U.S. 74 west
Exits 69, 67, and 64 serve the Swain County seat of Bryson City. The town lies on the Tuckaseegee River east of Fontana Lake. Photo taken 08/13/04.
The one-mile guide sign for Exit 69 (Hyatt Creek Road) precedes the Owle Road overpass on U.S. 74 & 64 Truck westbound. Hyatt Creek Road travels north from Falls Branch Road across the Tuckaseegee River to Ela and U.S. 19 (Ela Road). Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 74 & 64 Truck descend quickly into the Tuckaseegee River at a 5% grade between the Owle Road over crossing and Exit 69 diamond interchange. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Use Exit 69 as an alternate route to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Cherokee by way of U.S. 19 (Ela Road) northbound. The US highway travels 5.5 miles east from Ela to Cherokee and U.S. 441 Business. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Great Smoky Mountains Expressway westbound at the Exit 69 off-ramp for Hyatts Creek Road. SR-1168 parallels U.S. 74 & 64 Truck between Hyatts Creek Road and U.S. 19 along the south banks of the Tuckaseegee River. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Mileage sign for Andrews and the Cherokee County seat of Murphy posted after the Exit 69 interchange on U.S. 74 & 64 Truck west. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Exit 67 serves downtown Bryson City from the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. Spring Street travels south from U.S. 19 (Main Street) to U.S. 74 & 64 Truck as SR-1188. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 74 & 64 Truck westbound at SR-1188 / Spring Street (Exit 67). Spring Street travels 0.75 miles to U.S. 19 (Main Street) from the Exit 67 diamond interchange. From there U.S. 19 overtakes Spring Street for two blocks before turning west again at the Slope Street bridge across the Tuckaseegee River. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Robbinsville joins Andrews and Murphy on the U.S. 74 & 64 Truck westbound mileage sign. Robbinsville is the control point for North Carolina 28 north near Almond and U.S. 129 north at Topton. U.S. 129 merges onto U.S. 74 west 20 miles ahead. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 19 merges onto U.S. 74 & 64 Truck westbound at Exit 64 via Alarka Road. The US highway travels Alarka Road south 3.1 miles out of Bryson City to the west end of the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Traffic to U.S. 19 (Alarka Road) northbound departs U.S. 74 & 64 Truck ahead of their merge with U.S. 19 southbound. A convoluted trumpet interchange joins the two highways. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 19 & Blue Ridge Parkway shields and guide sign assembly posted at the end of the Exit 64 off-ramp from U.S. 74 & 64 Truck westbound. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 19 south & 74 west
U.S. 19 south & 74 westbound reassurance markers posted after their merge at Exit 64. The Great Smoky Mountain Expressway ends and the tandem continues westward two miles to Lauada and five miles overall as a four-lane at-grade divided highway. Photo taken 09/12/04.
North Carolina 28 joins U.S. 19 & 74 at Lauada for a three-mile cosigning westward toward Almond. The state highway enters the scene from Franklin, Iotia, and Wests Mill to the south. North Carolina 28 is part of a multi-state routing with Georgia 28 and South Carolina 28. Photo taken 09/12/04.
A second shield assembly includes North Carolina 28 north and its control points of Fontana and Robbinsville. North Carolina 28 leads north to North Carolina 143 west for Robbinsville and U.S. 129. Photo taken 09/12/04.
A branch of Fontana Lake stems southward to U.S. 19-74 & North Carolina 28 one mile west of Lauada. The Little Tennessee River flows south from the lake to Franklin and Macon County. Photo taken 09/12/04.
The split of North Carolina 28 north from U.S. 19 south & 74 west is heralded with a full guide sign ahead of the partition. North Carolina 28 straddles the Fontana Lake area between Almond, Stecoah (North Carolina 143), and Fontana Village. Photo taken 09/12/04.
The Appalachian Highway branches west with North Carolina 28 from U.S. 74 near Almond. The five-lane roadway of U.S. 19 & 74 also continues with the state highway toward Stecoah. U.S. 19 south & 74 westbound are relegated to a two-lane highway from here southwest to Topton. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 19 south & 74 westbound at their split with North Carolina 28 north. Four mile separates the intersection with Wesser and 11 miles with Nantahala Gorge in southern Swain County. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 19 south & 74 westbound reassurance shields and mileage sign. This assembly includes Andrews and Murphy for the highway tandem after their split with North Carolina 28. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 129 southbound joins U.S. 19 south & 74 west at Topton and from there the three routes travel seven miles west to U.S. 19 Business (Main Street) at Andrews. A guide sign is posted ahead of the Main Street split and U.S. 19-74-129 widening to four lanes. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 19-129 south & 74 west
U.S. 19 Business southbound loops into downtown Andrews via Main Street. The business loop returns to U.S. 19-74-129 in 2.9 miles. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 19-129 south & 74 westbound reassurance shields posted on the Andrews bypass at the U.S. 19 Business east end. Note that the Appalachian Highway banner coincides with U.S. 74 again. Photo taken 09/12/04.
U.S. 19-129 south & 74 westbound at the Valley River crossing along the Andrews bypass. The highways remain four-laned for the 25-mile drive to their split near Ranger. Photo taken 09/12/04.


 


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08/13/04, 09/12/04 by Carter Buchanan

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