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

Planned, First contract awarded in May 2024 (NCDOT didn't accept earlier bids, all seen as too high)


NCDOT's I-26 Connector Project Site


I-42 North Carolina shield image from Shields Up!


image of updated logo

Interstate 42, I-40 to Morehead City (Updated 6/22/24)

Part Complete, Rest Planned

                                                                                       I-42 Preliminary Exit List

                       Highway 70 Corridor Commission (Super 70) Site

AARoads Interstate Guide - I-42


I-87 North Carolina Shield image from Shields Up!



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Interstate 87, Raleigh to Norfolk, VA (Updated 6/22/24)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!

image of updated logo

Interstate 73 (Updated 6/9/24)

                        Partially Complete-Under Construction




Image of NC Interstate 74 shield, from Shields Up!

image of updated logo

Interstate 74 (Updated 6/22/24)

                        Partially Complete-Under Construction




Image of NC Interstate 140 shield, from Shields Up!

Wilmington Bypass (Updated 10/1/23)

Complete

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 5/23/24)

Partially Complete-Under Construction


NCDOT Fayetteville Outer Loop Completion Project Site

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!


    

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  aWinston-Salem Northern Beltway (Updated 11/27/22)

Part Planned - Part Under Construction

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

NCDOT's Northern Beltway Project Site

Route Description (AARoads.com)


Image of NC Interstate 285 shield, from Shields Up!


I-85 Winston-Salem Connector (Updated 12/26/23)

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 (Kurumi.com)

Route Description (AARoads.com)


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

Complete




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 I-587 Interstate shield, from Shields Up!

image of updated logo

Zebulon to Greenville Spur (Updated 6/10/24)

                     Partially Signed (I-95 to Greenville), Rest Planned

AARoads Interstate Guide - I-587


Future I-685 from Carolina Core website

image of updated logo

Central Carolina Freeway (NEW 5/28/24)

Proposed


                 This Future interstate would use US 421 from I-85 to Greenville to I-40 in Dunn (or routed along NC 87 to Fayetteville). The future interstate was approved by AASHTO at their Spring 2022 meeting and later by the FHWA.


Image of NC Interstate 785 shield, from Shields Up!

Greensboro to Danville (VA) (Updated 10/8/23)

Partially Complete, Remainder Planned for Construction in 2031

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

Route Description and Photo (AA Roads)

I-785 Article on Wikipedia


Image of NC Interstate 795 shield, from Shields Up!

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Wilson-Goldsboro Freeway (Updated 3/15/24)

(I-95 at US 264 to US 70)

Complete*/Extension to I-40 in Faison 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

Complete as of January 23, 2023 (Updated 11/12/23)

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 6/25/23)

Completed


This new interstate, number approved as of May 9, 2022 by AASHTO, runs from the current I-85/US 70 interchange in Durham to I-40 in Research Triangle Park using the newly constructed East End Connector that opened to traffic the afternoon of June 30, 2022.

AARoads Interstate Guide - I-885

   


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?

Other Possible Interstate routes that have been suggested to NCDOT over the years
(Updated 4/8/24)


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:










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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.