Interstate 85 South - Gaston & Cleveland Counties

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Interstate 85 south
Exit 27 leaves Interstate 85 south just west of the Catawba River. An 18.7-mile route, NC 273 travels north from NC 279 at Lake Wylie through Belmont and Mount Holly to North Carolina 16 Business at Lucia. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Main Street branches southwest from North Carolina 273 (Beatty Drive) to become Belmont-Mt. Holly Road (SR 2093) to Belmont-Abbey College and a folded diamond interchange (Exit 26) with Interstate 85. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina 7, a former alignment of U.S. 74 through McAdenville, Lowell, Ranlo and Gastonia, ties into the south side of Exit 26 from North Main Street to McAdenville Road west. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Exit 26 departs Interstate 85 south for Belmont-Mt. Holly Road (SR 2093) north and Main Street (NC 7) south. NC 7 follows Main Street south to Catawba Street east, with Main Street continuing south through Cramerton as Armstrong Ford Road (SR 2519) to North Carolina 279 near Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 arcs northwest to northern reaches of McAdenville parallel to North Carolina 7 (Riverside Drive). Photo taken 08/06/12.
Gastonia and Kings Mountain represent the final control cities of Interstate 85 south (west) in North Carolina. Photo taken 08/06/12.
Hickory Grove Road (SR 2000) passes over Interstate 85 south, one mile east of the Exit 23 diamond interchange with North Carolina 7 (Main Street east / McAdenville Road west). Photo taken 08/06/12.
Drivers span the Catawba River South Fork on the half mile approach to Exit 23. North Carolina 7 meanders east along Main Street through the town of McAdenville and west to the Lowell city center. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Southbound Interstate 85 at the Exit 23 ramp departure for NC 7 (McAdenville Road). NC 7 loops northward from Lowell to Ranlo before returning to I-85 at Exit 19. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Main Street (SR 2329) heads south from NC 7 (1st Street) to cross paths with Interstate 85 at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 22). Photo taken 08/06/13.
South from Exit 22, Main Street (SR 2329) becomes Redbud Drive at U.S. 29 & 74 (Franklin Boulevard). Redbud Drive continues through east Gastonia to North Carolina 279 (New Hope Road) while U.S. 29 south & 74 east connect I-85 with the town of Cramerton. Photo taken 08/06/13.
The first of five interchanges within the city of Gastonia along Interstate 85 is Exit 21 with Cox Road (SR 2200). Photo taken 08/06/13.
One half mile east of the Exit 21 diamond interchange with Cox Road. Cox Road (SR 2200) ventures north by Gaston Memorial Hospital to become Spencer Mountain Road through the adjacent city of Ranlo. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Big box stores and other retail dominates the land between parallel Interstate 85 and U.S. 29 & 74 (Franklin Boulevard) to Cox Road (SR 2200) and Exit 21. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Exit 21 leaves Interstate 85 south for Cox Road south to Armstrong Park Road (SR 2200) for Gardner Park and NC 279 (New Hope Road). Photo taken 08/06/13.
Preceding the diamond interchange (Exit 20) with North Carolina 279 (New Hope Road) is a former wye interchange that once served as the temporary ending of Interstate 85 south to parallel U.S. 29 & 74 (Franklin Boulevard). The former southbound ramp now carries Aberdeen Boulevard west from Cox Road to Eastgate Mall and Franklin Boulevard. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Exit 20 leaves Interstate 85 south for North Carolina 279 (New Hope Road). North Carolina 279 travels 4.5 miles north to the town of Dallas and 11.4 miles south to South Carolina 177 at Lake Wylie. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina 7 (Ozark Avenue) meets Interstate 85 for the third and final time at Exit 19. The state highway meanders west to end at U.S. 321 (Chester Street) in Gastonia from North Carolina 279 (New Hope Road). Photo taken 08/06/13.
Exit 19 joins Interstate 85 with North Carolina 7 (Ozark Avenue) at East Gastonia at a half-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 19). The state highway parallels a Norfolk-Southern Railroad west into downtown Gastonia along Long Avenue. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Exit 19 leaves Interstate 85 south beyond the Norfolk-Southern Railroad and Ozark Avenue overpasses. North Carolina 7 travels 12.1 miles overall.
This stretch of Interstate 85 saw widening from four to six lanes between 1999 and 2001. Photo taken 08/06/13.
West from Gastonia, Interstate 85 travels a few miles to Kings Mountain. Spartanburg, South Carolina is now 53 miles away. Photo taken 08/06/13.
U.S. 321 (Chester Street) constitutes the main north-south highway through Gastonia along a combination of Chester and York Streets. The U.S. highway meets Interstate 85 near Rankin Lake Park at a folded diamond interchange (Exit 17) in one mile. Photo taken 08/06/13.
U.S. 321 is vastly a freeway between Gastonia, Lincolnton, and Hickory to the north. The freeway however begins 1.25 miles north of Interstate 85 after a series of traffic lights and at-grade intersections. Exit 17 serves both the Gaston County Museum and Gaston College in nearby Dallas. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Southward from Exit 17, U.S. 321 follows Chester Street 1.1 miles into downtown Gastonia. There U.S. 321 splits into a one-way street couplet of York Street (northbound) and Chester Street (southbound). Beyond downtown, U.S. 20 continues another 20 miles to York, South Carolina. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 crosses Kaglor Branch along side an industrial park by this reassurance shield. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Meeting Interstate 85 next is North Carolina 274 (Bessemer City Road) to West Gastonia and East Bessemer City. Photo taken 08/06/13.
One mile east of the folded diamond interchange (Exit 14) with North Carolina 274 (Bessemer City Road) on Interstate 85 south. Bessemer City Road carries the state highway 1.1 miles northwest to West Gastonia and North Carolina 275 (Dallas-Bessemer City Highway). Photo taken 08/06/13.
A Norfolk Southern Railroad line parallels North Carolina 274 ahead of the Exit 14 loop ramp to Bessemer City Road. North Carolina 274 travels 35 miles between South Carolina 274 near Lake Wylie to North Carolina 27 in western Lincoln County. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Exit 13 follows as a diamond interchange between Interstate 85 and Edgewood Road (SR 1307). The future west end of the Garden Parkway is proposed to tie into I-85 along this stretch. Planned as an alternate route to I-485, the 21.9-mile toll road will encircle both Gastonia and Belmont to Exit 6 of the beltway opposite NC 160. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Edgewood Road (SR 1307) arcs northwest from Exit 13 into Bessemer City as Athenia Place and Alabama Avenue to downtown. SR 1307 south ends at U.S. 29 & 74 (Franklin Boulevard) and Archie Whiteside Road (SR 1122) in west Gastonia. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 south reduces from three to two lanes at the Exit 10 confluence with U.S. 29 and 74. U.S. 74 briefly parallels the freeway outside Kings Mountain. Photo taken 08/06/13.
U.S. 74 travels nine miles west to the Cleveland County seat of Shelby. The U.S. highway provides a direct route to the Interstate 26 corridor near Hendersonville for Charlotte based traffic interests. As such, a new 18.5-mile bypass for Shelby will be constructed between Peachtree Road (SR 1162) to Stony Point Road (SR 1001). The first 2.2-mile segment east of Mooresboro started on May 21, 2013. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Exit 10B departs Interstate 85 south for adjacent U.S. 74 west to Shelby. U.S. 74 bypasses Kings Mountain along a four-mile freeway while U.S. 74 Business follows King Street and Shelby Road through the heart of the city. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 south
A loop ramp brings U.S. 29 south onto Interstate 85 south as U.S. 74 west parallels the freeway nearby. Interstate 85 and U.S. 29 share six miles southwest through Kings Mountain to Archdale. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Exit 10A follows in one quarter mile for U.S. 74 east from Kings Mountain back into Gastonia. Photo taken 08/06/13.
U.S. 29 north joins U.S. 74 east for 25 miles from Exit 10A through Gastonia, Belmont and Westover Hills in Charlotte. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Canterbury Road (SR 1118) spans Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 south from U.S. 74 Business (King Street) onto nearby Yellow Ridge in east Kings Mountain. Photo taken 08/06/13.
One-mile guide sign for Exit 8 (North Carolina 161) posted on Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 south. North Carolina 161 follows York Road south out of Kings Mountain to Bethany, South Carolina. South Carolina 161 continues ten miles from the state line to Filbert & York at U.S. 321. Photo taken 08/06/13.
The final 8.23 miles of Interstate 85 in North Carolina traverse southeastern Cleveland County. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Entering the parclo interchange (Exit 8) with North Carolina 161 (York Road) on Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 south. NC 161 leads north to Downtown Kings Mountain and south to both Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 south pass by a large quarry and an industrial park area as they leave the city of Kings Mountain. Photo taken 08/06/13.
A diamond interchange (Exit 5) joins Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 with Dixon School Road (SR 2283) in two miles. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Dropping into a valley at Kings Creek along Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 south. A former rest area followed this industrial road overpass. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Dixon School Road (SR 2283) loops southwest from North Carolina 216 (Battleground Avenue) to Exit 5 and North Carolina 216 (Battleground Road) again near the state line. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Exit 5 departs Interstate 85 & U.S. 29 south for Dixon School Road (SR 2283). Kings Mountain Boulevard (SR 2705 / SR 2487) overtakes Dixon School Road nearby on a new alignment northward to U.S. 74 Business (Shelby Road). Photo taken 08/06/13.
Lowering to cross Dixon Branch, drivers pass by an Interstate 85 marker. Photo taken 08/06/13.
U.S. 29 leaves the freeway and returns to its original alignment via a wye interchange (Exit 4) next. North Carolina 216 (Battleground Avenue), the original U.S. 29 alignment, merges with the route nearby at Archdale. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Following Battleground Avenue, U.S. 29 travels to the town of Grover along a four-lane highway, meeting Interstate 85 again south of the state line. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 south
NC 216 splits with U.S. 29 (Battleground Avenue) south along Battleground Road to cross paths with Interstate 85 in 1.5 miles at Exit 2. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina 216 (Battleground Road) travels southeast to the west entrance to Kings Mountain National Military Park as South Carolina 216 (Antioch Road). Photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 south at the Exit 2 diamond interchange with North Carolina 216 (Battleground Road). NC 216 totals 15.7 miles from the state line to NC 274 near Cherryville. S.C. 216 extends the multi-state route south just 1.2 miles to the National Military Park. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 85 hugs a bluff below U.S. 29 to the Grover town line and South Carolina border. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Exit 106 with U.S. 29 (Cherokee Street) lies 1.5 miles ahead across the state line outside Grover. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Elm Road (SR 2278) passes over Interstate 85 on the one mile approach to Exit 106. U.S. 29 follows M.H. Camp Highway through Grover to exit the town for Blacksburg, South Carolina. Photo taken 08/06/13.


 


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08/06/12, 08/06/13 by AARoads

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Page Updated 09-22-2013.