I-77 Mobility Partners announced Friday that the northern section of the Interstate-77 Express lanes toll road project will open Saturday at 10 a.m., a press release stated.
The area opening spans from Hambright Road to Exit 36 in Mooresville, the company stated. The lanes will be maintained and operated by I-77 Mobility Partners, a policy of the public-private partnership the company has with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
“We are excited for drivers to start using this section of the express lanes, as we offer a new transportation choice along the I-77 corridor,” said I-77 Mobility Partners CEO Javier Tamargo in the release. “The private investment in I-77 Express has been instrumental to deliver this project and other infrastructure improvements along the existing portion of I-77 sooner for the State of North Carolina and motorists.”
And drivers are getting an opening special rate reduction.
Drivers who opt in to the toll lanes will get a promotional rate at an average of 25 percent off toll rates, the release stated. The company said the promotional rate is in effect until the full opening of the lanes. They added toll rates displayed on signs will reflect the promotional rate.
During the first 180 days, rates will be determined for every 30-minute period of the day and won’t change in real time, the release stated. Tamargo said this allows drivers to get used to the toll lanes, which run adjacent to the general purpose lanes, and know their rates beforehand.
He also said the number of free general purpose lanes will remains the same, and drivers will have the option to use either lane.
The company explained that different pricing will be applied after 180 days, where toll rates may change as often as every five minutes to accommodate demand. Toll rates will be based on segment length, time of day and for I-77 Express, the release stated.
A NC Quick Pass transponder is the fastest and easiest way to pay tolls in North Carolina, the company said, but SunPass, Peach Pass and E-ZPass transponders will also be accepted.
For customers without transponders, cameras will capture the vehicle’s license plate and a bill will be sent to the registered owner via mail, according to the release.
More about toll rates can be found at i77express.com/pricing/toll-rates/.