Interstate 85 Business (North Carolina)
Route of Business 85 highlighted in red
|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-long (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 I-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 I-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 I-85 in Greensboro.
Business 85 continues again from exit 120A of I-85, in Greensboro. Continuing a northeast direction, it connects with I-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 I-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, I-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 I-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, I-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
- Google (January 28, 2011). "I-85 Business in NC" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
- "North Carolina Memorial Highways and other Named Facilities" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. July 15, 2004. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- Google (April 17, 2014). "Temporary Interstate 85" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- 1970 North Carolina Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1970. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Uglybridges.com: US29&70/I-85 BUS LP over I-85". Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- 1979-80 North Carolina Transportation Map & Guide to Points of Interest (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1979. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
Route map: Bing
- Media related to Interstate 85 Business (North Carolina) at Wikimedia Commons
- NCRoads.com: I-85 Business
- NCRoads.com: I-85 Temp