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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1300 on: June 04, 2020, 02:34:31 PM »

Are there any recent flyover videos of the construction progress?
Not a flyover, but this video was filmed in March-April 2020 driving the length of US-421 Salem Pkwy.


Around 14:00, you can see progress on the I-74 interchange.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1301 on: June 12, 2020, 04:58:55 PM »

The new Hallsboro Road interchange along US 74/76 (Future I-74) has opened:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-06-12-columbus-county-interchange-opens.aspx

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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1302 on: June 12, 2020, 05:07:17 PM »

The new Hallsboro Road interchange along US 74/76 (Future I-74) has opened:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-06-12-columbus-county-interchange-opens.aspx
If the other interchange projects are any indication, they should be extending the 70 mph zone approximately 4 miles east to the Chauncey Town Rd intersection.

In reality, the entire highway should be 70 mph even with intersections, but due to artificial laws, it must be capped at 60 mph.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1303 on: June 13, 2020, 08:58:39 AM »

The new Hallsboro Road interchange along US 74/76 (Future I-74) has opened:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-06-12-columbus-county-interchange-opens.aspx
If the other interchange projects are any indication, they should be extending the 70 mph zone approximately 4 miles east to the Chauncey Town Rd intersection.

In reality, the entire highway should be 70 mph even with intersections, but due to artificial laws, it must be capped at 60 mph.

I would also recommend that the at-grade parts of US 421 from Greensboro to Siler City and then between Siler City and Sanford need to be raised to 70 too, 60 is painly slow on these rural wide roads, but that would be a pipe dream because NCDOT only has the bypasses of Siler City and Sanford at 65 to begin with.  NCDOT hates to sign things at 70 MPH for some weird reason.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1304 on: June 23, 2020, 04:44:49 PM »

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-06-23-i-74-surry-repair.aspx

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​MOUNT AIRY – A section of westbound Interstate 74 in Surry County will close this evening in order for N.C. Department of Transportation crews to repair a broken pipe under I-74 between exit 11 and exit 8.

Crews will dig into the interstate, remove the broken concrete pipe, install a new pipe, fill the cavity and resurface the area. NCDOT engineers estimate the operation to take two or three days depending on weather.

Westbound I-74 traffic heading to I-77 from U.S. 52 North is encouraged to stay on U.S. 52 North, exit off onto N.C. 89 and head west to I-74/77. All remaining westbound I-74 traffic will take exit 11 onto U.S. 601 North, then turn left onto U.S. 52 North, exit off onto N.C. 89, and follow N.C. 89 West back to I-74/I-77.

Transportation officials advise drivers to plan the detour into their commute and to follow all posted signs.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1305 on: July 10, 2020, 07:18:54 PM »

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-07-10-northern-beltway-closures.aspx

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WINSTON-SALEM – N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews will have nightly lane closures on U.S. 421 North/Business 40 West next week, as work continues on the eastern section of the Winston Salem Northern Beltway.​​​

The closures will allow crews to safely remove temporary concrete barrier wall and temporary pavement markings before installing new pavement markings between exits 224 and 228.​​

One lane will be closed from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the nights of Tuesday, July 14 through the morning of July 17.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1306 on: July 27, 2020, 12:06:49 PM »

While there's been no official word about when the first segment of the Future I-74 Winston-Salem Northern Beltway will open, this traffic incident report may provide a clue: "Construction on C203484  -- There will be a continuous one lane pattern on SB US-421/EB Bus 40 to allow the contractor to complete the following: paving, shoulder work, seeding, mulching, guardrail, and pavement marking."  This work started today at 5 AM and is to be completed by noon on Sunday, August 2.  Stay tuned.

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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1307 on: July 29, 2020, 06:28:08 PM »

Looks like the process of US 311 sign removal from I-74 has made it finally to Guilford County, this NCDOT press release is about lane closures along Business 85 related to removing both ground mounted and overhead 311 shields:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-07-29-i-85-business-us-311-sign-removal.aspx

Last check of signage today at the I-74/I-85 interchange via traffic camera still showed the US 311 shields on overhead signs there.

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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1308 on: July 29, 2020, 08:46:16 PM »

Looks like the process of US 311 sign removal from I-74 has made it finally to Guilford County, this NCDOT press release is about lane closures along Business 85 related to removing both ground mounted and overhead 311 shields:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-07-29-i-85-business-us-311-sign-removal.aspx

Last check of signage today at the I-74/I-85 interchange via traffic camera still showed the US 311 shields on overhead signs there.

I never understood why US-311 even exists. It would've made more sense to extend US-360 from Danville.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1309 on: August 02, 2020, 09:11:40 AM »

With U.S. 311 dropped from I-74, any idea of what the leftover portion of freeway will be designated west from the exchange taking I-74 northward onto the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway and where I-74 currently ties into I-40?

https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/wsnb/Documents/eastern-section-7-map-1.pdf

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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1310 on: August 02, 2020, 09:18:17 AM »

With U.S. 311 dropped from I-74, any idea of what the leftover portion of freeway will be designated west from the exchange taking I-74 northward onto the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway and where I-74 currently ties into I-40?

https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/wsnb/Documents/eastern-section-7-map-1.pdf
I thought I read it was going to be NC 192.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1311 on: August 02, 2020, 09:22:40 AM »

With U.S. 311 dropped from I-74, any idea of what the leftover portion of freeway will be designated west from the exchange taking I-74 northward onto the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway and where I-74 currently ties into I-40?

https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/wsnb/Documents/eastern-section-7-map-1.pdf
I thought I read it was going to be NC 192.

NC 192 appears in this article that was pointed out to me by LM117...
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1312 on: August 02, 2020, 12:40:00 PM »

So, do we have openage?
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1313 on: August 02, 2020, 06:09:55 PM »

With U.S. 311 dropped from I-74, any idea of what the leftover portion of freeway will be designated west from the exchange taking I-74 northward onto the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway and where I-74 currently ties into I-40?

https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/wsnb/Documents/eastern-section-7-map-1.pdf
I thought I read it was going to be NC 192.

NC 192 appears in this article that was pointed out to me by LM117...
It might not be signed as NC 192, though. It might simply be signed TO WEST 40 in one direction and TO EAST 74 in the other. There is a precedent: Wade Avenue between I-40 and I-440 in West Raleigh.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1314 on: August 02, 2020, 06:36:22 PM »

With U.S. 311 dropped from I-74, any idea of what the leftover portion of freeway will be designated west from the exchange taking I-74 northward onto the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway and where I-74 currently ties into I-40?

https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/wsnb/Documents/eastern-section-7-map-1.pdf
I thought I read it was going to be NC 192.

NC 192 appears in this article that was pointed out to me by LM117...
It might not be signed as NC 192, though. It might simply be signed TO WEST 40 in one direction and TO EAST 74 in the other. There is a precedent: Wade Avenue between I-40 and I-440 in West Raleigh.

Respectfully disagree...Wade Ave has no number to post as it is not in the primary system.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1315 on: August 03, 2020, 06:10:23 PM »

With U.S. 311 dropped from I-74, any idea of what the leftover portion of freeway will be designated west from the exchange taking I-74 northward onto the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway and where I-74 currently ties into I-40?

https://www.ncdot.gov/projects/wsnb/Documents/eastern-section-7-map-1.pdf
I thought I read it was going to be NC 192.

NC 192 appears in this article that was pointed out to me by LM117...
It might not be signed as NC 192, though. It might simply be signed TO WEST 40 in one direction and TO EAST 74 in the other. There is a precedent: Wade Avenue between I-40 and I-440 in West Raleigh.

Respectfully disagree...Wade Ave has no number to post as it is not in the primary system.
True. But my point is that NCDOT doesn't feel a need to sign short connecting sections of expressway with route numbers. Come to think of it, isn't this another precedent: the northern end of the Wilmington loop, where NCDOT didn't ask for the I-140 designation and took US 17 off the expressway. (Of course this is all idle talk until we see what actually happens.)
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1316 on: August 03, 2020, 06:53:08 PM »

US 17 was removed at the request of Wilmington and the freeway is fully signed as NC 140.

The closest I can think of to the no-post argument is NC 581 Conn which connects the end of I795 to NC 581.   Not sure why this wasn’t  made And posted as NC 795.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1317 on: August 04, 2020, 12:00:53 AM »

So, do we have openage?
Unfortunately not, NCDOT issued a new press release last Friday indicating further lane closures will happen along US 421/Salem Parkway to prepare the ramps for the Beltway through August 23. No mention of when the Beltway will open:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-07-31-us-421-paving-lane-closures.aspx

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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1318 on: August 04, 2020, 04:27:19 AM »

The latest information I have is when NCDOT responded to my tweet back in May saying the beltway’s first segment is opening in August.

Hopefully we’ll see this by the end of the month without further delay.

IIRC, it was supposed to open by the end of 2019 already.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1319 on: August 04, 2020, 07:14:13 AM »

The closest I can think of to the no-post argument is NC 581 Conn which connects the end of I795 to NC 581.   Not sure why this wasn’t  made And posted as NC 795.

NCDOT probably doesn't think it's worth signing right now because of how short it is. Speaking as someone that grew up in Wayne County, it's never been an issue for the locals. The majority of them already thinks I-795 ends at NC-581/Ash Street anyway, despite the location of the "END I-795" trailblazer.

My guess is it will get signed as NC-795 once the new alignment south of Ash Street starts getting built and opened.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1320 on: August 05, 2020, 12:15:00 PM »

The first segment of the I-74 Winston-Salem Beltway is currently scheduled to open in the first week of September.

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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1321 on: August 05, 2020, 12:28:54 PM »

Looks like the process of US 311 sign removal from I-74 has made it finally to Guilford County, this NCDOT press release is about lane closures along Business 85 related to removing both ground mounted and overhead 311 shields:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-07-29-i-85-business-us-311-sign-removal.aspx

Last check of signage today at the I-74/I-85 interchange via traffic camera still showed the US 311 shields on overhead signs there.

I never understood why US-311 even exists. It would've made more sense to extend US-360 from Danville.

Rhetorical question??  If not, it exists because it predates US-220.  It originally ran where 220 is today north to Martinsville to meet parent US-11 in Roanoke.  It went south, too... and NC 211 was its former routing at one point...  The Eden part didn't exist until a few years ago, so that's why US-360 never came into the picture.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1322 on: August 05, 2020, 03:39:50 PM »

Looks like the process of US 311 sign removal from I-74 has made it finally to Guilford County, this NCDOT press release is about lane closures along Business 85 related to removing both ground mounted and overhead 311 shields:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-07-29-i-85-business-us-311-sign-removal.aspx

Last check of signage today at the I-74/I-85 interchange via traffic camera still showed the US 311 shields on overhead signs there.

I never understood why US-311 even exists. It would've made more sense to extend US-360 from Danville.

Rhetorical question??  If not, it exists because it predates US-220.  It originally ran where 220 is today north to Martinsville to meet parent US-11 in Roanoke.  It went south, too... and NC 211 was its former routing at one point...  The Eden part didn't exist until a few years ago, so that's why US-360 never came into the picture.
I believe that VA 311 is related to this old routing, though I don't think that it ever connected to US-311.

Functionally, US-311 became redundant in 1934 when it was replaced with US-220 and should have been decommissioned then.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1323 on: August 06, 2020, 06:20:07 AM »

Looks like the process of US 311 sign removal from I-74 has made it finally to Guilford County, this NCDOT press release is about lane closures along Business 85 related to removing both ground mounted and overhead 311 shields:
https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-07-29-i-85-business-us-311-sign-removal.aspx

Last check of signage today at the I-74/I-85 interchange via traffic camera still showed the US 311 shields on overhead signs there.

I never understood why US-311 even exists. It would've made more sense to extend US-360 from Danville.

Rhetorical question??  If not, it exists because it predates US-220.  It originally ran where 220 is today north to Martinsville to meet parent US-11 in Roanoke.  It went south, too... and NC 211 was its former routing at one point...  The Eden part didn't exist until a few years ago, so that's why US-360 never came into the picture.
I believe that VA 311 is related to this old routing, though I don't think that it ever connected to US-311.

Functionally, US-311 became redundant in 1934 when it was replaced with US-220 and should have been decommissioned then.

I have never found any evidence VA 311 and US 311 connected.

It would have made sense in 1934 to have US 311 become US 220W or US 220 ALT given that both ends were at US 220.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1324 on: August 06, 2020, 11:44:25 AM »

https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2020/2020-08-06-i-74-eastchester-loops-open.aspx

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​HIGH POINT – New ramps that create safer access to Interstate 74 in Guilford County are set to open this weekend.

By 9 p.m. Saturday, contract crews plan to open new loop ramps from northbound N.C. 68/Eastchester Drive to westbound I-74 and from southbound N.C. 68/Eastchester Drive to I-74 East.

The loops eliminate situations where drivers make left turns across oncoming travel lanes to access the interstate.

The existing ramps onto I-74 will remain in use, but accessible only by right turns.

Drivers should keep in mind this interchange remains an active work zone and be mindful of the crews working in this area.
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