Interstate 87 (North Carolina)

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Interstate 87 marker

Interstate 87

Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length12.9 mi[1] (20.8 km)
NHSEntire route
Major junctions
South end I-40 / I-440 / US 64 in Raleigh
Major intersections
North end US 64 / US 264 / Rolesville Road in Wendell
CountryUnited States
StatesNorth Carolina
CountiesNC: Wake
Highway system

Interstate 87 (I-87) is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The highway's south end is at I-40, I-440, and U.S. Route 64 (US 64) in Raleigh. Its north end is at US 64 and US 264 in Wendell. The highway is 12.9 miles (20.8 km) long. While a north-south highway, it will run more east-west.

In the future, I-87 will go from Raleigh to Norfolk, Virginia.

History[change | change source]

Interstate 495
Length:4.09 mi[2][3] (6.58 km)

I-87 started as I-495 on February 20, 2013. The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) asked the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) to sign the interstate as I-495 as an auxiliary route of I-95. I-495 would have been 44.99 miles (72.40 km) long. The highway had an east end at I-440 and US 64 in Raleigh, and would have had a west end at I-95 in Rocky Mount.[4]

On March 15, 2013, NCDOT asked AASHTO to make I-495 from I-440 to I-540, which is 4.09 miles (6.58 km) long, and Future I-495 from I-540 to I-95, which is 40.90 miles (65.82 km) long.

On May 23, 2017, AASHTO allowed NCDOT to remove I-495 and Future I-495. They were replaced by I-87 and Future I-87.

References[change | change source]

  1. Starks, Edward (January 27, 2022). "Table 1: Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways". FHWA Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration.
  2. Google. "Interstate 495" (Map). Google Maps. Google.
  3. Lacy, J. Kevin (March 27, 2013). "An Application from the State Highway or Transportation Department of North Carolina" (PDF). Letter to Frederick G. Wright. Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 19, 2013 – via American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
  4. North Carolina Department of Transportation (December 14, 2013). I-495 Route Change (2013-02-20) (PDF) (Map). c. 1:422,400. North Carolina Department of Transportation.