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Interstate 140

Interstate 140 East & U.S. 17 North
Begin Interstate 140 shield assembly posted with U.S. 17 at the on-ramp from U.S. 421. Motorists immediately ascend onto the Dan Cameron Bridge over the Northeast Cape Fear River. Photo taken 11/11/06. Second photo taken 06/24/10.
Views of the Dan Cameron Bridge and the Northeast Cape Fear River from Interstate 140's eastbound beginning. Photo taken 11/11/06. Second photo taken 06/24/10. Third photo taken 11/11/06. Fourth photo taken 11/11/06.
Interstate 140 travels five miles to its end at Interstate 40; U.S. 17 continues 49 miles to Jacksonville and 85 miles to New Bern. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Two miles west of the North Carolina 133 folded-diamond interchange at the Rockhill Road underpass of Interstate 140 east & U.S. 17 north. Photo taken 06/24/10.
North Carolina 133 (Castle Hayne Road) leads south to Wilmington International Airport (ILM) and Hightsville and north to U.S. 117 at Castle Hayne. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Eastbound Interstate 140 at the loop ramp to North Carolina 133 (Castle Hayne Road). Burgaw, the Pender County seat, is featured on this sign for the connection with U.S. 117 north. North Carolina 133 shares three miles with U.S. 117 before turning northwest to North Carolina 210. Photo taken 06/24/10.
The final Interstate 140 east & U.S. 17 northbound reassurance markers. Photo taken 11/11/06.

Two miles out from Interstate 140 & U.S. 17's directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 40. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Interstate 40 travels north from Wilmington to Raleigh-Durham. Benson is the location where Interstate 40 meets Interstate 95. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Motorists bound for both directions of Interstate 40 depart in unison from Interstate 140 east & U.S. 17 north. Interstate 140 ends at the Interstate 40 under crossing, with U.S. 17 continuing the freeway east to its original alignment at Scotts Hill. Photos taken 06/24/10.
Interstate 40 travels south four miles to its end at U.S. 117 & North Carolina 132 in Wilmington. U.S. 117 south to U.S. 74 east carries drivers bound for Wrightsville Beach.
Interstate 40 continues 90 miles north to Interstate 95 and 115 miles to Raleigh. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Interstate 140 West & U.S. 17 South
Interstate 140 begins at the U.S. 17 directional-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 40 north of Wilmington. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Interstate 40 heads a short distance east (south) to U.S. 117 at Murraysville on the outskirts of Wilmington. There is no direct access from Interstate 140 & U.S. 17 to U.S. 117. Photo taken 11/11/06.
The first interchange of Interstate 140 west & U.S. 17 south joins the freeway with North Carolina 133 (Castle Hayne Road). Photo taken 11/11/06.
North Carolina 133 (Castle Hayne Road) travels south toward Wrightsboro, Hightsville, and Wilmington International Airport (ILM). Photo taken 11/11/06.
Westbound at the folded-diamond interchange with North Carolina 133. North Carolina 133 (Castle Hayne Road) continues north five miles to a merge with U.S. 117 at Skippers Corner. Castle Hayne lies nearby. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Reassurance shields posted for Interstate 140 west & U.S. 17 south after North Carolina 133. Photo taken 11/11/06.
U.S. 17 south merges with U.S. 421 south west to return to its original route. When Interstate 140 is completed around Belville, U.S. 17 will follow the freeway west. Otherwise U.S. 17 & 421 share pavement south to their merge with U.S. 74 & North Carolina 133. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Interstate 140 west & U.S. 17 south curve southwest to cross the Northeast Cape Fear River over the Dan Cameron Bridge. Photos taken 11/11/06.
Presently the freeway ends after the river crossing at junction U.S. 421. U.S. 421 begins south of Carolina Beach on the coast and travels north through Wilmington to a merge with U.S. 76 across the Cape Fear River. Outside of the Wilmington area, U.S. 421 travels a rural route northwest to Wards Corner and eventually Clinton. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Wilmington is home to a number of attractions including the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial (via U.S. 17 & 421 south), Fort Fisher and its North Carolina Aquarium (also via U.S. 421 south), in addition to the State Port (via U.S. 117). Photo taken 11/11/06.
All traffic departs Interstate 140 west & U.S. 17 south via a loop ramp onto U.S. 421 below. The freeway mainline continues as a short stub, awaiting the westward extension to U.S. 17 near Bishop. Photos taken 11/11/06.
Interstate 140 end shield posted on the loop ramp to U.S. 421. Photo taken 11/11/06.
U.S. 17 joins U.S. 421 south to Belville before resuming its westward course to Shalotte and Myrtle Beach. North Carolina 133 briefly ties in with U.S. 74 from Martin Luther King Parkway before continuing south to Southport and Oak Island. U.S. 74 & 76 join the fray through to the LeLand area as well. Photo taken 11/11/06.

Photo Credits:
    2006-11-11 by AARoads and Justin Cozart. 2010-06-24 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 40
U.S. Highway 17
U.S. Highway 117
U.S. Highway 421
North Carolina 133

Page Updated 03-01-2012.

 
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