I-495 to link Raleigh, Rocky Mount
Posted December 12, 2013
Updated December 13, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — U.S. Highway 64 between Interstate 440 in Raleigh and Interstate 95 in Rocky Mount has been added to the interstate highway system, officials said Thursday.
The section of U.S. 64 between I-440 and Interstate 540 east of Raleigh will be designated as Interstate 495, while the section between I-540 and I-95 will be designated Future I-495. The state Department of Transportation needs to widen the inside and outside shoulders along that part of the highway to meet interstate standards before it can formally be called I-495, officials said.
“This designation is critical to further economic development in the region,” Gov. Pat McCrory told members of the Regional Transportation Alliance during the group's annual meeting in Cary. "We can now tell businesses who want to locate to the area that they will have a future interstate connection to the vital I-95 corridor.”
The I-495 designation has received support from the RTA and has been endorsed by several municipalities along the route.
“This designation is an important part of our future vision for transportation in North Carolina and is key to promoting job creation and aligning our infrastructure with commerce activity,” Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said.