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Will the Monroe Expressway open immediately as a tollway, or will there be a few weeks/months were it will be free to ride? I think I recall NC 540 in Raleigh starting off with a “free trial”, but I’m not completely sure. 

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Here is an article how first responders are practicing on the new Monroe Toll Bypass.  Opens Nov. 27.  I have to get my toll transponder soon I guess.

https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/11/16/photosfirst-responders-test-out-monroe-expressway.html

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15 minutes ago, KJHburg said:

Here is an article how first responders are practicing on the new Monroe Toll Bypass.  Opens Nov. 27.  I have to get my toll transponder soon I guess.

https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2018/11/16/photosfirst-responders-test-out-monroe-expressway.html

The overpasses look nice with the brick. Also, cool that the name of the road is on there.

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I got the transponder with the hov switch. I believe hov isn't valid on the Monroe bypass but might as well be prepared for 77 if you go that way often.

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4 hours ago, JorgiPorgi said:

Also- I noticed today that the new sound barrier walls they are putting up are actually white brick, or made to look like white brick. Never noticed that on any other new sound barrier walls. 

I think they are stamped precast concrete.

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On 11/19/2018 at 4:25 PM, JorgiPorgi said:

I hope the Shelby Bypass has some characteristics similar to this, though it won’t be a toll road. 

I put the probability at approximately 0%. Shelby/Cleveland County is very bad at aesthetics.

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I agree with the above noted comment.  Typically Toll Road Facilities in NC have an Aesthetics Package included in them to make the thoroughfare attractive and distinctive.  Obviously this upfront cost will be recouped by the Toll Paying Drivers.  Most non-tolled facilities won't / don't have them because due to streamlining costs.

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On 11/20/2018 at 9:04 AM, tozmervo said:

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I drove by this for the first time this past week while travelling for Thanksgiving, and man . . . that red is way more vibrant in person.  I thought it looked really bad and doesn't really look all that much like brick.  They probably should have just painted the fake brick and left the support beams unpainted.  It looks like it is being  painted by a kindergarten class.

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16 hours ago, KJHburg said:

Waiting patiently for it to show up on google maps.

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1 hour ago, grodney said:

 

Waiting patiently for it to show up on google maps.

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Ha ha yes!  Could take some time before it shows up there.  Highway is opening early this afternoon, after Dignataries, VIP's and Politicians have their ribbon cutting Pomp n Circumstance I'm sure.

 

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Southbound I-85 opens up to four lanes just north of Exit 63 (Kannapolis).  The above picture was taken yesterday, headed southbound on approach to Exit 60 (Dale Earnhardt Blvd).

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Yes - Most of I-85 through Cabarrus County will be opening all lanes fully within the next few weeks (maybe a month or two).  Contractor completing work in phases on some ramps, lanes, shoulder etc.

I-85 widening through Rowan County (the dreaded China Grove bottleneck) won't be completed until much later next year.  I believe until sometime around July/Nov timeframe of 2019.  

That'll be a joyous day once I-85 & I-77 (Yes, Toll lanes and all...:tw_tired:) are completed towards the end of 2019.  Driving mobility into and leaving the Charlotte Metro will be much improved .

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