Interstate 785

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Interstate 785 marker

Interstate 785
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 2.21 mi[1][2] (3.56 km)
Existed: 2013 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑40 / I‑85 / I‑85 Bus. in Greensboro, NC
North end: US 70 in Greensboro, NC
Location
States: North Carolina
Counties: NC: Guilford
Highway system
NC 772 NC I‑795

Interstate 785 (I-785) is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Currently traversing 2.21 miles (3.56 km) in eastern Guilford County, in concurrency with Interstate 840; when completed, it will connect Greensboro to Danville, Virginia.

Route description[edit]

I-785 begins at the interchange of I-40/I-85/I-85 Bus. Heading north, it connects with US 70, where it currently ends. The entire route is in concurrency with I-840.

Future corridor signs of I-785 are marked along US 29 between Greensboro and Danville.

SR 785 is the unsigned interim route number until I-785 is built to interstate standards.

History[edit]

The designation was approved in 1997 at the request of a coalition of counties in North Carolina and Virginia who saw it as a way of further developing that area's economy. Most of the route will use existing US 29 north of Greensboro; however, for a few miles I-785 will run between US 29 and its parent route, I-85 on the Greensboro Urban Loop, which will also carry the I-840 designation. Construction of this highway was due to begin in 2011. With the upgrade of the Danville Expressway to a four-lane route in 2004, the I-785 route in Virginia is complete (and has been given the interim designation SR 785), but US 29 still needs to be upgraded to Interstate standards in North Carolina between the Greensboro Loop and Reidsville before the route can be signed as an Interstate. Currently, there are no projects scheduled by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to do so. Given that in the spring of 2006 NCDOT put up mileposts and added numbers to some exit signs from Reidsville to the Virginia border reflecting US 29's mileage, an upgrade of this highway to an interstate does not seem to be in their immediate plans.[3][4]

On July 31, 2013, NCDOT got approval from the FHWA to co-sign the first section of I-785 with I-840 in eastern Guilford County, officially establishing I-785 in North Carolina.[5]

Future[edit]

In Greensboro, the eastern loop of the Greensboro Urban Loop, from US 70 to US 29, with an interchange at Huffine Mill Road, is currently in property acquisition. This section is planned to be a concurrency of I-840 and I-785. The estimated cost is $119 million, with date of construction to begin in 2014.[6][7]

After the Greensboro Urban Loop is completed, NCDOT and Greensboro DOT plan to an interchange for Cone Boulevard (SR2565). Plans for the interchange has existed since 2004; however, no time table or funding is available at this time.[8]

Roadway improvement and interchange upgrades Summit Avenue (SR2526)/Reedy Fork Parkway (SR2790) and Bryan Park Road (SR2641). Known as STIP Number R-4707, its estimated cost is $44.1 million, with no time table or funding at this time.

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Guilford Greensboro 0.0 0.0 I‑85 south – Charlotte Continuation as I-85
0.0 0.0 21 I‑40 / I‑85 north / I‑85 Bus. south – Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh East end of I-840 overlap
2.2 3.5 19 US 70 (Burlington Road) – Burlington, Greensboro Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Huffine Mill Road Future interchange (funded)[6]
Cone Boulevard Future interchange (unfunded)[8]
I‑840 west / US 29 south Future interchange (funded)[6]
  Hicone Road Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[6]
  Summit Avenue / Reedy Fork Parkway Upgrade to interstate standards (unfunded)
  NC 150 – Browns Summit Upgrade to interstate standards (unfunded)
  Benaja Road Upgrade to interstate standards (unfunded)
Rockingham  
US 29 Bus. north
Upgrade to interstate standards (unfunded)
Reidsville To US 158 west / NC 87 (Freeway Drive) – Reidsville, Burlington Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
Barnes Street – Reidsville Downtown Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
  US 158 / NC 14 (Freeway Drive) – Reidsville, Eden, Yanceyville Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
  Narrow Gauge Road Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
 
US 29 Bus. south to NC 87 north
Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
Ruffin Mayfield Road Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
Caswell   Law Road Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
  NC 700 (Shady Grove Road) – Eden Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
 
US 58 west / US 29 Bus. north – Danville, Martinsville
Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
  North CarolinaVirginia state line
City of Danville Corning Drive Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
Elizabeth Street Extended Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
SR 86 (Main Street) – Yanceyville, Chapel Hill Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
Goodyear Boulevard Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
River Park Drive – Dan Daniel Memorial Park Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate

US 58 east / US 360 / US 58 Bus. west – South Boston, Danville
Built to interstate standards, signed as future due to no current connection to interstate
US 29 north – Lynchburg Continuation as US 29
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google Inc. "Interstate 785". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=I-840+W&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&ll=36.072829,-79.678345&spn=0.057511,0.111494&sll=36.089529,-79.68991&sspn=0.014375,0.027874&geocode=FeY5JgIdGxZA-w%3BFfyvJgIdW-k_-w&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=16&t=p&z=14. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "I-840 Route Change (2011-09-02)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 2, 2011. p. 13. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "NCRoads.com: I-785". Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "I-785@Interstate-Guide.com". Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "I-785 Route Change (2013-07-31)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d "NCDOT: Greensboro Urban Loop". Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "NCDOT: Greensboro Easter Loop Hearing Map". Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Cone Boulevard Extension/Eastern Urban Loop Interchange" (PDF). Greensboro DOT & North Carolina DOT. August 17, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 

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