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LM117:
Images of the US-70 (Future I-42) Goldsboro Bypass ribbon-cutting ceremony courtesy of WNCN. They wasted no time with I-42.







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WillWeaverRVA:

--- Quote from: LM117 on May 27, 2016, 11:39:37 AM ---Images of the US-70 (Future I-42) Goldsboro Bypass ribbon-cutting ceremony courtesy of WNCN. They wasted no time with I-42.







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So are they just going ahead and signing it as I-42, then?

Henry:

--- Quote from: WillWeaverRVA on May 27, 2016, 11:43:06 AM ---So are they just going ahead and signing it as I-42, then?

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From the looks of it, yeah. They might do the same thing with I-87, albeit with the I-49/I-540 treatment (in AR), where both routes would be signed concurrently, and one is eventually dropped (in this case, I-495). FWIW, I-87 will most likely be in the same boat as I-74, in that it will not connect to New York anytime soon, but we'd sure love to see that!

LM117:

--- Quote from: WillWeaverRVA on May 27, 2016, 11:43:06 AM ---
--- Quote from: LM117 on May 27, 2016, 11:39:37 AM ---Images of the US-70 (Future I-42) Goldsboro Bypass ribbon-cutting ceremony courtesy of WNCN. They wasted no time with I-42.







--- End quote ---

So are they just going ahead and signing it as I-42, then?

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I wish. No, they have AASHTO approval only for "Future I-42". FHWA still has to sign off on it, but FHWA usually goes along with what AASHTO approves, so it's just as good as official. You can bet NCDOT will be sending applications at AASHTO's next meeting in the fall to have I-42 shields go up on the Goldsboro and Clayton bypasses and for I-87 to be signed along I-440 and the Knightdale Bypass (currently I-495). NCDOT will also likely seek to have I-495 and the section of I-440 from I-40 in southeast Raleigh to the Knightdale Bypass decommissioned.

orulz:
I doubt NCDOT will be in a hurry to decommission the segment of I-440 but I suppose I could be proven wrong?

I wonder what NCDOT will do with the I-95 interchange? Will new ramps be built or will the breezewood-ish status quo be maintained? There are better alternatives in three quadrants, all of which are (or will be) interstates, that cut off the corner for long distance traffic. The quadrant with the missing connection is I-95N to I-42E (and the reverse, I-42W to I-95S.) Is that one movement important enough to merit an eight figure interchange project? Probably not in our lifetimes. Maybe that little stretch of US 70 could get an alternate designation of Business (Green) I-42.

LGL33L

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