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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1050 on: January 08, 2018, 12:39:07 AM »

It looks like this would connect up I-74 from Rockingham to I-95.  Maybe they think that's more important than connecting up around Rockingham.  Besides, then they'd have to explain where I-73 goes.


Yeah you are correct, it will still leave a gap because the main part of Rockingham Bypass (I-73/I-74 from US 220 to US 74 west of town) isn't going to be constructed until 2026. The section that is being funded is the section of US 74 between Rockingham and Laurinburg.

They're currently constructing the interchange at the south end of the bypass too, right, or just the north?


The northern end of the bypass is currently under construction. :)

Only the north? Is the south end scheduled soon after or will that be done with the main bulk in 2026?


Yeah the section of US 220 between the Ellebre exit (I-73/74 Exit 25) and Harrington Rd is the only part of the bypass that is currently under construction. This section includes interchanges with Haywood Cemetery and Dockery Rd (Exit 23) and US 220 itself (Exit 22) where it will leave Future I-73/74 Bypass for the final time (US 220 currently ends at US 1 just south of Rockingham in case you didn't know).

The rest of them will start in 2026, according to the NCDOT's STIP map:

Route / City:  US 220 BYPASS / FUTURE I-73 / FUTURE I-74

Description: ROCKINGHAM BYPASS, US 74 BYPASS WEST OF ROCKINGHAM AT SR 1109 (ZION CHURCH ROAD) INTERCHANGE TO SOUTH OF SR 1140 (OLD CHARLOTTE HIGHWAY)
SPOT ID: H090231-A
Funding Category: DIV
ROW Year:
Const. Year: 2026
Project Cost: $70,200,000.00
Comments: RIGHT OF WAY IN PROGRESS

Route / City:  US 220 BYPASS / FUTURE I-73 / FUTURE I-74

Description: ROCKINGHAM BYPASS, SOUTH OF SR 1140 (OLD CHARLOTTE HIGHWAY) TO SOUTHWEST OF SR 1304 (HARRINGTON ROAD)

SPOT ID: H090231-B
Funding Category: DIV
ROW Year:
Const. Year: 2026
Project Cost: $74,500,000.00
Comments: RIGHT OF WAY IN PROGRESS
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1051 on: January 08, 2018, 12:10:11 PM »

It looks like this would connect up I-74 from Rockingham to I-95.  Maybe they think that's more important than connecting up around Rockingham.  Besides, then they'd have to explain where I-73 goes.


Yeah you are correct, it will still leave a gap because the main part of Rockingham Bypass (I-73/I-74 from US 220 to US 74 west of town) isn't going to be constructed until 2026. The section that is being funded is the section of US 74 between Rockingham and Laurinburg.

They're currently constructing the interchange at the south end of the bypass too, right, or just the north?


The northern end of the bypass is currently under construction. :)

Only the north? Is the south end scheduled soon after or will that be done with the main bulk in 2026?


Yeah the section of US 220 between the Ellebre exit (I-73/74 Exit 25) and Harrington Rd is the only part of the bypass that is currently under construction. This section includes interchanges with Haywood Cemetery and Dockery Rd (Exit 23) and US 220 itself (Exit 22) where it will leave Future I-73/74 Bypass for the final time (US 220 currently ends at US 1 just south of Rockingham in case you didn't know).

The rest of them will start in 2026, according to the NCDOT's STIP map:

Route / City:  US 220 BYPASS / FUTURE I-73 / FUTURE I-74

Description: ROCKINGHAM BYPASS, US 74 BYPASS WEST OF ROCKINGHAM AT SR 1109 (ZION CHURCH ROAD) INTERCHANGE TO SOUTH OF SR 1140 (OLD CHARLOTTE HIGHWAY)
SPOT ID: H090231-A
Funding Category: DIV
ROW Year:
Const. Year: 2026
Project Cost: $70,200,000.00
Comments: RIGHT OF WAY IN PROGRESS

Route / City:  US 220 BYPASS / FUTURE I-73 / FUTURE I-74

Description: ROCKINGHAM BYPASS, SOUTH OF SR 1140 (OLD CHARLOTTE HIGHWAY) TO SOUTHWEST OF SR 1304 (HARRINGTON ROAD)

SPOT ID: H090231-B
Funding Category: DIV
ROW Year:
Const. Year: 2026
Project Cost: $74,500,000.00
Comments: RIGHT OF WAY IN PROGRESS
Turns out the Dec. 2017 STIP update linked from the NCDOT STIP site I was quoting for the re-funded upgrade work to US 74 is actually from Dec. 2015, the years listed run from 2016 to 2025. From checking out the map cited above and what NCDOT says is also a revised STIP that does list for 2018-2027, the Rockingham Bypass is funded and the I-74 upgrade from Rockingham to Laurinburg is still unfunded, but a feasibility study is in progress. I will be updating my I-73/74 pages with the correct information. There is also a project to upgrade the US 74/US 1 interchange on the Bypass (listed as US 74/Future I-74, despite the drop of the signage) that is to start in 2022.

The reference in the STIP to a Feasibility Study in progress is dated. The Study was completed in November and is available online:
https://connect.ncdot.gov/projects/planning/FeasibilityStudiesDocuments/FS-1508A_Feasibility-Study_Report_2017.pdf

It recommends two alternatives, one just an upgrade of the existing US 74, the other the same except for a southern bypass around Laurel Hill between SR 1363 (Fred Carter Road) and SR 1267 (Devon Drive) (a third involving a northern bypass of Laurel Hill was rejected for environmental reasons). They are nearly identical in length, meaning the bypass won't be that long (23.95 miles vs. 24.11). Between Rockingham and Laurel Hill intersections would be closed off and service roads built. There would be a partial cloverleaf interchange at Old Hundred Road/Corbitt Road. Depending on the alternative chosen there would be either 1 exit at St. John's Road or 3 exits, for existing US 74 at the Bypass, St Johns Road and Ida Mill/Spring Mill Roads, which would have a connection so existing US 74 traffic could access the Bypass. There would also be an additional interchange in both alternatives at Armstrong Rd between Laurel Hill and the Laurinburg Bypass. There may be the closing of some ramps for US 15/US 401 and/or Business 15/401 due to the short distance between the exits. The study indicates the total cost for each alternative is about the same, $310.5 million vs. $311.4 million. Now its up to NCDOT to find the funds and decide a date.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1052 on: January 10, 2018, 01:55:08 PM »

A NCDOT spokersperson emailed me and told me that the section of US 220 (Future I-73) from US 220 to NC 68 intersection in which he said it will be the temporary ending of I-73, will be signed as I-73. The contractor that is supposed to put up signs have not gotten things done. So, the delay is basically the contractor's fault, not NCDOT's.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1053 on: February 04, 2018, 11:29:08 AM »

Drove most of I-73 and I-74 yesterday, and took some photos:

Greensboro:

I-73 is still MIA on the new US-220 segment, but there are some doofy looking US-220 shields present:


Approaching US-158:


Exit number signage is also missing, but otherwise everything's complete (lol @ that 158 shield, btw)


Some I-73 signage exists, but not much until you reach the slightly older sections:



Some new signage for the imminent opening of the new I-840 segment. Was scheduled to open Feb 1, but was still not open when I came through, annoyingly.


Rockingham:

The southbound lanes on this stretch are open and finished, but the northbound set still needs a little bit of work, it seems:


The northbound lanes now switch over right before the Haywood Cemetery Rd. Exit:


The Haywood Cemetery Rd. Exit looks like it still needs paving:
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1054 on: February 04, 2018, 04:50:29 PM »

Yeah you see some goofy looking US 220 shields because it is a temporary signage that is being reserved for I-73/US 220 shields to be put together. The signage contractor is late in putting the exit numbers and I-73 signs. It should be finished by the time I-840 segment is open, or when the entire signage changes in Greensboro along the I-73 corridor are complete.

The I-840 segment north of I-73 won't be open until late February or March, weather permitting.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1055 on: February 05, 2018, 11:46:15 AM »

Yeah you see some goofy looking US 220 shields because it is a temporary signage that is being reserved for I-73/US 220 shields to be put together. The signage contractor is late in putting the exit numbers and I-73 signs. It should be finished by the time I-840 segment is open, or when the entire signage changes in Greensboro along the I-73 corridor are complete.

The I-840 segment north of I-73 won't be open until late February or March, weather permitting.
The Richmond County project was about 89% complete as of the end of December. The current completion date in April 9. Looks like they decided not to cover the I-73/I-74 shields at the Haywood Cemetery Rd exit, even though that's jumping the gun by a couple months. This will probably be the furthest south I-73 will appear on an overhead sign for several years until the rest of the Bypass is completed. This will be the eventual sign at the US 220 exit overhead gantry seen in the second to bottom photo:

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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1056 on: February 10, 2018, 10:35:54 PM »

426" X 240"? That's a big damn sign panel. That's 35' 6" X 20' 0". That's 710 square feet, more square footage than any standard size billboard, including the 48' X 14' standard (672 sq ft). That type of big green sign is a serious wind target. It would be interesting to see the support steel specifications for it.
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Re: Interstate 73/74
« Reply #1057 on: February 12, 2018, 09:45:27 AM »

426" X 240"? That's a big damn sign panel. That's 35' 6" X 20' 0". That's 710 square feet, more square footage than any standard size billboard, including the 48' X 14' standard (672 sq ft). That type of big green sign is a serious wind target. It would be interesting to see the support steel specifications for it.

There are even larger signs than that on NC freeways.
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