Interstates 40 West & 85 South

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Interstate 40 West Interstate 85 South
Heading northwest from their merge, Interstates 40 west & 85 north lower to cross Sevenmile Creek on the one-mile approach to back to back diamond interchanges (Exits 161/160) with the I-85 Connector (SR 1239) north and Mt. Milling Road (SR 1120) at Efland. Photo taken 07/09/10.
North Carolina 86 Truck departs Interstates 40 west & 85 north for I-85 Connector northeast to U.S. 70 east to complete its bypass of Hillsborough for interests north to Yanceyville. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Originally access to the I-85 Connector (SR 1239) was only available in the east and northbound direction at a wye interchange. SR 1239 intersects Ben Johnson Road (SR 1144) east to Hillsborough nearby before merging onto U.S. 70 east at a wye interchange ahead of the Eno River. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 161 leaves Interstates 40 west & 85 south for I-85 Connector (SR 1239 / NC 86 Truck) north to U.S. 70 back into Hillsborough. U.S. 70 continues west from the Connector end into unincorporated Efland while Mt. Milling Road ties into the community from parallel Forest Avenue (SR 1317). Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 160 joins a westbound access road linking I-85 Connector with Mt. Willing Road (SR 1120). The old exit for Mt. Willing Road departed the freeway immediately after the I-85 Connector on-ramp, resulting in a weaving traffic configuration. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Mt. Willing Road curves southwesterly from Interstates 40 & 85 and Efland through forested hills to Buckhorn and Oak Grove Church Road (SR 1117) near the Alamance County line. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Buckhorn Road (SR 1114) crosses paths with Interstates 40 & 85 two miles west of Efland at Exit 157. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Weigh stations line both sides of Interstates 40 & 85 east of Exit 157. The scales replaced original rest areas. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Nearing the weigh station off-ramp of Interstates 40 west & 85 south. Forthcoming Buckhorn Road connects the freeway with parallel U.S. 70 at Miles and West Ten Road (SR 1146) at Cheeks Crossroads. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Buckhorn Road (SR 1114) ventures south from U.S. 70 to the rural settlements of Buckhorn and Orange Grove. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Westbound Interstates 40 & 85 at the Exit 157 off-ramp to Buckhorn Road. U.S. 70 west from Buckhorn Road leads drivers west onto Center Street through the city of Mebane. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstates 40 west & 85 west traverse southern reaches of the Mebane city limits to Exits 154, 153 and 152. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Mebane-Oaks Road (SR 1007) joins Interstates 40 & 85 with the south side of Mebane and nearby North Carolina 119 (5th Street) north into the city center. Photo taken 07/09/10.
One mile east of the Exit 154 off-ramp to Mebane-Oaks Road (SR 1007). A number of traveler services, retail and a Tanger Outlets center resides near Exit 154 on both Mebane-Oaks Road and parallel Arrowhead Boulevard (SR 2033). Photo taken 07/09/10.
Drivers along Interstates 40 west & 85 south cross the Alamance County line just ahead of the Exit 154 diamond interchange with Mebane-Oaks Road. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Mebane-Oaks Road leads south 8.9 miles from NC 119 along the Orange / Alamance County line to North Carolina 54 at the community of Oaks. North Carolina 119 (5th Street) sees its own diamond interchange (Exit 153) with I-40 & 85 in 1.5 miles. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstates 40 west & 85 south reassurance markers posted as the freeway exits the city of Mebane only to reenter it at NC 119. Photo taken 07/09/10.
North Carolina 119, a 43-mile route from NC 54 at Swepsonville and Virginia 119 near Semora, currently travels 5th Street northeast to U.S. 70 (Center Street) in downtown Mebane, and a combination of 2nd Street, Graham Street and 1st Street north from U.S. 70 to exit the city. A two-stage project is slated to begin in 2015 to relocate the state highway away from the Mebane street grid onto a new bypass around the west side of town. Photo taken 07/09/10.
North Carolina 119 connects Interstates 40 & 85 with Swepsonville, 4.1 miles to the southwest. Exit 153 also serves a large business park with a number of warehouses and other industrial businesses to the north. The new NC 119 will line the east side of the park northward to U.S. 70 at Edgewood Church Road (SR 1949). This is Segment A of the relocation project. Segment B extends the new alignment north to Mrs White Road (SR 1918), with work tentatively scheduled for construction in 2022. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Trollingwood Road (SR 1198) angles northwest from NC 119 at Old Hillsborough Road and Hawfields to a diamond interchange (Exit 152) with Interstates 40 & 85. SR 1198 continues northwest to Stone Street Extension (SR 1936), which winds west into the town of Haw River. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstates 40 west & 85 south leave Mebane for a hilly stretch south Graham. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Jimmie Kerr Road (SR 1928) is the first of three exits for the city of Graham along Interstates 40 west & 85 south. SR 1928 lines a combination of Jimmie Kerr, Trollingwood and Wilkins Roads northward through the Haw River town limits. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Westbound at the Exit 150 diamond interchange with Jimmie Kerr Road (SR 1928). SR 1928 connects I-40 & 85 with U.S. 70 west to Burlington and NC 49 (Roxboro Street) north to Green Level. Southward Jimmie Kerr Road serves Alamance Community College en route to Swepsonville. Photo taken 07/09/10.
North Carolina 54 and Interstates 40 & 85 come together west of the Haw River at the Exit 148 diamond interchange. The state highway enters Graham by way of Swepsonville, traveling Harden Street northwest to downtown. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 148 departs Interstates 40 west & 85 north for North Carolina 54 (Harden Street). NC 54 travels 55 miles overall from U.S. 70 & NC 62 in west Burlington southeast to Chapel Hill and Interstate 440 at Raleigh. NC 87, which meets I-40 & 85 in one mile, combines with NC 49 & 54 west for a half mile from downtown Graham to Elm Street and the city of Burlington. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstates 40 & 85 carry ten overall lanes between NC 54 and NC 87 (Exit 147). NC 87, a 237-mile route from Southport, Fayetteville, Pittsboro, Burlington, Reidsville and the Virginia state line north of Eden, meets the freeway at a parclo interchange (Exit 147) just south of the Graham central business district. Photo taken 07/09/10.
North Carolina 87 (Main Street) connects Graham with the Chatham County seat of Pittsboro, 27 miles to the south. Northward the state highway follows Elm Street / Webb Avenue from NC 49 & 54 (Harden Street) to downtown Burlington, which is signed from Exit 145 of I-40 & 85 via NC 49 (Maple Avenue) north. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Maple Street (SR 2424) in Graham passes over Interstates 40 & 85 west beyond this set of reassurance shields. Forthcoming Bowden Branch separates Graham from Burlington across the eight lane freeway. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 145 with North Carolina 49 (Maple Avenue) is the first of three interchanges for the city of Burlington (population 50,042 per the 2010 census). The north-south state highway meets I-40 & 85 amid an array of traveler services, aging shopping centers and an industrial park. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Entering the parclo interchange with North Carolina 49 (Maple Avenue) on I-40 west & 85 south. NC 49 travels 178 miles across the Tar Heel state as part of a multi-state route with S.C. 49 at Lake Wylie and Virginia 49 at Virgilina. More locally the route ventures south 18 miles to the city of Liberty and northward to adjacent North Carolina 54 (Chapel Hill Road west / Harden Street east) at NC 100 (Maple Avenue) north. NC 100 leads to downtown (via NC 87) while NC 54 & 49 lead east to downtown Graham. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstates 40 west & 85 south remain through or by the city limits of Burlington until Exit 138 with North Carolina 61. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The first mileage sign posted in quite some distance lies 23 miles east of the I-40 destination of Greensboro and 110 miles from the Queen City of Charlotte. Photo taken 07/09/10.
North Carolina 62 (Alamance Road) winds northeast from the village of Alamance by Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport (BUY) to cross paths with I-40 & 85 at a commercialized diamond interchange (Exit 143) in one mile. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 143 leaves Interstates 40 west & 85 north for North Carolina 62 (Alamance Road) northeast to downtown Burlington (via U.S. 70) and southwest to Alamance. The 84-mile state route extends Virginia 62 southward from Milton to NC 109 in Thomasville. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Huffman Mill Road (SR 1158) branches southwest from U.S. 70 at Holly Hill Mall to meet Interstates 40 & 85 at a diamond interchange (Exit 141) in one mile. Photo taken 07/09/10.
South from Exit 141, Huffman Mill Road (SR 1158) continues to Alamance Regional Medical Center before exiting the city by way of Lake Mackintosh.
Grand Oaks Boulevard (SR 1213) and University Drive (SR 1230) form an arterial beltway of Burlington west from NC 62 (Alamance Road) to Exit 140 and north along the Elon and Gibsonville town line to NC 100 (Burlington Street). Photo taken 07/09/10.
University Drive winds northward as a four-lane divided parkway from a six-ramp parclo interchange (Exit 140) with Interstates 40 & 85 to Haggard Avenue, west of Elon University. The bypass was partially completed at Haggard Avenue (old NC 100) in November 2012, which led to the relocation of NC 100 from through Elon to around it. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A set of rest areas precede the Interstates 40 west & 85 southbound crossing of the Guilford County line. Photo taken 07/09/10.
North Carolina 61 travels a relatively rural route northward from NC 62 to meet Interstates 40 & 85 at a diamond interchange (Exit 138) in one mile. Photo taken 07/09/10.
North Carolina 61 bisects the town of Whitsett to a merge with NC 100 northeast into downtown Gibsonville. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstates 40 west & 85 south reach the Exit 138 off-ramp for North Carolina 61. A 20-mile route, NC 61 leads north from Gibsonville through rural northeast Guilford County to end at Osceola (NC 150). Photo taken 07/09/10.
Westbound travelers are now just 13 miles from downtown Greensboro and 28 miles from the Interstate 85 destination of High Point. Photo taken 07/09/10.
One mile east of the Rock Creek Dairy Road (SR 3056) diamond interchange on Interstates 40 west & 85 south. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Rock Creek Dairy Church Road connects Interstates 40 & 85 with adjacent U.S. 70 west into the town of Sedalia. Southward the road serves a crop of distribution businesses and far flung subdivisions to Mt. Hope Church Road (SR 3045). Mt. Hope Church Road branches northwest from SR 3056 to Greesons Crossroads and Exit 132 on the eastern outskirts of Greensboro. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Small guide signs are used sometimes in place of stand alone shields for Interstate highways through both the Greensboro and Charlotte areas. This sign lines a rural stretch of I-40 west & 85 south near Little Alamance Creek. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Mt. Hope Church Road (SR 3045) winds northwest from its parclo interchange (Exit 132) at I-40 & 85 to U.S. 70 (Burlington Road) southwest of McLeansville and east of Bessemer. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 132 leaves Interstates 40 west & 85 south for Mt. Hope Church Road (SR 3045). A diamond interchange previously joined SR 3045 with the freeway with ramps intersecting parallel Knox Road (SR 3051) to the north and Millstream Road (SR 3143) to the south. The exit was rebuilt in conjunction with the new Greensboro bypass for Interstate 85 to reduce weaving traffic patterns between the two interchanges. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Already within the city limits of Greensboro, Interstates 40 and 85 west prepare to part ways at the Exit 131 wye interchange. Business Loop I-85 begins here and follows I-40 west 7.7 miles to the original Interstate 40 & 85 partition at what was locally known as "Death Valley". Photo taken 07/09/10.
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When the Greensboro bypass (Painter Boulevard) was completed on the southwest side of the city, Interstate 40 was relocated from its through route onto the bypass. This lasted from February 21, 2008 to September 2008, when I-40 was returned to its original alignment. Other changes to Greensboro area roads in 2008 included the signing of Interstate 73 from U.S. 220 west to PTI Airport and the realignment of U.S. 421 to bypass the city along side both I-73 and I-85. Photo taken 02/23/08. Second photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 421 joins Greensboro with Siler City and Sanford along a corridor that varies between a four-lane divided highway and freeway. The US route turns west onto I-85 south and I-73 north to an overlap with I-40 west from Greensboro toward Winston-Salem. Until September 2008, U.S. 421 followed Joseph Hunt, Jr. Expressway (SR 3762) north from I-85 Exit 126 to I-40 & U.S. 29-70 west near the Rotherwood neighborhood. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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Interstate 85 turns southward from I-40 west as Business Loop I-85 south begins. Opened on February 21, 2004, the new alignment for I-85 bypasses Greensboro to its old alignment with U.S. 29 & 70 southwest to High Point. Exit 131 also serves movements onto Future Interstate 840 west, which presently consists of a 2.9-mile freeway spur from Interstates 40 & 85 to U.S. 70 (Burlington Road). Photo taken 02/23/08. Second photo taken 07/09/10.


Photo Credits:

    02/23/08 by Jamie Dzencelowcz. 07/09/10 by AARoads.

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