U.S. 74 west
U.S. 74 westbound leaves Interstate 40 west of Canton along the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. The four-lane freeway dives south from Interstate 40 to merge with U.S. 19 & 23 (Carolina Boulevard) south of the Jones Cove Road interchange (Exit 107). Photo taken 08/13/04.
Exit 107 departs U.S. 74 westbound for Jones Cove Road as the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway merges with U.S. 19 & 23 and U.S. 64 Truck. U.S. 64 Truck is loosely signed along U.S. 74 between Murphy and Hendersonville. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 74 westbound at the trumpet interchange with Carolina Boulevard (U.S. 19 & 23). U.S. 19 & 23 merge onto the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway from West Canton and Canton for Waynesville. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Descending from the U.S. 19 & 23 under crossing to the West Jones Cover off-ramp of Exit 105. U.S. 19 & 23 (Carolina Boulevard) traffic merges onto U.S. 74 westbound here. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 19-23 south & 74 west
U.S. 19-23 south & 74 westbound at Exit 105 (West Jones Cove). The off-ramp serves residential areas between West Canton and Lake Junaluska via Jones Cove and Sohes Cove Roads. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Reassurance shield assembly for U.S. 19-23 south & 64 Truck-74 west posted after the Exit 105 (Jones Cover Road) off-ramp. U.S. 74 is referred to and signed as the Appalachian Highway throughout western North Carolina. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Exit 104 represents the joint terminus of U.S. 23 Business (Asheville Road) and North Carolina 209 (Crabtree Road). North Carolina 209 travels north from U.S. 19-23-74 to Lake Junaluska, Interstate 40 and Crabtree. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 23 Business loops into Waynesville between Exits 104 and 98 along Asheville Road, Main Street, and Balsam Road. Also signed for Exit 104 is the North Carolina 209 control point of Hot Springs where the state highway meets U.S. 25 & 70. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Three miles after their merge, U.S. 19 southbound departs the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway for Dellwood, Maggie Valley, and Cherokee. The US route travels generally in an east-west fashion between Waynesville and its return to U.S. 74 at Bryson City. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 19 follows a winding scenic two-lane highway between Maggie Valley and the tourist destination town of Cherokee. The 23-mile drive is not advised for trucks due to the grades and curvature of the roadway. Use U.S. 74 west to U.S. 441 north as an alternate to Cherokee in lieu of U.S. 19. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 23 south & 74 west
U.S. 19 Truck shields posted on the U.S. 23 south & 64 Truck-74 west after their partition with U.S. 19 south. The truck route continues west along the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway to U.S. 441 north at Exit 74. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 276 (Dellwood Road) interchanges with U.S. 23 & 64 Truck-74 at Exit 102 north of Waynesville. The US route overlaps with U.S. 19 west of Lake Junaluska to the north of the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 276 eastbound follows Russ Avenue into downtown Waynesville where the highway joins U.S. 23 Business (Main Street). From Waynesville U.S. 276 continues east to Woodrow, Springdale, Cruso, and Brevard. The two-state highway ends ten miles to the north at Interstate 40 (Exit 20). Photo taken 08/13/04.
One mile north of the Hazelwood Avenue off-ramp at the Sylvan Street undercrossing. Exit 100 consists of a split-diamond interchange with Elysinia & Hazelwood Avenues west of downtown Waynesville. Photo taken 08/13/04.
They don't call them the Great Smoky Mountains for nothing... Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 23 south & 74-64 Truck westbound at the Hazelwood Avenue off-ramp. Elysinia Avenue carries motorists from SR-1177 east to Sulphur Springs Road and Hazelwood Avenue. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Exit 98 serves West Waynesville and Hazelwood via connections with Balsam Road (U.S. 23 Business) and Hendrick Street. The diamond interchange represents the southern return of the U.S. 23 Business loop through Waynesville. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 23 south & 74-64 Truck west transition into an at-grade facility west of Hazelwood on the drive to Saunook and the Jackson County line. Pictured here is the scene near the intersection with SR-1158 at Saunook. The overpass in the background carries Old Balsam Road over U.S. 23 & 74. Photo taken 08/13/04.
The Blue Ridge Parkway straddles the Haywood and Jackson County lines between Beech Gap and Soco Gap. The scenic two-lane highway is open to passenger vehicles only and is maintained by the National Park Service. Photo taken 08/13/04.
There are no at-grade intersections between the Blue Ridge Parkway and intersecting routes. Rather a series of connecting ramps link the parkway with adjoining roads nearby. Pictured here is the Blue Ridge Parkway access roadway from U.S. 23 south & 74 west. The parkway itself begins at U.S. 441 at the Great Smoky National Park to the northwest. The roadway continues from there east northeast along the Appalachian Spine to the Shenandoah Mountains of northern Virginia. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 23 south & 74-64 Truck westbound at the high level overpass of the Blue Ridge Parkway at Balsam Gap. A small guide sign directs U.S. 23 north & 74 eastbound motorists eminating from the Blue Ridge Parkway to a u-turn ramp lane. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Auxiliary guide sign for Exit 85 (U.S. 23 Business), Southwestern Community College, and East Sylva on U.S. 23 south & 74 westbound. The Great Smoky Mountains Expressway again upgrades to limited access standards to bypass Sylva to the north. U.S. 23 Business (Asheville Highway) begins at Exit 85 and travels into downtown Sylva. Photo taken 09/12/04.
One-mile guide sign for the southbound beginning of U.S. 23 Business (Asheville Highway) on U.S. 23 south & 74 west. U.S. 23 Business intersects the northern terminus of North Carolina 107 (East Main Street) in downtown Sylva. The state route travels from Sylva southward to Tuckasegee and Cahsiers into northwestern South Carolina from there. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Cullowhee, off North Carolina 107 to the east, is the home of Western Carolina University. U.S. 23 Business intersects North Carolina 107 1.4 miles to the southwest. Four miles south of Sylva is Cullowee and the WCU campus. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Reassurance shield assembly for U.S. 23-74-64 Truck posted after the U.S. 23 Business (Exit 83) interchange. The overpass in the background carries Old U.S. 19 between Sylva and Foster. Photo taken 08/13/04.
The Great Smoky Mountain Expressway encircles Sylva to the north between U.S. 23 Business and Grindstaff Cove Road (Exit 83). The parclo interchange of Exit 83 serves downtown Sylva via Grindstaff Cover Road and Maple Street south to U.S. 23 Business (Mill Street). Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 23 south & 74-64 Truck westbound at the Grindstaff Road off-ramp (Exit 83). Grindstaff Road dead ends at the north end of the Exit 83 interchange. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Mileage sign for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area towns of Cherokee and Bryson City on U.S. 23 south & 74-64 Truck westbound. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 23 departs the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway for U.S. 441 south to Dillsboro, Franklin, and North Georgia. The US route overlaps with U.S. 441 81 miles to Hollywood, Georgia. U.S. 23 provides the most direct route between Sylva, Waynesville, and Asheville to the Atlanta metropolitan area. Photo taken 08/13/04.
The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad consists of a tourist railroad between Bryson City and Dillsboro. Use Exit 81 for U.S. 23 & 441 southbound for the attraction. SR-1383 passes underneath U.S. 23-74-64 Truck here otherwise. Photo taken 08/13/04.
Where U.S. 23 departs the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway, U.S. 441 joins. The US route travels north from Athens to Cornelia, Georgia where it joins U.S. 23. U.S. 23 & 441 travel 20 miles south to U.S. 64 at the Macon County seat of Franklin. There a U.S. 441 Business loops into Downtown. Photo taken 09/12/04.
Sign bridge posted at the U.S. 23 southbound departure of U.S. 74-64 Truck westbound at Exit 81. U.S. 23 & 441 enter Dillsboro directly from the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. U.S. 441 northbound merges onto U.S. 74 & 64 Truck west ahead for an eight-mile overlap. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 74 west & 441 north
Great Smoky Mountains Expressway proclimation sign posted with U.S. 74 west & 441 northbound reassurance shields. The freeway transitions back into an at-grade surface highway between Dillsboro and Exit 74 outside of Whittier. Photo taken 09/12/04.
At Exit 74 U.S. 441 northbound leaves U.S. 74 west for the resort town of Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. U.S. 441 is the only highway to cross into Tennessee within the national park itself. The highway is quite scenic on the drive between Cherokee, Smokemont, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Photo taken 08/13/04.
The southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway occurs at U.S. 441 near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundary. The parkway travels east from there to Waterrock Knob and Browning Knob before intersecting U.S. 23-74-64 Truck at Balsam Gap. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 441 northbound departs the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway for the five-mile drive to Cherokee. Cherokee is home to lodging, food, the Harrahs Casino, and tourist attractions. The town in conjunction with Bryson City are the best places to stay for visiting the Great Smoky National Park. The Cherokee Indian Reservation encompasses much of the land that U.S. 441 traverses through between Exit 74 and the Great Smoky Mountains. Photo taken 08/13/04.
U.S. 74 west
The second of five interchanges of the Bryson City segment of the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway serves the community of Whittier. Exit 72 consists of a trumpet interchange with SR-1195 south of Whittier. Photo taken 08/13/04.
SR-1195 spurs two miles north from U.S. 74 & 64 Truck to U.S. 19 (Ela Road) in Whittier itself. U.S. 19 stays north of the Tuckasegee River through Birdtown, Whittier, Ela, and Bryson City. Photo taken 08/13/04.


 


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

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