Interstate 73

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I-73 and I-74 were introduced as future routes for the Tar Heel state in the mid 1990s. The new Interstate was first planned as a route between Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Charleston, South Carolina, but has since been revised to a south end at Myrtle Beach, SC and an uncertain north end. Within N.C., I-73 was first signed along side Interstate 74 between Candor and Ellerbe along the preexisting U.S. 220 freeway. Future I-73 shields coincided with U.S. 220 north from Asheboro to Greensboro as that freeway needed upgrades to Interstate standards.

Additional sections of Interstate 73 were added from Candor to Ellerbe by 2008 (signed as Future I-73/74) and in Greensboro, where I-73 overtook the southwest portion of the Greensboro loop from Interstate 40, just nine months after its 2008 completion, to Bryan Boulevard (along side Future I-840). Work on remaining portions of unbuilt freeway is still pending.

Interstate 73 North Carolina Guides

Bryan Boulevard - East
Bryan Boulevard (Interstate 73) eastbound on the approach to Interstate 840 east. I-73 departs Bryan Boulevard east and combines with I-840 south to Interstate 40. Photo taken 02/23/08.
Eastbound Bryan Boulevard at the directional cloverleaf interchange with I-840. Interstate 73 heads south three miles to Interstate 40. Fleming Road continued south from the temporary north end of the Greensboro Beltway to a diamond interchange with Bryan Boulevard in one half mile. Photo taken 02/23/08.
Bryan Boulevard - West
Westbound Bryan Boulevard travels an S-curve ahead of an interchange with I-73/I-840. Photo taken 01/17/19.
Interstate 840 arcs northeast along the Greensboro beltway three miles to U.S. 220 (Exit 6) from the first of two ramps at the exchange. Photo taken 01/17/19.
A loop ramp takes motorists to I-73 south/I-840 west to I-40/U.S. 421. Bryan Boulevard continues I-73 north to Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) and NC 68. Photo taken 01/17/19.
Interstate 73 scenes
Academy Street (SR 1950) extends northwest from Randleman to a commercialized junction with High Point Street (SR 1952) before ending at a diamond interchange with I-73/U.S. 220. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Pineview Street (SR 1712) joins the north side of Asheboro with I-73/74 at a diamond interchange (Exit 79). The two routes part ways 0.75 miles to the north. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Spies Road eastbound leaves Star and meets Interstate 73-74 & U.S. 220 at a diamond interchange. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Interstate 73 south, I-74 east, and U.S. 220 shield assembly at the on-ramp to Rockingham and Laurinburg. Photo taken 07/11/05.
NC 38 (Future Interstate 73 Corridor)
NC 38 transitions from South Carolina 38 north of Bennettsville in an otherwise rural area. The state route generally represents the Future Interstate 73 corridor between U.S. 501 and Hamlet. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Six miles separate the state line and the city of Hamlet on NC 38. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Ghio Road meanders east to the Scotland County line and west to Airport Road. This northbound shield appears after the intersection with the east-west roadway. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Curving northward after the intersection with Spring Hill Church Road. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Approaching the diamond interchange with I-74/U.S. 74 at Perry Williams Road, a south side frontage road to the adjacent freeway. Interstate 73 will join I-74 westbound near this exchange. Photo taken 12/21/08.
I-74/U.S. 74 travel east three miles to their merge with the U.S. 74 Business loop from Hamlet. U.S. 74 continues from there 10 miles to the Laurinburg section of Interstate 74. I-74 west follows U.S. 74 to U.S. 1 in eight miles. Photo taken 12/21/08.

Photo Credits:

  • 07/11/05 by AARoads.
  • 02/23/08 by Jamie Dzencelowcz.
  • 12/21/08 by AARoads.
  • 08/06/13 by AARoads.
  • 01/17/19 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 40
Interstate 74
Interstate 85
Interstate 840 - Greensboro Urban Loop
U.S. 29
U.S. 64
U.S. 70
U.S. 74
U.S. 220
U.S. 421

Page Updated 09-23-2013.