Business Loop I-85 follows a combination of expressway and arterial as it runs northeast from Lexington to the Piedmont Triad area of central North Carolina. Business Loop I-85 follows a late 1950s-expressway originally built for U.S. 29/70 around both High Point and Thomasville. Historically the expressway was part of Temporary Interstate 85, before the freeway was completed between Salisbury and Greensboro.

Business Loop I-85 Guides

With the relocation of Interstate 85 around south and east Greensboro in 2004, Business Loop I-85 from High Point and Jamestown was extended northeast over the old route of I-85. This included a shared alignment with Interstate 40 from south of Downtown Greensboro back to I-85 in east Greensboro.

Business Loop I-85 - Lexington, NC

The first shield for Business Loop I-85 appeared just beyond the separation of U.S. 29-52-70 from I-85 north at Lexington. It was replaced with a marker for Interstate 285 in late 2018. 12/15/16

Business Loop I-85 - Lexington, NC

Business Loop I-85 and U.S. 29/70 split with U.S. 52 for an older expressway bypass of Lexington beyond this shield assembly. 12/15/16

High Point city Transportation Director Mark McDonald stated in May 2019 that the North Carolina Department of Transportation plans on removing all signage for Business Loop I-85. Removing Business 85 is part of an effort to simplify routes and reduce sign clutter. U.S. 311 was similarly dropped along the overlap with I-74 between Winston-Salem and Randleman.1

With the NCDOT proposal to realign U.S. 70 northward alongside NC 68 to High Point and Wendover Avenue through Greensboro, only U.S. 29 will be marked along Business Loop I-85 beyond Lexington.1

Business Loop I-85 scenes
Holden Road northbound at the folded diamond interchange with Business Loop I-85/U.S. 29-70. 06/22/05
The entrance ramp for Business Loop I-85/U.S. 29-70 spith departs Holden Road north. Business Loop I-85/U.S. 29-70 split with I-85 in 2.75 miles at High Point. Holden Road continues northward to Vandalia Road and the Pinecroft neighborhood in Greensboro. 06/22/05
Vickory Chapel Road south at the diamond interchange with Business Loop I-85/U.S. 29-70. U.S. 29 north links with I-73 and I-85 to the city of Greensboro. Vickory Chapel Road continues to Kivett Drive west of Kirkman Crossroad. 07/24/04

  1. "State to remove Business 85 signs." High Point Enterprise (NC), May 20, 2019.

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07/24/04, 06/22/05 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 40
Interstate 73
Interstate 85
Interstate 285
U.S. 29
U.S. 52
U.S. 70

Page Updated 07-30-2020.

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