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|I-74 131 miles in four sections|
|The Road:||Begins at the Virginia State line near Mt. Airy (Surry County) and ends at NC 41 near Lumberton (Roberson County).||Towns and Attractions:||Haywood Co.: Pisgah Nat'l Forest, Clyde, Canton
Surry Co.: Mt. Airy
Stokes Co.: King
Forsyth Co.: Winston-Salem
Guilford Co.: High Point
Randolph Co.: Randleman, Asheboro
Montgomery Co.: Biscoe, Candor
Richmond Co.: Ellerbe, Rockingham, Hamlet
Scotland Co.: Laurinburg
Robeson Co.: Maxton, Lumberton
I would be foolish to suggest you get your detailed information about the progress of I-74 from anywhere other than Bob Malme's I-74 website. But for completeness of the NCroads Annex I present the basics here...
Some information below comes from the aaroads.com interstate guide.
The I-74 corridor was first created by the National Highway Designation Act of 1995. North Carolina first applied for the use of the I-74 designation in April 1996.
In Sept 1996 (NCDOT), I-74 was assigned to the newly constructed freeway between US 220 ALT near Steeds to US 220 Business near Ulah.
In Feb 2000 (NCDOT), I-74 replaced NC 752 from I-77 to US 52 in the Mt Airy area and was also assigned to I-77 north to the Virginia line.
In Nov 2000, I-74 FUTURE was signed on the US 74 freeway bypassing Rockingham and Hamlet. The 2011 official was the first to show this.
In summer 2007, I-74 was signed on the Laurinburg and Maxton bypasses, then deposted in 2009.
In Dec 2009 (NCDOT), I-74 was added to the newly completed freeway from the east end of the US 74 Maxton bypass to US 74-A near I-95, then added to existing US 74 east to NC 41.
In July 2011 (NCDOT), I-74 was approved by FHA to be assigned to the newly constructed freeway from US 220 Emery to US 220 south of Ellerbe.
In Oct 2012 (NCDOT), I-74 was added to the existing US 311 freeway from I-40 near Winston-Salem southeast around High Point to US 29-70, then as new freeway to SR 1928 Cedar Square Rd.
In Nov 2012, NCDOT requested that I-74 be assigned to the new freeway from SR 1928 to I-73/US 220 upon its completion. This freeway opened in June 2013 as is signed as I-74.
I-74 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-74: US 52 from the current end of I-74 south to about NC 65 and also on US 74 from NC 41 to roughly NC 211 Bolton.
Note that I-74's overlay with I-73/US 220 uses I-73 and US 220 mileage for exit numbers at this writing. I-74 will definitely be completed through North Carolina and South Carolina. Originally conceived to connect to I-74 at Cincinnati, it seems unlikely I-74 will be signed outside of the carolinas in my lifetime. Virginia's segment would presumably just follow I-77, but West Virginia would follow US 52 which is being upgraded but not to interstate standards. Kentucky has shown zero interest in what would be their section.
I-74 is slated to use the eastern part of the Winston-Salem beltway, which is nearing the beginning of some construction. If the entire eastern half comes to be, I-74 would leave US 311 north of High Point before it reaches I-40. This would get rid of some I-74 concurrency with US 311. If the beltway does not get fully built, I-74 could conceivable follow I-40 then US 52 through central Winston-Salem.
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