Interstate 40 West - New Hanover / Pender Counties

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Interstate 40 U.S. 117 North Carolina Route 132 North
Interstate 40 begins as U.S. 117/NC 132 cross Smith Creek ahead of Exit 420A (Gordon Road). Photo taken 12/31/17.
Gordon Road travels east from I-40/U.S. 117-NC 132 (Exit 420A) to U.S. 17 (Market Street) east near Ogden and west to Kerr Avenue near the grounds of Wilmington International Airport (ILM). Kerr Avenue loops around the north side of the airport to NC 133 at Wrightsboro. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Interstate 40 West
Interstate 40 through New Hanover County is dedicated to honor the basketball great Michael Jordan. Jordan, who played for the University of North Carolina Tarheels and NBA Chicago Bulls, grew up in Wilmington. Photo taken 12/31/17.
I-40 advances north from Wilmington to Interstate 140. Opened in stages between 2006 and December 19, 2017, the freeway provides a bypass for U.S. 17 southwest to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and east to Jacksonville. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Interstate 40 ultimately travels to Barstow, California and Interstate 15. No longer posted, this novelty sign touted the distance to the Golden State from Wilmington. Photo taken 06/24/10.
A mileage sign outlines the distances to Benson (Interstate 95) and the capital city of Raleigh. Murraysville Road passes over I-40 beyond the sign. Photo taken 12/31/17.
The first of many Interstate 40 westbound shields posted along the eight-state freeway. Photo taken 12/31/17.
One mile ahead of the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exits 416B/A) with Interstate 140. The initial segment of I-140 was built in 2005 between I-40 and U.S. 421 across the NE Cape Fear River. U.S. 17 previously overlapped with both I-140 and U.S. 421 south to U.S. 74, and east along the NC 140 section between I-40 and Market Street at Kirkland. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Interstate 140 east connects with U.S. 17 north ahead of the Pender County line at Scotts Hill. U.S. 17 leads northeast from there to Topsail Beach, Surf City and New Bern (U.S. 70). Photo taken 12/31/17.
Exit 416B departs Interstate 40 west for I-140 east six miles to U.S. 17 (Market Street) at Kirkland. U.S. 17 travels northeast from Wilmington 43 miles to U.S. 258 at Jacksonville. Photo taken 12/31/17.
Exit 416A loops onto a c/d roadway along I-140 west ahead of Castle Hayne. The freeway loops southwest around Leland to connect with U.S. 17 at Bishop in 19.5 miles. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Approaching the Sidbury Road overpass, drivers along Interstate 40 see the next westbound shield. Out of view along the west side of I-40 is the campus of Cape Fear Community College. Photo taken 06/24/10.
The final New Hanover County interchange (Exit 414) joins Interstate 40 with Holly Shelter Road in 1.5 miles. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Mileage sign posted 91 miles south of Benson and Interstate 95 and 120 miles from the capital city of Raleigh. Photo taken 06/24/10.
One mile south of the folded diamond interchange (Exit 414) with Holly Shelter Road on Interstate 40 west. Holly Shelter Road leads west a short distance to U.S. 117 & NC 133 (Castle Hayne Road) at Castle Hayne. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Exit 414 departs Interstate 40 north. Holly Shelter Road continues east to Island Creek Road and NC 210. Photo taken 06/24/10.
An Interstate 40 Alternate shield directs motorists from Exit 414 to Holly Shelter Road west to U.S. 117. U.S. 117 is a signed alternate route for I-40 leading north from Wilmington. Photo taken 11/11/06.
Interstate 40 spans the Northeast Cape Fear River across the Frank H. Kenan Bridge into Pender County. Photo taken 06/24/10.
NC 210 arcs north from Holly Shelter Road to cross paths with Interstate 40 at a diamond interchange (Exit 408) in two miles. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Traveling 195 miles, NC 210 ends in eastern Pender County at U.S. 17 near Hampstead. Westward the road ventures to Fayetteville before turning east again to Smithfield. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Westbound at Exit 408 to NC 210. NC 210 intersects U.S. 117 nearby en route to Rocky Point and Bells Crossroads on an otherwise rural drive. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Continuing north through mainly forested areas, Interstate 40 enters a ten-mile exit less stretch. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Benson and Raleigh are replaced with Burgaw (Exit 398) and Wallace (Exit 390) on the next westbound mileage sign. Neither town is over 4,000 in population. Photo taken 06/24/10.
The second Pender County interchange joins Interstate 40 with NC 53 near the county seat of Burgaw. Photo taken 06/24/10.
NC 53 travels east to the city of Jacksonville, meeting U.S. 17 and 258 there. Westward, Burgaw lies at the cross roads of the state route and parallel U.S. 117. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Entering the folded diamond interchange (Exit 398) with NC 53 on I-40. NC 53 travels 114 miles between East Fayetteville and Jacksonville. West of Burgaw, the road continues eight miles to U.S. 421/NC 11 at Wards Corner. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Interstate 40 traverses timberland west of Murray Town. Photo taken 06/24/10.
U.S. 117 and Interstate 40 cross paths 2.58 miles north of Exit 398. The two meet again ahead of Wallace, located 11 miles to the north. Photo taken 06/24/10.
U.S. 117 meets Interstate 40 northeast of the town of Watha at Exit 390. The two previously met directly outside Wilmington. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Anderson Road passes over Interstate 40 one mile south of the diamond interchange (Exit 390) with U.S. 117. Photo taken 06/24/10.
U.S. 117 travels northwest three miles into the Duplin County city of Wallace. NC 11 combines with the US highway from Willard nearby before parting for Tin City. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Interstate 40 runs just ten feet above sea level on the ensuing stretch west of the Cape Fear River and Angola Swamp. Photo taken 06/24/10.
Crossing Rockfish Creek, westbound Interstate 40 enters Duplin County. Photo taken 06/24/10.


Photo Credits:

  • 11/11/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 06/24/10 by AARoads.
  • 12/31/17 by AARoads.

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Interstate 140
U.S. 117

Page Updated 09-17-2018.

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