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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1375 on: April 07, 2021, 11:20:47 AM »

This part does not meet interstate standards and that's probably why they didn't want to make it an I-x74. The shoulders are only 4 ft wide.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Carolina_Highway_192

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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1376 on: April 07, 2021, 09:09:17 PM »

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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1377 on: April 07, 2021, 09:13:43 PM »

Seems like NCDOT did a mistake and forgot to raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 on this segment...  :D

https://www.google.com/maps/@36.0454483,-79.905108,3a,74.2y,99.36h,91.74t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sQvSw9J7SAXzLiAbaGTct9Q!2e0!5s20190701T000000!7i16384!8i8192!5m1!1e1?hl=en
The southwestern segment of the loop, it seems like it may be a little to curvy and urban to handle an official 70 mph limit. Id much rather see I-73 north and south of Greensboro, I-40/85 east of Greensboro, and US-421 southeast of the city increased to 70 mph before something like that portion.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1378 on: April 07, 2021, 09:23:41 PM »

Seems like NCDOT did a mistake and forgot to raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 on this segment...  :D

https://www.google.com/maps/@36.0454483,-79.905108,3a,74.2y,99.36h,91.74t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sQvSw9J7SAXzLiAbaGTct9Q!2e0!5s20190701T000000!7i16384!8i8192!5m1!1e1?hl=en
The southwestern segment of the loop, it seems like it may be a little to curvy and urban to handle an official 70 mph limit. Id much rather see I-73 north and south of Greensboro, I-40/85 east of Greensboro, and US-421 southeast of the city increased to 70 mph before something like that portion.
well, look at I-540 in northeast Raleigh. That's also a little curvy.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1379 on: April 07, 2021, 10:19:53 PM »

Seems like NCDOT did a mistake and forgot to raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 on this segment...  :D

https://www.google.com/maps/@36.0454483,-79.905108,3a,74.2y,99.36h,91.74t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sQvSw9J7SAXzLiAbaGTct9Q!2e0!5s20190701T000000!7i16384!8i8192!5m1!1e1?hl=en
The southwestern segment of the loop, it seems like it may be a little to curvy and urban to handle an official 70 mph limit. Id much rather see I-73 north and south of Greensboro, I-40/85 east of Greensboro, and US-421 southeast of the city increased to 70 mph before something like that portion.
well, look at I-540 in northeast Raleigh. That's also a little curvy.
Id say that road is much straighter overall, and more rural in nature. Ive had no issues hitting 80 mph or greater there, compared to the I-73 segment where it started feeling tight in some areas above 75 mph.

Not saying it couldnt be 70 mph, but not my first candidate compared to other roads. The part of the urban loop that was increased to 70 mph - I-85 - much straighter, more gentle curvature, rural, etc. overall.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1380 on: April 11, 2021, 12:16:29 PM »

So, after 2 years this section gets repaved again. xD Why though?
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1381 on: April 11, 2021, 02:49:33 PM »

So, after 2 years this section gets repaved again. xD Why though?

IIRC, that section was constructed back in 2014-15.  The pavement already looked quite worn when I-73 was first posted on that section in early 2018.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1382 on: April 11, 2021, 03:02:55 PM »

So, after 2 years this section gets repaved again. xD Why though?

IIRC, that section was constructed back in 2014-15.  The pavement already looked quite worn when I-73 was first posted on that section in early 2018.
It opened in 2017. And it got repaved in 2019. Maybe the asphalt they used on it was too thin
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1383 on: April 11, 2021, 03:52:24 PM »

So, after 2 years this section gets repaved again. xD Why though?

IIRC, that section was constructed back in 2014-15.  The pavement already looked quite worn when I-73 was first posted on that section in early 2018.

It opened in 2017. And it got repaved in 2019. Maybe the asphalt they used on it was too thin

Indeed, this section north of NC-68 first opened in late 2017 and your particular exit was completed even earlier that same year.  But NCDOT did not post I-73 on this stretch until March 2018.  You might be correct about new pavement in 2019.  The most recent photos from David Johnson (posted on Bob Malme's website) still showed old pavement as of May 2019.  I haven't driven this segment since sometime around then.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1384 on: April 22, 2021, 12:18:07 PM »

I've posted photos of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction courtesy of Nick Schaut, including:


on my I-73 Segment 11 page: https://malmeroads.net/i7374nc/i73seg11.html

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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1385 on: April 23, 2021, 12:02:59 PM »

NCDOT announces a temporary redesign of two Columbus County intersections (Chauncey Town Road and Old Lake Road) on US 74/76 (Future I-74) east of Whiteville to reduced-conflict intersections starting in June. They will be upgraded to an interstate standard interchange and bridge starting in July 2022:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2021/2021-04-23-columbus-county-intersections.aspx

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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1386 on: April 27, 2021, 08:17:55 PM »

NCDOT announces a temporary redesign of two Columbus County intersections (Chauncey Town Road and Old Lake Road) on US 74/76 (Future I-74) east of Whiteville to reduced-conflict intersections starting in June. They will be upgraded to an interstate standard interchange and bridge starting in July 2022:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2021/2021-04-23-columbus-county-intersections.aspx

Now that's refreshing -- usually these "temporary/interim" installations grow cobwebs while the final (in this case, Interstate-grade) configuration is procrastinated out to what seems forever -- good to see NCDOT has a near-term plan and this "J-turn" variant has a limited timespan.   Step in the right direction!
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1387 on: May 04, 2021, 10:50:40 AM »

NCDOT has awarded a contract to build a new interchange on US-74 in Boardman. This project will convert the Old Boardman Road/Macedonia Church Road intersection into an interchange. Completion is expected by the fall of 2024.

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2021/2021-05-04-columbus-county-us-74-interchange.aspx
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