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Dirt Roads:
WRAL just posted a video of the aerial flyover of I-885 in advance of next week's ribbon cutting.

https://www.wral.com/sneak-peek-first-cars-will-begin-driving-next-week-on-east-end-connector-in-durham/20345253/

kevinb1994:

--- Quote from: Dirt Roads on June 23, 2022, 08:55:40 PM ---WRAL just posted a video of the aerial flyover of I-885 in advance of next week's ribbon cutting.

https://www.wral.com/sneak-peek-first-cars-will-begin-driving-next-week-on-east-end-connector-in-durham/20345253/

--- End quote ---
Sweet, thanks for the link.

Strider:
Well, there you go. Looks like we got an approval for I-885 which seemed to be done behind the closed doors. I reached out to one of the reps, and here is what I was told:


Sent By: Contact Us AdministratorDate/Time: 6/24/2022 1:02:26 PM
Comment:This is in reference to your contact us inquiry concerning Interstate 885 and if approved by FHWA or AASHTO. The proposed route of I-885 is considered a loop. Connecting Interstate routes and full or partial circumferential beltways around or within urban areas carry a three-digit number. These routes are designated with the number of the main route (in this case I-85) and an even-numbered prefix. Since the proposed segment connects to an interstate on both ends it is considered a loop with an even-numbered prefix (I-885). AASHTO has the approving authority on Interstate and US route numbers. This is done through an application process. AASHTO route numbering committee meets twice a year to review and approve Interstate and US route changes for the United States. AASHTO has approved the route number of I-885 and FHWA has approved the roadway addition to the Interstate system.

Thank you,
(I do not put who responded to my email due to security reasons)
State Signing and Delineation Engineer
Mobility and Safety Division, Signing and Delineation Unit
North Carolina Department of Transportation

The Ghostbuster:
It took them long enough to both approve the 885 designation and to complete the East End Connector.

bob7374:
Today is the day:
https://www.wral.com/durhams-east-end-connector-to-open-to-drivers-this-afternoon/20354564/

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