Interstate 85 North - Cleveland & Gaston Counties

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Interstate 85 North
Replaced welcome sign posted as Interstate 85 crosses into Cleveland County from South Carolina. Interstate 85 travels 236 miles through the Tar Heel State from Grover northeast to Norlina. Photo taken 06/01/07.
The first North Carolina interchange of Interstate 85 is the Exit 2 diamond interchange with North Carolina 216 (Battleground Road). North Carolina 216 extends S.C. 216 north from Kings Mountain National Military Park. Photo taken 08/11/13.
One mile west of the North Carolina 216 (Battleground Road) off-ramp on Interstate 85 north. NC 216 combines with U.S. 29 along Battleground nearby through Archdale. U.S. 29 enters the overlap from the town of Grover to the southwest. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 2 traffic leaves Interstate 85 north for North Carolina 216 (Battleground Road). NC 216 follows Battleground Avenue northeast from U.S. 29 to downtown Kings Mountain. The portion of the route north to King Street (U.S. 74 Business) follows old U.S. 29. Photo taken 08/11/13.
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A tourist information center and rest area lie just east of Exit 2 along Interstate 85 north. Photo taken 08/11/13. Second photo taken 06/01/07.
A diamond interchange (Exit 5) joins Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 with Dixon School Road in two miles. Photo taken 08/11/13.
U.S. 29 northbound merges onto Interstate 85 via a wye interchange one mile west of Dixon School Road (Exit 5). Photo taken 06/01/07.
Interstate 85 U.S. 29 North
U.S. 29 splits with North Carolina 216 (Battleground Avenue) nearby to combine with I-85 for a six-mile overlap around Kings Mountain. Bethlehem Road passes over the freeway just beyond the left side merge of U.S. 29 north. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Dixon School Road loops northeast from North Carolina 216 (Battleground Road) to Exit 5 and North Carolina 216 again near Midpine. Kings Mountain Boulevard overtakes Dixon School Road nearby on a new alignment northward to U.S. 74 Business (Shelby Road) on the west side of Kings Mountain. Photo taken 08/11/13.
The final Cleveland County interchange is two miles ahead with North Carolina 161 (York Road). Photo taken 08/11/13.
Entering the city limits of Kings Mountain along Interstate 85 north. The freeway remains within the municipality to Exit 10A. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 northbound reassurance markers posted at Kings Mountain. U.S. 29 follows much the Interstate 85 corridor from Auburn, Alabama northeast to Greensboro. Photo taken 10/02/04.
North Carolina 161 follows York Road south from Exit 8 across Stepps Gap over Kings Mountain to Bethany, South Carolina. South Carolina 161 continues the route 13 miles from the state line to Filbert and York with U.S. 321. Photo taken 08/11/13.
NC 161 south to S.C. 161 connects Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 with Park Road west into both Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park. The Battle of Kings Mountain took place within the park grounds on October 7, 1780. The event was a turning point in the Revolutionary War, halting the British advance into North Carolina Photo taken 08/11/13.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 north reach the Exit 8 parclo interchange with North Carolina 161 (York Road). The state highway intersects U.S. 74 Business (King Street) 1.2 miles to the north in Kings Mountain. North from there, NC 161 follows Cleveland Avenue across the Gaston County line en route to its end at NC 274 in Bessemer City. Photo taken 08/11/13.
A set of Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 north reassurance markers precede the Gaston County line. Photo taken 08/11/13.
Interstate 85 north nears the directional cloverleaf interchanges (Exits 10A/B) with U.S. 74 and the U.S. 29 split. Woodlake Parkway and a few distribution centers line the freeway along this stretch. Photo taken 08/11/13.
Canterbury Road passes overhead as U.S. 29 prepares to split with Interstate 85 north at Exit 10A. U.S. 29 combines with U.S. 74 east along Kings Mountain Highway to Franklin Boulevard through the city of Gastonia. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 74 follows a freeway bypass around the north side of Kings Mountain to Interstate 85 at Exit 10A. U.S. 29 north & 74 combine along a roadway between the north and southbound lanes of I-85 to Exit 10B while westbound U.S. 74 sees a separate roadway along the west side. Photo taken 08/11/13.
Interstate 85 North
Reassurance marker posted for Interstate 85 north ahead of the U.S. 74 eastbound overpass. Photo taken 06/22/05.
U.S. 29 north & 74 east appear along the east side of Interstate 85 north as the freeway nears the Exit 10B loop ramp onto U.S. 74 west. U.S. 74 partitions with a business loop immediately west of I-85. The freeway travels four miles along the northern periphery of the city while King Street leads directly to downtown as U.S. 74 Business. Photo taken 08/11/13.
U.S. 74 travels 16 miles west from Exit 10B to the Cleveland County seat of Shelby. The US route continues west from there mostly as a freeway to Forest City, Rutherfordton and Interstate 26 at Columbus. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Interstate 85 expands to six overall lanes from Exit 10 eastward into the greater Charlotte metropolitan area. The expansion includes a truck restriction for the left-lane throughout the six-lane or more portions of freeway.
Widening of the freeway in Gaston County was completed in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Mountain View Road uses the over crossing ahead. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Interstate 85 turns more easterly toward the city of Gastonia. Forthcoming Exit 13 with Edgewood Road connects the freeway with Bessemer City to the north at a diamond interchange. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Edgewood Road runs south from Exit 13 to the intersection of Archie Whiteside Road and U.S. 29 & 74 (Franklin Boulevard) in west Gastonia. Northward from I-85, Edgewood Road transitions into Athenia Place through the Dover Heights community of Bessemer City. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Exit 13 departs Interstate 85 north for Edgewood Road (SR 1307). SR 1307 overlays Athenia Place and Alabama Avenue west from Edgewood Avenue into the heart of Bessemer City. Photo taken 08/11/13.
N.C. 274 leads east from the Bessemer City center to West Gastonia and a folded diamond interchange with Interstate 85 at Exit 14.
The 21.9-mile long Garden Parkway was once proposed to tie into I-85 along this stretch. Had it been built, the toll road would encircle Gastonia and Belmont to the to the south en route to I-485 (Exit 6) and N.C. 160. Photo taken 08/11/13.
One half mile west of the Exit 14 off-ramp to North Carolina 274 (Bessemer City Road) on Interstate 85 north. Bessemer City Road carries the state highway 1.3 miles northwest from Exit 14 to North Carolina 275 (Dallas-Bessemer City Highway) at West Gastonia. NC 275 leads northeast from there to U.S. 321 at Dallas and NC 27 at Stanley. Photo taken 08/11/13.
Northbound Interstate 85 at North Carolina 274 (Exit 14). North Carolina 274 (Bessemer City Road) ventures 1.4 miles southeast from the freeway to U.S. 29 & 74 (Franklin Boulevard). There the state highway joins the U.S. highway pair 2.1 miles east through downtown Gastonia to Broad Street.
Overall NC 274 travels 35 miles from NC 27 at Hulls Crossroads southeast to Cherryville, Bessemer City, Gastonia and Rock Hill, South Carolina as S.C. 274. Photo taken 08/11/13.
U.S. 321 (Chester Street) constitutes the main north-south highway through Gastonia. The US highway crosses paths with Interstate 85 at Exit 17 in an industrial area near Rankin Lake Park. Photo taken 08/11/13.
One mile west of U.S. 321 (Exit 17) on Interstate 85 north at the Davidson Avenue overpass. U.S. 321 is vastly a freeway between Gastonia, Lincolnton, and Hickory to the north. Drivers headed north must traverse 1.25 miles of traffic signals and at-grade intersections along Chester Street before the freeway beginning. Photo taken 08/11/13.
Entering the folded diamond interchange with U.S. 321 (Chester Street) on I-85 north. U.S. 321 follows Chester Street 1.1 miles south to split into a one-way couplet through Downtown Gastonia. York Street (northbound) and Chester Street (southbound) guide the route through the central business district. Points of interest for Exit 17 include the Gaston County Museum and Gaston College in nearby Dallas. Photo taken 08/11/13.
North Carolina 7 (Ozark Avenue) meets Interstate 85 at the first of three meetings in East Gastonia (Exit 19). Photo taken 06/01/07.
NC 7 runs east from U.S. 321 (Chester & York Streets) along Long and Ozark Avenues to meet Interstate 85 at Exit 19 in one half mile. Photo taken 06/22/05.
A parclo B2 interchange (Exit 19) joins I-85 with NC 7 (Ozark Avenue) in East Gastonia. The state route parallels a Norfolk-Southern Railroad east from Exit 19 to Ranlo and Lowell.
NC 7 travels 12.1 miles and represents an original alignment of U.S. 74.1 Photo taken 08/11/13.
Interstate 85 next meets North Carolina 279 (New Hope Road) at a diamond interchange (Exit 20). The two routes come together by Eastridge Mall. Photo taken 08/11/13.
Exit 20 leaves Interstate 85 north for North Carolina 279 (New Hope Road). North Carolina 279 travels 4.5 miles north to Dallas and 11.4 miles south to South Carolina 177 at Lake Wylie. Photo taken 08/11/13.
The sixth interchange for the city of Gastonia joins Interstate 85 with Cox Road (SR 2200) at Exit 21. Preceding the diamond interchange is a former wye interchange that once served as the temporary beginning of Interstate 85 north from parallel U.S. 29 & 74 (Franklin Boulevard). Note the clearing to the right remaining from the former on-ramp. Photo taken 06/01/07.
Cox Road (SR 2200) connects Interstate 85 with adjacent U.S. 29 & 74 opposite Armstrong Park Road. Northward from Exit 21, SR 2200 heads north to the towns of Ranlo and Spencer Mountain. Photo taken 12/30/03.
Commercial development saturates the area between Interstate 85 and parallel U.S. 29 & 74 (Franklin Boulevard) to the folded diamond interchange (Exit 22) with South Main Street in Lowell. Photo taken 06/22/05.
One half mile out from the Exit 22 loop ramp to South Main Street (SR 2329) in Lowell. SR 2329 extends southwest of U.S. 29 & 74 along Redbud Drive by a series of leafy subdivisions to NC 279 (New Hope Road) in east Gastonia. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Exit 22 departs Interstate 85 north for South Main Street (SR 2329). NC 7 overtakes two blocks of Main Street through the Lowell city center before turning east onto McAdenville Road to Exit 23 of I-85. Photo taken 08/11/13.
Grove Street (SR 2213) and a parallel Norfolk Southern Railroad pass over Interstate 85 one half mile west of the Exit 23 diamond interchange with NC 7. Photo taken 06/22/05.
North Carolina 7 (McAdenville Road) leaves Lowell to become Main Street through the town of McAdenville, just east of Exit 23. Photo taken 06/22/05.
North Carolina 7 takes a convoluted path through McAdenville, using Main Street east to cross the Catawba River South Fork to Riverside Drive into north Cramerton. Photo taken 08/11/13.
North Carolina 7 again interacts with Interstate 85 at Exit 26 in the city of Belmont. The state route parallels I-85 east along McAdenville Road before turning south onto Main Street to Belmont City Hall and Catawba Street east. Photo taken 12/30/03.
Belmont-Mt. Holly Road (SR 2093) extends north from Main Street (N.C. 7) to Belmont Abbey College and N.C. 273 (Main Street) in the city of Mount Holly. The folded diamond interchange at Exit 26 utilizes adjacent N.C. 7 east to Main Street south and SR 2093 north. Photo taken 06/22/05.
North Carolina 273 branches southward from Main Street in Mount Holly to cross paths with Interstate 85 at a diamond interchange in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 12/30/03.
An 18-mile route, North Carolina 273 travels north from NC 279 at Lake Wyle through Beltmont and Mount Holly to North Carolina 16 Business at Lucia. Photo taken 08/11/13.
Exit 27 leaves Interstate 85 north for North Carolina 273 (Park Street) south through the commercial north side of Belmont and Beatty Drive north through the Catawba Heights community of Mt. Holly. Photo taken 08/11/13.
Interstate 85 sinks east of Belmont to cross the Catawba River, the boundary between Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties. A truck weigh station lines along both sides of the freeway beyond the county line. Photo taken 06/22/05.

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Photo Credits:

  • 12/30/03 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 07/24/04 by AARoads.
  • 10/02/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 06/22/05 by AARoads.
  • 06/01/07 by AARoads.
  • 08/11/13 by Carter Buchanan.

Connect with:
U.S. 29
U.S. 74
U.S. 321

Page Updated 09-11-2013.