U.S. 76 West - Wrightsville Beach to Wilmington

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U.S. 76 West
U.S. 76 begins at the south end of Wrightsville Beach from a turnaround at Jack Parker Boulevard and Water Street. Jack Parker Boulevard connects with Lumina Avenue north by a regional beach access area off Masonboro Inlet. Photo taken 05/29/05.
This was the first reassurance shield for U.S. 76 on Lumina Avenue northbound in Wrightsville Beach. It was removed sometime before 2013. Photo taken 05/29/05.
U.S. 76 dog legs west from Lumina Avenue along Sunset Avenue to continue north along Waynick Boulevard. Photo taken 05/29/05.
Waynick Boulevard runs along side Banks Channel northward with four lanes to Causeway Boulevard. A reassurance marker for U.S. 76 stands near Iula Street. Photo taken 05/29/05.
U.S. 76 turns west from Waynick Boulevard onto Causeway Drive to cross Banks Channel. Causeway Drive links with Lumina Avenue north to U.S. 74 (Salisbury Street). Photo taken 05/29/05.
U.S. 74 U.S. 76 West
U.S. 74 & 76 west span the Intracoastal Waterway from Harbor Island across a bascule bridge. Photo taken 05/29/05.
The Wrightsville Beach Bridge along U.S. 74/76 was built in 1956. The 731 foot long span provides 20 feet of vertical clearance above the Intracoastal Waterway.1 Photo taken 05/29/05.
Upon descending from the Wrightsville Beach Bridge, U.S. 74-76 (Eastwood Road) enter the city of Wilmington. The two routes follow separate routes through the city, splitting 1.16 miles ahead at U.S. 17 (Military Cutoff Road). Photo taken 05/29/05.
U.S. 76 arcs westward along side U.S. 17 (Military Cutoff Road) to Wooster/Dawson Streets in central Wilmington. U.S. 74 remains northwest along Eastwood Road to U.S. 17 Business (Market Street) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway, an expressway completed in September 2005. Photo taken 05/29/05.
U.S. 17 South U.S. 76 West
U.S. 17 south & 76 west overlap 4.16 miles west from U.S. 74 (Eastwood Road) to U.S. 117 & N.C. 132 (South College Road). The two routes bend northward beyond College Road toward Downtown Wilmington. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Oleander Drive advances 2.41 miles west from U.S. 117/N.C. 132 (South College Road) to split into Wooster Street (westbound) and Dawson Street (eastbound). Photo taken 06/01/05.
U.S. 17 & 76 partition into a one-way couplet from Oleander Drive to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. These reassurance shields appear at the transition onto Wooster Street westbound. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Wooster Street intersects 17th Street north just after Oleander Drive. 16th and 17th Streets formerly carried U.S. 17 & 74 north from Dawson/Wooster Streets to Market Street (U.S. 17 Business). Photo taken 06/01/05.
Truck U.S. 17 followed Military Cutoff Road and Oleander Drive west to end at 16th Street in Wilmington. The realignment of U.S. 17 approved in 2015 overtook the former truck bypass, which was dropped in 2006. Photo taken 06/01/05.
U.S. 76 West
A pair of shield assemblies for the former U.S. 17/74/76 overlap lined Wooster Street west of 9th Street. These were removed by 2007. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Continuing west along Wooster Street, U.S. 17/76 approaches U.S. 421 south and U.S. 17 Business north at 3rd Street. Photo taken 06/01/05.
U.S. 421 spurs 21 miles south to Federal Point at Fort Fisher. U.S. 17 Business lines 3rd Street north eight blocks to Market Street at Downtown Wilmington. Photo taken 06/01/05.
U.S. 17 South U.S. 76 West U.S. 421 North
Wooster Street shifts onto an expressway west to the Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge. The lone shield assembly for U.S. 17-76-421 was posted just beyond 3rd Street. With completion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway in September 2005, U.S. 74 was relocated northward onto the Parsley Street Bridge. Photo taken 06/01/05.
A loop ramp joins the Cape Fear River Memorial Bridge westbound from Front Street. The lift bridge has a vertical clearance of 135 feet over the river, and it can be raised on signal 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The water is approximately 40 feet deep here, allowing large ships to navigate the river.2 Photo taken 06/01/05.
U.S. 421 departs from U.S. 17/76 west at the ensuing interchange on Eagle Island to combine with U.S. 74 and NC 133 north.
This sign bridge was removed by November 2016. Photo taken 06/01/05.
This signal regulates traffic crossing the lift bridge. The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge opened to traffic on October 1, 1969. Photo taken 06/01/05.
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Metal grading forms the road deck of the movable portion of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Drivers are cautioned of potential slippery conditions during inclement weather. Photos taken 06/01/05.
After passing under the second tower, U.S. 17-76-421 westbound descends to dry land in Brunswick County. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Entering the trumpet interchange with U.S. 74 & N.C. 133 on U.S. 17-76-421. U.S. 421 follows a northeasterly trajectory from U.S. 74, paralleling I-40 between Wilmington and Greensboro, where the two routes meet. Beyond Greensboro, U.S. 421 generally trends west, exiting the Tarheel State northwest of Boone.
This sign was replaced by 2007 to reflect the addition of U.S. 74 east for U.S. 421 north. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Unlike U.S. 421, NC 133 is a local route that remains in the Wilmington area. NC 133 overlaps with U.S. 74 east across the Cape Fear River and west to Belville. The part of NC 133 between Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and College Road (NC 132) is the pre-2003 alignment of U.S. 117.
These overheads were replaced and their light fixtures removed by 2007. Photo taken 06/01/05.


 
Sources:
  1. US74, US76 over INTRACOASTAL W/W, New Hanover County, North Carolina. BridgeReports.com.


Photo Credits:

05/29/05, 06/01/05 by AARoads

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U.S. 17 Business - Wilmington
U.S. 74
U.S. 421

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