Mid-Atlantic East Coast Location
Interstate 40 runs through the area and connects the region with Wilmington, Raleigh - Durham, Greensboro and the western U.S.
Interstate 95 runs through Wilson and Nash Counties and is one of the most important north-south travel routes on the East Coast.
U.S. Highway 70 is the region's "Main Street," linking area cities with the port at Morehead City to the east, the Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle area to the west, and serving as a connector to I-40 and I-95. U.S. Highway 70 Corridor Commission
Other key regional routes include Interstate 795, U.S. Highways 64, 264, 17, 117, and 258, and state routes 58, 55 and 24. Highway 17 Association
Future Interstate 42: Officials approved I-42 for the U.S. 70 corridor between Interstate 40 and Morehead City. The American Association of State and Transportation Officials, in May 2016, approved the U.S. 70 Corridor to be designated the future I-42 between I-40 and Morehead City. Signs have already been installed on the new US 70 Bypass of Goldsboro (70 mph speed limit) that connects to I-95 via I-795 in Wilson. Similar signs are expected to be installed in the near future on the US 64 freeway between Rocky Mount, NC and Williamston (also a 70 mph speed limit). Learn More
Future Interstate 87: Permission has been given for I-87 along US 64/17 between Raleigh and Virginia. The roads will provide improved access to the Hampton Roads area in Virginia (one of the most significant ports serving the US East Coast) as well as improving links between important military bases and the Port of Morehead City. Learn More
Future Interstate 587: Interstate 587 will overlay the U.S. 264 freeway east from its split with U.S. 64 (Future I-87) at Zebulon, to Greenville. The rural freeway joins Raleigh with Wilson as well, and partially coincides with Interstate 795 between I-95 and its route leading south to Goldsboro. Learn More
Norfolk Southern and CSX are the main suppliers of railroad freight service in the region. Norfolk Southern has a Class One Railroad system that serves the Morehead City port and surrounding areas. Freight service is also available through CSX. Passenger rail service is available daily at stations in Rocky Mount and Wilson. Nash County Railroad is a short line that serves areas around Rocky Mount.
Port of Morehead City
113 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557
One of the deepest ports on the US East Coast and the second largest North Carolina port, the Port of Morehead City is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The port handles both breakbulk and bulk cargo and is the second largest importer in the country for natural rubber.
Port of Wilmington
North Gate (General Cargo): 1870 Shipyard Boulevard, Wilmington, NC 28401
South Gate (Container Terminal): 1 Shipyard Boulevard, Wilmington, NC 28401
The Port of Wilmington is strategically located on the U.S. East Coast. Owned and operated by the North Carolina State Ports Authority, the Port of Wilmington offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk and breakbulk operations.
Container & Breakbulk
A Foreign-Trade Zone, or FTZ, is like a “duty-free” zone for businesses. FTZs are designated sites licensed by the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board that encompass a geographical area at or near a U.S. Port of Entry where commercial merchandise is treated by U.S. Customs as if it were “outside the commerce of the United States.” There are two foreign trade zones in eastern North Carolina - FTZ 20 covering 22 southeastern counties and the newly expanded FTZ 214 covering 7 northeastern counties. Benefits of a Foreign Trade Zone