New/FutureImage of I-587 Interstate shield, from Shields Up!In North Carolina


The 56 mile future interstate spur of I-87 will run from Zebulon east to Greenville along an upgraded US 264 freeway. Permission was granted by AASHTO in May 2021 and the FHWA in November 2021 for NCDOT to sign the route along 37 miles east of I-95. NCDOT started signing that portion of the route on June 22, 2022, changing all the signs and mile markers may take several months.

Go to Photos (New 8/5/22)

Check out My I-587 Preliminary Exit List  (Updated 7/29/21)

Map of the proposed interstate from NCDOT's AASHTO application:

Image of I-587 corridor map submitted to AASHTO in fall of 2016

Route History

This proposal was announced by NCDOT on Sept. 7, 2016 with the agency sending applications for the proposal to be approved by AASHTO at their October 2016 meeting in Boston and to the FHWA.1 AASHTO's Committee on US Route Numbering (USRN) rejected the application on October 26, 2016, however, the Special Committee on Highways, of which the US Route Numbering committee is part, apparently overruled them and approved the designation at the Fall 2016 AASHTO Meeting in Boston on November 13, 2016.2 The FHWA then sent a letter approving the route as an addition to the interstate system on November 21, 2016.3 Officials from the Greenville area lobbied state and federal agencies for the city, the largest in NC without an interstate connection, for a spur route once the I-87 designation between Raleigh and Norfolk, VA was approved.

NCDOT Gets Permission to Sign I-587 East of I-95 (Updated 7/14/22)

The NCDOT 2020-2029 STIP released in August 2019 had 2 funded projects related to upgrading US 264 to Interstate Standards that started in 2019. Project I-6032 would widen the shoulders as part of a pavement rehabilitation contract in Greene County while Project I-6035 would do the same in Pitt County, both projects were later combined.4 Work started on September 30, 2019 and on March 17, 2021 NCDOT announced work had been completed several months early.5 Both these projects were east of Wilson County where US 264 meets I-95, and where the route is already up to Interstate standards. In May 2021 AASHTO's USRN approved the signing of I-587 from I-95 to Greenville and noted in their application approval that the FHWA had signed off as well.6 An announcement by NCDOT on when I-587 is signed was expected some time in August, but did not happen.7 In October 2021, an NCDOT official stated that despite the AASHTO announcement about the FHWA, they had not approved I-587 as of yet, but it was expected in 2022.8 A poster on the AARoads Forum indicated they had sent an email to NCDOT about I-587 signing, and got the same response, that it was expected some time in 2022. The post also said NCDOT planned to petition AASHTO at their Fall Meeting to revert US 264 back to its original alignment, now US 264 Alt., between current Exit 51 and the NC 11 Greenville Bypass.9 Finally, NCDOT posted a press release on November 16, 2021 saying the FHWA had signed off on signing I-587. The announcement reiterated that the signing will not take place until 2022, since signing plans still had to be completed, an affirmation that they are still waiting for AASHTO's decision on US 264 before finalizing plans.10 In November 2021 AASHTO agreed to NCDOT's application to reroute US 264. Here is the map of the new route submitted with the application:11

NCDOT maps of proposed relocated US 264 east of Wilson submitted to AASHTO in the fall of 2021, later approved

NCDOT had an official sign unveiling ceremony on June 22, 2022 near Greenville where the first I-587 shield was revealed. Here is a photo of the sign12:

Image of new West I-587 reassurance marker revealed by NCDOT in Pitt County on June 22, 2022, from WITN news website

The former US 264 exit on the NC 11 Bypass now displays an I-587 shield, photo courtesy of the City of Greenville:

Image of new I-587 shield on 1 mile advance former US 264 exit sign on NC 11 North Bypass in Greenville, by City of Greenville June 2022

The first 'sign' of a second 3-di concurrence, just beyond the NC 42 interchange, taken by Google Maps in July 2022. Shields had not been updated westbound when this photo was taken:

Image of sign assembly with I-587 and I-795 shields near Wilson, by Google Maps Street View, July 2022

A new I-587 shield, with US Route directional banner, in Wilson on top of the original I-795/US 264 reassurance markers. The I-587/I-795 concurrency is only the second on the Interstate system, the other being I-471/I-280 in Cleveland. In early July additional I-587 shields were added, including to overhead signs along US 264/Bypass NC 11 around Greenville.

Despite the start of placement of I-587 mile markers and I-587 shields on signs in the Greenville area in June 2022, NCDOT has stated that adding all the I-587 signs, replacing the rest of the mile markers, and changing exit numbers may take several months to complete (citing the large number of signs, 900, and supply issues regarding aluminum signing).13 As of August 1, no exit renumbering had taken place in the Wilson area, photo courtesy of Rich Elkins:

Image of new East I-587 reassurance marker in Wilson with US style direction banner, and unchanged 
      exit number on 1 mile advance sign for Old Stantonburg Road exit, photo courtesy of Rich Elkins, August 2022 

There are no other US 264 interstate upgrade projects west of Wilson County listed in the new Draft 2024-2033 STIP document released in June 2022, however, NCDOT indicated in a press release that stated US 264 exit numbers and mile markers between US 64 and I-95 would be changed to conform to those to be used on I-587 on July 27, 2022, that work to upgrade this section is planned to start in 3 or 4 years.14 There is a $13 million pavement rehabilitation project for US 264 from US 64 to the Wilson County line (HI-0013) that is to be let in the spring of 2025 listed in the STIP, but an interstate upgrade would require more than just shoulder widening, perhaps NCDOT is hoping to get temporary waivers to allow I-587 to be signed.15

Issue with I-587's Direction

Apparently, NCDOT originally planned to sign I-587, despite its basic east-west direction, as a North-South route, as shown in this sign plan created for the NC 11 Southwest Bypass project:

NCDOT I-587 sign plan at NC 11 Greenville Bypass, 2019

Not only is I-587 signed North-South in the plans, North would have been the direction towards Wilson and Zebulon where, when I-87 is signed, there will be signage heading east indicating a split between I-87 North and I-587 South. This would also mean that the exits should decrease headed toward Greenville. An NCDOT spokesman stated that since I-87 was a North-South route, it's spur route had to have those same directions. This is despite examples to the contrary in other states.14 However, in October 2021 an NCDOT sign engineer, Jim Dunlop, said he had seen the plans for re-signing the route as I-587 and the route was signed as East-West, he also stated exits would be renumbered as part of the same contract with the NC 42 exit becoming Exit 20, which proved to be correct when NCDOT put up the signs in June 2022.16

Photos (New 9/5/22)

The following mile marker images were taken from screen grabs of Google Maps Street View images taken between June and August 2022 from just prior to the placement of I-587 shields along the highway, to the placement of new reassurance markers from Greenville to Wilson, they include eastbound mile markers taken from the other side of the highway where the other direction had not been updated:

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for I-587 West on US 264 West/NC 11 Bypass South in Greenville, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

A July capture of the beginning of I-587 West signed along the Greenville Bypass, in this case the 1/2 Mile advance sign.

Image of overhead exit sign for I-587 West on US 264/NC 11 Bypass in Greenville, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

The exit sign with I-587 shield. The signs beyond at that time had not been updated to suggest US 264 South continues on the Bypass.

Image of the End sign for I-587 East at the US 264/NC 11 Bypass exit in Greenville, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

A recently placed End I-587 sign beyond the ramp to the Bypass headed south.

Image of first West I-587 mile marker beyond the US 264/NC 11 Bypass exit in Greenville, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

The first I-587 West mile marker after the Bypass on-ramp.

Image of first West I-587 reassurance marker beyond the US 264/NC 11 Bypass exit in Greenville, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

The first I-587 West reassurance marker with its US shield directional banner.

Image of last East I-587 mile marker beyond the Mozingo Road exit in Greenville, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

The last I-587 East reassurance marker prior to the Greenville Bypass interchange, as seen from the westbound lanes.

Image of second West I-587 reassurance marker beyond the Mozingo Road exit in Greenville, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

The next I-587 West reassurance marker after to the Mozingo Road exit.

Image of I-587 East mile marker 50, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

The I-587 East Mile 50 marker placed by July.

Image of East I-587 reassurance marker after US 158 South exit in Farmville, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

A I-587 East reassurance marker after the US 158 South exit, exit numbers had not been updated as of July.

Image of recently placed West I-587 mile marker in Farmville, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

From June 2022, one of the new West I-587 mile markers placed before the NC 91 exit. Other markers documented at that time by Google Maps Street View:

Image of recently placed East I-587 mile marker in Farmville, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

Image of recently placed West I-587 mile marker in Snow Hill, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

Image of recently placed West I-587 mile marker in Saratoga, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

 Image of recently placed West I-587 mile marker in Wilson, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

 Image of recently placed East I-587 mile marker in Wilson, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

 Image of recently placed East I-587 mile marker in Wilson, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

 Image of recently placed West I-587 mile marker in Wilson, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

 Image of recently placed East I-587 mile marker in Wilson, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

 Image of recently placed West I-587 mile marker in Wilson, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

West I-587 mile marker prior to the US 301 exit, which should then be Exit 25 and not have the same number as I-795, see below.

Image of second East I-587 mile marker prior to NC 42 exit in Wilson, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

An I-587 East Mile 23 marker prior to the I-795 exit, will should thus be 23.

Image of overhead signage on I-587 West at Downing Street exit showing no update of exit number
      on I-587 West/I-795 North and US 264 West in Wilson, Google Maps Street View image, August 2022

An August image shows new exit numbers, at least in the Wilson area at the Downing Street exit headed west, had not been put up as of yet.

 Image of recently placed West I-587 mile marker in Wilson, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

Westbound I-587 Mile 22 and 1/2 marker put up by June.

 Image of recently placed East I-587 mile marker in Wilson, Google Maps Street View, June 2022

An I-587 East mile marker prior to the NC 42 exit taken from the westbound lanes.

Image of second East I-587 mile marker prior to NC 42 exit in Wilson, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

An I-587 East Mile 20 marker prior to the NC 42 exit, the second last.

Image of first I-587/I-795/US 264 reassurance marker assembly after I-95 exit in Wilson, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

The first I-587/I-795/US 264 reassurance marker assembly after the I-95 exit.

Image of first East I-587 mile marker at I-95 interchange in Wilson, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

The first I-587 East Mile marker at the I-95 interchange.

Previous Photos

NCDOT Traffic camera image showing I-587 East exit sign on US 264/NC 11 Bypass still with US 264 shield on July 30, was seen in place as of August 1, prior to camera switching position.

NCDOT traffic camera image of I-587 East exit on US 264 East/NC 11 Bypass North, July 2022

New photos taken along the Future I-587 corridor in June 2021 by Adam Prince:

A. West of I-95-Segment not up to interstate standards

Ground mounted ramp sign for NC 58 exit on US 264 West (Future I-587 North) in Bailey, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

NC 581 exit sign in Bailey, note substandard shoulder width for an Interstate highway.

Ground mounted ramp sign for West US 264 Alternate exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Sims, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

Six miles further east is the first of two US 264 Alternate exits, also with substandard shoulders.

Ground mounted ramp sign for East US 264 Alternate exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Sims, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The US 264 Alternate East exit, the shoulders are interstate standard from here on.

Ground mounted 1 mile advance sign for I-95 exits on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Wilson, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The 1 mile advance for the I-95 interchange on US 264 East.

Overhead signage at ramp for I-95 South exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Wilson, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The overhead signs at the ramp for I-95 South.

Overhead ramp sign for I-95 North exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Wilson, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

And for I-95 South, the beginning of I-795 South.

B. East of I-95-Segment up to interstate standards

Ground mounted ramp sign for NC 42 exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Wilson, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The exit sign for NC, not Interstate, 42 along I-795 South/US 264 East.

Overhead advance signs for US 301 and I-795 South exits on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Wilson, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The 1/2 mile advance sign for I-795 South paired with the 1 Mile advance for the US 301 exit. Will the exit numbers be changed when I-587 is signed to those of I-587 or I-795?

Overhead signage at ramp for I-795 South exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Wilson, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The exit sign for I-795 South paired with the 1/2 Mile advance for US 301.

Overhead 1/4 mile advance signage for US 301 South exit US 264 West (Future I-587 North) in Wilson, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

Overhead signage approaching the US 301 South exit on US 264 West, Future I-587 North. 

Overhead signage at ramp for US 301 South exit US 264 West (Future I-587 North) in Wilson, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

Overhead signage at the US 301 South exit. 

1 Mile advance sign for Old Stantonsburg Road exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Greene County, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The 1 Mile advance sign for the Old Stantonsburg Road exit prior to an East US 264 reassurance marker (soon to be accompanied by an I-587 shield?).

1 Mile advance sign for NC 58 exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Wilson, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The 1 Mile advance sign for NC 58 exit.

Ground mounted ramp sign for NC 58 exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Wilson, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The NC 58 exit sign beyond the recently widened shoulders.

1 Mile advance sign for Alternate US 264 exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Greene County, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The 1 Mile advance sign for next Alternate US 264 exit.

1 Mile advance sign for NC 111/222 exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Greene County, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The 1 Mile advance sign for the next exit headed east, NC 111/222.

1 Mile advance sign for NC 91 exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Walstonburg, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The 1 Mile advance sign for the NC 91 exit in Walstonburg.

Ground mounted ramp sign for NC 121 North exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Farmville, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The exit sign for NC 121 North, note the new guardrail put in after the shoulders were widened.

2 Miles advance sign for US 258 North exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Farmville, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The only 2 Miles advance sign on US 264 for the US 258, in reality now US 258 North, exit. This exit sign has not been changed since US 258 South was rerouted onto US 264.

Ground mounted ramp sign for US 258 North exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Farmville, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The US 258 exit sign with US 258 North and South trailblazers, to make up for not revising the exit sign.

Image of US 258 and US 264 trailblazers on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Farmville, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

South US 258 and East US 264 trailblazers along widened shoulders awaiting I-587 signage in Farmville.

Image of completed shoulder work on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Greene County, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The interstate standard widened shoulder along US 264 East.

Image of ground mounted ramp sign for Mozingo Road exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Pitt County, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The completed widened shoulder work continues approaching the Mozingo Road exit.

1/2 Mile advance sign for US 264 East/NC 11 Greenville Bypass exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Greenville, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The 1/2 Mile advance sign for the NC 11 Bypass exit, the future end of I-587.

Image of auxiliary sign for US 264 East/NC 11 Greenville Bypass exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Greenville, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The auxiliary sign for East Carolina University on other side of widened shoulder.

Image of overhead ramp sign for US 264 East/NC 11 Greenville Bypass exit on US 264 East (Future I-587 South) in Greenville, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

The exit sign for the NC 11 Bypass South, the second to last I-587 exit.

Two of the several Future I-587 signs put up at along US 264 at county lines:

Image of Future I-587 sign at county line on US 264 East, photo by Adam Prince, June 2021

Future I-587 sign put up on US 264 in Wilson County, from JTL

Photo courtesy of Adam Prince

Image of Begin Future I-587 sign in Greenville, courtesy of WNCT

Photo courtesy of WNCN

Notes

1. NC Governor's Office. 2016. "State Seeking Future Interstate Designation for U.S. 264 to Greenville." Press Release. Sept. 7, 2016. Downloaded from: http://governor.nc.gov/press-release/state-seeking-future-interstate-designation-us-264-greenville

2. NC Governor's Office. 2016. "Transportation Association Recommends Approval of Future Interstate Designation for US 264 to Greenville." Press Release, November 15. Downloaded from: https://governor.nc.gov/press-release/transportation-association-recommends-approval-future-interstate-designation-us-264, 11/15/16. i. Federal Highway Administration. 2016. Letter to Michael L. Holder, PE, NCDOT from Gregory G. Nadeau, Regional Administrator, FHWA. November 21. Downloaded from: http://butterfield.house.gov/sites/butterfield.house.gov/files/wysiwyg_uploaded/2016_11_21_12_26_17.pdf, 11/22/16.

3. Federal Highway Administration. 2016. Letter to Michael L. Holder, PE, NCDOT from Gregory G. Nadeau, Regional Administrator, FHWA. November 21. Downloaded from: http://butterfield.house.gov/sites/butterfield.house.gov/files/wysiwyg_uploaded/2016_11_21_12_26_17.pdf, 11/22/16.

4. NCDOT. 2019. State Transportation Improvement Program, 2020-2029, Draft. January 10. Division 2, p. 11 of 43, p. 21 of 43.

5. NCDOT. 2021. "Paving Project in Two Eastern Counties Completed Early." Press Release. March 17. Downloaded from: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2021/2021-03-17-pitt-greene-highway-paving-complete.aspx, March 18.

6. AASHTO Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering. May 2021. 2021 Spring Meeting Report to the Council of Highways and Streets, p. 7, p. 12.  Downloaded from: https://www.dropbox.com/s/125edrwda3y1bmw/Final%20_Report_USRN%20Application%20Results%20Spring%202021.pdf?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR2rFGGv8FpX2xDmWBFOkuEdv VeDhAuQdBhh5cidRCTs4KoJ3cmb _n_XeaU, August 10, 2021.

7. JDunlop. 2021. Post #381 to AARoads Forum, Southeast Region, Future I-587 in NC thread, August 4.

8. JDunlop. 2021. Post #429 to AARoads Forum, Southeast Region, Future I-587 in NC thread, October 8. Downloaded from: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=19189.msg2669469#msg2669469, October 13, 2021.

9. WashuOtaku. Post #407 to AARoads Forum, Southeast Region, Future I-587 in NC thread, August 27. Downloaded from: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=19189.msg2654729#msg2654729, September 3, 2021.

10. NCDOT. 2021. "U.S. 264 in Eastern N.C. Earns Interstate Designation." Press Release. November 16. Downloaded from: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2021/2021-11-16-i-587-designation-approved.aspx, November 16, 2021.

11. AASHTO. 2021. Special Committee on US Route Numbering Fall 2021 Meeting Applications Summary, p. 21. Downloaded from: https://route.transportation.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2022/02/USRN-Applications-Fall-2021.pdf, February 14, 2022.

12. WITN Web Team. 2022. "Greenville finally gets interstate highway connection." June 22. Downloaded from: https://www.witn.com/2022/06/22/section-roadway-becomes-interstate-new-signs-be-unveiled/, June 22.

13. Gruner, Pat. 2022. "Community celebrates signage for Interstate 587." The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC). June 23. Downloaded from:https://www.reflector.com/news/local/community-celebrates-signage-for-interstate-587/article_6ba29ba2-29cd-51dd-a31d-ecfff55cbf02.html,  July 27, 2022.

14. NCDOT. 2022. "New Numbering System for Future I-587 East of Raleigh." Press Release. July 27. Downloaded from: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2022/2022-07-27-new-signs-future-i-587.aspx, July 27, 2022.

15. NCDOT. 2022. Draft State Transportation Improvement Project (STIP), 2024-2033. Downloaded from:https://www.ncdot.gov/initiatives-policies/Transportation/stip/development/Documents/2024-2033-draft-stip.xlsx, June 16, 2022.

16. JDunlop. 2021. Post #438 to AARoads Forum, Southeast Region, Future I-587 in NC thread, October 8. Downloaded from: https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=19189.msg2669932#msg2669932, October 13, 2021.

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