Interstate 587 (North Carolina)

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Interstate 587

I-587 highlighted in red; Future I-587 highlighted in blue
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-87
Maintained by NCDOT
Length37.07 mi[1] (59.66 km)
ExistedJune 22, 2022–present
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
West end I-95 / I-795 / US 264 near Wilson
Major intersections
East end
US 264 / NC 11 Byp. in Greenville
Location
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountiesWilson, Greene, Pitt
Highway system
NC 581 US 601

Interstate 587 (I-587) is a 37.07-mile (59.66 km) auxiliary Interstate Highway in the US state of North Carolina. The western terminus of the highway is at I-95, I-795, and US Highway 264 (US 264) near Wilson. The highway runs concurrently with I-795 and US 264 around the southern side of Wilson. I-795 diverges toward Goldsboro 4.4 miles (7.1 km) east of I-95. The eastern end of the US 264 overlap is located northwest of Saratoga. I-587 continues travelling east, bypassing Saratoga and Farmville to the north. The eastern terminus of I-587 is located at US 264 and North Carolina Highway 11 Bypass (NC 11 Byp) in western Greenville. I-587 is a spur of the North Carolina segment of I-87 which runs from Raleigh to Wendell. As of 2023, I-587 does not connect with its parent route.

On establishment of the North Carolina Highway System, the primary route between Wilson and Greenville was NC 91. US 264 was signed along the route in 1932 and NC 91 was decommissioned. Over the years, US 264 was improved and in 1992, a freeway was completed between I-95 in Wilson and Greenville. In January 2013, the mayors of Greenville, Ayden, and Kinston began a political push for an Interstate designation between Greenville and I-95. On November 14, 2016, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) designated the highway as the Future I-587 corridor. On May 10, 2021, the highway was officially established from I-95 in Wilson to US 264/NC 11 Byp. in Greenville and was signed in June 2022. In the future, I-587 will extend west to I-87 and US 64 in Zebulon.

Route description

I-587 begins at an interchange between I-95 and I-795 and US 264 southwest of Wilson. US 264 extends west to Raleigh, while the interchange marks the northern terminus of I-795. I-587, I-795, and US 264 travel east around southern Wilson. The concurrency with I-795 ends 4.4 miles (7.1 km) east of I-95 at an interchange. At the interchange, I-795 turns south toward Goldsboro. Immediately following the I-795 interchange, I-587 and US 264 interchange with US 301 which provides access to the northern terminus of US 117. I-587 and US 264 continue east, looping around Wilson. The highways intersect NC 58 southeast of Wilson, which is followed by an S-curve in the freeway.[2][3]

An interchange with US 264 and US 264 Alternate follows the S-curve, marking the eastern end of the US 264 concurrency. I-587 continues east around the town of Saratoga. As it loops around Saratoga, I-587 is repositioned to the southeast, largely paralleling US 264. I-587 begins an easterly turn north of Walstonburg and interchanges with NC 91 and US 264, before completing the curve west of Farmville. As I-587 continues north around Farmville, it meets US 258 and US 258 Business (US 258 Bus.) at an interchange northwest of downtown. US 258 follows I-587 to the east for 2.8 miles (4.5 km) before leaving the freeway at another interchange east of downtown Farmville. I-587 continues for another 6.6 miles (10.6 km) through rural North Carolina before intersecting US 264 and NC 11 Byp. west of Greenville. The interchange marks the eastern terminus of I-587.[2][3]

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) measures average daily traffic volumes along many of the roadways it maintains. In 2016, average daily traffic volumes along I-587 varied from 18,000 vehicles per day west of exit 63 in Pitt County to 34,000 vehicles per day west of exit 43C in Wilson County.[4][5][6] I-587 is included with the National Highway System, a network of highways in the US which serve strategic transportation facilities in its entirety.[7]

History

I-587 sign reveal in June 2020

In January 2013, the mayors of Greenville, Kinston, and Ayden announced that they would push to change the designation of US 264 between Wilson and Greenville to an Interstate.[8][9]

On September 7, 2016, Governor Pat McCrory said he would ask for the section of US 264 between Zebulon and Greenville to be designated an Interstate Highway. The justification for Interstate status was that Greenville was the 10th largest city in the state and had no Interstate connecting it.[10] On November 14, AASHTO approved the Future I-587 designation; followed by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approval on November 21.[11][12][13] In April 2017, NCDOT began posting Future I-587 signs along the length of the route.[14] On May 10, 2021, AASHTO approved the establishment of I-587, between I-95 and Greenville.[15] This was further approved on November 16, 2021, marking the designation official.[16] Signage for the designation went up on June 20, 2022.[17]

Future

NCDOT intends to extend I-587 west along US 264 from its current western terminus in Wilson to US 64 and US 264 in Zebulon.[18] In addition, the department expects to extend the designation of I-87 northward from its current terminus in Wendell along US 64 toward Norfolk, Virginia. This would provide a connection between I-587 and its parent route.[19] Currently, though, NCDOT does not have a timetable to upgrade US 264 between Zebulon and Wilson to Interstate standards.

Exit list

CountyLocationmi[2]kmOld exitNew exitDestinationsNotes
WakeZebulon17.227.7191
US 64 east – Nashville, Rocky Mount
Existing interchanges of US 264 (upgrade to Interstate standards, funded for construction in 2025-2026)
18.029.0202 NC 97 – Zebulon, Oxford
19.531.4213

US 264 Alt. east / NC 39 – Selma, Louisburg
JohnstonNo major intersections
NashMiddlesex24.138.8277 NC 231 – MiddlesexExisting interchanges of US 264 (upgrade to Interstate standards, funded for construction in 2025-2026)
Bailey28.345.53011 NC 581 – Bailey, Spring Hope
WilsonSims31.851.23414Green Pond Road – Sims
33.754.23616
US 264 Alt. – Sims, Wilson
Existing interchanges of US 264 (upgrade to Interstate standards, funded for construction in 2025-2026); signed as exits 16A (west) and 16B (east)
0.00.0Route transition from Future I-587 to I-587
3818

I-95 / I-795 begins / US 264 west – Benson, Rocky Mount
Western terminus of I-587; northern terminus of I-795; western end of I-795 and US 264 overlap; signed as exits 18B (south) and 18A (north); cloverleaf interchange with collector/distributor lanes; I-95 exit 119
1.82.94020 NC 42 – Wilson, Clayton
3.55.64222Downing Street – Wilson
4.57.24323
I-795 south – Goldsboro, Kenly
Eastern end of I-795 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Wilson5.28.44324


US 301 to I-795 / US 117 south – Wilson
Signed as exits 24A (south) and 24B (north)
7.912.74626Black Creek Road
9.515.34728Old Stantonburg Road
10.717.24929 NC 58 – Wilson, Kinston
14.122.75132


US 264 east / US 264 Alt. west – Wilson, Saratoga
Eastern end of US 264 overlap
16.526.65335 NC 111 / NC 222 – Saratoga, Fountain
Greene22.736.55941 NC 91 – Walstonburg, Snow HillNorthern terminus of NC 91
23.638.06042
NC 121 north – Farmville
Southern terminus of NC 121; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
PittFarmville26.843.16345


US 258 north / US 258 Bus. south – Tarboro, Farmville
Western end of US 258 overlap
30.148.46648
US 258 south (Wesley Church Road)
Eastern end of US 258 overlap
Greenville34.555.57153Mozingo Road
37.059.57356
US 264 / NC 11 Byp. – Kinston, Washington
Eastern terminus; signed as exits 56A (east) and 56B (west)
Stantonsburg Road – Greenville DowntownContinuation as Stantonsburg Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ Starks, Edward (January 27, 2022). "Table 2: Auxiliary Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways". FHWA Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 4, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Google (November 28, 2021). "Interstate 587" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 28, 2021.
  3. ^ a b North Carolina Department of Transportation; North Carolina State Tax Commission (2019). State Transportation Map (Map) (2019–2020 ed.). Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Transportation.
  4. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation Management Systems and Assessments Unit (2016). Wilson County, North Carolina (PDF) (Map) (2016 ed.). Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Transportation.
  5. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation Management Systems and Assessments Unit (2016). Greene County, North Carolina (PDF) (Map) (2016 ed.). Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Transportation.
  6. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation Management Systems and Assessments Unit (2016). Pitt County, North Carolina (PDF) (Map) (2016 ed.). Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Transportation.
  7. ^ Federal Highway Administration Management Systems and Assessments Unit (September 30, 2020). National Highway System: North Carolina (PDF) (Map). Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration.
  8. ^ Staff (January 4, 2013). "Highway 264 Could Become Interstate". Washington, North Carolina: WITN-TV. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff (January 4, 2013). "City Leaders Discuss Transportation Needs in ENC". Greenville, North Carolina: WNCT-TV. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  10. ^ "North Carolina Seeks Interstate Designation for US 264". Winston-Salem Journal. Associated Press. September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  11. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (November 14, 2016). "Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 3, 2019. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  12. ^ Nadeau, Gregory G. (November 21, 2016). "Letter to Michael L. Holder" (PDF). Retrieved November 24, 2016 – via Office of Congressman G. K. Butterfield.
  13. ^ "Governor McCrory Announces Designation for U.S. 264 to Greenville" (Press release). North Carolina Department of Transportation. November 21, 2016. Archived from the original on November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  14. ^ Prince, Adam (April 12, 2017). "Future Interstate 587 now Signed in North Carolina". Sure, Why Not?. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  15. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (May 2021). "2021 Spring Meeting Report to the Council on Highways and Streets" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 6. Retrieved August 10, 2021.
  16. ^ "U.S. 264 in Eastern N.C. Earns Interstate Designation" (Press release). North Carolina Department of Transportation.
  17. ^ WITN Web Team. "Greenville Finally Gets Interstate Highway Connection". Washington, North Carolina: WITN-TV. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  18. ^ "U.S. 264 in Eastern N.C. Earns Interstate Designation". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 22, 2022.
  19. ^ "North Carolina Gets Designations for 2 More Interstates". Raleigh, North Carolina: WRAL-TV. May 26, 2016. Retrieved June 22, 2022.

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