Triangle Parkway construction to close part of Durham Freeway

I have bad news and bad news. 1- A perfect storm of sleep deprivation and disorganization caused me to miss the bus this morning.  2- Insead of finding out what happens to the Queen of Attolia , I had to pay attention to driving and noticed a large sign that says part of NC Hwy 147 will be closed permanently on September 6.

The Spur,” a section of the road that goes south of I-40 and ends at T.W. Alexander Drive, is popular for drivers going south to Cary and Apex to cut through to NC 55. Its closure will allow completion of the Triangle Parkway, one of three roadway projects part of the Triangle Expressway (TriEx) that will ultimately link  the Durham Freeway with N.C. 540, and extend 540 to Holly Springs.  The Triangle Parkway segment is currently on schedule and is slated to open to traffic by the end of 2011. 

NCDOT recommends the following detours—

Motorists traveling southbound on N.C. 147 needing to access T.W. Alexander Drive should use the following signed detour:
N.C. 147 to I40 West to N.C. 55 (Exit 278) to N.C. 54 to T.W. Alexander Drive.

 Motorists traveling on T.W. Alexander needing to access N.C. 147 North should use the following signed detour:
T.W. Alexander Drive to N.C. 54 to N.C. 55 to I40 East to N.C. 147.

 Motorists traveling on I-40 needing to access T.W. Alexander Drive should use the following signed detour:
I40 to Exit 278 (N.C. 55) to N.C. 54 to T.W. Alexander Drive.

With the opening of the Triangle Parkway, NC will have its first toll road. NC will also be the first state to use only electronic toll collection. Drivers needing to pay the toll can elect to purchase a NC Quick Pass that will use radio frequencies to deduct the toll from their prepaid accounts. Users will get discounted tolls. For those not using the Quick Pass, cameras will take a photo of your car’s license plate and the bill will come in the mail.

No Triangle Transit buses are impacted by the closing, but vanpoolers and carpoolers should be aware.

Concerned? The NCDOT and the Turnpike Authority will host a public meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 30 about the construction. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the North Carolina Biotechnological Center located at 15 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park.

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6 thoughts on “Triangle Parkway construction to close part of Durham Freeway

  1. I’ve read the description of the closure in several publications. I’m confused. I have one question: Will I still be able to drive from Raleigh to Durham by going down Hwy 70/Glenwood Ave. Turn left on to T.W. Alexander. Go a few miles and bear right to pick up 147 to Durham?

    • From what I understand, I think you’ll be okay! Your preferred route doesn’t appear to cross with the closed “spur” portion of 147. I just called and confirmed– you’re good!

    • Hey, JG! The closure doesn’t affect your route. Just be on the lookout for other motorists who might be caught unaware. If you have any questions, call (919) 733‐2522 to speak to someone in the Communications office.

  2. i was wondering can i exit off of alston ave off of 147 durham freeway. Trying to get to hwy 55 from there. I just wanna know if I can do that. NEED TO KNOW ASAP !!!!

    • Hey, Sabrina! The construction project has been finished, and all exits on 147 are open. You shouldn’t have any problems taking the Alston Ave exit off the freeway (I believe it’s exit 11). Safe travels!

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