North Carolina's New and Future Interstates*

The following is a list of Interstate highways in North Carolina either proposed, planned, partially completed, or completed within the past 5 years. For additional information, where available, click on the link(s) below the highway number**:

NC Interstate 26 Shield Image, from Shields Up!I-26 Connector, Asheville


NCDOT's I-26 Connector Project Site

I-42 North Carolina shield image from Shields Up!

Updated gif image from web

Interstate 42, I-40 to Morehead City (Updated 1/23/21)


                                                                I-42 Preliminary Exit List (Updated 12/19/18)

                       Highway 70 Corridor Commission (Super 70) Site

AARoads Interstate Guide - I-42

I-87 North Carolina Shield image from Shields Up!

Interstate 87, Raleigh to Norfolk, VA (Updated 10/11/20)f

Part complete, Remainder Planned

        I-87 Preliminary Exit List

Regional Transportation Alliance's Raleigh to Norfolk Corridor Site

AARoads Interstate Guide - I-87 in NC

Image of NC Interstate 73 shield, from Shields Up! Interstate 73 (Updated 2/3/21)

Partially Complete-Under Construction

Image of NC Interstate 74 shield, from Shields Up! Interstate 74 (Updated 2/3/21)

Partially Complete-Under Construction

Image of NC Interstate 140 shield, from Shields Up!

Wilmington Bypass


Image of NC 140 shield, from wikimedia

Governor Easley's 8/22/05 Ribbon Cutting Remarks

Route Description and Photos (AA Roads)


Image of NC Interstate 295 shield, from Shields Up!

NC 295 shield image from Shields Up!

image of updated logo

Fayetteville Outer Loop (Updated 1/23/21)

Partially Complete-Under Construction

NCDOT 2005 Ribbon Cutting Remarks

NCDOT August 2016 Ribbon Cutting Press Release

Image of NC Interstate 74 shield, from Shields Up! Image of NC Interstate 274 shield, from Shields Up! a

image of updated logo

Winston-Salem Northern Beltway (Updated 12/23/20)

Planned-Under Construction

NC 74 shield image from Shields Up!NC 452 shield image from Shields Up!

NCDOT's Northern Beltway Project Site

Route Description (

Image of NC Interstate 285 shield, from Shields Up!

I-85 Winston-Salem Connector

I-85 to I-40 Section Completed, signed in November 2018

I-40 to I-74 Section Planned, Date Undetermined, for now designated as Future I-285

Route Description (

Route Description (

Image of NC Interstate 485 shield, from Shields Up! Charlotte Outerbelt


Image of NC Interstate 495 shield, from Shields Up! Connecting I-95 to Raleigh (Signed 2014-2017)

Route Now to be Signed as I-87, FHWA Decommissioned Route in Feb. 2017

See webpage for Historical Overview and Photos

Image of NC Interstate 540 shield, from Shields Up! Image of NC 540 shield, from Shields Up! Raleigh Outer Loop b

Partially Complete, Remainder Planned

Free Portion (I-540)

Toll Portion (NC 540)

NCDOT's Western Wake Freeway Project Site

Triangle Expressway Map in 2009 NCTA Annual Report

Image of NC Interstate 785 shield, from Shields Up! Greensboro to Danville (VA)

Partially Complete, Remainder Planned for Construction in 2027

See Greensboro Urban Loop page for the completed section of I-785

Route Description and Photo (AA Roads)

I-785 Article on Wikipedia

Image of NC Interstate 795 shield, from Shields Up!

Wilson-Goldsboro Freeway

(I-95 at US 264 to US 70)

Complete*/Extension planned starting after 2029

I-795 Exit List

Image of NC Interstate 73 shield, from Shields Up! Image of NC Interstate 85 shield, from Shields Up! Image of NC Interstate 785 shield, from Shields Up! Image of NC Interstate 840 shield, from Shields Up! Image of US 421 shield, from Shields Up! Greensboro Urban Loop c

Part Complete-Rest Under Construction

image of updated logo

(Updated 1/29/21)

Official NCDOT Greensboro Urban Loop Website

Northern half (I-840) Description and Photos (AA Roads)

Image of Interstate 885 NC shield, from Shields Up!Durham East End-RTP Connector (Updated 2/19/21)

Updated gif image from webUnder Construction

This proposed interstate, number not officially approved, would run from the current I-85/US 70 interchange in Durham to I-40 once construction of the East End Connector is completed in June 2021.

AARoads Interstate Guide - I-885


Image of I-587 Interstate shield, from Shields Up!

Updated gif image from web

Greenville Interstate 87 Connector (Updated 2/7/21)

Under Construction

This future interstate will run from US 64 (Future I-87) at Zebulon east to Greenville along an upgraded US 264. This proposal was announced by NCDOT on Sept. 7, 2016g with the agency sending applications for the proposal to be approved by AASHTO at their October 2016 meeting in Boston and to the FHWA. AASHTO's Committee on US Route Numbering rejected the application on 10/26/16, however, the Special Committee on Highways, of which the US Route Numbering committee is part, apparently overruled them and approved the designation at their meeting in Boston on 11/13/16.h The FHWA sent a letter approving the route as an addition to the interstate system on 11/21/16.i It is unknown at this time when any part of the route will be signed. 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 was approved. The NCDOT 2020-2029 STIP released in August 2019 has 2 funded projects related to upgrading US 264 to Interstate Standards that started in 2019. Project I-6032 will widen the shoulders as part of a pavement rehabilitation contract in Greene County while Project I-6035 will do the same in Pitt County, both projects were later combined. Work started on September 30, 2019 and as of the end of 2020 was listed as 94.5% complete, despite this, the official completion date is listed as March 14, 2022.j Both are east of Wilson County where US 264 is already Interstate standard. There are no other upgrade projects west of Wilson County listed in the STIP document, nor any mention of whether NCDOT will sign US 264 as I-587 east of I-95, which they could do, when the work in Greene and Pitt County is completed.k

A Future I-587 sign courtesy of JTL:

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

I-587 Preliminary Exit List

Map of NC Future Interstates posted on NCDOT website, December 2017:

Image of NC Future Interstate routes as of Dec. 2017, by NCDOT

Future, Future NC Interstates?

Updated gif image from web

Other Possible Interstate routes that have been suggested to NCDOT
(Last Updated 2/26/20)

A Couple Other Future Interstate Suggestions

Completely unofficial ideas of mine

Image of NC Interstate 273 shield, from Shields Up!PTI Airport Connector

Possible number for proposed freeway that would run from I-73/Bryan Blvd near PTI Airport to split of I-40 and Business 40 west of Greensboro, or for an alternate proposal (the I-73/74 Connector) that would run the highway from Bryan Blvd. at NC 68 to the I-74 Winston-Salem Beltway (if both parts are built the part running from the I-73/74 Connector south to I-40, (called the 'I-40 Connector' in some proposals) could get another number).  The I-73/74 Connector proposal was added to the NCDOT State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) in November 2005 for environmental and planning purposes only. It was then under study by the North Carolina Turnpike Authority for a short period as to whether it could be built as a toll road. Apparently this proved unfeasible, and is no longer listed as a NCTA proposal. The proposed highways can be seen in this map courtesy of the Winston-Salem Journal:

Downloaded from:, 10/19/2005.

Image of MA Interstate 193 shield, from Shields Up! Interstate 193 - Braintree to Cape Cod

Yes, this is not a North Carolina route, but one from my home state of Massachusetts. The proposed designation for current MA 3 between I-93 in Braintree and US 6 at the Sagamore Bridge in Bourne. If one can take an interstate spur from Providence, RI to Cape Cod why can't drivers from Boston to the Cape? Besides, doesn't America's Hometown (Plymouth) deserve its own interstate?

For the complete proposal, and others, visit my new Improving the Massachusetts Highway System Website.