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I-73  84 miles
The Road: Begins at US 220/220 Business near Ellerbe (Richmond County) and ends at SR 2085 Bryan Blvd in Greensboro (Guilford County).
Nationally I-73 will eventually run from Myrtle Beach SC to Roanoke VA.
Towns and Attractions: Richmond Co.: Ellerbe  
Montgomery Co.: Candor, Biscoe  
Randolph Co.: Asheboro, Randleman  
Guilford Co.: Greensboro  
I would be foolish to suggest you get your detailed information about the progress of I-73 from anywhere other than Bob Malme's I-73 website. But for completeness of the NCroads Annex I present the basics here...
Some information below comes from the interstate guide.
The I-73 corridor was first created by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). North Carolina first applied for the use of the I-73 designation in April 1996.
In Sept 1996 (NCDOT), I-73 was assigned to the newly constructed freeway between US 220 ALT near Steeds to US 220 Business near Ulah.
In Feb 2009 (NCDOT), I-73 was removed from US 220 north of the new I-85 bypass of Greensboro and instead assigned to follow I-85 briefly and continue around the newly completed southern Greensboro beltway to Bryan Blvd.

2011 Official
I-73 skirts west of Greensboro
2011 Official

In July 2011 (NCDOT), I-73 was approved by FHA to be assigned to the newly constructed freeway from US 220 Emery to US 220 south of Ellerbe.
In July 2012 (NCDOT), I-73 was assigned to the US 220 freeway from I-85 Greensboro south to US 220 Business near Ulah.
I-73 is under construction in segments and various stages of progress from Bryan Blvd north to the Haw River, following the NC 68 and US 220 corridors.
Two exisitng roadways are also going to be part of I-73: US 220 from south of Madison to Virginia and also on the US 74 freeway bypass of Rockingham and Hamlet between the SR 1109 exit and NC 38 (this segment is already signed as FUTURE I-74).

1997-98 Official
I-73 appears
1997-98 Official
2008-09 Official
I-73 extended south of Ellerbe
2008-09 Official

Note that I-73's southern part uses US 220 mileage for exit numbers at thiis writing. I-73 will definitely be completed through North Carolina and South Carolina. The Virginia segment up to Roanoke appears to be on track to eventually come to pass. Routing north of there to Bluefield WV, Ohio, and Michigan as originally defined in the 1991 ISTEA is highly doubtful at this time.
Exit List:

EXIT 25 (old 8): US 220, US 220 Bus
EXIT 28 (old 11): SR 1452 Church St
EXIT 30 (old 13): SR 1441 Haywood Parker Rd
EXIT 33 (old 16): NC 73
EXIT 35 (old 18): SR 1321 Capel Mill Rd
EXIT 39 (old 22): SR 1524 Tabernacle Church Rd
EXIT 41 (old 24): US 220-A, US 220 Bus
EXIT 44: NC 211
EXIT 49: NC 24, NC 27
EXIT 52: SR 1002 Sipes Rd
EXIT 55 (old 39): US 220-A
EXIT 58 (old 41): SR 1354 Black Ankle Rd
EXIT 61 (old 45): NC 705
EXIT 65 (old 49): SR 1121 New Hope Church Rd
EXIT 68: NC 134, US 220 Bus
EXIT 71: SR 1150 McDowell Rd
EXIT 72: US 64, NC 49

EXIT 74: NC 42
EXIT 75: SR 1481 Presnell St
EXIT 76: Vision Dr
EXIT 77: SR 1504 Spero Rd
EXIT 79: SR 1647 Pineview Rd
EXIT 80: I-74 WEST
EXIT 81: US 311
EXIT 82: SR 1950 Academy Rd
EXIT 86: US 220 Bus
EXIT 89: NC 62
EXIT 94: SR 1113 Old Randleman Rd
EXIT 95 (old 78): I-85 NORTH, US 220 NORTH, US 421 SOUTH
EXIT 97: I-85 SOUTH, US 29, US 70
EXIT 102: SR 1561 Wendover Ave
EXIT 103: I-40, US 421 NORTH
EXIT 2: SR 2147 W. Friendly Ave
EXIT 3: SR 2085 Bryan Blvd

Last Update: 11 November 2013

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