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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.
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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