Interstate 840 - Greensboro Urban Loop

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Presently Interstate 840 is open along separate segments in Greensboro. The western spur extends seven miles north from from Interstate 40 to Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) and U.S. 220 (Battleground Avenue). The seven mile eastern spur connects from I-40 and I-85 with U.S. 29. The western segment overlaps with Interstate 73 north to Joseph M. Bryan Boulevard, and the eastern alignment runs concurrent with Interstate 785.

Initial work was completed on Interstate 840 between I-40/85 and U.S. 70 (Burlington Road) at east Greensboro in 2002. Three miles of the western section between I-40 and Bryan Boulevard opened on December 18, 2007.1 Subsequent work on the Greensboro Urban Loop started in January 2013. Costing $112 million, the Eastern Loop (project U-2525B) was constructed from 2014 to December 6, 2017. Western Loop Project U-2524C extended I-840 northeast along a six lane freeway from Bryan Boulevard to U.S. 220. Work on the $123 million project ran from October 2013 to March 2018.

Work on the two remaining projects to complete the Greensboro Urban Loop are underway. Northern Loop Project U-2525C builds the six lane freeway west from U.S. 29 to Lanwdale Drive. Started in 2018, the $139 million project runs through 2020. Western Loop project U-2524D constructs the six lane freeway between U.S. 220 (Battleground Avenue) and Lawndale Drive. Work on the $58 million link started in October 2016 and is scheduled for completion in December 2020.

Western Segment of Interstate 840
Interstate 73 North Interstate 840 East
Interstate 73 north & 840 east leave U.S. 421 and Interstate 40 and continue north toward a diamond interchange (Exit 2) with Friendly Avenue. Friendly Avenue arcs west to West Market Street south of Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) and east to Guilford College. Photo taken 12/21/08.
An interchange sequence sign lists the first two exits for Interstate 840 east for Friendly Avenue and Bryan Boulevard. Construction of the Greensboro Urban Loop east to U.S. 220 (Battleground Avenue) was underway as of 2013. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Interstate 73 north & 840 eastbound reassurance sign posted at the Market Street underpass. Market Street represents the original alignment of U.S. 421. Photo taken 12/21/08.
One half mile south of the off-ramp (Exit 2) to Friendly Avenue on Interstate 73 north & 840 east. The freeway narrows four eight to six lanes as it moves northward. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Exit 2 departs Interstate 73 & 840 north to Friendly Avenue (SR 2147). Friendly Avenue continues all the way into Downtown Greensboro. Photo taken 12/21/08.
Passing over Friendly Avenue at the next interchange sequence sign assembly. Photo taken 12/21/08.
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Exit 3 consists of a directional cloverleaf interchange between Interstates 73 & 840 and Bryan Boulevard (SR 2085), an east-west freeway leading west from Greensboro to North Carolina 68. Interstate 73 will split with Interstate 840 east for Bryan Boulevard west. Photos taken 12/21/08.
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All traffic must depart the Greensboro Beltway for Bryan Boulevard at Exit 2. Bryan Boulevard was extended west as a freeway for Future Interstate 73 and to Airport Parkway for the PTI Airport terminal. Connections with the North Carolina 68 freeway lead drivers north to Oak Ridge. Photos taken 12/21/08.
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Northbound at the Exit 3 partition for Bryan Boulevard (SR 2085). Bryan Boulevard extends as a freeway to Benjamin Parkway; Benjamin Parkway continues the divided highway a short distance to the Wendover Avenue expressway at Lake Daniel. Photos taken 12/21/08.
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Construction on the $123-million extension of I-840 east to U.S. 220 (Battleground Avenue) ran from October 2013 to March 2018.2 Photos taken 12/21/08.
Interstate 73 South Interstate 840 West
First west/southbound reassurance markers for Interstate 73 & Future I-840 posted after the Bryan Boulevard interchange on the Greensboro Beltway south. A frontage road (Chimney Rock Road) parallels the freeway southward from Old Oak Ridge Road to Friendly Avenue. Photo taken 02/23/08.
Midway between Bryan Boulevard and the merge with U.S. 421 is the Exit 2 diamond interchange with Friendly Avenue (SR 2147). Photo taken 02/23/08.
Exit 2 departs Interstate 73 south & Future Interstate 840 west for Friendly Avenue. Friendly Avenue constitutes an east-west arterial from West Market Street near PTI Airport to West Market Street west of downtown Greensboro. Photo taken 02/23/08.
Interstate 73 reduces to two through lanes for the continuation beyond I-40 with U.S. 421 south. The right lane defaults onto the directional ramps (Exit 1) for Interstate 40 west & U.S. 421 north to Winston Salem and Interstate 40 east to downtown Greensboro. Photo taken 02/23/08.
Exit 1 expanded to two lanes as it leaves Interstate 73 south at the former west end of I-840. Interstate 73 joins U.S. 421 south seven miles to meet I-85 at U.S. 29 & 70. Photo taken 02/23/08.
Exit 1 partitions into its respective ramps to Interstate 40 west and east. Interstate 40 & U.S. 421 travel six miles west to their split at the Winston-Salem Business Loop for I-40. Eastward the freeway continues seven miles to their merge with Business Loop I-85 & U.S. 29-70-220 south of downtown. Photo taken 02/23/08.
Eastern Segment of Interstate 840
Interstates 840 east & 785 south
Interstate 840 east travels over Old Burlington Road between U.S. 70 (Wendover Avenue) and Interstates 40 & 85. Photo taken 02/23/08.
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Clapp Farms Road passes over Interstate 840 eastbound a mile north of the the directional cloverleaf interchange (Exit 21) with I-40 and I-85. Greensboro's Business Loop I-40 was created on February 21, 2008 with the completion of Painter Boulevard southwest of Greensboro, but turned back during mid-September 2008. Photo taken 02/23/08. Second photo taken 07/24/04.
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One half mile north of Exit 21 to Interstate 40 west into Greensboro and I-40 east & I-85 north to Burlington and Durham. Interstate 840 east defaults onto I-85 south to Interstate 73 & U.S. 220 and High Point. Photo taken 07/24/04. Second photo taken 02/23/08.
A two-lane off-ramp leaves Interstate 840 east ahead the merge onto I-85 south. Exit 21 lies five miles east of Downtown Greensboro and 32 miles west of the I-40/85 split at Durham. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Taking the off-ramp at Exit 21, drivers partition for Interstate 40 west and I-40 east & I-85 north 12 miles to Burlington. Interstate 40 heads seven miles to the original split with I-85, combining with U.S. 29, 70 and 220. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Continuing onto Interstate 40 west, a parclo interchange (Exit 226) immediately follows with McConnell Road. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstates 785 north & 840 west
Interstate 840 west links I-85 north with I-40 west back into Greensboro. Exit 21 consists of a loop ramp onto the freeway west ahead of McConnell Road. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 840 was previously signed as simply "TO U.S. 70" on all guide signs from I-40 and I-85. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Future Interstate 840 reassurance marker posted north of Interstates 40 & 85. Photo taken 07/24/04.
A U.S. 70 trailblazer followed on I-840 northbound. Photo taken 07/24/04.
One mile south of Exit 19 with U.S. 70 (Wendover Avenue). U.S. 70 follows a multi-lane divided highway eastward from Greensboro to a point east of Interstate 840. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Interstate 840 crosses over Old Burlington Road ahead of U.S. 70. Bridges that eventually carried the freeway mainline over Old Burlington Road and U.S. 70 (Wendover Avenue) were not yet built. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Traffic defaulted onto the off-ramp to U.S. 70 (Wendover Avenue) as Interstate 840 west ended. U.S. 70 travels seven miles east into Burlington and four miles west to combine with the U.S. 29 & 220 (Henry Boulevard) expressway. Photo taken 07/24/04.
U.S. 70 shield and guide sign posted at the ramp end from Interstate 840 west. A loop ramp carries motorists over Wendover Avenue to the US highway. Photo taken 07/24/04.

  1. "Western Portion Of The Urban Loop To Open Tuesday." WFMY News 2, December 15, 2007.
  2. NCDOT: Greensboro Western Loop (U-2524C), project web page.

Photo Credits:

  • 07/24/04 by AARoads.
  • 02/23/08 by Jamie Dzencelowcz.
  • 12/21/08 by AARoads.

Connect with:
U.S. 29
U.S. 70
U.S. 220
U.S. 421

Page Updated 01-26-2019.