Skip to main content

Some NC Future Interstate and US Route News

Came across some somewhat old, but new to me, NC interstate and US route signing news via the web, so I thought I'd summarize it with a blog post.Link
I-73/74-NCDOT has gotten approval from the FHWA to sign the section south of Emery to just beyond Ellerbe as vanilla I-73/I-74. It appears the reason why NCDOT signed the route Future I-73/I-74 when it opened in 2008 was that this section was not officially part of the interstate system. The FHWA mandated that this section could not be added until NCDOT let the contract for rehabilitating the section through Asheboro (I-4407). This contract was let in June 2010, and is due to be completed this fall. NCDOT finally got around to asking for permission to put up full interstate shields this spring and got an acceptance letter back in June (copies of this and other letters are on the NCDOT Route Changes page, Interstate section, HERE ) .

In a subsequent letter dated 7/11/12, NCDOT indicates this approval to the local FHWA office in Raleigh, they also ask that they be allowed to put up Interstate shields north of Asheboro all the way up to Greensboro (for I-73 anyway). Apparently back in 1997, when the routes were first signed south of Asheboro, FHWA approved the US 220 freeway from Greensboro south to Emery as part of the interstate system with design exemptions for some of the exit ramps. They would not allow NCDOT to sign the rest of the route as a full interstate until they fixed five design problems that were not exempted (you guessed it, in the Asheboro stretch from SR 1462 to NC 134/Business 220). Again, the I-4407 project due to be completed this fall will do this. It may be that NCDOT waited to get approval for the Ellerbe section so that they could re-sign both Future interstate sections as full interstates at the same time. And, coincidentally, the new section of I-74 connecting to US 220 should be completed around the same time. It could be that by this time next year I-73 and I-74 will be signed from just south of Ellerbe northward to High Point for I-74 and Greensboro at I-40 for I-73.

US 311-Last year NCDOT finally got around to posting US 311 signs north from US 220 in Mayodan to NC 14 in Eden along an extension approved at least five years before. Well, guess what, now they want to extend the route again. Actually, the idea started across the border in Virginia where boosters of a new development called the MegaPark, just north of Eden and south of US 58, thought having a US route run by their property would be good for business. They initiated contact with NCDOT who agreed to study what needed to be done to extend US 311 further north along NC 14 and NC 87 to NC 770 to NC 770 to the border then along Berry Hill Road in VA to US 58. In a letter to VADOT, NC officials indicated the study was underway and they planned to have the necessary paperwork sent to AASHTO's US Route Numbering Committee by March 31, the deadline for applications to be considered at the next meeting of the committee in May. Since its a 2-state routing VADOT has to send in an application by the deadline as well. If both get the paperwork in, and its approved, how long will it take for signs to go up this time (at least in NC)?

Future I-295-One of the new routes approved by NCDOT in the past year is NC 295. Which, not coincidentally shares the route of current Future I-295 in Fayetteville from I-95 to US 401. Apparently this was done to officially define the Fayetteville Loop as an NC state highway for funding and legislative purposes, an oversight apparently not caught until last year. This probably will not result in any NC 295 signs going up along this route though which is to become an official interstate when the next stretch of the Loop is completed in a couple years.

Thanks to NCDOT for giving me highways to check up on when I am down in NC this summer.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

California State Route 232

This past month I drove the entirety of California State Route 232 in Ventura County. CA 232 is an approximately 4 miles State Highway aligned on Vineland Avenye which begins near Saticoy at CA 118 and traverses southwest to US Route 101 in Oxnard.  The alignment of CA 232 was first adopted into the State Highway System in 1933 as Legislative Route Number 154 according to CAhighways.org. CAhighways.org on LRN 154 As originally defined LRN 154 was aligned from LRN 9 (future CA 118) southwest to LRN 2/US 101 in El Rio.  This configuration of LRN 154 between CA 118/LRN 9 and US 101/LRN 2 can be seen on the 1935 California Division of Highways Map of Ventura County. 1935 Ventura County Highway Map According to CAhighways.org the route of LRN 154 was extended west from US 101/LRN 2 to US 101A/LRN 60 in 1951.  Unfortunately State Highway Maps do not show this extension due to it being extremely small. During the 1964 State Highway Renumbering LRN 154 was assigned CA 232.  Of n

Interstate 40 and the H-Bomb

Interstate 40 within California is entirely contained to San Bernandio County over a course of 155 miles from Interstate 15 in Barstow east to the Arizona State Line at the Colorado River.  Interstate 40 is aligned entirely in the Mojave Desert over the same general corridor established by US Route 66 and the National Old Trails Road.   Interstate 40 is known as the Needles Freeway and has an interesting backstory which included the prospect of the Bristol Mountains being excavated by way of nuclear blasts as part of Operation Carryall.   Part 1; the history of Interstate 40 in California The focus on this blog will be primarily centered around the construction of Interstate 40 ("I-40") within California.  That being said the corridor of automotive travel east of Barstow to the Arizona State Line was largely pioneered by the National Old Trails Road ("NOTR")   In April of 1912 the NOTR was organized with the goal of signing a trans-continental highway between Baltim

Interstate 15 Exit 239 to Zzyzx Road; intersecting the Mojave Road and Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad

    Interstate 15 Exit 239 in the Mojave Desert of northern San Bernardino County, California accesses the well known oddity of Zzyzx Road.  Zzyzx Road connects 4.5 miles from Interstate 15 to a small community of the same name which is located on the shore of the dry Soda Lake.  "Zzyzx" was coined in 1944 by Curtis Howe Springer as what he promoted as to be last word in the English Language.  On the surface Zzyzx appears to be something of a modern invention but the area has significant overall historical importance as part of a transportation corridor through the Mojave Desert.  Zzyzx lies at a point which was the intersection of the Mojave Road of the 19th Century the Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad of the early 20th Century.   The backstory of Soda Springs, the Mojave Road, Tonopah & Tidewater Railroad and Zzyzx The present site of Zzyzx is located upon a natural spring along the western shore of Soda Dry Lake.  This spring has historically been known as "Soda S