Interstate 795 North Carolina
Interstate 795 branches southeast from I-95 at Exit 119 and accompanies I-587 and U.S. 264 along the southwestern outskirts of Wilson. I-795 and I-587/U.S. 264 separate at a wye interchange south of Wiggins Mill Reservoir. I-587/U.S. 264 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 I-42/U.S. 70 Bypass. 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 a planned southward extension to Interstate 40. Supported by government officials in both Duplin and Wayne Counties, the 24 mile long 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
Source: December 31, 2021 Interstate Route Log and Finders List
I-795 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Source: 2019 AADT NCDOT AADT Mapping Application
There are six sections along the U.S. 117 Corridor Upgrade from Goldsboro south to Mount Olive and I-40. Through Goldsboro, four possible routes were considered during a feasibility study completed in 2015. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) budgeted funds for right of way acquisition along a seven mile stretch of the U.S. 117 Corridor Upgrade, between Genoa Road and Country Club Drive near Mount Olive, starting in 2024. Construction dates are to be determined as no funds were allocated the project in the 2020-2029 STIP. Furthermore Section A, from I-40 to W Trade Street and Section B, from W Trade Street to Country Club Road are still in the planning phase not funded in the 2020-2029 STIP. Public meetings and environmental studies took 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 freeway alignment along U.S. 117 and U.S. 264. 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
North West at
South End – Goldsboro, North Carolina
South at Connector
West at Connector
Connector – North at
- 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 June 1, 2022.