Eastbound at the Exit 72 trumpet interchange with SR-1195 at Whittier. SR-1195 follows the Tuckasegee River 2.2 miles northwest from U.S. 74 to U.S. 19 (Ela Road). Photo taken 09/12/04.
The final interchange of the Bryson City freeway segment of U.S. 74 composes the merge of U.S. 441 southbound onto U.S. 74 eastbound at Exit 74. U.S. 441 follows a divided highway five miles south from U.S. 19 and Cherokee to the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway outside of Qualla. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 441 traverses the Great Smoky Mountains themselves between Cherokee and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The scenic highway provides the main highway between western North Carolina and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. However U.S. 441 is not open to commercial traffic through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park itself. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 74 east & 441 south
Eight miles east of their merge is the split of U.S. 441 south from U.S. 74 eastbound at Dillsboro. The tandem share a four-lane divided surface highway between the Bryson City and Sylva freeway segments of the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. Where U.S. 441 southbound departs, U.S. 23 northbound enters its overlap with U.S. 74 eastbound to Waynesville. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Like U.S. 19 to the west, U.S. 441 is also signed as a through route to the city of Atlanta, Georgia. The federal highway overlaps with U.S. 23 into north Georgia with both highways providing access to the Interstate 985 corridor at Gainesville. The pair enter Dillsboro directly south of U.S. 74 Exit 81A. Photo taken 09/12/04.
20 miles separate Exit 81A from the Macon County seat of Franklin via U.S. 23 & 441 southbound. The pair comprises a four-lane highway on the 37-mile drive to the Georgia state line near Norton. U.S. 23 & 441 join U.S. 64 for two miles outside of Franklin itself on the way. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 23 north & 74 east
U.S. 23 north & U.S. 74 eastbound proclamation sign and shield assembly for the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway posted after their merge at Exit 81A. U.S. 23 & 74 bypass the town of Sylva to the north. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Exits 83 and 85 serve the town of Sylva on the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway eastbound. U.S. 23 Business travels through the heart of town between Dillsboro and Exit 85 via Haywood Road, Mill Street, Main Street, and Asheville Highway. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Exit 83 provides access into downtown Sylva via Grindstaff Cove Road southbound. The north-south highway stems northward 0.5 miles as Maple Street to junction U.S. 23 & 74. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 23 north & 74 eastbound at the Exit 83 partial-cloverleaf interchange with Grindstaff Cove Road. Grindstaff Cove Road dead ends shortly north of the freeway with no outlet. Photo taken 09/12/04.
The aforementioned U.S. 23 Business returns to U.S. 23 via Asheville Highway and east Sylva. The loop provides access to North Carolina 107 (E. Main Street) and West Carolina University to the southwest. North Carolina 107 begins in Sylva and heads two miles south to junction North Carolina 116 outside of Webster and four miles from there to Cullowhee and the Western Carolina University Campus. Photo taken 09/12/04.
The Great Smoky Mountain Expressway eastbound at the Exit 85 off-ramp to U.S. 23 Business south (Asheville Highway) and North Carolina 107 (E. Main Street). 24 miles of North Carolina 107 carry drivers south from Sylva to Forest Hills, East Laport, Tuckasegee, Glenviie, and Cashiers (junction U.S. 64). From there the state highway continues another eight miles to South Carolina 107. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Ten miles east of Sylva is the U.S. 23 & 74 junction with the Blue Ridge Parkway. The two-lane controlled access highway passes over the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway in this scene at Balsam Gap. An access road links the two highways one quarter mile ahead. The parkway is not open to commercial vehicles and is maintained by the National Park Service. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 23 & 74 again upgrade to a full freeway outside the Haywood County community of Waynesville. The Great Smoky Mountains Expressway bypasses the town to the west between U.S. 23 Business (Balsam Road) and Lake Junaluska. Pictured here is the one-mile guide sign for the Exit 98 diamond interchange with U.S. 23 Business (unsigned here). Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 23 Business appears on the Exit 98 guide sign at the U.S. 23 north & 74 eastbound off-ramp to Balsam Road. The loop travels through the heart of town via Balsam Road, Main Street, and Asheville Road before returning at Exit 104. Photo taken 09/12/04.
The second of three Waynesville exits joins U.S. 23 & 74 with Hazelwood Avenue at Exit 100. Hazelwood Avenue travels east from the freeway to Sulphur Springs Road, Hyatt Street, and Brown Avenue before ending at U.S. 23 Business (Balsam Road) south of downtown. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Exit 100 departs U.S. 23 north & 74 eastbound for Hazelwood Avenue. A split diamond interchange occurs between Hazelwood Avenue and nearby Elysinia Avenue to the north for the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Next in line for U.S. 23 north & 74 eastbound is the Exit 102 partial-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 276 (Dellwood Road). U.S. 276 comprises a surface arterial between downtown Waynesville and junction U.S. 19 east of Dellwood. The federal highway ends ten miles to the north at Interstate 40 Exit 20 and Cove Creek. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Exit 102A leaves the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway for U.S. 276 (Dellwood Road) southbound into Waynesville. U.S. 276 is a two-state route between Cove Creek and Greenville, South Carolina. The highway sees Brevard signed as the second control city here for its routing through the Transylvania County seat at U.S. 64. Photo taken 09/12/04.
A loop ramp serves U.S. 276 (Dellwood Road) northbound via Exit 102B on U.S. 23 north & 74 eastbound. U.S. 276 merges with U.S. 19 south in two miles outside of Lake Junaluska. From there the two highways travel two miles to their split at Dellwood with U.S. 19 continuing westward another four miles to Maggie Valley. The Junaluska Assembly control point refers to Lake Junaluska Retreat and Conference Center. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 19-23 north & 74 east
U.S. 23 Business (Asheville Road) returns to U.S. 23 & 74 at Exit 104 north of Waynesville. Where the business loop ends, North Carolina 209 begins and commences its northward journey to Lake Junaluska en route to Hot Springs. U.S. 19 northbound merges onto the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway ahead of the Exit 104 partial-cloverleaf interchange ahead. Photo taken 08/15/04.
U.S. 19 & 23 north and U.S. 74 eastbound between U.S. 23 Business & North Carolina 209 and the West Jones Cove off-ramp (Exit 105). A pair of frontage roads coincide with the freeway between Exit 104 and Exit 105. Photo taken 08/15/04.
Exit 105 departs for West Jones Cove via the eastbound side frontage road (SR-1929). SR-1929 links U.S. 19-29-74 with Jones Cover Road to the west and Sohes Cover Road to the east. Photo taken 08/15/04.
U.S. 19 departs 1.5 miles after it joins the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway with U.S. 23 for Clyde, Canton, and Candler. The US route pair follow Carolina Boulevard into downtown Clyde and the New Clyde Highway into West Canton and Canton. Note that U.S. 64 Truck appears from obscurity for the U.S. 74 connection to Interstate 40. Photo taken 08/15/04.
U.S. 74 east
U.S. 74 eastbound enters the final mile of the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway ahead of its conclusion at Interstate 40 (Exit 27). U.S. 74 eastbound joins Interstate 40 east between Exit 27 and Interstate 26 at Asheville. The federal route remains attached to the Interstate system through to Columbus on Interstate 26 at Exit 67. Photo taken 08/15/04.
The Great Smoky Mountain Expressway partitions into one-lane ramps for Interstate 40 west to Knoxville and Interstate 40 & U.S. 74 east to Asheville. Asheville lies just 19 miles to the east. Knoxville 58 miles to the northwest. U.S. 64 Truck is implied along Interstate 40 and 26 to Hendersonville (Exit 49). Photo taken 08/15/04.
2004-08-15 by Carter Buchanan. 2004-09-12 by Carter Buchanan.