$1B, 213-mile interstate planned to connect Norfolk, Raleigh


NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Officials are planning a $1 billion interstate highway that will eventually connect Norfolk and Raleigh as well as open a high-speed, unobstructed route between a Virginia port and North Carolina’s Research Triangle region.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1RZ1bH9 ) reports that the estimated 213-mile-long road, to be called Interstate 87, has the support of elected officials, business leaders and agencies in Virginia and North Carolina, including both highway departments, chambers of commerce and all four senators.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials approved the I-87 designation last month after Congress authorized the future interstate last year.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Jerry Jennings says the highway is not funded and has no timeline for construction.

The newspaper reports the interstate could take two decades to complete.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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