U.S. 264 designated as 'future interstate'

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - The Federal Highway Administration has approved making U.S. 264 a future interstate.

Governor McCrory's office says the four-lane highway, between Greenville and Zebulon, will be known as Future Interstate 587.

"Designating U.S. 264 to Greenville as a future interstate is a great milestone that will help fulfill our goal of connecting North Carolina," said Governor Pat McCrory. "Future Interstate 587 will become Greenville's first connection to a major interstate corridor, and this is terrific news for both eastern North Carolina and our entire state."

Greenville is the largest city in the state not served by an interstate highway.

The highway is the third future interstate designation this year in the state. In May, U.S. 70 became Future I-42, while U.S. 64 is Future I-87.


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The plan to make U.S. 264 an interstate took another step closer to happening.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials have okayed the state's application to make the highway, between Greenville and Zebulon, as Future Interstate 587.

Greenville is the largest city in the state that's not served by an interstate and officials have been pushing the plan for years. Much of the highway is already built to interstate standards, according to state officials.

The Federal Highway Administration still has to give final approval to the proposal.

If approved, it would be the third future interstate designation this year in the state. In May, U.S. 70 became Future I-42, while U.S. 64 is Future I-87.