build process and right-of-way acquisition process allowed the team to open 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 to minimal delays or technical issues.
Thanks to Joe Millazo II (@RTATriangle), for his tweet anouncing the award, and for all he does for the Triangle.
Picture from the America’s Transportation Awards Website