Interstate 495 / Future I-44 or I-50
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Interstate 495 is a newly designated corridor between I-440 at Raleigh and I-95 at Rocky Mount which creates Raleigh's first direct free-flow Interstate highway link to the northern and mid-Atlantic states. The corridor is concurrent with the US 64 east freeway for its entire length.
The portion from I-440 to I-540 is currently designated as "Interstate 495," with some signage already in place and more to be installed later this year. The remainder of the corridor between I-540 and I-95 is designated as "Future I-495," with signage installed in April 2014.
We are also seeking to have this future Interstate corridor extended from Raleigh to Hampton Roads, Virginia via Elizabeth City, NC -- see below for more information.
NCDOT posted new Interstate 495 and Future Interstate 495 signage in spring 2014.
The new Interstate designation will have a positive impact on economic development, tourism, and commerce:
"Ease and simplicity of access is extremely important to our region’s success and a future Interstate designation will help attract visitors from the population centers to the northeast."
- Dennis Edwards, president and CEO, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau
"Transportation is one of the major factors that site selectors evaluate when making decisions on the location of new businesses, including Interstate access. Proactive efforts to enhance our transportation network, including new and future Interstate corridors, will pay off both in the short-term and in the future.”
- Adrienne Cole, executive director, Wake County Economic Development
Current RTA focus
With the I-495 corridor designation now approved, our focus is to complete the improvements needed to upgrade "Future I-495" to full Interstate status between I-540 at Knightdale and I-95 at Rocky Mount, so that the entire corridor can receive an "Interstate 495" designation.
We are also seeking to receive Congressional approval for an Interstate designation for the entire corridor from Raleigh to the Hampton Roads region of Virginia via I-495 to Rocky Mount and continuing east and northeast via Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The extended corridor from Raleigh to Hampton Roads will be called I-44, I-50, or another suitable two digit Interstate designation.
Successes of RTA and partners
RTA successfully seeks I-495 Interstate designation (media)
I-495 designation announced at RTA 2013 State of Mobility event by Governor McCrory and NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata (media 1, 2)
I-495 designation added to Google maps between I-440 and I-540 in winter 2014
First "Interstate 495" signs posted along corridor between I-440 at Raleigh and I-540 at Knightdale in April 2014, with more to be installed beginning in June 2014
Initial "Future I-495" signs were posted throughout the corridor between I-540 at Knightdale and I-95 at Rocky Mount in April 2014
Legislation that would codify future Interstate from Raleigh to Hampton Roads introduced in US House in June 2014 (H.R. 4829), with bipartisan support and more than half of NC delegation as co-sponsors
NCDOT support for future Interstate from Raleigh to Hampton Roads (overview document, letter of support from Secretary Tata)
Growing support for Interstate corridor from more than 20 partner organizations