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Old 12-23-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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I would think that you would need a lot of traffic along an existing corridor to justify commuter rail. The only 2 paths that don't already have an Interstate close by are Greenville and Sanford. Of those 2 Greenville easily has a much larger population and that's even if you don't include Winterville. I don't know why they don't just rename 264 to an Interstate.
Here are the Interstate Highway Standards. What is 264 missing? It would sound a heck of a lot better having a spur.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:14 AM
 
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I agree the road should be widened, I always wanted DOT to widen Greenville BLVD but it doesn't have any room to be expanded. I'm sure Walmart will attract much more businesses to that side of town, which means more traffic.

But I'm not in favor of Greenville getting a commuter line, it cost too much money for the amount of traffic that it would see. They are just looking to spend money. As Richard stated 264 should be converted into a interstate, it wouldn't cost much, Greenville would be looked at by larger companies, and we would have interstate access all the way to Raleigh. Of course if NCDOT had unlimited funds, then I would love for Greenville to have a line. I would be able to get to Raleigh with ease and living in Greenville and working in Raleigh would be possible.
The NCDOT is planning (wanting) to add another lane each way to Greenville from 10th St to Memorial. I agree there isn't any space, but we will see what will happen.

With the commuter line, it is a 20-30ish year away project. There is no telling how large Greenville Metro will be then. You can't be short sided with big projects like this.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:16 AM
 
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Yeah they look pretty good, I haven't been downtown lately so I may take a visit to go see them.
It is apart of their wayfinding project. They have had them downtown. They finally rolled them out of that zone. It is an upgrade. Greenville has some confusing areas, and this will help our out of towners.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:11 PM
 
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Here are the Interstate Highway Standards. What is 264 missing? It would sound a heck of a lot better having a spur.
I've driven on worse interstates. Parts of 95 and 85 are horrible. It's probably just politics - how do you think Goldsboro got I-795?
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Old 12-23-2011, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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It's probably just politics - how do you think Goldsboro got I-795?
That stretch of I-795 was very lightly travelled when I moved here last spring. I wondered how it was justified.
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Old 12-23-2011, 02:33 PM
 
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Same here, I always wondered how Wilson County seems to get more funds for highways than Pitt County. I believe I-795 was a US Highway originally then they made it into I-795. If they make 264 into a spur, Greenville would benefit greatly from it.
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:36 PM
 
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Same here, I always wondered how Wilson County seems to get more funds for highways than Pitt County. I believe I-795 was a US Highway originally then they made it into I-795. If they make 264 into a spur, Greenville would benefit greatly from it.
795 was originally US117.

It's widely believed the DOD wanted a interstate to Seymour Johnson and so it became.
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Old 12-24-2011, 04:14 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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Here are the Interstate Highway Standards. What is 264 missing? It would sound a heck of a lot better having a spur.
The only things that I can see missing are the inside shoulder and perhaps the sloping is questionable in spots. The road is very wide with good outside shoulders, limited access, up to standards bridges and very good line of sight, even in turns.

I would prefer the Interstate over a spur designation.
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:40 PM
 
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795 was originally US117.

It's widely believed the DOD wanted a interstate to Seymour Johnson and so it became.
That is my thought as well.
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Old 12-25-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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US*117 completed in 2006,[2] splitting from the old Goldsboro bypass (which still carries US*13) and paralleling the old two-lane US*117 roadway to the US*264 bypass south of Wilson. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approved an extension of US*117, overlapping US*264 to I-95, at their October 11, 2002, meeting.[3] However, the 1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) specifies that trucks over 48 feet (15*m) in length, including the industry-standard 53-foot (16*m) trailers, can only use Interstates and other routes approved by the state, which included US*70 but not US*117
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