Community leaders push for new interstate loop - WNCT

Community leaders push for new interstate loop

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Several communities in the East are teaming up to advocate for a new multi-million dollar interstate loop project.

The new interstate, I-785, would connect Greenville, Kinston, Goldsboro, and Wilson.

The plan is to upgrade existing corridors of US-264, US-70, I-795, and NC-11.

Supporters say it will better connect our valuable resources like the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Vidant Medical Center, ECU, and Global Transpark.

The goal is to bring in new businesses and new jobs.

Greenville city council signed a resolution to support the project and other municipalities are doing the same.

Pitt County Commissioners will vote on a resolution of support on Monday.

"The Triad and Triangle better watch out...because were going to grow," said Ayden Mayor Stephen Tripp.

"This is going to be a major, major boost to our economy for these communities," added Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy.

"We have military, we have medicine, we have academics with the university, we have industrial, and our goal is to create, through a transportation based high speed connectivity, a connection to all of them," said Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas. "The exciting thing is seeing these communities come together. Not doing the same old thing, but being innovative to try and create a better environment, and to bring jobs to Eastern North Carolina."

This project is still in the very beginning stages. The participating municipalities will send in a request to state leaders and to the NCDOT to start putting this plan into action.

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