New highway to better connect northeast cities

A national transportation association has approved designation U.S. 264 from Zebulon to Greenville through Nash County and Wilson as a Future Interstate. The route is set to be renamed Future Interstate 587 as recommended by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. The approval is an important step in the vision to better connect Eastern North Carolina with I-95 and the entire Eastern Seaboard, said U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-01. The route runs about 12 miles through Middlesex and Bailey in southern Nash County on its way to Greenville, the largest city in North Carolina without an interstate highway. An interstate would make economic development easier, according to local officials.

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