I spend a lot of my time in the car. I live in Cary, my office is in Holly Springs, my kids go to school in Durham, and my clients are everywhere. Since last August, I've put 40,000 miles on my car - thank goodness for satellite radio!
Today, though, I was able to get from school to the office in under 30 minutes by taking a combination of 147 (also called the Durham Freeway or Triangle Parkway) and my personal favorite, 540. Out by my house, 540 changes from an interstate (I-540) to NC 540, a toll road, and folks here either love it or hate it. It may not be fair that we have to pay the tolls for a road that the northern part of Wake County gets to use for free, but on the other hand, the tolls mean there is literally NO traffic! A few weeks ago, I came to a dead stop in the middle of the highway because a flock of geese was crossing in front of me - by the time I was able to get moving again, probably 45 seconds later, not a single car had come up behind me, and this was in the middle of the afternoon. I'm sure that once 540 completes its loop all the way around Raleigh the traffic out my way will increase, but for now, I'm enjoying the fact that I know exactly how long my commute will take - even if it costs me an extra dollar or two, the time and gas saved is worth it to me.
**The last section of NC 540, running through southeastern Wake County, is still in the planning stages and the route it will take still has not been finalized. The most current info about its development can be found here --Complete 540 Project.