AASHTO approves North Carolina interstate designations

North Carolina state line welcome signThe American Association of State and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has approved the names of two new interstate routes in the eastern part of the state.

AASHTO gave the nod to I-42 for the US 70 Corridor between I-40 and Morehead City, and I-87 for US 64/17 between Raleigh and the Virginia state line.

“These connections are an integral part of my 25-Year Vision for North Carolina to improve the state’s infrastructure, expand economic opportunities and create jobs,” says Gov. Pat McCrory. “They bring a much-needed interstate corridor to the Hampton Roads area, stronger connections between our important military bases, and enhance economic development through faster shipment of freight for our ports and Global TransPark.”

The N.C. Department of Transportation is now figuring out where it will place “Future I-42” and “Future I-87” signs and pursue requesting approval from the Federal Highway Administration to install the signs.