I-495 to link Raleigh, Rocky Mount

Posted December 12, 2013
Updated December 13, 2013

U.S. Highway 64 has been redesignated as Interstate 495 between Interstates 440 and 540 in Raleigh. The section of U.S. 64 between I-540 and Interstate 95 in Rocky Mount will be designated as I-495 once its shoulders are upgraded to meet interstate standards.

— 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.


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  • chivegas Dec 13, 2013

    "I was on a loop somewhere (Memphis?) where the same piece of pavement was carrying many highways. While I was headed west on I-40 the other roads were going west, north, south and east, all on the same stretch of road and all going in the same direction! Yes that can be confusing, but if you just remember which highway you are following and in what direction and pay attention to that it works."

    There are many areas in the US where this happens. Raleigh used to be one of them until they removed the I-440 designation from I-40. One of my favorites is I-81/I-77 in Virginia. For a few miles one can drive on I-77 South and I-81 North at the same time...

  • chivegas Dec 13, 2013

    "Not always. I-69 in Michigan is an example of an exception. It runs West-East between Lansing and Sarnia. CHIVEGAS

    The east west/north south rule still applies. It dosn't matter if a portion of the road runs east - west, it is still designated as a n-s interstate because it's southern terminus of Indianappolis is indeed geographically south of its northern terminus of Port Huron, MI. They won't simpy change the name of the interstate if a port of it happens to run east to west. It is similar to I-85 from Hillsborough to just east of Burlington in which I-85 still runs N-S. It is even marked I-85N/I-40E."

    Yes, we all know some N/S, E/W interstates don't always go exactly N/S or E.W

    However, I-69 is actually designated or "signed" as East/West between LAN and Sarnia which is why I corrected the OP.


  • goobnav Dec 13, 2013

    Correction -- Southern Terminus is in Houston...but it is still being worked on!

    Actually the terminal point for I-69 eventually will be Brownsville, TX.

  • cjw6105 Dec 13, 2013

    What I'm referring to is that it makes no sense to designate a highway going for a long distance as headed in a different direction than it's actually going. NC 55 is the textbook example locally. When you go through Angier, you have NC 55 and NC 210 crossing, but marked in the exact opposite direction they're going. 55 goes 40 miles north to Durham and goes 20 miles south to Dunn but is marked east. 210 goes 25 miles east to Smithfield and is marked north.

    US 421 is a north-south highway from the Great Lakes to Fort Fisher, but the 100+ mile stretch from the Triad to Boone is about as straight east-west as it gets. When it leaves Greensboro, it should be designated west until it reaches Boone, where it would be again marked north when it turns in that direction into Tennessee. Boone is not north of the Triad, any more than Wilmington is east of the Triangle.

    Why can't the DOT get this?

  • Bobber Dec 13, 2013

    cjw6105, the rule you are referring to (odd numbers for North-South interstates, even numbers for East-West interstates) applies only to PRIMARY interstates -- those with 1-digit or 2-digit numbers. Three digit interstates are secondary/auxiliary/minor interstates whose final two digits signify which primary interstate is their "parent" road. They may be signed in any direction. Loops such as the I-495 in VA/MD/DC (yes, a few hundred feet of the Capital Beltway actually enter the District of Columbia) sometimes use both sets of compass directions, depending on which part of the circle you're on!

  • Bobber Dec 13, 2013

    To answer caesarrodney1980's question: No, a 3-digit interstate with an even number as its first digit doesn't have to be a loop. The even number just means that it connects to another interstate at both ends. I-495 in NC qualifies on this front because it will connect to I-40 at one end and to I-95 at the other.

    A 3-digit interstate that begins with an odd number is one that connects to its primary interstate only at one end -- i.e., forms a spur. I-795 in central-eastern NC meets that qualification.

    Of course, there are various exceptions to the rules in various places in the US, mostly due to plans that got changed or canceled. There's also an I-95 in New York, which runs from I-95 in NYC eastward along much of Long Island, but I seriously doubt they will ever build a bridge over (or a tunnel under) the Long Island Sound to connect its eastern end to I-95 in Connecticut!

  • HeadsUp Dec 13, 2013

    A good move long overdue.

  • starletta Dec 13, 2013

    Is it any wonder that after living here for 10 years I have given up on trying to figure out how roads are named? I mean you go through a traffic light and the road is suddenly a different name? I just know WHERE I am going and HOW to get back! LOL! Happy Friday All!

  • wjcspanteach Dec 13, 2013

    Correction -- Southern Terminus is in Houston...but it is still being worked on!

  • copperino Dec 13, 2013

    Sooo many incorrect statements in these comments (with a few exceptions, like hi_i_am_wade, goobnav, and a few others). The *only* interstate numbering rule this will go against: renaming I-540 to I-640. NC asked for a waiver on that rule. Otherwise, the numbering is correct.