I-87 brings the Triangle and northeastern NC together

This week, the NC East Alliance economic development organization — the counterpart to the Research Triangle Regional Partnership in our area — held an I-87 working group meeting online.

Nearly 200 people attended the event, which spoke of current work and future opportunities to advance the corridor between Raleigh and Norfolk, Va. via Elizabeth City.

I provided opening remarks, speaking of the history of RTA’s engagement with I-87, which has become our first north-south primary Interstate in Wake County, and our future Interstate linkage to I-95 north.

RTA has supported this corridor for more than 15 years, and we seen tangible improvements — from former Governor McCrory’s announcement of the initial Interstate designation at our annual meeting in 2013, to Congressional approval of the entire two-state corridor in 2015, to the receipt of the I-87 designation in 2016 and subsequent posting along the US 64 corridor itself.

How do you complete a 200 mile upgrade to Interstate? The same way you eat an elephant:  one bite at a time.

If we work together — and thanks to partners including NCDOT, the NC East Alliance, the Highway 17/64 Association, and many others including our federal and state delegations — Interstate 87 can be a gift that we give to our children, rather than just to our grandchildren.

You can find more information via the following links:

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director

RTA is the voice of the regional business community on transportation


Gold members

Thank you to our Omnia Gold, Sustaining Gold, and Gold members

Omnia Gold