I-73 and I-74 were introduced as future routes for the Tar Heel state in 1995. Interstate 73 was first planned as a route between Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Charleston, South Carolina. Subsequent revisions revised the south end location to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and left the north end uncertain. Within North Carolina, I-73 was first signed alongside 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 until upgrades to Interstate standards were made.

Additional sections of Interstate 73 were added in 2008 from Candor south to Ellerbe (initially signed as Future I-73/74) and in Greensboro, where I-73 overtook the southwest portion of the Greensboro Urban Loop from I-40, nine months after its completion, to Bryan Boulevard alongside Future I-840. The succeeding section of I-73 constructed extends 9.4 miles north from Bryan Boulevard and PTI Airport to U.S. 220 in southern Rockingham County. This stretch opened fully on July 3, 2017.

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An additional 3.7 miles of I-73/74 were completed south of Ellerbe in June 2018. Representing the northern section of the overall 10.5 mile Rockingham bypass, construction upgraded U.S. 220 to Interstate standards and built frontage roads. A folded diamond interchange (Exit 23) with Dockery Road (SR 1306) west and Haywood Cemetery Road (SR 1446) north and a portion of the trumpet interchange that will join I-73/74 with U.S. 220 south to Rockingham were also built during the project. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved a 2.91 mile extension of I-73/74 south as an addition to the Interstate System on September 27, 2018. Work on the remainder of the Rockingham Bypass continues to Spring 2024.1

Bryan Boulevard - East
Bryan Boulevard (I-73) eastbound approaching the exchange with I-840. I-73 combines with I-840 south to I-40 as Bryan Boulevard continues east toward Downtown. 02/23/08
I-73 south departs for the Greensboro Urban Loop (I-840) as Exit 107A advances Bryan Boulevard east to Fleming Road next. 02/23/08
Bryan Boulevard - West
Westbound Bryan Boulevard travels an S-curve ahead of an interchange with I-73/I-840. 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. 01/17/19
A loop ramp takes motorists to I-73 south/I-840 west along Bryan Boulevard west. Bryan Boulevard continues I-73 north to Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) and NC 68 as I-73 south travels three miles to meet I-40/U.S. 421. 01/17/19
Interstate 73 scenes
Academy Street (SR 1950) extends northwest from Randleman to a commercialized intersection with High Point Street (SR 1952) and then a diamond interchange with I-73/U.S. 220. 08/06/13
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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. 01/17/19
Spies Road eastbound leaves Star and meets I-73-74/U.S. 220 at a diamond interchange. 07/11/05
Interstate 73 south, I-74 east, and U.S. 220 shield assembly at the on-ramp to Rockingham and Laurinburg. 07/11/05
NC 38 (Future Interstate 73 Corridor)
NC 38 transitions from S.C. 38 north of Bennettsville in a rural area. The multi state route generally represents the Future I-73 corridor between U.S. 501 and Hamlet. 12/21/08
Six miles separate the state line and the city of Hamlet on NC 38. 12/21/08
Ghio Road meanders east to the Scotland County line and west to Airport Road ahead of this reassurance marker. 12/21/08
Curving northward after the intersection with Spring Hill Church Road. 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. 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. 12/21/08

  1. I-73 Segment 11/I-74 Segment 12. MalmeRoads.Net.

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 07-10-2021.

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