Interstate 40 East & 85 North

Interstate 40 east & 85 north
Three lanes from both Interstate 40 east and Interstate 85 north combine just ahead of the partial-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 132) with Mt. Hope Church Road. All movements to SR 3045 are removed from the freeway mainline. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Continuing east from Exit 132, Interstates 40 & 85 consist of an eight-lane freeway through to their split near Hillsborough. Truck traffic is prohibited from the left-hand lane along this stretch. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Burlington lies midway along the 30.9-mile overlap of Interstates 40 & 85. Durham is 45 minutes away. Photo taken 06/01/12.
The most rural segment of Interstates 40 & 85 precede the diamond interchange (Exit 135) with Rock Creek Dairy Road. Photo taken 06/01/12.
The town of Sedalia resides just north of Interstates 40 & 85 along U.S. 70, west of Rock Creek Dairy Road. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 40 east & 85 north at Exit 135. Rock Creek Dairy Road (SR 3056) angles southeast from nearby U.S. 70 (Burlington Road) 4.9 miles to Mount Hope Church Road (SR 3045) in southeast Guilford County. U.S. 70 east veers northward from near Exit 135 en route to the town of Whitsett. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Occasionally guide signs are used in place of stand alone shields for Interstate reassurance markers in both the Charlotte and Greensboro areas. This assembly precedes a valley where I-40 & 85 drops from 640 to 580 feet in elevation north of Little Alamance Creek. Photo taken 06/22/05.
The freeway next meets North Carolina 61 at Exit 138 just south of the Whitsett town line. Photo taken 06/01/12.
One half mile out from the Exit 138 diamond interchange with North Carolina 61 on I-40 east & 85 north. NC 61 joins NC 100 (Whitsett Street) from Whitsett to downtown Gibsonville, four miles to the north. Photo taken 06/01/12.
North Carolina 61 traffic leaves Interstate 40 east & 85 north at Exit 138. The state highway travels a mostly rural 20-mile route between North Carolina 150 at Osceola to the north and North Carolina 62 to the south. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Springwood Church Road (SR 2748) spans Interstates 40 east & 85 north, just west of a pair of rest areas along both directions of the freeway. SR 2748 leads north by a number of subdivisions and an apartment complex through to U.S. 70 in western reaches of the Burlington city limits. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 40 & 85 cross the Alamance County line just east of Back Creek and ahead of the rest area off-ramp. Photo taken 06/01/12.
University Drive (SR 1226), along with Grand Oaks Boulevard (SR 1213), forms part of an arterial beltway around Burlington and Elon. The four-lane parkway leads north from Exit 140 to become North Carolina 100, west of Elon University and east of Gibsonville. NC 100 follows the route east to combine with NC 87 south to downtown Burlington. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Elon was the destination of Exit 141 (Huffman Mill Road), but Exit 140 now provides a more direct route to the town via University Drive. Photo taken 08/08/04.
A six-ramp partial-cloverleaf interchange joins Interstates 40 & 85 with University Drive (SR 1226) at Exit 140. University Drive serves a growing retail area to the north while connecting the freeway with Alamance Regional Medical Center and NC 62 (Alamance Road) to the east via Grand Oaks Boulevard. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstates 40 east & 85 north shield assembly posted just ahead of the Exit 141 diamond interchange with Huffman Mill Road (SR 1158). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Huffman Mill Road (SR 1158) traverses Lake Mackintosh along a rural path through to southern reaches of Burlington. Just south of Exit 141, the road transitions into a commercial arterial en route to U.S. 70 (Church Street) at Holly Hill Mall. Photo taken 06/01/12.
North Carolina 62 returns to Interstate 85 at Exit 143. The state highway met previously with the Interstate outside of Archdale in the Piedmont Triad. Here, North Carolina 62 follows Alamance Road northward from the village of Alamance into downtown Burlington in conjunction with U.S. 70 (Church Street). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstates 40 east & 85 north see a diamond interchange (Exit 143) with North Carolina 62 (Alamance Road). North Carolina 62 serves the Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport (BUY) 1.1 miles to the south and Alamance Battleground state historic site. Northward Alamance Road carries the state route 1.3 miles to junction U.S. 70 adjacent to the North Carolina 54 (Chapel Hill Road) western terminus. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Travelers along I-40 east & 85 north continue through the Burlington city limits through to Bowden Branch, east of Exit 145. Photo taken 06/01/12.
The city of Graham, adjacent to Burlington, is four miles ahead while Durham is still a half hour away. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Near the Tucker Street overpass is the one-mile guide sign for Exit 145 (North Carolina 49) on Interstates 40 east & 85 north. North Carolina 49 (Maple Avenue) leads south from Burlington 18 miles to Liberty in northeast Randolph County.
This sign was previously posted on an overhead sign assembly. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Maple Avenue north from Exit 145 provides the most direct route for motorists bound for downtown Burlington. NC 49 follows the avenue north to parallel Harden Street, where it combines with NC 54 east into Graham. NC 100 overtakes Maple Avenue from the departing NC 49 to Anthony Street east and Webb Avenue (NC 87) north, completing the drive into downtown. Photo taken 06/01/12.
North Carolina 87 leaves Burlington for a half mile overlap with NC 49 & 54 along Harden Street to downtown Graham. There the state highway turns south onto Main Street toward its partial-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 147) with Interstates 40 & 85. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Heading south as a commercial arterial from Exit 147, North Carolina 27 continues 12 miles to Eli Whitney and 27 miles to Pittsboro. The 237-mile route overall continues SR 87 south from Ridgeway, Virginia to Reidsville, Burlington, Fayetteville and Southport near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstates 40 & 85 briefly expand to ten overall lanes from NC 87 to the Exit 148 diamond interchange. Forthcoming NC 54 overlaps with NC 49 along Harden Street east from downtown Graham before turning southward to cross paths with the freeway ahead of Swepsonville. Photo taken 06/01/12.
North Carolina 54 provides an alternate route from Burlington southeast to Chapel Hill by way of Carrboro. The state highway reaches Carrboro in 24 miles and meets Interstate 40 again at Exit 273. North Carolina 49 splits with North Carolina 54 via Elm Street for the town of Haw River, which is also served from I-40 & 85 by Jimmie Kerr Road north at Exit 150. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Staying in Graham, Interstates 40 east & 85 north next approach the diamond interchange (Exit 150) with Jimmie Kerr Road (SR 1928) at the campus of Alamance Community College. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Together with Trollingwood and Wilkins Roads, Jimmie Kerr Road (SR 1928) provides a direct route from Exit 150 to North Carolina 49. NC 49 leads north from Haw River to the nearby town of Green Level. Photo taken 06/01/12.
North Carolina 49 constitutes 178-mile route through North Carolina, from Charlotte to Concord, Asheboro, Burlington, Roxboro and the state line at Virgilina. SR 96 continues the multi-state route to Clarksville, Chase City and Crewe, Virginia. Photo taken 08/08/04.
Interstate 40 east & 85 north span the Haw River ahead of the Exit 150 off-ramp to Jimmie Kerr Road. Haw River lies 1.8 miles to the north at U.S. 70 (Main Street). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Motorists leave the city of Graham at the Back Creek bridge of I-40 east & 85 north. This set of shields follows the span. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Trollingwood Road (SR 1198) sees a diamond interchange (Exit 152) with Interstates 40 & 85 one mile east of the Cherry Lane Road overpass. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 152 leaves Interstate 40 east & 85 north for Trollingwood Road (SR 1198). Trollingwood Road straddles the outskirts of Mebane east to NC 119 at Hawfields. Photo taken 06/01/12.
North Carolina 119 (5th Street) angles northeast from Hawfields to meet Interstates 40 & 85 at a diamond interchange. The 43-mile route originates from NC 54 at Swepsonville, traveling northward to downtown Mebane and Virginia 119 near Semora.
A two-stage project, set for initial construction in 2015, will relocate NC 119 to bypass Mebane to the west. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 40 east & 85 north next meet Mebane-Oaks Road (SR 1007) at Exit 154 amid a commercialized diamond interchange anchored by a Tanger Outlets center and big box retail. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Mebane-Oaks Road (SR 1007) ends a half mile to the north at North Carolina 119 (5th Street) in Mebane (pronounced Meh-bin). Southward, SR 1007 exits the city for a rural trek 8.4 miles to junction North Carolina 54 at Oaks. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Eastbound travelers cross the Orange County line just ahead of milepost 155 on I-40 east & 85 north. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Next in line for Interstates 40 & 85 east is Exit 157 with Buckhorn Road (SR 1114) near the settlements of Miles and Cheeks Crossroads. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Durham is now 20 miles to the east via I-85 north while the capital city is still 50 miles to the southeast. Photo taken 06/01/12.
One mile west of the Exit 157 diamond interchange with Buckhorn Road (SR 1114) on I-40 east & 85 north. Buckhorn Road connects the freeway with parallel U.S. 70 at Miles. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Weigh stations line both sides of Interstates 40 & 85 beyond Exit 157. The scales replaced original rest areas. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 40 east & 85 north at the Exit 157 off-ramp to Buckhorn Road. Buckhorn Road continues south from here 7.5 miles through rural landscapes to Orange Grove. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Continuing on the Interstate 40 & 85 freeway east toward Efland and Hillsborough. Mt. Willing Road (SR 1220) intersects the freeway via a diamond interchange (Exit 160) 1.25 miles ahead. Photo taken 06/01/12.
One half mile west of the Exit 160 off-ramp to Mt. Willing Road and Efland. A second diamond interchange (Exit 161) follows with I-85 Connector (SR 1239) north onto U.S. 70 east into the town of Hillsborough. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 161 provides part of a mandatory truck route to North Carolina 86 north for Yanceyville and other points beyond Hillsborough. Trucks are to follow U.S. 70 (Cornelius Street) east from I-85 Connector (SR 1239) to North Carolina 86 to circumvent the Hillsborough town center via Churton Street (NC 86). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Mt. Willing Road loops 4.2 miles northeast from Buckhorn to Forrest Avenue (SR 1317) in Efland. Originally Exit 160 consisted of an off-ramp onto adjacent Ten Road while Exit 161 departed from the left-hand side of I-40 east & 85 north at a wye interchange. Ten Road was relocated to intersect Mt. Willing Road to the south as a new access road was built between the two reconfigured exits. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 161 carries drivers from I-40 east & 85 north onto the adjacent access road through to I-85 Connector. I-85 Connector branches northeast 1.1 miles to merge with U.S. 70 at a wye interchange just west of the Eno River. U.S. 70 proceeds east from there 2.6 miles to split with a Business loop at Churton Street (NC 86). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 40 & 85 split at the Exit 163 directional interchange outside of Hillsborough. A diagrammatic overhead advises motorists of the partition for Interstate 85 north through Durham and Interstate 40 east to Raleigh. Photo taken 06/01/12.
The last shield assembly for Interstates 40 east & 85 north appear along side North Carolina 86 Truck south. The truck route for NC 86 coincides with Interstate 85 north between Exits 161 and 165. Photo taken 06/01/12.
One mile out from the separation of Interstate 85 north from Interstate 40 east (Exit 163). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 40 sinks southeast from Interstate 85 eight miles to Chapel Hill and 12 miles to southwest Durham. The freeway travels a 1988-completed bypass of Durham between Exit 163 and North Carolina 147 (Durham Freeway) at Research Triangle Park (RTP). Before the opening of that highway, I-40 utilized the Durham Freeway from downtown Durham to RTP. Photo taken 06/01/12.
The three left-hand lanes of Interstates 40 & 85 default onto Interstate 85 northbound for downtown Durham and Petersburg, Virginia. Interstate 40 consists of a four-lane freeway through to Chapel Hill and south Durham. Photo taken 06/01/12.
A North Carolina 86 Truck trailblazer posted at the Dimmocks Mill Road overpass directs traffic onto Interstate 85 north. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Traffic partitions to Interstates 40 east and 85 north at Exit 163. Interstate 40 ends 161 miles to the southeast at Wilmington. Interstate 85 continues another 70 miles to the Virginia state line and 139 miles to its northern terminus at Interstate 95 in Petersburg. Photo taken 06/01/12.


Photo Credits:

  • 2004-08-08 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 2005-06-22 by AARoads.
  • 2012-06-01 by AARoads.

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