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Old 11-06-2015, 09:21 AM
 
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Virginia should care about it...they have a huge money making port...and that port can get busier if they can start serving more of NC. This would also get goods to/from I-95 faster than they get there now.
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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When this upgrade happens, it will make a viable I-95 alternative for NE access to NJ/NY/New England: I-95 to I-xx to the Chesapeake Bridge/Bay Tunnel and up US 17 to the Delaware Memorial Bridge....
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Old 11-06-2015, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Southport
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While this is generally good news, it's unfortunate that it takes such an indirect route to Norfolk. If there was a more direct path, I'd imagine that the trip could be an hour shorter.
Interstates frequently are routed in non-direct ways. Look at I-85. Its a north/south route that goes due east/west between Durham and Greensboro. Getting from point A to point B isn't the only function of an interstate highway.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Danville, VA
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To be fair, NOVA's infrastructure was ridiculous and that's where all the growth was, but Hampton Roads definitely needs some love.
Agreed. I'm not saying that Northern VA shouldn't get any priority at all, but it seems like the leaders in Richmond keep forgetting that there's more to the state than just Northern VA.
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:36 AM
 
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If this new route was planned to be a more direct route in balance with existing infrastructure, a new stretch of Interstate would be created between Rocky Mount and near Winton to follow 13 up to Suffolk where it could tie into the 13/258 bypass and onto Norfolk. Alas, we don't really like to spend on infrastructure in this country the way that we used to. If our current political climate were in place in the 50s-70s, we'd still have a disjointed skeleton of an Interstate system that would look like a total mess on a map.
While it would be nice to have a "more direct" route instead of the current plan, the cost to build a brand new 4-lane interstate say from Rocky Mount to Winton then onto Suffolk, would be much higher than upgrading the current US 64 and connecting the missing pieces along US 17.
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Old 11-06-2015, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Agreed. I'm not saying that Northern VA shouldn't get any priority at all, but it seems like the leaders in Richmond keep forgetting that there's more to the state than just Northern VA.
It's because you don't want to bite the hand that feeds you.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:24 PM
 
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Look at I-85.
One of the curiosities in history is why I-85 north of Greensboro didn't continue to run parallel to US 29 through central Virginia into DC. (I-85 ran roughly parallel to US 29 almost all the way south to I-85's end in Montgomery, Ala.) Instead it veered east through Durham to connect with the recently built Richmond–Petersburg Turnpike. I assume politics in Virginia was the reason.
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Old 11-08-2015, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I-85's route through North Carolina follows an old railroad line linking cities in what became known as the urban crescent.

For over 20 years NCDOT has steered gas tax revenues from NC residents to this interstate, the most important to the state, while understandably ignoring I-95 which serves mostly out-of-staters.

I-85 is now 6-8 lanes through the state, and don't forget the new Yadkin River Bridge.

This new interstate to Norfolk isn't much to get excited about. It's already interstate quality to US-17. Meandering through eastern NC isn't a silver bullet from Raleigh to Norfolk.
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Old 11-08-2015, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX sucks
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How much time is this cutting the drive down to?
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Old 11-08-2015, 11:10 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Interstates frequently are routed in non-direct ways. Look at I-85. Its a north/south route that goes due east/west between Durham and Greensboro. Getting from point A to point B isn't the only function of an interstate highway.
I-85 meanders to connect key cities. This route basically just meanders.
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