Butterfield Applauds Transportation Association’s Approval of U.S. Highway 264 Designation as Future Interstate

Nov 15, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) applauded the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) approval of Future Interstate 587 between Zebulon and Greenville, North Carolina along U.S. Highway 264.  The approval is an important step in Butterfield’s vision to better connect Eastern North Carolina with Interstate 95 and the entire Eastern Seaboard.  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) must also approve the Future Interstate for it to become a reality and is currently reviewing the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) application to transform the highway into an interstate.    

“Designation of U.S. 264 as a Future Interstate is critical to addressing the infrastructure needs of the growing region,” said Butterfield.  “By approving the state’s request, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is supporting efforts to better connect Eastern North Carolina with the rest of North Carolina, as well as neighboring states.  It is now my hope that the Federal Highway Administration will approve the state’s application without delay to help modernize infrastructure in Eastern North Carolina and spur economic growth in the region.”

Last week, Congressman Butterfield and Congressman Walter Jones (NC-03) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx calling for the FHWA to approve NCDOT’s request to designate portions of U.S. Highway 264 as a Future Interstate. 

In September, the Eastern North Carolina Gateway Act of 2016 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Butterfield and Jones as H.R. 6105 and in the Senate by Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis as S. 3378.  The bill would help better connect eastern North Carolina with Interstate 95 and the entire Eastern Seaboard and is an important component of Butterfield’s vision for transportation in the region.

Greenville is the 10th largest city in North Carolina, and the largest city in North Carolina without an interstate highway.  The approval of NCDOT’s application would designate the U.S. Highway 264/64 split from Zebulon to Greenville as a High Priority Corridor and Future Interstate.  Many portions of U.S. Highway 264 are already built to interstate standards.  NCDOT has committed to completing the Future Interstate within 25 years.