Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I 74 High Point Bypass, Yadkin River Bridge

I 40 West, I 85 South, I 73 South, I 74 West to Cedar Square, I 74 East, US 64 West, US 29 South to Spencer, US 29 North, NC 14 North, NC 770 East, Berry Hill Road, US 58 Business West, US 58 East, NC 86 South, Churton Street, I 40 East, NC 86 South   to Chapel Hill 
Signage for I 73/74 upgrade is progressing. Exit numbers have been changed from exit 94 to exit 77, but the road is still signed as I 73/74 Future.
I 74 is open from US 220 to High Point. The I 73/74 interchange is completely signed as if I 73 goes north and I 73/74 goes south, but both roads are still signed Future.
The routing of NC 150/US 29/US 70 has been changed at the Yadkin River Bridge. Formerly, NC 150 multiplexed with I 85/US 29/52/70 from exit 183 to exit 182, where US 29/70/NC 150 exited directly onto the Yadkin River Bridge. Now that I 85/US 52 has been routed onto the new interstate bridges, exits 182 and 183 have been removed. Now, US 29/70 exits at exit 184 onto Hilltop Road, where NC 150 joins them. Hilltop Road runs adjacent to I 85/US 52 and then onto the Yadkin River Bridge. The new NC 150 routing has no multiplex with I 85 at all. Currently, Hilltop Road is being detoured on Sowers Road and Old Salisbury Road to the bridge. Eventually Hilltop Road will connect directly to the bridge. The northbound span of the bridge is currently carrying two way traffic for US 29/70/NC 150, while the southbound span of the bridge is being replaced. The northbound I-85 ramps at exit 184 are under construction, so there is a not well signed detour to get to northbound I-85/US 52. The detour takes Old Salisbury Road north from NC 150, past the former exit 185 (now removed) to exit 186. Old Salisbury Road is now closed west of NC 150, so there are two segments: the west segment used by the detour for Hilltop Road and the east segment used by the detour to I-85 north. 
Mileage on the new I 74 freeway.

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