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V'Ger:
What's the status of these two Interstates? Has their final route been worked out through the Carolinas?

Alex:
I just clinched Interstate 73 in its current entirety in December. Weirdly all of the new freeway that was built south of Candor is signed as "Future Interstate 73/74", while it is so much better than the older sections to the north. No work is underway on the freeway south of Rockingham yet, and work on the freeway north of the Piedmont-Triad International Airport has also yet to begin.

As for Interstate 74, the High Point Bypass is still well underway, and the Maxton to Lumberton section opened in recent months as well. There are still several sections of existing freeway that need upgrading or sections to be completed (such as most of the route east of Interstate 95).

deathtopumpkins:
CG, I-64's not new. :P It's actually a very old interstate.

I haven't really paid attention to new interstates in the Carolinas though...  :-\

Snappyjack:
Why is I-3 given the number 3? If it is running from Savannah to Knoxville, it's an east west.. or southeast to northwest..or whatever you want to call it. Should be an even number. Correct?

flaroads:

--- Quote from: Snappyjack on January 18, 2009, 10:23:12 PM ---Why is I-3 given the number 3? If it is running from Savannah to Knoxville, it's an east west.. or southeast to northwest..or whatever you want to call it. Should be an even number. Correct?

--- End quote ---

Proposed Interstate 3 is an initial desgination in which it honors Fort Stewart's 3rd Infantry Division's lead role in the War on Terror in Iraq.  Interstate 3, if ever built, would be known as the "3rd Infantry Division Highway" and serve defense interests in the region.  That's the official reason for the numbering.  Check out this page for more information.

As far as the proposed route being an even or odd designation, that is open to debate.  Looking at a map it does follows a northwest-southeast pattern, such as I-24 and I-26, and so it should carry an even designation, to keep in sync.  But, we currently have an interstate that breaks that rule: I-85.  That particular interstate pretty much runs northeast-southwest.  So, theoretically, it can carry an odd number.  But, in my opinion, the number 3 is WAY out of the current grid of the interstate system and that number should really be reserved for a western US north-south interstate.  But, since no high numbered north-south numbers can be used, and AASHTO won't duplicate any north-south route designations such as I-83, I-91, etc.  That leaves the lower north-south numbers to be used.

My personal opinion, if they do indeed build this interstate, bring back the suffixed interstates and designate it I-75E!!  That would solve any issues, other than it would eventually be east of I-85, but then we already have one I-75 that does that.

 

 

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