According to The Charlotte Observer, after decades of discussion, “There still are details to be worked out. But turnpike officials said they’ve heard one consistent message: get it done.”
The N.C. Turnpike Authority hopes to determine the final route by the end of the year and submit their plans to the Federal Highway Commission. The goal is to start work in mid-2010.
The $755 million, 4-lane, 21-mile road is designed to ease traffic on Highway 74. It will be paid for by travelers who will be charged a toll. Officials estimate it will take 40 years to pay for the road and say they are still working out the toll details, like how much to charge per mile and how much more larger vehicles will be charged.
Meanwhile, the public still has time to speak up. Public comments are being accepted through June 15.