U.S. 264

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An intrastate route, U.S. 264 provides an alternate route from Raleigh to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. U.S. 264 measures 215.75 miles in length from I-87/440-U.S. 64 (Cliff Benson Beltline) in Raleigh to U.S. 64 near Manns Harbor.

U.S. 264 North Carolina Guides

U.S. 264 follows a freeway east from the split with U.S. 64 (Future I-87) at Zebulon to Wilson and Greenville. This stretch will eventually be signed as Interstate 587. Prior to 2003, U.S. 264 overlapped with U.S. 64 east from Manns Harbor to Manteo and Whalebone Junction.

Future I-587 was approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) on November 14, 2016 with the condition that it is also approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The proposed route overlays U.S. 264 east for 56 miles to the interchange with SR 1467 along the Greenvile Bypass. This includes the northern portion of Interstate 795 around Wilson. Bringing the U.S. 264 freeway up to Interstate standards is expected to improve economic development.1

Two separate projects along Future I-587 in Greene and Pitt Counties will upgrade portions of U.S. 264 to Interstate standards. Expanding the outside shoulders from four to ten feet, $22.5 million in construction coincides with pavement resurfacing. Work will be completed by late 2020 or early 2021. Subsequent construction required through Pitt and Greene Counties will address vertical bridge clearance and the length of exit ramps. Estimates to fully bring U.S. 264 up to Interstate standards is around $100 million.1

U.S. 264 West

U.S. 264/Future I-587 converge with U.S. 264 Alternate on the western outskirts of Wilson at Exit 36.
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U.S. 264 Alternate switches sides with U.S. 264/Future I-587 west to the town of Sims.
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A six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 37) joins U.S. 264 with U.S. 264 ALT west of I-95 and Lamm.
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U.S. 264 Alternate East

U.S. 264 Alternate heads east from the town of Sims to a six-ramp parclo interchange with U.S. 264 at Exit 36.
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U.S. 264 arcs southward across U.S. 264 Alternate toward the exchange with I-95 and I-795 outside Wilson.
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Crossing over U.S. 264, U.S. 264 Alternate approaches the westbound entrance ramp for Future I-587 to Zebulon.
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Downtown Wilson is eight miles east of U.S. 264.
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Claudie Road (SR 1215), an old alignment of U.S. 264, ties into U.S. 264 Alternate ahead of this sign assembly.
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U.S. 264 Alternate (Raleigh Road Parkway) east at SR 1001 (Lamm Road) in the community of Lamm.
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An array of motorist services line both sides of U.S. 264 Alternate west of I-95.
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Interstate 95 bypasses Wilson south to Smithfield and north to Rocky Mount.
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U.S. 264 Alternate West

U.S. 264 Alternate (Raleigh Road Parkway) west at the exchange with U.S. 264/Future I-587 north of I-95/795 and east of Sims.
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Sources:
  1. "Highways connect eastern North Carolina to the future." The Daily Reflector (Greenville, NC), March 29, 2020.


Photo Credits:

12/14/17 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 95
Interstate 795
U.S. 13
U.S. 17
U.S. 64
U.S. 258

Page Updated 08-01-2020.