Transportation association signals green light for future 264 interstate designation

Federal Highway Association must still give final approval.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Gov. Pat McCrory announced the state’s application to add U.S. 264 between Zebulon and Greenville to the Interstate Highway System has been approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation; however, the Federal Highway Administration still has to give final approval.

“The state’s application to designate U.S. 264 to Greenville as a future interstate has cleared a major hurdle in the approval process, which is a good indication that it will become a reality in the very near future,” said McCrory. “I am hopeful that future Interstate 587 will be approved and become Greenville’s first connection to a major interstate corridor.”

The application now is under consideration by the Federal Highway Administration.

Greenville is the largest North Carolina city without an interstate highway. If approved, it will be the state’s third future interstate designation in 2016.

Mayor Allen Thomas of Greenville released the following statement about the approval Tuesday, “With this approval, we now surpass what was the largest hurdle to achieving our goal– achieving federal designation of highway 264 as US Interstate. This is great news. The culmination of much hard work by our team, local, state and federal– to properly position Greenville and this region, to reach our economic potential for the future.”

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