Interstate 587 North Carolina
Interstate 587 will overlay the U.S. 264 freeway east from its split with U.S. 64 (Future I-87) at Zebulon, to Greenville. The rural freeway joins Raleigh with Wilson as well, and partially coincides with Interstate 795 between I-95 and its continuation south to Goldsboro.
North Carolina applied for Interstate status along U.S. 264 to AASHTO in September 2016.1 While it appeared that AASHTO would reject the proposal,2 as announced by the office of Governor Pat McCrory on November 15, 2016, the Route Numbering Committee instead approved I-587. The decision adds the city of Greenville to the Interstate system, which supporters hope will further spur economic development in eastern North Carolina. This region of the state previously gained future Interstates 42 and 87 earlier in 2016.3
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the NCDOT application for Interstate 587 by November 21, 2016.4 Approximately $100 million in improvements are needed to bring the route to Interstate standards. Upgrades include expanding shoulders from the Wilson and Greene County line east to Exit 73. The outside shoulders along this stretch are presently only four feet in width, while Interstate standards require ten foot shoulders.5 Additionally some of the overpasses spanning U.S. 264 do not meet current clearance standards.1
East End – Greenville, NC
West End – Zebulon, NC
Mileage – 56
Cities – Zebulon, Wilson, Greenville
- Junctions –
Future I-587 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Location||Vehicles per day|
Source: 2017 NCDOT AADT Mapping Application
East End – Greenville, North Carolina
West End Future – Zebulon, North Carolina
Traffic separates from U.S. 64 and 264 east at a trumpet interchange (Exit 436) on the north side of Zebulon.
- “Greenville would benefit from U.S. 264 interstate designation.” Public Radio East, September 19, 2016.
- AASHTO Standing Committee on Highways – SCOH Meeting. AASHTO 2016 Annual Meeting – Boston, MA, November 13, 2016. brochure, Pages 47 & 48.
- “Transportation Association Recommends Approval of Future Interstate Designation for U.S. 264 to Greenville.” North Carolina Office of the Governor, press release. November 15, 2016.
- “Governor McCrory Announces Designation for U.S. 264 to Greenville.” North Carolina Office of the Governor, press release. November 21, 2016.
- “Re: Interstate 587 (NC)” online posting by LM117, AARoads Forum, November 15, 2016.
- “How Quad-East could connect four of eastern Carolina’s metro areas.” WNCT (Kinston, NC), August 9, 2016.
Page updated November 22, 2016.