Interstate 495 / Future I-44 or I-50

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We are seeking to have the entire highway corridor from Raleigh to Hampton Roads, Virginia via Elizabeth City and Rocky Mount, NC designated as a future primary Interstate corridor, such as future Interstate 44 or 50.

This initiative has already achived a degree of success:  Governor McCrory announced at the RTA Annual Meeting in December 2013 that the portion of US 64 between I-440 at Raleigh and I-95 at Rocky Mount was designated as an Interstate / future Interstate 495. which creates Raleigh's first direct free-flow Interstate highway corridor to the northern and mid-Atlantic states. The portion from I-440 to I-540 is currently designated as "Interstate 495," with the remainder of the corridor between I-540 and I-95 is designated as "Future I-495."  The corridor is concurrent with the US 64 east freeway for its entire length.

The initiative enjoys the support of the regional transportation planning agencies serving Raleigh, Hampton Roads, and Rocky Mount, NC, as well as from the business organizations serving those areas, and legislation has been introduced in both houses of Congress to make the future Interstate designation a reality. See below for more information.



NCDOT posted new Interstate 495 and Future Interstate 495 signage in spring 2014.


"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


“This could be our most significant effort. Eliminating the Hampton Roads cul-de-sac is a long term game changer for our region. I am very supportive."
Alan Witt, CEO, PBMares, LLP, and executive committee member, Hampton Roads Business Roundtable


Current RTA focus

  • We are 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.
  • With the I-495 corridor designation now approved for the western portion of the corridor, we are seeking 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 west of I-95 can receive a full Interstate (as opposed to "future 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
  • Legislation that would codify future Interstate from Raleigh to Hampton Roads introduced in US Senate in July 2014 (S 2720) by Senator Hagan with Senator Burr co-sponsoring.
  • 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 25 partner organizations in North Carolina and Virginia


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