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Photo: NC 147 from I-85 (Jimmy Storey)
|N.C. 147 8 miles|
|The Road:||Begins at I-885 Durham and ends at I-85/US 70 Durham, all within Durham County.||Towns and Attractions:||
Durham Co: Durham, Duke Univ
The freeway that is now NC 147 was shown as a dotted line on the 1962 Durham County map, running from US 70 Bus Hillendale Blvd just west of Erwin southeast through Durham to about Briggs Rd, then cut east to end at US 70 near the east end of US 70 Bus.
The 1968 Durham County map shows the dotted line extended south to SR 1121 inside the RTP. The segment's original routing over to US 70 remained a dotted line as well, and is today under design as the East End Connector.
The first official map to show it in any way was the 1968 issue, as under construction from Chapel Hill Ave southeast to NC 55.
The 1969 Official shows construction extending southeast to RTP.
The 1970 Official shows the freeway open from Chapel Hill Ave to NC 55.
In 1973 construction extended northwest to Erwin Dr.
In 1974, the freeway was opened from NC 55 to what is now I-40 (unnumbered freeway then).
Between 1985-87, the freeway construction began again northwest to US 15-501.
About 1987, NC 147 was assigned to the freeway.
Around 1992, NC 147 was opened northwest to US 15-501 and construction was extended northwest to I-85.
In Feb 2001 (NCDOT), NC 147 was opened to I-85, although official maps as early as 1997 show it as a completed freeway.
In Sept 2011 (NCDOT), NC 147 south as a new toll road to NC 540, as part of the Traingle Expressway.
In June 2022, NC 147 south was truncated to the new I-885 just outside Durham. The route to I-40 became I-885 and south of I-40 became NC 885.
NC 147 is shown on officials back to 1987 as being the Buck Dean Durham Freeway. Maps before that just labeled it "freeway" and "expwy". Steffora reported it was called East-West Expwy prior to this.
The former freeway stub south of I-40 to Alexander Blvd was known as SR 2145 before NC 147 was extended over it.
NC 147 has had exit numbers since it connected to I-40. The exit numbers on the portion not taken over by I-885/NC 885 were all renumbered.