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North Carolina 16 - Brookshire Boulevard

North Carolina 16 North
North Carolina 16 continues the Brookshire Freeway northwest a short distance from Interstate 77 and 277 to Idaho Drive. Photo taken 06/01/07.
A partial-cloverleaf interchange joins North Carolina 16 with Beatties Ford Road near Johnson C. Smith University. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Beatties Ford Road travels north to Interstate 77 at Exit 37 and south to West 5th Street outside of downtown. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Reassurance marker posted along North Carolina 16 after Beatties Ford Road. Brookshire Boulevard is signed as the connection to Interstate 85 from Interstate 277 now. The route provides a direct route to Interstate 85 south. Photo taken 06/01/07.
North Carolina 16 joins the Charlotte metropolitan area with Newton and the Hickory area. Taylorsville is peculiarly included on this mileage sign at 59 miles to the north. U.S. 64 meets North Carolina 16 there, but the Alexander County seat is not otherwise notable as the state highway continues north to Virginia. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Brookshire Freeway downgrades from to a surface arterial at the intersection with Idaho Drive. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Fortunately for through traffic, the intersection with Idaho Drive is governed only by flashers. Idaho Drive connects North Carolina 16 with Rozzelles Ferry Road nearby and both roads represent the pre-freeway routing of the state highway. Photo taken 06/01/07.

Three blocks of the city street grid tie into North Carolina 16 (Brookshire Boulevard) ahead of the single point urban interchange with Interstate 85. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Northbound at the ramps to Interstate 85. Interstate 85 travels east through the city of Charlotte into neighboring Charlotte. Southbound continues west to Gastonia and Spartanburg, South Carolina. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Motorists joining Interstate 85 north next meet Beatties Ford Road and Interstate 77 & U.S. 21. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Continuing northwest along Brookshire Boulevard. North Carolina 16 enters the Hoskins and Homestead areas of Charlotte next. Photo taken 06/01/07.
North Carolina 16 South
Approaching the single point urban interchange with Interstate 85 on North Carolina 16 (Brookshire Boulevard) south. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Junction Interstate 85 shield posted ahead of the SPUI. Interstate 85 travels east-west through the city of Charlotte. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Ramps carry drivers onto Interstate 85 south for Gastonia and Spartanburg and north to Concord and Greensboro. Photo taken 06/01/07.
A closer look at the southbound ramp departure to Interstate 85. Interstate 85 meets Interstate 485 in six miles. Photo taken 06/01/07.
North Carolina 16 (Brookshire Boulevard) splits with Idaho Drive, the former alignment of the state highway to Rozzelles Ferry Road. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Idaho Drive represents the last at-grade intersection before North Carolina 16 upgrades into the Brookshire Freeway. The state highway provides a straight shot to Interstate 277 from Interstate 85 north. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Next in line for southbound drivers is the Beatties Ford Road partial-cloverleaf interchange on North Carolina 16 south. Speed limits are set at 55 mph on the Brookshire Freeway. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Southbound at the Beatties Ford Road off-ramp, one half mile north of junction Interstate 77 & U.S. 21 and the transition to Interstate 277. Beatties Ford Road ventures south to Johnson C. Smith University and West 5th Street. Photo taken 06/01/07.



Photo Credits:
2007-06-01 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 77
Interstate 85
Interstate 277
U.S. Highway 29
U.S. Highway 74

Page Updated 10-22-2008.

 
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