Interstate 495 was designated along the U.S. 64 freeway from Interstate 440 in Raleigh east to Interstate 95 near Rocky Mount in an announcement by Governor Pat McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata on December 12, 2013.1 The entire route is currently freeway standard, but only the portion between Interstates 440 and 540 will be initially signed as a full Interstate. The portions east along side both U.S. 64 & 264 from Knightdale to Zebulon, and U.S. 64 east from there to I-95 outside Rocky Mount, are classified as a Future Interstate until inside and outside shoulders along the freeway are widened.
Proposed by the Regional Transportation Alliance in Raleigh and endorsed by several municipalities along the proposed route, Interstate 495 would be designated as a future route with the intent of upgrading the route to full Interstate standards by 2031.1 The resolutions passed in favor of Interstate 495 by local municipalities were largely passed in 2005, with a few endorsing the concept in 2006. Even with local support for this designation, Interstate 495 has not been submitted to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for approval as of July 2007. It is not clear what the status of the route is currently.
The Regional Transportation Alliance has further goals of extending the new Interstate designation eastward along U.S. 64 through Rocky Mount to Williamston and potentially northeast along U.S. 17 to Hampton Roads. Numbers discussed for the corridor include Interstates 44 and 50.1
|A tri-level stack interchange between U.S. 64 & 264 (Knightdale Bypass) and Interstate 440 (Cliff Benson Beltline) is the western terminus of Interstate 495.
|Interstate 495's east end is located at the full-cloverleaf interchange between U.S. 64 and Interstate 95 west of Rocky Mount.
Page Updated December 16, 2013.