Roads & Bridges Live: Triangle Expressway - North Carolina's First Modern Toll Road

Jason R. Peterson, PE, Triangle Expressway Construction Project Manager for the North Carolina Turnpike Authority
Jason R. Peterson


Date:   April 26, 2012

Time:  2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern


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The North Carolina Turnpike Authority was created in 2002 by the NC General Assembly in response to concerns about rapid growth, heavy congestion and dwindling resources.

With a swift project delivery process, the NC Turnpike Authority has taken the Triangle Expressway from the planning phase to high-speed toll collection in only 6 years. To make this accomplishment even more remarkable, the bond financing was secured in the midst of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.

The Triangle Expressway is an 18-mile, 6-lane; all-electronic toll facility built on new location and is part of the Triangle’s outer loop around Raleigh. This design-build project consists of 10 interchanges, 40 bridges, 22 culverts and 8 all-electronic toll collection sites. At a cost of just over $1 billion dollars and a construction schedule of just three years, the Triangle Expressway is the largest and most schedule driven infrastructure project in North Carolina’s history.

This landmark project provides the cornerstone for a statewide tolling program which includes implementation of a state-of-the art toll collection system with focusing on national interoperability.

As North Carolina’s first modern toll road, the Triangle Expressway will improve commuter mobility, accessibility and connectivity to western Wake County and the Research Triangle Park while reducing congestion on the existing north-south routes that serve the Triangle Region.

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Jason R. PetersonJason R. Peterson, PE

Mr. Peterson is the Triangle Expressway Construction Project Manager for the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, under the Department of Transportation. Jason has served in this position for four years where he manages the day-to-day construction activities associated with the largest public transportation project in North Carolina. Jason is responsible for all project related activities from coordinating the work of various contractors, to managing project accounting, to public relations, including his latest endeavor, “Tweeting”.

Prior to moving back to Raleigh in 2008, Jason spent 10 years as both a Resident and District Engineer with the Department of Transportation in New Bern, NC.

Jason received a minor in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering and Management from North Carolina State University. In 2002, he received his North Carolina Professional Engineering License.

A native of Goldsboro, NC, Jason now lives in Cary with his wife and three children.

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