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The 1955 bridge carrying Interstate 85 across the Yadkin River was replaced as part of a $201.5-million project that included rebuilding the interchange with North Carolina 150. The northbound bridge opened in May 2012, followed by the new southbound span by March 9, 2013. Named the Yadkin River Veterans Memorial Bridge, the new crossing included a 1.5 mile realignment of I-85 to the east of the original crossing. Interstate 85 now carries four lanes per direction with 12 foot shoulders versus the narrow four-lane bridge to the west.1

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Interstate 85 scenes
Looking west at Interstate 85 from the flyover linking I-85 north with I-485 north. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 shield assembly posted along Dixon School Road north at Exit 5. U.S. 29 merges onto I-85 nearby at Exit 4 for a six-mile overlap to Kings Mountain. Photo taken 07/24/04.
State named shields that were posted on Edgewood Road north at the Bessemer City interchange (Exit 13). Reconstruction of the freeway here between 1999 and 2001 resulted in the repaving of the concrete ramps and replacement of signage. Photo taken 12/08/99.
Groometown Road travels south from Grandover Parkway over Interstate 85 & U.S. 29-70 to the northbound freeway on-ramp. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Interstate 85 splits with Business Loop I-85 & U.S. 29-70 just north of Groometown Road. The business loop continues through central Greensboro while I-85 overlaps with U.S. 421 on a bypass to the southeast. Photo taken 06/22/05.
The northbound on-ramp from Groometown Road provides access to Business Loop I-85 & U.S. 29 north and U.S. 70 east into Greensboro, I-85 north to Burlington and Durham, I-73 & U.S. 421 north to Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) and Winston-Salem, I-73 & U.S. 220 south to Asheboro, and U.S. 421 south to Siler City. Photo taken 06/22/05.
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The Groometown Road on-ramp split into Business Loop I-85 north and a temporary ramp to I-85 north. The stub is now a part of ramps to both I-73 north and I-73 south & 85 north via a c/d roadway. Photos taken 06/22/05.
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Merging onto Interstate 85 north & U.S. 421 south along the temporary on-ramp from Groometown Road. A flyover under construction here opened on February 21, 2008 for Interstate 73 & U.S. 421 south. Photos taken 06/22/05.
Gate One Road curves southeast by several mobile home parks in south Butner to meet Interstate 85 opposite U.S. 15 north to Creedmoor. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 15 combine for 7.3 miles southwest to the U.S. 70 freeway in Durham. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Drivers turn onto U.S. 15 south for Interstate 85 south from Gate One Road. U.S. 15 continues the roadway northeast five miles to Creedmoor. U.S. 15 and I-85 reconvene at Oxford in 16 miles. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 shield posted on Ruin Creek Road northbound at Graham Avenue. Photo taken 06/22/05.
A diamond interchange joins Ruin Creek Road with Interstate 85 near Maria Parham Hospital in west Henderson. All of the Interstate shields at Exit 212 included the state name in 2005. Photo taken 06/22/05.

  1. "New Yadkin River bridge opens - All four lanes on the I- 85 southbound bridge should be available Saturday." Charlotte Observer, March 9, 2013.

Photo Credits:

12/08/99, 07/24/04, 06/22/05, 06/01/07, 07/09/10 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 40
Interstate 73
Interstate 74
Interstate 77
Interstate 277
Interstate 485 - Charlotte Beltway
Interstate 840 - Greensboro Urban Loop

Page Updated 09-22-2013.