Interstate 40 in North Carolina

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Interstate 40 marker

Interstate 40
Route information
Maintained by North Carolina DOT
Length: 423.55 mi[1] (681.64 km)
Existed: 1956 – present
Major junctions
West end: I-40 at Tennessee state line
  I-26 / I-240 / US 74 in Asheville
I-240 / US 74A in Asheville
I-77 in Statesville
I-73 / US 421 in Greensboro
I-85 near Greensboro
I-540 / NC 540 in Durham
I-440 / US 1 / US 64 in Raleigh
I-95 near Benson
I-140 / US 17 near Wilmington
East end: US 117 / NC 132 in Wilmington
Counties: Haywood, Buncombe, McDowell, Burke, Catawba, Iredell, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Sampson, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover
Highway system
NC 39 NC 41

Interstate 40 runs 421 miles (678 km) through the state of North Carolina from the Tennessee state line in the west to its eastern terminus in Wilmington. Interstate 40 is the longest Interstate in North Carolina and is also one of the most major Interstates.

Route description[edit]

Interstate 40 enters North Carolina at the state line near Waterville. Interstate 40 immediately starts winding through the Pigeon River Gorge. Interstate 40 goes through a set of tunnels. When the tunnels opened in 1968 they were the first Interstate tunnels east of Mississippi River. Interstate 40 then goes down a steep grade for the next 16 miles. Just south of exit 7 Interstate 40 encounters another tunnel, this one is for eastbound traffic only. The tunnel goes through Hurricane Mountain.[2] The westbound lanes use a rock cut through hurricane mountain. A short distance after the tunnel is the North Carolina Welcome Center. Interstate 40 continues toward Asheville. Interstate 40 then merges with US 74 (Great Smoky Mountain Parkway). Interstate 40 and US 74 encounters the Interstate 26, Interstate 240 interchange in the southwestern part of the city. The interchange is the current western terminus of Interstate 240 and the historic terminus of Interstate 26. Interstate 40 then goes along the south side of Asheville, north of the Biltmore Estate towards Hickory.[3] Interstate 240 and Interstate 40 have another interchange before Interstate 40 leaves the Asheville area. Interstate 40 goes south of Black Mountain and Marion, and north of Conover. [4]When Interstate 40 enters Hickory it has a clover interchange with US 321.[5] Interstate 40 then heads south of Hickory and crosses Catawba River.[6] Interstate 40 enters Statesville north of the city. [7]It has major interchanges with US 64 and US 21 before utilizing a clover interchange with Interstate 77.[8] Interstate 40 heads northeast towards Winston-Salem passing Mocksville and Clemmons.[9]When Interstate 40 enters Winston-Salem it has another major interchange this time with US 421 and Interstate 40 Business. US 421 and Interstate 40 Business head north to go through downtown Winston-Salem while Interstate 40 goes just south of the city.[10] Interstate 40 has another clover interchange with US 52, US 311 and Future Interstate 74. [11]US 311 and Future Interstate 74 run a concurrency with Interstate 40 for 2.1 miles. US 311 and Future Interstate 74 exit off to the south while Interstate 40 heads back northeast to meet up with US 421 and Interstate 40 Business.[12] US 421 runs a concurrency with Interstate 40 into Greensboro. [13]

Through Greensboro[edit]

Interstate 40 enters the Greensboro area at the Interstate 73/US 421/ Interstate 840 interchange. This interchange is the east end of the US 421 concurrency with I-40 and is also the planned western terminus of Interstate 840. [2]From there Interstate 40 heads through southwestern Greensboro. Interstate 40 passes Wendover Place and Four Seasons Town Centre before having another large interchange with US 220.[14] 1 mile after the interchange with US 220 [15]Interstate 85 Business, US 70, and US 23 all merge into Interstate 40/US 220 for one large concurrency. The road is generally a 6 lane freeway through the entire concurrency between Interstate 40 and Interstate 85 Business. [16]

The six routes of Death Valley in 2007. US 421 has since been rerouted; the shield was removed in 2009.

This 2.5-mile (4.0 km) corridor with concurrent routes ends in the east at the U.S. Highway 29/70/220/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard junction. Both the beginning and ending interchanges of this corridor are quite unusual in design and are often operating at above full capacity, leading to frequent traffic jams and traffic incidents. [17]

I-40 through Greensboro officially bears the name Preddy Boulevard. The nickname "Death Valley" has been given to the area of Interstate 40 where Interstate 40 and Business Interstate 85 splits. The locals have given that area that name because of the high number of deaths due to car crashes in that area. [18][19] One major problem with the highway is that the U.S. 29/220/70 southbound lanes merge from the right, and exit to the left. Thus, through traffic on I-40 west and US 29 south (a major route from Virginia to Charlotte) must all merge to the other side of the freeway. A study conducted by state traffic engineers from May 1, 2006 to April 30, 2008 (the period between the I-85 relocation and I-40's relocation) concluded that "the Death Valley area" had an accident rate "higher than average for urban interstates... but the [route] was safe anyway."[20] There were no fatalities during the study period, but a large number of rear-end collisions.[20]

Interstate 40 merges with Interstate 85 east of Greensboro ending the Interstate 85 concurrency. Interstate 40 and Interstate 85 have a 31 mile concurrency through Guilford, Alamance, and Orange Counties. The concurrency section uses I-85 exit numbers instead of I-40 exit numbers. The section goes south of Elon, Burlington, Graham, and Mebane. Interstate 40 breaks ways from Interstate 85 at exit 163, south of Hillsborough.[21]

Through the Triangle[edit]

After Interstate 40 breaks away from Interstate 85 it heads in a very southeasterly direction towards Chapel Hill. I-40 parallels NC 86 until NC 86 crosses I-40 at exit 266. I-40 is routed along northern Chapel Hill and then through southern Durham. [22]Interstate 40 enters the Research Triangle area after an interchange with NC 147.[23] The Interstate varies in width, from 4 lanes to 8 lanes depending on the location. It serves as a major route between Raleigh, Cary and Durham (the other being US-70). After leaving the Research Triangle area Interstate 40 has an interchange with Interstate 540 near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. [24]Several Interstate 40 exits serve Raleigh-Durham including, Aviation Parkway, Airport Blvd, and Interstate 540. Interstate 40 continues to head southeast towards Downtown Raleigh. Interstate 40 is routed north of Cary and south of Umstead State Park. [25]At Wade Avenue Interstate 40 bears right to head south. US 1, US 64, Interstate 440, and Interstate 40. Interstate 40 then runs a concurrency with US 64 along the south side of Raleigh before merging to the right to head toward Benson.

Eastern North Carolina[edit]

Interstate 40 heads in a very southern direction until the interchange with I-95. Within 5 miles from Raleigh, Interstate 40 has another concurrency with US 70. US 70 follows I-40 until the Clayton Bypass (exit 309).[26] Interstate 40 continues south with exits at NC 42, NC 210, and NC 242. Interstate 40 then has an interchange with Interstate 95 near Benson, North Carolina.[27] Interstate 40 then runs south towards Clinton an Warsaw. [28]Starting near Faison Interstate 40 runs parallel with US 117 and this continues through the rest of the route.[29] Most of the surrounding area of I-40 in Eastern North Carolina are rural so traffic is somewhat down on this section of I-40. A rest area exists off NC 24 in Warsaw. The median of Interstate 40 widens to put the rest area between the eastbound and westbound lanes. [30] Interstate 40 passes the Duplin Winery in Duplin County. [31]As Interstate 40 nears Wilmington it passes Burgaw and then crosses the NE Cape Fear River.[32] Interstate 40 has an interchange with Interstate 140/US 17. As Interstate 40 nears its terminus the speed limit is set down to 55, instead of 70 which is in place from Garner on. Exit 420 is the last exit on Interstate 40 before its terminus on US 117/NC 132[33]

Dedicated and memorial names[edit]

I-40 in North Carolina feature a few dedicated or memorialized stretches of freeway.

  • Blue Star Memorial Highway – Unofficial North Carolina honorary name of Interstate 40 throughout the state.[34]
  • Dan K. Moore Freeway – Official North Carolina name of Interstate 40 from the Research Triangle Park, in Durham County, to Tom Bradshaw Freeway, in Wake County (approved: 11/8/1985).[35]
  • Henry L. Stevens, Jr. Highway – Official North Carolina name of Interstate 40 from mile marker 357 to mile marker 371, in Duplin County (approved: 6/2/2000).[35]
  • John Motley Morehead, III Freeway – Official North Carolina name of Interstate 40 from US 15-US 501 to the Research Triangle Park, in Durham County(approved: 9/10/1987).[35]
  • Sam Hunt Freeway – Official North Carolina name of Interstates 40/85 from the Guilford-Alamance county line to one mile east of NC 54, in Graham (approved: 9/5/1997).[35]
  • Tobacco Road – Informal name given by college sports fans, because Interstate 40 links four schools in the ACC.[36]
  • Trooper David H. Dees Memorial Bridge – Official North Carolina name of bridge over Rockfish Creek on Interstate 40 (approved: 1/9/2003).[35]
  • Michael Jordan Freeway-Is signed once on west Interstate 40 coming out of Wilmington


I-40/85 through Burlington


Construction on I-40 through North Carolina officially began in 1956 along the Pigeon River in Haywood County. This would be the first section of I-40 to be built anywhere in the country. This section was completed in 1968, and was among the first Interstate Highway tunnels east of the Mississippi River. Construction continued through the 1950s and 1960s, with much of the interstate being constructed in the 1960s.

The Durham Freeway began with a 1962 bond referendum.[37] The first section of the road, completed in 1970 around downtown Durham, was designated Interstate 40.[citation needed] The road was later extended west to Erwin Road and southward to where it now meets the current I-40, but the decision was made for I-40 to bypass Durham.[37]

In 1971, the North Carolina State Highway Commission approved a plan to extend I-40 from Research Triangle Park to Interstate 95, a distance of 41 miles, at a cost of $75 million. Most of the highway would be four lanes, though six lanes were likely near Raleigh, where I-40 would extend the Beltline. Several routes were being considered, but at the time, the most likely route would have ended north of Smithfield.[38]

For 15 years, Orange County opposed I-40. The county dropped its lawsuit in 1983.[39] By 1985, the $103 million 22-mile (35 km) project, connecting Research Triangle Park with I-85, was under way.[40] The section between U.S. 15-501 and New Hope Church Road opened in September 1988.[41] Late in 1988, the final 4.2 miles (6.8 km) of I-40 between I-85 and Raleigh opened.[39]

Barstow, Calif. distance sign, as seen from I-40 in Wilmington, NC.

Also in 1988, Gov. James G. Martin announced federal approval of $114.1 million for I-40 to be relocated around Winston-Salem.[41]

By the end of 1988, widening an existing section of I-85, by this time also designated as I-40, to six lanes from Greensboro to Burlington was being considered.[42][43] This was later changed to eight lanes.[44]

Late in 1988, the final 4.2 miles (6.8 km) of I-40 between I-85 and Raleigh opened.[39] The plan was later changed to eight lanes. The $175 million project began in 1989. With the opening of a 2.3-mile (3.7 km) section in Alamance County on November 23, 1994, 21 miles (34 km) of I-85/I-40 were eight lanes. An additional 14 miles (23 km) were to be ready by 1996, giving the interstate eight lanes all the way to where I-40 turned southward at Hillsborough.[45]

The last portion of I-40 to be completed, between Raleigh and Wilmington, was opened on June 29, 1990, by Governor Martin. Much of Martin's election campaign in the mid-1980s was hinged on opening this section for the sake of improving access to the North Carolina State Port at Wilmington.

A standard distance sign near the start of the westbound section of I-40 in Wilmington indicates the distance to Barstow, California, as 2,554 miles (4,110 km).

Original Triangle Routing[edit]

Originally, I-40 carried a very different route through the Triangle. When the NCDOT planned to extend I-40 to Raleigh, they planned to route it through Durham on the current NC-147. It continued on its current alignment to the Wade Avenue intersection, but continued onto Wade Avenue freeway and ended at US 1. However, a series of problems in building the freeway through downtown Durham and around the Duke University campus caused the state to reroute I-40 through rural Orange County and southern Durham. The partially completed route through Durham was renumbered NC-147 and eventually completed in the mid 1990s. In Cary, I-40 was rerouted to its current alignment in the mid 1980s, leaving the current Wade Avenue "stub".

Rockslides in the Pigeon River Gorge[edit]

The first section of I-40 in North Carolina is the section that travels through the Pigeon River Gorge in Haywood County. Known locally as simply "The Gorge", this part of I-40 cuts a path from the Tennessee state line to Waynesville. This section of the interstate is fairly curvy and tends to become a bit narrow in some places when compared to other portions of the highway. Because much of the road was cut through mountainside, concrete retaining walls have been built on both sides of the road and in the median, cutting down on the width of the breakdown lanes. Coupled with speeding vehicles, the extremely thick fog that tends to plague the area, and little room to maneuver in case of accident, this area has become notorious for its severe and many times fatal accidents. It is reported that a person is 20 times as likely to die on I-40 in Haywood County than they would be to win the Powerball lottery, which equals to be twice the average of any other Interstate Highway in North Carolina.[46]

Even some minor accidents have been known to tie up traffic in this area, because there is little room to move accidents off or to the side of the road with the terrain. Speeding semi trucks have been a problem in the gorge and have subsequently led to many accidents. In 2002 and 2003, two state troopers were killed in two separate accidents by speeding trucks that drifted off the road and hit their police car conducting a traffic stop. This led the North Carolina Highway Patrol to crack down on speeding tractor trailers and speeders in general through the area.

This portion of the highway is also notorious for rockslides and rocks falling onto the highway. The main cause is an engineering flaw, in that sections of the highway have been built on the north side of the Pigeon River, where the rock strata foliate towards the highway.

In 1985, a severe rockslide buried the westbound entrance to one of two tunnels that carry the highway through the gorge. Repair of the slide area and the tunnel required shifting westbound traffic to the eastbound tunnel, while eastbound traffic was diverted onto a temporary viaduct around the tunnels.

In July 1997, a rockslide near the Tennessee state line closed the road for nearly six months.[47]

On October 25, 2009, a major rockslide, including boulders described as the size of houses, blocked the highway completely at mile marker 2.6. The section reopened with westbound traffic restricted to one lane on April 25, 2010.[48] Trucks wider than 12 feet (3.7 m) are still prohibited through the slide area, and must still use the I-26 and I-81 detour.[49]

On January 31, 2012 a rockslide occurred early morning near mile marker 451 in Tennessee, approximately 1 mile from the border. All westbound traffic was closed down and from exit 20 (US 276), except for local traffic. The official detour for westbound traffic is to use I-240/I-26 and I-81. It was estimated to take two weeks to clear and stabilize the area; eastbound traffic from Tennessee is unaffected.[50][51][52]

On February 3, 2012, another rockslide blocked the westbound lanes (only) at mile marker 7. These lanes had already been closed because of a rockslide a short distance west in Tennessee.[53][54] On February 5, westbound traffic was reopened along the route, with one lane open at the rockslide location on the Tennessee side.[55]

Greensboro I-40 relocation[edit]

Map showing changes made to I-40's routing between 2004 and 2008

In February 2008, Interstate 40 was rerouted onto the new Greensboro Urban Loop. The former path of I-40 became Business Loop I-40.[citation needed]

NCDOT received many complaints by local residents and motorists on the confusion between mainline Interstate 40 and Business 40, which used a shield differing only in color from the mainline I-40. Greensboro residents also had concerns with the resulting increased traffic. On September 12, 2008, seven months after the initial switch, NCDOT officials got permission from the FHWA to restore Interstate 40 back to its original route through the city, decommission Business Interstate 40, and leave I-73 and I-85 as the only interstates signed along the loop with US 421. Exit numbers on the I-40 part of the Loop that ran with I-73 will be replaced with I-73 exit numbers from the I-85/US 220 southern interchange around the loop to the western I-40 interchange. US 421 was officially rerouted to replace most of I-40 around Greensboro.[56]

Work on re-signing the Loop and the former Business 40 began on May 8, 2009, with the exception of the eastern I-40/85 interchange, where signs were changed in the fall of 2008.[57][56] The re-signing project was completed on July 1, 2009.[58]

The current alignment of I-40 is four miles (6 km) shorter than the 2008 Urban Loop routing,[20] and is a quicker route for any vehicle consistently traveling at the posted speed limits.


In Statesville, the I-40/I-77 interchange (exit 152) is planned for major upgrade[when?] in three phases: reconstruction of nearby intersections on both interstates, reconstruction and widening of I-40/I-77 interchange, and construction of fly-overs at interchange. The estimated cost for the entire project is $251 million with construction to begin in March 2012. It will replace the current interchange, which was built in the late 1960s.[59][60][61]

A widening project along Interstate 40 is in development stage, between mile markers 259 and 279, in Orange and Durham counties. The estimated cost is $18 million, with date of construction to begin February 2019. However, it is currently flagged by NCDOT as "Subject to Reprioritization."[62]

A widening project along Interstate 40 is in development stage, between mile markers 301 and 312, in Wake and Johnston counties. The estimated costs have yet to be determined. Property acquisition is to start late 2013 thru 2015.[63]

A project on the lower segments of the Beltline in Raleigh is aimed at replacing the old asphalt on I 40 and I 440 between the I 440 US 64 US 264 interchange south along I 440 to the I 40 interchange and along I 40 to the US 1/ US 64/ I 440 interchange. The project is named Fortify. It is currently going on along the I 440 segment.[when?]

Auxiliary routes in North Carolina[edit]

Interstate City Type Notes
Business Loop 40.svg Interstate 40 Business Winston-Salem Business loop Freeway grade throughout
I-140.svg Interstate 140 Wilmington Spur Partially constructed
I-240.svg Interstate 240 Asheville Business loop
I-440.svg Interstate 440 Raleigh Beltway
I-540.svg Interstate 540 Raleigh Spur/Beltway Designated along the Northern Wake Freeway
I-840.svg Interstate 840 Greensboro Beltway Partially completed northern bypass, under construction

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile km Exit Destinations Notes
Haywood State line 0.00 0.00 I-40 west – Knoxville
  7 Cold Springs Creek Road – Harmon Den
  15 Fines Creek Road
Cove Creek 20 US 276 south – Waynesville, Maggie Valley
  24 NC 209 – Lake Junaluska, Hot Springs
  27 US 19 / US 23 / US 74 west – Clyde, Waynesville West end of US 74 overlap
Canton 31 NC 215 – Canton
33 Newfound Road – Canton
Buncombe   37 Wiggins Road – Candler, East Canton
Asheville 44 US 19 / US 23 / US 74A east – West Asheville, Enka, Candler
46A I-26 / US 74 east – Hendersonville, Shelby East end of US 74 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
46B I-26 west / I-240 east – Asheville
47 NC 191 – West Asheville To Farmers Market
50 US 25 – South Asheville, Biltmore House Signed as exits 50A (south) and 50B (north) westbound
51 US 25A – Asheville
53A US 74A east / Blue Ridge Parkway – Bat Cave
53B I-240 west / US 74A west – East Asheville
55 To US 70 – East Asheville To VA Hospital
  59 Patton Cove Road – Swannanoa
Black Mountain 64 NC 9 – Black Mountain, Montreat
65 US 70 west – Black Mountain West end of US 70 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
  66 Dunsmore Avenue – Ridgecrest
McDowell Old Fort 72 US 70 east – Old Fort East end of US 70 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
73 Catawaba Avenue – Old Fort
75 Parker Padgett Road
Marion 81 Sugar Hill Road – Marion
83 Ashworth Road
85 US 221 – Marion, Rutherfordton
86 NC 226 – Marion, Shelby
  90 Harmony Grove Road – Nebo, Lake James
Burke   94 Dysartsville Road
  96 Kathy Road
Glen Alpine 98 Causby Road – Glen Alpine
100 Jamestown Road / Dixie Boulevard – Glen Alpine
Morganton 103 US 64 – Morganton, Rutherfordton
104 Enola Road
105 NC 18 – Morganton, Shelby
  106 Bethel Road
  107 NC 114 – Drexel
Valdese 111 Abees Grove Church Road / Milestone Avenue – Valdese
112 Mineral Springs Mountain Road – Valdese
Rutherford College 113 Rutherford College Road / Malcom Boulevard – Connelly Springs To Rutherford College
Icard 116 Old NC 10 – Icard
Hildebran 118 Old NC 10
119 Henry River Road / Center Street – Henry River, Hildebran Signed as exits 119A (Henry River) and 119B (Hildebran) eastbound
Catawba Long View 121 33rd Street – Long View
Hickory 123
A: US 321 south to NC 127 – Lincolnton, Gastonia
B: US 321 north to US 70 / NC 127 – Hickory, Lenoir
Signed as exits 123A (south) and 123B (north)
125 Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard – Hickory Access to Lenoir-Rhyne University
126 To US 70 – Hickory, Newton
Conover 128 Fairgrove Church Road To Hickory Motor Speedway
130 Old US 70
132 NC 16 – Newton, Conover, Taylorsville
133 Rock Barn Road
Claremont 135 Oxford Street – Claremont
Catawba 138 NC 10 west (Oxford School Road) – Catawba
Iredell   141 Sharon School Road
  144 Old Mountain Road – West Iredell
  146 Stamey Farm Road
Statesville 148 US 64 / NC 90 – West Statesville, Taylorsville
150 NC 115 – Downtown Statesville, North Wilkesboro
151 US 21 – East Statesville, Harmony
A: I-77 south – Charlotte
B: I-77 north – Elkin, Mount Airy
Signed as exits 152A (south) and 152B (north)
153 US 64 – Statesville Permanently closed as of October 1, 2012; was an eastbound exit and westbound entrance[64][65]
154 US 64 (Old Mocksville Road)
  162 US 64
Davie Mocksville 168 US 64 – Mocksville
170 US 601 – Mocksville, Yadkinville
  174 Farmington Road
  180 NC 801 – Bermuda Run, Tanglewood
Forsyth Clemmons 182 Harper Road – Tanglewood, Bermuda Run
184 Lewisville–Clemmons Road – Lewisville, Clemmons
Winston-Salem 188 I-40 Bus. east / US 421 – Downtown Winston-Salem, Yadkinville, Wilkesboro No access from I-40 east to US 421 south
189 US 158 (Stratford Road)
190 Hanes Mall Boulevard Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
192 NC 150 (Peters Creek Parkway) – Downtown Winston-Salem
193C Silas Creek Parkway, South Main Street Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
A: US 52 / NC 8 south – Lexington, Midway
B: US 52 / US 311 / NC 8 north – Mount Airy, Walkertown, Stanleyville
North end of US 311 overlap; signed as exits 193A (south) and 193B (north)
195 NC 109 / Clemmonsville Road – Thomasville
196 I-74 east / US 311 south – High Point South end of US 311 overlap
Kernersville 201 Union Cross Road
203 NC 66 / Regional Road – Kernersville, High Point
Guilford   206 I-40 Bus. north / US 421 – Kernersville, Downtown Winston-Salem North end of US 421 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Greensboro 208 Sandy Ridge Road
210 NC 68 – High Point, Piedmont Triad International Airport
211 Gallimore Dairy Road
212 I-73 / US 421 south / To Bryan Boulevard – Asheboro East end of US 421 overlap; signed as exits 212A (Bryan Boulevard) and 212B (I-73/US 421)
213 Guilford College Road
214 Wendover Avenue Signed as exits 214A (east) and 214B (west) eastbound
216 Patterson Street Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
217 High Point Road, Koury Boulevard
218 US 220 south to I-85 Bus. south / Freeman Mill Road – Asheboro West end of US 220 overlap; signed as exits 218A (US 220) and 218B (Freeman Mill Road)
219 I-85 Bus. south / US 29 south / US 70 west – Charlotte South end of US 29/I-85 Bus. and west end of US 70 overlap
220 Randleman Road
221 South Elm-Eugene Street – Downtown Greensboro
222 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
223 US 29 north / US 70 east / US 220 north – Reidsville North end of US 29//US 220 and east end of US 70 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
224 To US 29 north / US 220 north / East Lee Street To Bennett College, UNC Greensboro, A&T University and Greensboro College
226 McConnell Road
227 I-85 south to US 70 – Charlotte South end of I-85 and north end of I-85 Bus. overlap; hidden north I-785 and west I-840
I-40 overlaps with Interstate 85 (exits 131 to 163)
Orange Hillsborough 259 I-85 north – Durham North end of I-85 overlap
261 Old NC Highway 86 – Hillsborough
263 New Hope Church Road
266 NC 86 – Chapel Hill, Hillsborough
Durham Chapel Hill 270
A: US 15 / US 501 south – Chapel Hill
B: US 15 / US 501 north – Durham
Signed as exits 270A (south) and 270B (north)
273 NC 54 – Chapel Hill, Durham Signed as exits 273A (west) and 273B (east) westbound
Durham 274 NC 751 – Jordan Lake
276 Fayetteville Road  – Southpoint, North Carolina Central University
278 NC 55 to NC 54 – Apex
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A: NC 147 south (Triangle Expressway) – Morrisville
B: NC 147 north (Durham Freeway) – Downtown Durham
Signed as exits 279A (Toll NC 147 South) and 279B (NC 147 North)
  280 Davis Drive
Durham 281 Miami Boulevard
282 Page Road
283 I-540 east / NC 540 west to US 1 to US 70  – North Raleigh Signed westbound as exits 283A (East I-540) and 283B (West NC 540)
Wake Morrisville 284 Airport Boulevard – RDU International Airport Signed eastbound as exits 284A (west) and 284B (east)
Cary 285 Aviation Parkway  – Morrisville, RDU International Airport
287 Harrison Avenue – Cary
Raleigh 289 To I-440 / US 1 north / Wade Avenue – Downtown Raleigh To PNC Arena, Carter–Finley Stadium, State Fairgrounds, NCSU Veterinary College, and NC Museum of Art
290 NC 54 – Cary
291 Cary Towne Boulevard – Cary
A: US 1 south / US 64 west – Cary, Asheboro
B: I-440 east / US 1 north – Raleigh, Wake Forest
West end of US 64 overlap; signed as exits 293A (south/west) and 293B (north/east)
295 Gorman Street
297 Lake Wheeler Road
A: US 70 east / US 401 south / NC 50 east (S. Saunders Street South) – Garner
B: US 70 east / US 401 north / NC 50 west – Downtown Raleigh
Signed as exits 298A (east/south) and 298B (west/north)
299 Hammond Road, Person Street
300 Rock Quarry Road
301 I-440 west / US 64 east – Knightdale East end of US 64 overlap; Eastbound exit is a left exit
  303 Jones Sausage Road
Garner 306
US 70 west / US 70 Bus. east – Garner, Clayton
West end of US 70 overlap; signed as exits 306A (west) and 306B (east) westbound
309 US 70 east – Smithfield, Goldsboro East end of US 70 overlap
Johnston   312 NC 42 – Clayton, Fuquay-Varina
  319 NC 210 – Smithfield, Angier, McGee Crossroads
Benson 325 NC 242 south to US 301 – Benson
A: I-95 south – Dunn, Fayetteville
B: I-95 north – Smithfield, Wilson
Signed as exits 328A (south) and 328B (north)
  334 NC 96 – Peacocks Crossroads, Smithfield
Sampson Newton Grove 341 NC 50 / NC 55 – Newton Grove, Dunn, Benson
343 US 701 – Clinton, Newton Grove
  348 Suttontown Road – Suttontown
  355 NC 403 – Faison
Duplin Warsaw 364
NC 24 west / NC 24 Bus east to NC 50 – Warsaw, Clinton
West end of NC 24 overlap
369 US 117 – Warsaw, Magnolia
Magnolia 373 NC 24 east / NC 903 – Magnolia, Kenansville, Beulaville East end of NC 24 overlap
  380 Charity Road – Rose Hill, Greenevers
Wallace 384 NC 11 – Wallace, Greenevers, Kenansville
385 NC 41 – Wallace, Chinquapin, Beulaville
Pender Burgaw 390 US 117 – Wallace, Burgaw
398 NC 53 – Burgaw, Jacksonville
408 NC 210 – Hampstead, Rocky Point, Topsail Island
New Hanover Castle Hayne 414 Holly Shelter Road – Castle Hayne, Hampstead
A: I-140 west / US 17 south – Bolivia, Shallotte
B: US 17 north – Hampstead, Topsail Island
Signed as exits 416A (west/south) and 416B (north)
Wilmington 420 US 117 north / NC 132 north – Castle Hayne
Gordon Road – Ogden
Signed as exits 420A (Gordon Road) and 420B (US 117/NC 132) westbound
423.55 681.64 US 117 south / NC 132 south – State Port, Carolina Beach Continuation as US 117/NC 132
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


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