Interstate 885 will run along the Durham Freeway (NC 147) north from I-40 and the Triangle Expressway (Toll NC 147) at Research Triangle Park to the East End Connector. Anticipated to open for traffic in
November 2019 June 2021, 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 I-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 was originally anticipated through May 2020, then November 2020.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will submit Interstate 885 to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) at a future meeting. 2014 sign schematics by NCDOT previously showed the route acknowledged for the East End Connector.