|If you live in or drive in Eastern Wake County - you'll be seeing a lot more of sign combinations like this one soon.|
Eventually, Interstate 87 will continue east along US 64 past Zebulon, Rocky Mount and Tarboro to Williamston where it will head north and northeast along US 17 into Virginia and Norfolk. The new signs reflect the first official section of Interstate 87 in North Carolina - as the Knightdale Bypass meets national Interstate standards.
This introduction and installation of Interstate 87 signs onto the Knightdale Bypass will be a multi-step process. The first step is what you see on the highway now - new Interstate 87 shields on the ground along the main highway. Surface streets, like New Hope Road, Hodge Road, Smithfield Road and Wendell Falls Parkway, that have interchanges with the new Interstate will also see I-87 signs pop up as they approach the highway. The last step will be updating or replacing existing overhead signs along I-40, I-440 and I-540 with the new designation. So for a few weeks, maybe months, you'll still see some Interstate 495 shields and signs in the area.
Speaking of the overall signage plans - there will also be another major change to the signage along the Knightdale Bypass (and eventually US 64) the exit numbers will be changed to reflect Interstate 87's mileage. There will be new exit numbers for the interchanges at I-440, New Hope Road, Hodge Road, I-540, Smithfield Road, Wendell Falls Parkway, Wendell Blvd./Business 64 and Rolesville Road.
|Interchange||Old Exit #||New Exit #|
|Interstate 440 West||419||3|
|New Hope Road||420||4|
|Wendell Falls Parkway||427||11|
|US 64 Business / Wendell Blvd.||429||13|
This may be slightly confusing as it appears that the next exit east - Lizard Lick Road/Wendell - will remain with its current number, Exit 432. Though eventually that will change also.
A contact of mine at NCDOT passed along to me the overall signage plans for Interstate 87 along the Knightdale Bypass. A few samples are below.
|New signage for I-87 at the I-40 Beltline Merge in Southeast Raleigh. I-87 and I-440 will both end at I-40. (NCDOT)|
|Proposed signage for Interstate 87 at the junction of the Knightdale Bypass and the Raleigh Beltline (I-440). You can see how the exit numbers for US 64 (Exits 419, 420 etc.) are being changed to reflect Interstate 87 (3, 4, 6, etc.) (NCDOT)|
|Interstate 87 signs at Hodge Road and Interstate 540. (NCDOT)|
|Signs along Business 64 at the Knightdale Bypass. There will only be updates to signs for US 64/264 West to include Interstate 87 - as I-87's temporary end is at this interchange. (NCDOT)|
|Proposed Interstate 87 signage plans along US 64/264 West approaching Rolesville Road. This will be where Interstate 87 will begin. I am unsure if exits east of here will be updated or remain with US 64's mileage (430 and higher) (NCDOT)|