Interstate 795 North Carolina

Interstate 795 North Carolina
History
North End
South End

Overview

Interstate 795 branches southeast from I-95 at Exit 119 and accompanies U.S. 264 along the southwestern outskirts of Wilson. I-795 and U.S. 264 (Future I-587) separate at a wye interchange south of Wiggins Mill Reservoir. U.S. 264/Future I-587 continue east to Greenville while I-795 turns south along a rural freeway to the towns of Fremont and Pikeville.

Paralleling U.S. 117 to the west, Interstate 795 reaches the north side of Goldbsboro at U.S. 70 Bypass (Future I-42). A cloverstack joins the two freeways adjacent to Lane Tree Golf Course. I-795 extends another 2.19 miles to U.S. 70 Business and NC Route 581 just west of Downtown Goldsboro.

Exit numbers along I-795 increase from north to south. Counter to standard Interstate exit numbering, the sequence accommodates lengthening the route southward to Interstate 40. Supported by government officials in both Duplin and Wayne Counties, the 24 mile extension will directly replace or bypass portions of U.S. 117 between Goldsboro and I-40. Upgrading the corridor will require eliminating 35 at-grade intersections, around 100 driveways / business entrances and two railroad crossings.5

Future I-795 - Goldsboro, NC

Future I-795 corridor signs were posted by December 2017. This assembly stands just south of U.S. 70 along the connector to NC 581 in Goldsboro. 12/14/17

Route Information

  • North End – Wilson, NC

  • South End – Goldsboro, NC

  • Mileage – 25.46

  • Cities – Goldsboro, Wilson

  • JunctionsI-95

Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List

I-795 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)

Through Goldsboro, four possible routes were considered during a feasibility study completed in 2015. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) budgeted funds for a seven mile stretch of the U.S. 117 Corridor Upgrade, between Genoa Road and Country Club Drive near Mount Olive, starting in 2027. Public meetings and environmental studies take place through 2022.5

History

North Carolina submitted an application to renumber U.S. 117 north from Greensboro to Wilson as Interstate 795 to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on May 4, 2007.1. It was initially rejected, and then conditionally approved at the AASHTO meeting on September 28, 2007.2,3 NCDOT sought to add the U.S. 117 freeway to the Interstate system so that trucks longer than 48 feet could use the U.S. 117-264 freeway alignment. With I-795 approved, trucks meeting this criteria were permitted to use the roadway and as of October 3, 2007, the state highway patrol stopped enforcing the previous truck restriction.4

North End I-95 US 264 FutureI-587 – Wilson, North Carolina

I-795 North US 264 West at I-95

I-795/US 264 north at I-95 - Wilson, NC

I-795 north / U.S. 264 west advance 1.76 miles from NC 42 to Interstate 95 a short distance beyond the Wilson city limits. 12/14/17

I-795/US 264 north at I-95 - Wilson, NC

One half mile ahead of the cloverleaf interchange (Exits 38B/A) with Interstate 95 on I-795/U.S. 264 westbound. 12/14/17

I-795/US 264 north at I-95 - Wilson, NC

An end shield for Interstate 795 precedes the departure of Exit 38B for I-95 north to Rocky Mount, Roanoke Rapids and Petersburg, Virginia. 12/14/17

I-795/US 264 north at I-95 - Wilson, NC

Interstate 95 north connects with U.S. 64 (Future I-87) outside Rocky Mount in 19 miles and reaches Richmond, Virginia in 136 miles. 12/14/17

I-795/US 264 north at I-95 - Wilson, NC

Benson, the town where I-95 and I-40 cross paths, lies 40 miles to the southwest from Exit 38A. U.S. 264 continues west along Future I-587 to Zebulon, where it merges with U.S. 64 and I-87 en route to Knightdale and Raleigh. 12/14/17

I-95 North at I-795 US 264

I-95 north at I-795/US 264 - Wilson, NC

Interstate 95 angles northeast from NC 42 to converge with U.S. 264 (Future I-587) and I-795 south at a rural cloverleaf interchange west of Wilson. 12/21/18

I-95 north at I-795/US 264 - Wilson, NC

St. Rose Church Road spans I-95 one mile south of Exit 119 with U.S. 264 and I-795 south. U.S. 264 comprises an intrastate highway between Raleigh and Manns Harbor. Prior to 2003, the route extended east alongside U.S. 64 to Manteo and Whalebone Junction. 12/21/18

I-95 north at I-795/US 264 - Wilson, NC

A collector distributor roadway splits from the I-95 mainline for Exits 119A to Wilson / Goldsboro and 119B to Raleigh. The freeway along U.S. 264 between Zebulon and Greenville was approved as Future Interstate 587 in 2016. 12/21/18

I-95 north at I-795/US 264 - Wilson, NC

Exit 119A departs the c/d roadway for U.S. 264/Future I-587 east to Wilson and Greenville and Interstate 795 south to Freemont and Pikeville. 12/21/18

South End US 70 US 117 N.C. 581 – Goldsboro, North Carolina

I-795 South at US 70 NC 581 Connector

I-795 south at US 70 - Goldsboro, NC

Interstate 795 travels south between a wooded area along Little River and the Winbon Acres community ahead of Exits 25 A-B with U.S. 70 (Grantham Street). 12/14/17

I-795 south at US 70 - Goldsboro, NC

Separate ramps connect the south end of I-795 with U.S. 70 west toward Smithfield and east to Downtown Goldsboro. Future I-42 along U.S. 70 Bypass to the north serves through traffic around Goldsboro between Raleigh and Kinston. 12/14/17

I-795 south at NC 581 Connector - Goldsboro, NC

NC 581 Connector extends the freeway another 0.62 miles south from I-795 at the U.S. 70 underpass to NC 581 at Ash Street. 12/14/17

US 70 West at I-795 NC 581 Connector

US 13/17 north at NC 581 - Goldsboro, NC

U.S. 70 (Grantham Street) navigates through succeeding parclo interchanges west from Downtown Goldsboro to I-795. The initial exchange connects Grantham Street with U.S. 13/117. I-795 follows northward from NC 581 to U.S. 264 at Wilson. 12/14/17

US 13/17 north at NC 581 - Goldsboro, NC

Interstate 795 extends north from NC 581 Connector, an expressway linking U.S. 13/117 with NC 581 at Ash Street. The rural freeway travels from Goldsboro to Pikesville, Fremont and Black Creek. 12/14/17

NC 581 Connector – North at I-795

US 13/17 north at NC 581 - Goldsboro, NC

U.S. 13/117 north separate with NC 581 just ahead of Ash Street. U.S. 13/117 follow an older freeway (former U.S. 117 Bypass) around central Goldsboro while NC 581 leads directly to Interstate 795. 12/14/17

NC 581 Connector north at I-795/US 70 - Goldsboro, NC

Beyond the signalized turn of NC 581 west onto Ash Street, NC 581 Connector commences along the freeway leading north to I-795 at the exchange with U.S. 70 (Grantham Street). 12/14/17

NC 581 Connector north at I-795/US 70 - Goldsboro, NC

The unnumbered ramp for U.S. 70 departs from NC 581 Connector for Grantham Street east into Downtown Goldsboro and U.S. 70 west to Smithfield and Raleigh. U.S. 70 Bypass (Future I-42) converges with U.S. 70, 4.7 miles to the west. 12/14/17

Sources:

  1. AASHTO Committee Actions – Special Committee on Route Numbering. May 4, 2007
  2. NC Application for I-795 Rejected (For Now) posted by Robert Malme on Southeast Roads at Yahoo!Groups (May 15, 2007).
  3. AASHTO Committee Actions – Special Committee on Route Numbering. September 28, 2007
  4. “U.S. 117 gets OK to allow trucks.” Goldsboro News-Argus (NC), October 2, 2007.
  5. “A new interstate connection between I-40 and I-95 is in the works.” The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), November 28, 2018.

Page updated December 9, 2020.