I-587 is unveiled: welcome to a new eastern Interstate
- June 30, 2022
- Posted by: Joe Milazzo II
- Category: Blog
Greenville is the home of East Carolina University, some of the state’s best barbecue, and now the eastern terminus of Interstate 587. Running along the US 264 corridor from I-95 to NC 11 at Vidant Medical Center, the signing of I-587 puts Greenville on the national Interstate map, and it also brings our extended Triangle metropolitan area another new Interstate corridor. Prior to this Interstate, Greenville was one of the largest cities not being serviced by one.
“I’m beyond pleased that after 50-plus years without interstate connectivity to Greene and Pitt counties, the day has finally come for us to announce the official addition of I-587 to the United States Interstate Highway program,” said Thomas Taft, Jr., who represents the Greenville area for the N.C. Board of Transportation.
Joey Hopkins, chief operating officer for NCDOT, highlighted several of the benefits of the Interstate designation, noted that it would enhance connectivity for people and goods, make the area more marketable and attractive, and boost economic development. He said that “That blue sign means a lot to economic development and it means a lot to have it in this community.”
I-587 isn’t done yet — when NCDOT completes the widening of US 64/264 in eastern Wake County from Wendell to Zebulon and modernization to Interstate standards for US 64 and 264 east of Zebulon, the US 64/264 split in eastern Wake County will someday be the I-87/I-587 split.
Lets Get Moving,
Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director
RTA is the voice of the regional business community on transportation