Interstate 85 Business (North Carolina)

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Interstate 85 Business marker

Interstate 85 Business
Route information
Length: 43.5 mi[1] (70.0 km)
Existed: 1984 – present
Major junctions
South end: I‑85 / US 29 / US 52 / US 70 near Lexington
 

I‑74 / US 311 in High Point
I‑73 / I‑85 / US 421 in Greensboro

I‑40 / US 29 / US 70 / US 220 in Greensboro
North end: I‑40 / I‑85 near McLeansville
Location
Counties: Davidson, Randolph, Guilford
Highway system

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.

Route description[edit]

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.

Southern section[edit]

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.

Northern section[edit]

I-40 and I-85 Business overhead sign 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[edit]

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.[2]


History[edit]

Map the various routing changes in Greensboro between 2004 and 2008.

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[edit]


Interstate 85 Temporary
Location: Lexington-Greensboro, NC
Length: 30.8 mi[3] (49.6 km)
Existed: 1961–1984

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.[4] 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.[5][6] In 1984, Interstate 85 was completed on new primary routing between Lexington and Greensboro; Temp I-85 was replaced by I-85 Business.

Exit list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
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
Guilford 20.7 33.3 Prospect Street
21.6 34.8 West Green Drive
22.4 36.0 Surrett 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
25.5 41.0 Baker Road
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
32.6 52.5 120A
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
33.5 53.9 34 Holden Road
34.3 55.2 35
A-B
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
42.5 68.4 226 McConnell Road
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google Inc. "I-85 Business in NC". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=I-85+BUS+N&daddr=35.8581797,-80.1897887+to:I-40+E%2FI-85+BUS+N&hl=en&geocode=FRHKIQIdtEU2-w%3BFQMnIwIdpGY4-yndXlmhq5hTiDF4_uvCOyvyTA%3BFdI5JgIdCSRA-w&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=2&sz=15&via=1&sll=36.057738,-79.685683&sspn=0.025916,0.055747&ie=UTF8&ll=35.931873,-79.95369&spn=0.415321,0.891953&z=11. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
  2. ^ "North Carolina Memorial Highways and other Named Facilities" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. July 15, 2004. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ Google Inc. "Temporary Interstate 85". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=I-85BUS+N&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&ll=35.913523,-80.040894&spn=0.484375,0.891953&sll=35.984795,-79.884982&sspn=0.015123,0.027874&geocode=FW_JIQIdu0M2-w%3BFcglJQIdxis9-w&t=p&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=16&z=11. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  4. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation (1970) (PDF). 1970 North Carolina Official Highway Map (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. http://dotw-xfer01.dot.state.nc.us/imgdot/DOTStateTravelMapHistoric/STM1970.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  5. ^ "Uglybridges.com: US29&70/I-85 BUS LP over I-85". Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation (1979) (PDF). 1979-80 North Carolina Transportation Map & Guide to Points of Interest (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. http://dotw-xfer01.dot.state.nc.us/imgdot/DOTStateTravelMapHistoric/STM1980.pdf. Retrieved April 17, 2014.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing