Interstate 795 North Carolina
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 continues 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 North Carolina 581 just west of Downtown Goldsboro.
Exit numbers along I-795 increase from north to south. Counter to standard Interstate 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
North End – Wilson, NC
South End – Goldsboro, NC
Mileage – 25.46
Cities – Goldsboro, Wilson
- Junctions –
Source: December 31, 2018 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-795 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
|Location||Vehicles per day|
|Exits 25 to 22||16,000|
|Exits 22 to 18||19,000|
|Exits 18 to 14||19,000|
|Exits 14 to 9||18,000|
|Exits 9 to 5||19,000|
|Exits 5 to US 264||13,000|
|Exits 43C to 42||33,000|
|Exits 42 to 40||32,000|
|Exits 40 to 38||29,000|
Source: 2017 NCDOT AADT Mapping Application
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
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 Future – Wilson, North Carolina
South End – Goldsboro, North Carolina
- AASHTO Committee Actions – Special Committee on Route Numbering. May 4, 2007
- NC Application for I-795 Rejected (For Now) posted by Robert Malme on Southeast Roads at Yahoo!Groups (May 15, 2007).
- AASHTO Committee Actions – Special Committee on Route Numbering. September 28, 2007
- “U.S. 117 gets OK to allow trucks.” Goldsboro News-Argus (NC), October 2, 2007.
- “A new interstate connection between I-40 and I-95 is in the works.” The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), November 28, 2018.
Page updated February 4, 2019.