Interstate 85 Business (North Carolina)
|Length:||43.5 mi (70.0 km)|
|Existed:||1984 – present|
|South end:||I‑85 / US 29 / US 52 / US 70 near Lexington|
|I‑40 / US 29 / US 70 / US 220 in Greensboro|
|North end:||I‑40 / I‑85 near McLeansville|
|Counties:||Davidson, Randolph, Guilford|
In the U.S. state of North Carolina, Interstate 85 Business (commonly known as "Business 85") is a 43.5-mile (70.0 km) business loop of Interstate 85; which serves several cities in the Piedmont Triad.
Business 85 is known widely as having two sections that appears split by I-85 in Greensboro; it is actually one continuous route that is simply hidden on the 2-mile (3.2 km) stretch of I-85. For almost the entire route, US 29 and US 70 are cosigned.
Business 85 begins from exit 87 of Interstate 85, just south of Lexington. It travels along US 52 north then splits from it at exit 87. Becoming a semi-limited expressway, it travels through Lexington with a short concurrency with US 64. Once past Lexington, the road becomes a more typical expressway, with at grade intersections with some controlled interchanges throughout the rest of the southern section. Business 85 goes at a northeast direction, parallel to Interstate 85 further south, as it goes through Thomasville and High Point. It makes a unique intersection with I-74/US 311 by having a full interchange, but with at-grade intersections at the ramps. After 30 miles (48 km), Business 85 merges with Interstate 85 in Greensboro.
Business 85 continues again from exit 120A of Interstate 85, in Greensboro. Continuing a northeast direction, it connects with Interstate 40 at a location commonly nicknamed as "Death Valley"; creating a rarely seen concurrency of an interstate highway and a business loop signed together. Overlapped with I-40, it goes east until it meets Interstate 85 for a third time near McLeansville, where it ends. The entire northern section is 6-lane freeway grade; though because it goes through the city of Greensboro, travelers can anticipate typical weekday rush hour slow downs (7:00-9:30 a.m./4:00-6:30 p.m.).
Dedicated and memorial names
I-85 Business features one dedicated stretch of freeway.
- Preddy Boulevard – Official North Carolina name of I-85 Business, from mile marker 33-36, in Greensboro. It is named after the Preddy Brothers (one of which is George Preddy), for their outstanding service in World War II.
Established in 1984, I-85 Business was a replacement of Temp I-85, from Lexington to Greensboro, when Interstate 85 was completed on an east parallel routing. It also had a complete concurrency with US 29/US 70. In 2005, Interstate 85 was redirected southeast around Greensboro along the Greensboro Urban Loop; its old route through Greensboro became an extension of I-85 Business. With an hidden overlap along I-85 between exits 118-120A, it continues to north then east through Greensboro, with a shared concurrency with Interstate 40 (which briefly became I-40 Business, from February-September, 2008).
Temporary Interstate 85
|Length:||30.8 mi (49.6 km)|
Temporary Interstate 85 (Temp I-85) was established by 1961 as a temporary designation that directed travelers along US 29/US 70, from the Yadkin River to Greensboro. In 1977, a flyover bridge was completed (dubbed "bridge over nothing," it later became part of I-85 exit 87), truncating Temp I-85 south-end near Lexington. In 1984, Interstate 85 was completed on new primary routing between Lexington and Greensboro; Temp I-85 was replaced by I-85 Business.
|Davidson||Lexington||0.0||0.0||—||I‑85 south / US 29 south / US 52 south / US 70 west – Salisbury, Charlotte||Continuation as I-85/US 29/US 52/US 70; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|1.0||1.6||84||NC 47 east to I‑85 north – Linwood||To Davidson County Airport|
|1.9||3.1||85||Green Needles Road|
|3.1||5.0||86||Salisbury Road – Downtown Lexington|
|4.4||7.1||87||US 52 north – Winston-Salem||North end of US 52 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|5.1||8.2||Old US 64|
|5.6||9.0||US 64 west – Mocksville||West end of US 64 overlap|
|6.6||10.6||NC 8 (Winston Road) – Lexington, Winston-Salem|
|7.3||11.7||US 64 east – Asheboro||East end of US 64 overlap|
|Thomasville||14.7||23.7||Lexington Avenue – Thomasville||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|17.1||27.5||NC 109 (Salem Street) – Thomasville, Winston-Salem|
|18.7||30.1||NC 68 (National Highway) – Thomasville, West High Point||To Piedmont Triad International Airport|
|Randolph||High Point||20.0||32.2||Old Thomasville Road – High Point|
|21.6||34.8||West Green Drive|
|23.1||37.2||Main Street – High Point|
|24.5||39.4||I‑74 / US 311 / Brentwood Street – Winston-Salem, Asheboro||Brentwood Street has a separate exit northbound; three-level diamond interchange|
|26.6||42.8||Kivett Drive – East High Point|
|Greensboro||29.2||47.0||Vickery Chapel Road / Guildford College Road – Jamestown|
|30.7||49.4||118||I‑85 south – Salisbury, Charlotte||South end of I-85 overlap|
|31.7||51.0||119||Groometown Road to Grandover Parkway||Southbound exit incorporated with exit 33|
| I‑85 north / US 421 south to I‑40 east – Durham, Sanford
I‑73 north / US 421 north to I‑40 west / Groometown Road – Winston-Salem
|North end of I-85 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
|A: US 220 south to I‑73 south – Asheboro
B: US 220 north to I‑40 west – Coliseum Area
|No southbound exit 35B|
|34.9||56.2||35C||Rehobeth Church Road / Vandalia Road|
|35.8||57.6||219||I‑40 west / US 220 south – Winston-Salem||West end of I-40 overlap; no northbound exit|
|36.0||57.9||220||Randleman Road||Left southbound entrance|
|36.6||58.9||221||South Elm-Eugene Street – Downtown Greensboro|
|37.8||60.8||222||Martin Luther King Jr. Drive|
|38.1||61.3||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|
|40.1||64.5||224||To US 29 north / US 220 north / East Lee Street||To Bennett College, UNC Greensboro, A&T University and Greensboro College|
|42.9||69.0||227||I‑85 south to US 70 – Charlotte||Hidden north I-785 and west I-840|
|43.5||70.0||—||I‑40 east / I‑85 north – Raleigh, Durham||Continuation as I-40/I-85|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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- Media related to Interstate 85 Business (North Carolina) at Wikimedia Commons
- NCRoads.com: I-85 Business
- NCRoads.com: I-85 Temp