The regional business community applauds the bipartisan, two-state Congressional support for H.R. 2211, a bill that would authorize the designation of a Future Interstate corridor between Hampton Roads, Va., and Raleigh, NC, via northeastern North Carolina.
RALEIGH, NC, AND HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—The regional business community applauds the bipartisan, two-state
Congressional support for H.R. 2211, a bill that would authorize the designation of a Future Interstate corridor between
Hampton Roads, Va., and Raleigh, NC, via northeastern North Carolina.
“A future Interstate designation between Hampton Roads and Raleigh will link these key metropolitan job centers,
provide an economic lifeline for northeastern North Carolina and afford several counties their first direct access to the
Interstate system,” stated Joe Milazzo II, PE, executive director of the Regional Transportation Alliance business
leadership group in North Carolina.
The bill was introduced by North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield and enjoys more than a dozen bipartisan original
cosponsors from the two states.
“There is growing momentum within southeastern Virginia to gain a future Interstate designation for the highway corridor
from Hampton Roads to Raleigh via Elizabeth City, NC,” said Bryan K. Stephens, President and CEO of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. “In the fall of 2014, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, the Hampton
Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable all endorsed the future Interstate initiative.”
“The Regional Transportation Alliance applauds Congressman Butterfield and congressional leaders in Virginia and North
Carolina for bipartisan support of the I-44 Future Interstate authorization bill,” said Sam Nichols with First Citizens Bank,
Freeways and Streets chair for the RTA business leadership group in the Research Triangle region.
The bill would authorize the designation of US 64 and US 17 in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia as a
Future Interstate corridor, connecting the vibrant Hampton Roads and Research Triangle regions together.
“The ROAD Act will better connect eastern North Carolina to our state’s Capitol and to one of the country’s premier ports
in Hampton Roads, Virginia,” noted NC Congressman G.K. Butterfield, lead sponsor of H.R. 2211.
“An Interstate designation between Raleigh and Hampton Roads lays the groundwork for significant economic growth for
the region, including the Port of Virginia,” said Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, an original co-sponsor of H.R.
2211.”As this process moves forward, I look forward to continuing the strong partnership and cooperation between our
A recent meeting in Northeastern North Carolina coordinated by the N.C. East Alliance highlighted the growing interest in
what has become known as the “Future Interstate 44 initiative,” with more than 40 expressions of support to date from
business, community and government entities in North Carolina and Virginia. Both NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata and VDOT
Secretary Aubrey Layne have expressed support for the initiative.
“By providing both Raleigh and Hampton Roads with their second primary Interstate route, H.R. 2211 serves as a natural
extension of NC Gov. Pat McCrory’s 2013 announcement of federal approval of a Future Interstate designation for the
western portion of the corridor between Rocky Mount and Raleigh,” said Milazzo.
About the Regional Transportation Alliance
The Regional Transportation Alliance serves as the recognized regional business voice for transportation initiatives and
policy for North Carolina’s Research Triangle region, representing 23 member chambers of commerce and more than 100
leading businesses. For more information, visit letsgetmoving.org and follow @RTATriangle on Twitter. RTA is a regional
program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
About the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is the Region’s premier business organization; helping our members succeed,
driving regional economic growth and enhancing the quality of life of our community’s residents. The Chamber is a
vigorous advocate for the economic success of its member businesses, which employ nearly 250,000 men and women in
southeastern Virginia. Visit HamptonRoadsChamber.com. Like us on Facebook at Chamber757 and follow us on Twitter
Selected references for this release:
H.R. 2211: www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2211
I-44 webpage: www.letsgetmoving.org/i44
I-44 map: www.letsgetmoving.org/i44map
List of I-44 supporters: www.letsgetmoving.org/i44support
RTA blog entry on I-44: http://www.letsgetmoving.org/blogAu14-04 “A bipartisan gift to our prosperity”