Interstate 885 will run along the Durham Freeway (N.C. 147) north from I-40 and the Triangle Expressway (Toll N.C. 147) at Research Triangle Park to the East End Connector. Anticipated to open for traffic in November 2019, the East Connector is a 1.25 mile long roadway under construction between the Durham Freeway and the east Durham bypass (U.S. 70) near East End Avenue. I-885 will overlay U.S. 70 northward to Interstate 85 & U.S. 15 at Exit 178.
Right of way acquisition for the East End Connector commenced in April 2012. Construction on the $142-million project was pushed back from April 2014 to a starting date in February 2015. Work runs through May 2020.
NCDOT will submit Interstate 885 to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) at a future meeting for the planned corridor between Interstates 40 and 85. 2014 sign schematics by NCDOT already show the route acknowledged for the East End Connector.