GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The future Interstate designation of U.S. 264 between Zebulon and Greenville could mean big money and jobs coming to the area.
Economic leaders said Interstate proximity plays a big role in which companies end up planting roots in an area.
Kelly Andrews with the Pitt County Economic Development Commission said the county has been overlooked in the past because of lack of Interstates.
She said the news could cause a new wave of companies bringing jobs to come to the area.
“Interstate designation basically says the road is a certain quality, it’s 70 miles per hour typically, it is controlled access so that trucks can move from point A to point B in the fastest time,” Andrews said.
The efforts to bring an Interstate to Pitt County has been decades in the making. Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said for a long time, the East has been invisible to companies looking to expand.
This could be a game changer.
“Now all these major projects that the state of North Carolina, the Department of Commerce, federal commerce officials and regionally, now for the first time we’re no longer excluded. We’re at the top of the list,” Thomas said.
Thomas said the stretch of 264 that will become an Interstate meets most requirements. He said the lanes will need to be widened a bit and some overpasses will need to be raised.