- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - State officials in North Carolina say they’ve received approval for two new proposed interstate highways.

The governor’s office said in a statement Wednesday that a national association has approved two new interstate designations for eastern North Carolina.

Officials approved I-42 for the U.S. 70 corridor between Interstate 40 and Morehead City.

Permission also has been given for I-87 along US 64/17 between Raleigh and Virginia.

Gov. Pat McCrory says the roads would provide improved links to the Hampton Roads area in Virginia as well as improving links between important military bases.

There is no word on how the state would pay for the interstates or when they might be built. But the state can put up signs that read “Future I-42” and “Future I-87.”

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