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U.S. 64 West
U.S. 158 (Croatan Highway) ends at the junction with North Carolina 12 and the westbound beginning of U.S. 64. U.S. 64 continues Virginia Dare Trail west from North Carolina 12 to the Washington Baum Bridge across Roanoke Sound. North Carolina 12 turns southward onto Cape Hatteras National Park Road to Oregon Inlet. Photo taken 12/26/00.
U.S. 64 & 264 reassurance sign posted after the Smithfield Road diamond interchange (Exit 425). This style of sign is used quite often in new freeway projects in lieu of stand-alone shields. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Six lanes of freeway travel between Exit 425 and the current east end of Interstate 540. Interstate 540 is the planned full outer beltway of Raleigh. Presently the Interstate stretches west from U.S. 64 & 264 to Interstate 40 near Research Triangle Park and southwestward four miles as North Carolina 540 to North Carolina 55. Photo taken 01/02/08.
One mile out from the partially-built directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 540. Interstate 540 serves the northern suburbs of Raleigh with connections to U.S. 1 for interests to Wake Forest. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Interstate 540 heads north through west Knightdale on the ten-mile drive to U.S. 1. The freeway provides a direct route to Raleigh Durham International Airport in 25 miles. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Looking at the ramp stub for the unconstructed Interstate 540 south to Interstate 40 near Garner. It is unclear if construction of this segment of freeway will begin in 2015 or 2022, as funding issues are yet resolved. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 64 & 264 continue through the Interstate 540 interchange on the 1.25 mile drive to the Exit 422 folded diamond interchange with Hodge Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 422 loops onto Hodge Road at Old Faison Road. Hodge Road meanders northward to U.S. 64 Business (Knightdale Boulevard) west of its interchange with Interstate 540. Southward Hodge Road peters out in a rural area south of Poole Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Continuing west, this sign advises motorists of the impending U.S. 64 & 264 freeway end at Interstate 440. Note that Interstate 440 west is signed also with Wake Forest, for its interchange with U.S. 1. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 64 & 264 span the Crabtree Creek at the Rodgers Lane overpass one half mile east of the Exit 420 folded diamond interchange with New Hope Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
New Hope Road travels south to Rock Quarry Road and north to U.S. 1 at Millbrook Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Westbound at the Exit 420 off-ramp to New Hope Road. New Hope Road south serves a variety of industrial parks and new subdivisions between the freeway and its end. Northward the road intersects a heavily commercialized U.S. 64 Business (New Bern Avenue). Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 64 & 264 expand to four overall lanes west of Exit 420 in anticipation of the tri-level stack with Interstate 440. Interstate 440 leads northwest three miles to its merge with U.S. 1 at Capital Boulevard (U.S. 401). Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 264 concludes at the interchange with Interstate 440. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Exit 419 departs U.S. 64 west for Interstate 440 west. Interstate 440 encircles the north side of the city between the Wilders Grove area and North Carolina State University. U.S. 64 west meanwhile merges onto Interstate 440 east briefly to the exchange with Interstate 40. Interstate 40 & U.S. 64 west continue south of Downtown Raleigh to U.S. 1 at Cary. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Traveling the flyover ramp onto Interstate 440 west, U.S. 64 drivers are advised of the Poole Road diamond interchange (Exit 15). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Drivers must merge to the left as the right lane defaults onto the Poole Road off-ramp. Poole Road continues west from Hodge and New Hope Roads in suburban Wake County to New Bern Avenue (former U.S. 64) outside downtown Raleigh. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 64 U.S. 74A West North Carolina Route 9 North
U.S. 64-74A & NC 9 conclude their circuitous route around Lake Lure at a bridge over the Broad River into Chimney Rock. The crossing parallels the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, a repurposed span covered with gardens and native plants and a pedestrian walkway. Photo taken 12/31/13.
The Broad River bridge along the US route is nondescript and was completed in 2010 to replace the adjacent 1925 span. The bridge spans the westernmost reaches of Lake Lure. Photo taken 12/31/13.
U.S. 64-74A & NC 9 pass through the community of Chimney Rock between Chimney Rock and Round Top Mountains in western Rutherford County. Photo taken 12/31/13.
U.S. 64 West
U.S. 64 westbound at the northern terminus of U.S. 178 near the town of Rossman in Transylvania County. U.S. 178 comprises a two-lane highway between here and Rosman, Rocky Bottom, and Pickens, South Carolina. The US highway crosses into the Palmetto State within five miles. Photo taken 07/23/04.
Westbound U.S. 64 after the intersection with U.S. 178. Ahead is the southern terminus of North Carolina 215 and the town of Cashiers (North Carolina 107). U.S. 64 reaches the community of Sapphire in 12 miles. Photo taken 07/23/04.

Photo Credits:

  • 12/26/00 by AARoads.
  • 07/23/04 by AARoads.
  • 01/02/08 by AARoads.
  • 12/31/13 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

Connect with:
U.S. 158
Highway 12
Interstate 540 - Northern Wake Expressway
Interstate 440 / Cliff Benson Beltline
Interstate 40
U.S. 178

Page Updated 10-19-2015.