Highway 68

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NC 68 travels 30.60 miles north from U.S. 29 at Thomasville through High Point, western reaches of Greensboro, Oak Ridge and Summerfield. The state route concludes at I-73/U.S. 220 in southern Rockingham County. The relocation of U.S. 70 approved in 2019 overlays all of NC 68 north to W Wendover Avenue (SR 1541) at Deep River.

The US 220 / NC 68 Connector extends Interstate 73 northeast from NC 68 at Pleasant Ridge Road (SR 2133) on a new alignment to U.S. 220 at the Haw River. Construction on the roadway through Summerfield to U.S. 220 broke ground in April 2014. It was completed July 3, 2017.

North Carolina Highway 68 North
NC 68 leads northwest from I-40/U.S. 421 (Exit 210) along Lynwood Smith Expressway. A signalized intersection joins the state route with Triad Center Drive to an adjacent business park. Photo taken 07/24/04.
A folded diamond interchange joins NC 68 with Market Street (old U.S. 421) north of Triad Center Drive. The expressway along NC 68 was built between 1980-82.1. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Market Street (SR 1008) heads west to Colfax and Kernersville and east through the Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) industrial area to Guilford. Photo taken 07/24/04.
NC 68 proceeds north to a trumpet interchange with Cornerstone Drive (SR 4464) east. Cornerstone Drive represents the western extent of what was Joseph Bryan Boulevard west from Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI). Photo taken 07/24/04.
Originally Bryan Boulevard encircled the north side of PTI Airport. The roadway was realigned from 2006 to October 2007 to accommodate the new airport runway and FedEx sorting hub. A new exchange was also built for the eventual I-73 with Ted Johnson Parkway south to the passenger terminal.2,3 Photo taken 07/24/04.
With Interstate 73 overtaking Joseph Bryan Boulevard west from I-840 (Greensboro Urban Loop), Bryan Boulevard southwest to NC 68 was partially abandoned. The western section linking NC 68 with Burgess Road was renamed Cornerstone Drive. Photo taken 07/24/04.
A wye interchange joining NC 68 north with I-73 south to Greensboro was constructed north of Cornerstone Drive. Photo taken 07/24/04.
NC 68 intersects Pleasant Ridge Road (SR 2133) just beyond the overpasses for I-73. Regional Road (old NC 68) previously tied into Pleasant Ridge Road to the east. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Northward into the town of Oak Ridge, NC 68 reduces to two lanes. NC 150 (Oak Ridge Road) meets NC 68 at a commercialized intersection. Photo taken 07/24/04.
NC 150 (Oak Ridge Road) travels southwest from Oak Ridge to Kernersville and northeast to U.S. 220 at Summerfield. Photo taken 07/24/04.
NC 68 north meets U.S. 158 in the town of Stokesdale. U.S. 158 ventures west to Belows Lake and Walkertown and east to I-73/U.S. 220 north of Summerfield and Reidsville. Photo taken 07/24/04.
North Carolina Highway 65 East North Carolina Highway 68 North
NC 65 (Belows Creek Road) combines with NC 68 north for 0.72 miles through north Stokesdale. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Eastbound NC 65 partitions with NC 68 ahead of the Rockingham County line for Wentworth. Photo taken 07/24/04.
NC 65 and NC 68 both meet I-73/U.S. 220 two miles after their split. The 47 mile route of NC 65 from Rural Hall (U.S. 52) concludes in Reidsville. Photo taken 07/24/04.
North Carolina Highway 68 North
NC 68 previously concluded at a wye intersection with U.S. 220. A grade separation was constructed here with the extension of Interstate 73 north in 2017. U.S. 220 extends north along an expressway to Martinsville, Virginia. Photo taken 07/24/04.
North Carolina Highway 68 South
NC 68 branches southwest from U.S. 220 and I-73, 15 miles to Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) and 27 miles to High Point. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 68 crosses the Guilford County and Stokesdale town line 2.56 miles south of I-73/U.S. 220. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 68 south combines with NC 65 west 0.18 miles beyond the Rockingham County line. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 65 leads northeast along a rural course to Bethany, Bakers Crossroads and the town of Wentworth. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 65/68 overlap for 0.72 miles into Stokedale. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina Highway 65 West North Carolina Highway 68 South
Confirming markers for NC 65 west / NC 68 south posted ahead of Lester Road (SR 2048) west. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 65 turns west onto Belews Creek Road to bypass the Stokesdale town center between NC 68 and U.S. 158. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Formerly at a wye intersection, NC 65 splits with NC 68 to provide a direct route for U.S. 158 west to Walkertown and Winston-Salem. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 65 stays west from Stokesdale to Walnut Cove and Rural Hall. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina Highway 68 South
Continuing south from NC 65, NC 68 lowers across Troublesome Creek. Photo taken 08/06/13.
U.S. 158 runs along the main commercial strip through Stokesdale between NC 68 and NC 65. Photo taken 08/06/13.
U.S. 158 leads west from NC 68 to Winston-Salem and Mocksville and east to the Rockingham County seat of Reidsville and Yanceyville. Photo taken 08/06/13.
U.S. 158 stays north of the Greensboro area east to I-73/ U.S. 220 at Ogburns Crossroads and west to Belews Lake at the Forsyth County line. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Although still rural, the NC 68 advances southward from Stokesdale through increasing development to the town of Oak Ridge and PTI Airport. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Haw River Road (SR 2028) intersects NC 68 at Kings Crossroads. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 68 enters the town of Oak Ridge at Harrell Road (SR 2029) west and the Haw River. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 150 and NC 68 come together at the commercial center of Oak Ridge. NC 150 joins Oak Ridge with Kernersville to the west and Summerfield to the east. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 150 constitutes a 183-mile route from U.S. 158 near Yanceyville southwest to the South Carolina state line, south of Boiling Springs. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Continuing south from NC 150, the ensuing traffic light on NC 68 is with Alcorn Road (SR 2269). Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 68 intersects Edgefield Road (SR 2011) south of a folded diamond interchange with Interstate 73. Edgefield Road leads 1.61 miles northeast to Alcorn Road. SR 2011 west to Pleasant Ridge Road (SR 2133) was removed due to construction of I-73. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 68 expands into an expressway ahead of Pleasant Ridge Road (SR 2113). Construction of I-73 realigned SR 2113 to the north and severed the nearby connection with Regional Road (old NC 68) south. I-73 spans both roadways in this scene now. Photo taken 08/06/13.
South of Pleasant Ridge Road, NC 68 transitions to a freeway (Lynwood Smith Expressway). Photo taken 08/06/13.
Heading south from I-73, NC 68 meets the former west end of Joseph M. Bryan Boulevard at a trumpet interchange. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Overtaken by I-73, Bryan Boulevard previously followed the periphery of Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) to the Greensboro Urban Loop (I-73/840). Bryan Boulevard is a freeway east from I-73/840 to Benjamin Parkway at the Guilford Hills and Green Valley neighborhoods in Greensboro. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Cornerstone Drive (SR 4464) links NC 68 with Burgess Road (SR 4156) along the former western extent of Bryan Boulevard. Bryan Boulevard was realigned between 2006 and October 2007 during expansion of PTI Airport before I-73 subsumed it. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Market Street (SR 1008), the former alignment of U.S. 421 east to Highland Park in Greensboro and west to Kernersville, converges with NC 68 at a folded diamond interchange. Photo taken 08/06/13.
A third lane opens southbound along NC 68 from Cornerstone Drive to Market Street (SR 1008). Photo taken 08/06/13.
Market Street (old U.S. 421) head west from NC 68 to Colfax and Kernersville as Mountain Street. East from NC 68, SR 1008 continues through the airport industrial area to Guilford. Photo taken 08/06/13.
A signalized intersection joins NC 68 with Triad Center Drive into an adjacent business park. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 68 (Lynwood Smith Expressway) proceeds south into a parclo interchange with I-40/U.S. 421. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 40 west / U.S. 421 north leave Greensboro on separate routes to Winston-Salem. The two overlap east to the Greensboro Urban Loop (I-73/840). Photo taken 08/06/13.
The succeeding exit along I-40 west is with Sandy Ridge Road (SR 1850) for the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. Photo taken 08/06/13.
The entrance ramp for Winston-Salem, Statesville and Asheville departs NC 68 south. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina Highway 68 scenes
Albert Pick Road (SR 1681) west at Regional Road (SR 1695) near Friendship and PTI Airport. Regional Road is the former alignment of NC 68. Photo taken 01/17/19.
Albert Pick Road ties into the parclo interchange joining NC 68 (Lynwood Smith Expressway) with Interstate 40 and U.S. 421. Photo taken 01/17/19.
A loop ramp connects Albert Pick Road and NC 68 with I-40 east / U.S. 421 south into Greensboro. Photo taken 01/17/19.

Sources:
  1. NCRoads.com: N.C. 68
  2. "Detour ahead: PTI rerouting." Greensboro News & Record, September 7, 2007.
  3. "New PTI ramps ready for opening." Greensboro News & Record, November 21, 2008.


Photo Credits:

07/24/04, 08/06/13, 01/17/19 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 40
Interstate 73
Interstate 74
U.S. 70
U.S. 220

Page Updated 07-30-2020.

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