The stretch of U.S. 64 between Interstate 95 in Rocky Mount and Interstate 440 in Raleigh will become part of an interstate itself, according to a press release from Gov. Pat McCrory’s office.
The section of U.S. 64 will become part of Interstate 495, a designation that the governor and local business people say will raise the profile of the highway.
“This designation is critical to further economic development in the region,” McCrory said in remarks prepared for a meeeting with the Regional Transportation Alliance in Cary. “We can now tell businesses who want to locate to the area that they will have a future interstate connection to the vital I-95 corridor.”
N.C. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said the change comes as welcome news.
“This designation is an important part of our future vision for transportation in North Carolina and is key to promoting job creation and aligning our infrastructure with commerce activity,” Tata said in the statement prepared by the governor’s office.
Shoulders along U.S. 64 will be widened to meet interstate standards, officials said. The U.S. 64 stretch will be designated as Future I-495 until that project is completed.