North Carolina 68 travels 30.60 miles from Business Loop I-85 north at Thomasville through High Point to western reaches of Greensboro, Oak Ridge, Summerfield and U.S. 220 north in southern Rockingham County. The state highway provides a through route for U.S. 220 north to Roanoke, Virginia from Interstates 40 and 73.

The US 220 / NC 68 Connector will extend 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 newest portion of I-73 breaks ground in April 2014 on the roadway through Summerfield to U.S. 220.


North Carolina 68 north
North Carolina 68 leads northwest from Interstate 40 & U.S. 421 (Exit 210) as an expressway. An at-grade intersection with Triad Center Drive represents the last signal with an adjacent business park. Photo taken 07/24/04.
North Carolina 68 upgrades into a short freeway after Triad Center Drive. A folded diamond interchange next joins the highway with Market Street (old U.S. 421) on the south side of Piedmont Triad International Airport. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Market Street (old U.S. 421) travels west to Colfax and Kernersville and east through the airport industrial area to Guilford. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Meeting North Carolina 68 next is Joseph Bryan Boulevard (SR 4464) west from Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) and the Greensboro Urban Loop (I-840). Bryan Boulevard constitutes a freeway east from North Carolina 68 to Benjamin Parkway in Greensboro. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Bryan Boulevard encircles PTI Airport northeast to Airport Parkway, the entrance road to the passenger terminal. The roadway was realigned from 2006 to October 2007 to accommodate a new airport runway and the new FedEx sorting hub. Work continued through November 22, 2008 on the new interchange with Airport Parkway.2,3 Photo taken 07/24/04.
Northbound at the Bryan Boulevard trumpet interchange to Future Interstate 73 south. Photo taken 07/24/04.
North Carolina 68's freeway extends a short distance northward to Pleasant Ridge Road (SR 2133), where new Interstate 73 will tie in from Bryan Boulevard to the east. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Pleasant Ridge Road (SR 2133) crosses North Carolina 68 at a signalized intersection. Regional Road (old North Carolina 68) ties into Pleasant Ridge Road to the east. North Carolina 68's freeway was built between 1980-82.1 . Photo taken 07/24/04.
North Carolina 68 quickly reduces to just two lanes on the drive north to North Carolina 150 (Oak Ridge Road). The US 220 / NC 68 Connector will parallel this stretch of roadway to just beyond Edgefield Road (SR 2011). Photo taken 07/24/04.
North Carolina 150 (Oak Ridge Road) travels southwest from Oak Ridge to Kernersville and northeast to U.S. 220 at Summerfield. Photo taken 07/24/04.
The next junction on North Carolina 68 north is with U.S. 158 at Stokesdale. U.S. 158 ventures west to Belows Lake and Walkertown and east to U.S. 220 north of Summerfield and Reidsville. Photo taken 07/24/04.
North Carolina 65 east & 68 north
North Carolina 65 (Belows Creek Road) merges onto North Carolina 68 briefly through Stokesdale. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Eastbound North Carolina 65 partitions with North Carolina 68 ahead of the Rockingham County line for Wentworth. Photo taken 07/24/04.
Both North Carolina 65 and 68 meet U.S. 220 two miles after their split. North Carolina 65 ends in Reidsville after just 47 miles from Rural Hall (U.S. 52). Photo taken 07/24/04.
North Carolina 68 north
Traffic from North Carolina 68 merges with U.S. 220 north as the state route ends. U.S. 220 upgrades from a two-lane highway into a four-lane expressway from North Carolina 68 to Martinsville, Virginia. This highway is slated to become Interstate 73 in the future. Photo taken 07/24/04.
North Carolina 68 south
North Carolina 68 turns southwesterly from U.S. 220, 15 miles to Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) and 27 miles to High Point. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Two lane NC 68 crosses both the Guilford County and Stokesdale town line 2.5 miles south of U.S. 220. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Just south of the county line is the merge with North Carolina 65 west. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 65 leads northeast along a rural drive to Bethany, Bakers Crossroads and the town of Wentworth. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina 65 west & 68 south share 0.7 miles into Stokedale. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina 65 west & 68 south
A set of shields for NC 65 west & 68 south precede the intersection with Lester Road (SR 2048). Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina 65 turns west onto Belews Creek Road to bypass the Stokesdale town center toward U.S. 158 west. Photo taken 08/06/13.
A wye intersection at the split of NC 65 west & 68 south was reconfigured into a conventional signalized intersection. NC 65 west provides a faster route to U.S. 158 west to Walkertown and Winston-Salem. Photo taken 08/06/13.
NC 65 stays west from Stokesdale to Walnut Cove and its end at Rural Hall. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina 68 south
Continuing south from NC 65, North Carolina 68 lowers to pass over Troublesome Creek. Photo taken 08/06/13.
U.S. 158 travels along the main commercial strip through Stokesdale between NC 68 and NC 65. Photo taken 08/06/13.
An intrastate route, U.S. 158 leads west from NC 68 to Winston-Salem and Mocksville and east to the Rockingham County seat of Reidsville and Yanceyville as part of a 350-mile trip across the state. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Southbound NC 68 at the traffic light with U.S. 158 in Stokesdale. U.S. 158 stays north of the Greensboro area to meet U.S. 220 at Ogburns Crossroads to the east and west to Belews Lake at the Forsyth County line. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Although still rural, the drive southward to PTI Airport sees an increase in traffic as North Carolina 68 travels through the town of Oak Ridge. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Haw River Road (SR 2028) intersects North Carolina 68 at Kings Crossroads. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina 68 leaves Stokesdale for Oak Ridge at Harrell Road (SR 2029) west and the Haw River. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina 150 and 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.
A flashing yellow arrow accompanies the signal assembly above North Carolina 68 south at NC 150. NC 150 constitutes a 183-mile route from U.S. 158 near Yanceyville to the South Carolina state line, south of Boiling Springs. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Reassurance marker posted for NC 68 south of NC 150. The next traffic light exists ahead with Alcorn Road (SR 2269). Photo taken 08/06/13.
A new folded diamond interchange will join North Carolina 68 with new Interstate 73 just north of Edgefield Road (SR 2011). Edgefield Road leads north to Alcorn Road from a traffic light with NC 68. The road on the west side of NC 68 to Pleasant Ridge Road (SR 2133) will be removed to make way for the future lanes of I-73. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina 68 expands into a four-lane expressway south of Edgefield Road. A traffic light with Pleasant Ridge Road (SR 2113) follows. The future travel lanes of I-73 will pass directly over the existing intersection with SR 2113. Construction associated with the NC 68 / US 220 Connector project will relocate the intersection northward and sever adjacent Regional Road (former NC 68) from Pleasant Ridge Road. Photo taken 08/06/13.
South of Pleasant Ridge Road, North Carolina 68 transitions to a freeway (Lynwood Smith Expressway). Photo taken 08/06/13.
Future Interstate 73 will turn east from NC 68 at Pleasant Ridge Road to overtake Joseph Bryan Boulevard (SR 2085) at the Airport Parkway interchange. Bryan Boulevard meets NC 68 directly at a trumpet interchange next. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Bryan Boulevard follows the periphery of Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) to the Greensboro Urban Loop (I-73 & 840). The freeway continues into Greensboro to Benjamin Parkway at the Guilford Hills and Green Valley neighborhoods. Photo taken 08/06/13.
North Carolina 68 south at the loop ramp for Bryan Boulevard east. The expressway was realigned between 2006 and October 2007 during expansion of PTI Airport that included a new runway and construction of a sorting hub for FedEx. 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, sees a folded diamond interchange with NC 68 in one half mile. Photo taken 08/06/13.
A third lane joins NC 68 south from Bryan Boulevard to Market Street (SR 1008). Photo taken 08/06/13.
Market Street (old U.S. 421) travels west from North Carolina 68 to Colfax and Kernersville (as Mountain Street) and east through the airport industrial area to Guilford. Photo taken 08/06/13.
A signalized intersection ends the freeway portion of North Carolina 68 at Triad Center Drive for an adjacent business park. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Two more traffic lights line North Carolina 68 south as the highway meets Interstate 40 & U.S. 421 at a parclo interchange. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Interstate 40 west & U.S. 421 north leave Greensboro for separate routes to Winston-Salem. The tandem split to the east at the Greensboro Urban Loop (I-73 and 840). Photo taken 08/06/13.
An older guide sign directs motorists onto the westbound I-40 ramp for Winston-Salem and Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. The farmers market lies south of the next westbound exit at Sandy Ridge. Photo taken 08/06/13.
Drivers bound for Winston-Salem, Statesville and Asheville turn off North Carolina 68 south for I-40 west. The freeway accommodates ten lanes of traffic through west Greensboro. Photo taken 08/06/13.

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 by AARoads

Page Updated 09-24-2013.