We don’t know when they’ll be built, but we know what we’ll call two new interstate highways planned in Eastern North Carolina.
The American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials has ruled that I-42 will be the name used for a planned interstate upgrade of U.S. 70 from I-40 near the Wake-Johnston county line to Morehead City.
When U.S. 64 and U.S. 17 are elevated to interstate status from Raleigh through northeastern North Carolina to the Virginia line near Norfolk, it will be called I-87.
“These connections are an integral part of my 25-Year Vision for North Carolina to improve the state’s infrastructure, expand economic opportunities and create jobs,” Gov. Pat McCrory said in a news release. “They bring a much-needed interstate corridor to the Hampton Roads area, stronger connections between our important military bases, and enhance economic development through faster shipment of freight for our ports and Global TransPark.”
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The state Department of Transportation plans to erect “Future I-42” and “Future I-87” signs.