Environmental Factor, October 2009, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
RTP Toll Road Advances Beside NIEHS-EPA Campus
By Eddy Ball
As recently as August, the right-of-way for the new Triangle Parkway was still scrub pine and new growth hardwood. A rutted dirt road plunged into the property adjacent to the NIEHS-EPA campus and wound its way along the border near the First Environments daycare center. The tract was empty except for power lines, an unauthorized dump, the occasional drink container or snack wrapper, and storm water drains.
In September, crews cleared trees and underbrush for the earth moving equipment that will construct the roadbed for the 3.4-mile freeway between NC 540 and I-40. As early as next year, the six-lane, median-divided toll road could be carrying automobile and truck traffic.