Interstate 85 North - Guilford County

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Interstate 85 North
North Carolina 62 (Liberty Road) parallels the Guilford and Randolph County line east from Archdale to Climax and Julian before turning northeast to Alamance. The state highway encounters Interstate 85 again at the city of Burlington (Exit 143). Photo taken 05/30/05.
Construction of Interstate 74 & U.S. 311 southeast from High Point to Glenora expands Interstate 85 north to four lanes ahead of a collector distributor roadway for Exits 113B/C. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Motorists bound for Interstate 74 & U.S. 311 to Asheboro and Winston-Salem depart Interstate 85 north for the Exits 113B/C c/d roadway below NC 62. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 continues uninterrupted through the directional cloverleaf interchange with I-74 & U.S. 311. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 74 angles southeast 11 miles from Exit 113B to Interstate 73 & U.S. 220 at Randleman. U.S. 311 follows all the freeway to Exit 84, where it rejoins its two-lane alignment through its conclusion at U.S. 220. This stretch of I-74 was fully complete on June 7, 2013. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 113C loops onto Interstate 74 west & U.S. 311 north to the High Point bypass. The tandem remain cosigned to Interstate 40 west through Winston-Salem. Photo taken 06/01/12.
This mileage sign was the first to display the distance to Durham (65 miles) along I-85 north. It was removed during construction of the interchange with Interstate 74 and U.S. 311. Photo taken 05/30/05.
A forested and hilly stretch continues Interstate 85 northeast through the outskirts of High Point at Deep River. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Business Loop Interstate 85 & U.S. 29-70 return to Interstate 85 at Exit 118 east of High Point. Access to the trio from I-85 north is provided at a trumpet interchange. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Business Loop Interstate 85 remain omitted from older Exit 118 guide signs on Interstate 85 north. Business Loop I-85 & U.S. 29-70 travel an expressway southwest from Exit 118 through High Point and Thomasville. Connections with the Vickrey Chapel Road (SR 1546) interchange lead motorists north to Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) and the communities of Jamestown and Sedgefield. Photo taken 06/01/12.
New signs for Exit 118, posted in conjunction with the Greensboro Bypass, display Business Loop Interstate 85 on Interstate 85 northbound. Business Loop Interstate 85 technically overlaps with I-85 & U.S. 29-70 between Exits 118 and Exit 120. The overlap was created with the 2004 opening of the Greensboro Bypass for Interstate 85. The original Interstate 85 alignment through the city is now apart of an extended Business Loop from Lexington and High Point. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 U.S. 29 North U.S. 70 East
Business Loop I-85 & U.S. 29 north and U.S. 70 east merge onto Interstate 85 north ahead of the diamond interchange (Exit 119) with Groometown Road. A myriad of signs precede the Exit 120 split of I-85 and Business Loop I-85 & U.S. 29-70 and the junction with Interstate 73 & U.S. 421. Groometown Road (SR 1129) intersects the four-way overlap near the Grandover and Sedgefield Park neighborhoods Photo taken 06/22/05.
Several sign changes have followed the February 22, 2004 opening of the Greensboro bypass for Interstate 85 north. Interstate 40 shifted to the bypass when it was completed to the northwest on February 21, 2008, leaving new Business Loop I-40 along its original alignment. This overlap lasted until September 2008, when I-40 shifted back to the north. Photo taken 06/01/12.
A small shield assembly advises through traffic along Interstate 85 north to remain in the left three lanes. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 73 leads northwest from Interstate 85 to Joseph M. Bryan Boulevard west to Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI). I-73 south parallels I-85 north from Exit 120 to U.S. 220 south. Motorists bound for Asheboro must use Exit 120A to access Interstate 73 south as there is no access to U.S. 220 from the I-85 mainline. Photo taken 06/01/12.
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Traffic to Groometown Road departs Interstate 85 & Business Loop I-85 and U.S. 29-70 at Exit 119. Groometown Road (SR 1129) meanders northward from Kirkman Crossroad and Groometown to intersect Grandover Parkway (SR 1383) just north of the freeway. Exit 120A follows in one half mile for Business Loop I-85 north toward Downtown Greensboro. Photo taken 02/23/08. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
Two lanes depart Interstate 85 north for Business Loop I-85 and U.S. 29-70 through Greensboro. U.S. 29 & 70 join I-40 east before turning northward on an older expressway to East Wendover Avenue at the Phillips Avenue neighborhood of east Greensboro. Photo taken 06/01/12.
A historic look at Exit 120A from when Business Loop I-40 was signed through Greensboro and I-40 bypassed the city with I-73 to the west and I-85 to the east. Photo taken 02/23/08.
Interstate 85 North
A view of the pervasive interchange joining Interstate 85, Business Loop I-85 & U.S. 29-70, and Interstate 73 & U.S. 421. Interstates 73 and 85 parallel one another on separate roadways east to U.S. 220; Interstate 85 & U.S. 421 continue eastward to Pleasant Garden (Exit 126). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 northbound travels east along side Interstate 73 & U.S. 421 south beyond Exit 120B. I-73 & U.S. 421 (Painter Boulevard) share six miles of pavement northwest to I-40, where U.S. 421 turns west to Winston-Salem and Interstate 840 (Greensboro Beltway) begins. Presently I-73 ends along Bryan Boulevard by PTI Airport. Painter Boulevard is the name applied to the Interstate 73 and 85 bypass of Greensboro. Photo taken 06/01/12.
A flyover shuttles drivers from Interstate 73 & U.S. 421 south over Interstate 85 north. The September 2008 realignment of I-40 coincided with a relocation of U.S. 421 from Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. Expressway onto the Greensboro bypass. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 73 & U.S. 421 appear along the south side of Interstate 85 north ahead of the three-quarter cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 220 (Exit 96). Traffic partitions for I-85 north to the left and the continuation of I-73 south to Asheboro to the right. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 421 moves onto I-85 north from I-73 south as Exit 96 departs for U.S. 220 south to Randleman, Asheboro and Rockingham. This partition was a temporary end of Interstate 73 south. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 North U.S. 421 South
Interstate 85 north absorbs two lanes of merging U.S. 421 south over the U.S. 220 freeway. A diamond interchange follows in two miles with South Elm-Eugene Street (SR 3300). Photo taken 06/01/12.
South Elm-Eugene Street leads north from Interstate 85 & U.S. 421 to the Wynnmere, Woodlea and Woodlea Lakes neighborhoods of south Greensboro. Photo taken 06/01/12.
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Interstate 40 east & 85 north reassurance markers were posted ahead of Randleman Road overpass in anticipation of their planned overlap. These were replaced with a small guide sign when U.S. 421 took I-40's place along the Greensboro bypass. Photo taken 06/22/05. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
Small mileage sign posted on Interstate 85 north for Burlington, Durham, and Raleigh. Interstates 40 & 85 overlap 30.9 miles from Greensboro by Burlington toward Durham. The cosigning increased to 46 miles between February and September 2008. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 north at Exit 124 (Eugene-Elm Street). Eugene-Elm Street (SR 3300) travels 2.5 miles north to meet Interstate 40 & Business Loop I-85 (Exit 221) south of the Oak Grove and Warnersville neighborhoods. Southward SR 3300 ends at Randleman Road (former U.S. 220) in 1.5 miles. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 north & U.S. 421 south reassurance sign posted ahead of the Norfolk Southern Railroad and Pleasant Garden Road (SR 3505) underpass. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 421 south parts ways with I-85 north at forthcoming Exit 126. The US highway overtakes Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. Expressway south from Greensboro by the town of Pleasant Garden. Photo taken 06/01/12.
A collector distributor roadway facilitates the movements for U.S. 421 south to Sanford and old U.S. 421 (Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. Expressway) north to Rotherwood and Clinton Hills in Greensboro. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 421 south leaves Interstates 85 north at the Exit 126 c/d roadway. U.S. 421 southbound travels by Liberty and Siler City on the 46-mile drive between Pleasant Garden and Sanford. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 126A departs the c/d roadway for the U.S. 421 expressway south to Julian. U.S. 421 follows a divided highway 15 miles southeast to the Siler City freeway bypass. The route concludes at Fort Fisher, south of Wilmington. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 North
Exit 126B loops onto Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. Expressway (SR 3762) north. Joseph M. Hunt Jr. Expressway transitions into Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive north of Interstate 40 through the Asheboro, Arlington Park and Southside neighborhoods before reaching Downtown. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Liberty Road (SR 3549), the original alignment of U.S. 421 into Greensboro, passes over Interstate 85 as the Exit 126 c/d roadway returns. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Alamance Church Road (SR 1005) leads east 15.3 miles from the intersection of Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. Expressway and Patton Avenue to Kimesville at the Alamance County line. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 reassurance sign posted ahead of the Wiley Lewis Road (SR 3314) overpass. The freeway remains within the Greensboro city limits to I-40. Photo taken 06/01/12.
One half mile west of the Exit 128 diamond interchange with Alamance Church Road (SR 1005) on Interstate 85 north. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 128 departs Interstate 85 north for Alamance Church Road west to the Wilpar Estates and Rotherwood neighborhoods of Greensboro and agricultural areas east to NC 62. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Youngs Mill Road (SR 3029) intersects Interstate 85 north next at the Exit 129 diamond interchange. Exit 129 connects I-85 with a number of subdivisions northward along Youngs Mill Road to McConnell Road (SR 3000) and west along East Lee Street (SR 3037) to Exit 224 of I-40. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 spans Nelson Farm Road (SR 3039) amid a rural setting. Suburban development encroaches this stretch of freeway from adjacent East Lee Street. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Burlington, a city of over 50,000, lies 18 miles ahead along the overlap with Interstate 40 east. Durham, via I-85 north in 50 miles, and Raleigh, via I-40 east in 78 miles, follow. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Northbound Interstate 85 reaches the Young Mill Road off-ramp (Exit 129). Posted here is the first guide sign for the upcoming wye interchange (Exit 131) with Interstate 840 north to both Interstate 40 west & Business Loop I-85 south and U.S. 70 (Burlington Road). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 turns more northward and crosses Little Alamance Creek beyond this reassurance sign near Troxlers Mill. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 840 branches northward from the departing Interstate 85 directly to a directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 21) with Interstate 40 west & Business Loop I-85 south back into Greensboro. The freeway otherwise travels just 2.9 miles to a temporary end at U.S. 70 (Burlington Road), east of Bessemer and southwest of McLeansville. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 131 separates from Interstate 85 north with two lanes for Interstate 840 north. Eventually I-840 will encircle northern reaches of Greensboro, from Lakewood and Brightwood west to Richland Lake and PTI Airport. Interstate 785 will coincide with the route north to the U.S. 29 corridor north to Reidsville and Danville, Virginia. Photo taken 06/01/12.
McConnell Road (SR 3000) spans Interstate 85 north at the split with I-840 north. Motorists next meet the Exit 132 off-ramp to Mt. Hope Church Road (SR 3045) in one mile. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Mount Hope Church Road carries motorists 4.3 miles north to McLeansville via McLeansville Road (SR 2819). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Still 1.1 miles west of Mount Hope Church Road (SR 3045), Exit 132 leaves Interstate 85 north and circumvents the adjacent wye interchange with the merging Interstate 40 east and Business Loop I-85 north. Photo taken 06/01/12.


Photo Credits:

  • 05/30/05 by AARoads.
  • 06/22/05 by AARoads.
  • 02/23/08 by Jamie Dzencelowcz.
  • 06/01/12 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 40
Interstate 73
Interstate 840 - Greensboro Urban Loop
Business Loop I-85 - Lexington, High Point, Greensboro
U.S. 29
U.S. 70
U.S. 220
U.S. 421

Page Updated 09-16-2013.