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bob7374:
Sign plans were released today by NCDOT for the East End Connector project in Durham  for the project letting in October. Not too surprising to me is that it comes with a new interstate designation for North Carolina, I-885, which will start at the US 70 East exit of I-85 in Durham use the new connector to get to NC 147 (the Durham Freeway) South and use that route to terminate at I-40. It will be signed as a North-South route. Construction is to start on the Connector by the end of the year.

The sign plans can be accessed at the bottom of this page: http://dotw-xfer01.dot.state.nc.us/dsplan/2014%20Highway%20Letting/10-21-14/Plans%20and%20Proposals/Durham%20U-0071%20C203394/Roadway/Part%20III/

TheStranger:
Wasn't Route 147 between I-85 and I-40 originally proposed as a routing of I-40?  If that's the case, interesting that part of it (between the East End Connector and I-40) is now returning to the Interstate system through this project.

Strider:
I-885? that is going to be interesting. Why don't they use I-685?  (I-285, I-485 and I-785 are already taken).

CanesFan27:

--- Quote from: TheStranger on August 19, 2014, 12:27:33 PM ---Wasn't Route 147 between I-85 and I-40 originally proposed as a routing of I-40?  If that's the case, interesting that part of it (between the East End Connector and I-40) is now returning to the Interstate system through this project.

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Chris,

You're correct - http://www.gribblenation.com/ncpics/history/i40.html

Henry:

--- Quote from: Strider on August 19, 2014, 12:49:16 PM ---I-885? that is going to be interesting. Why don't they use I-685?  (I-285, I-485 and I-785 are already taken).

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My guess is that they're saving I-685 for any future upgrade of I-85 Business in Greensboro, but even that's a total shot in the dark as we speak.

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