U.S. Route 74

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U.S. Route 74 marker

U.S. Route 74
Route information
Length: 515 mi[2][1] (829 km)
Existed: 1927[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I-24 at Chattanooga, TN
  I-75 at Cleveland, TN
US 23 / US 441 at Dillsboro, NC
I‑40 near Asheville, NC
I‑26 at Columbus, NC
I‑85 at Kings Mountain, NC
I‑77 / US 21 at Charlotte, NC
US 1 in Rockingham, NC
US 15 / US 401 / US 501 at Laurinburg, NC
I‑95 / US 301 at Lumberton, NC
US 17 at Wilmington, NC
East end: Wrightsville Beach, NC
Highway system

SR 73 TN I-75
NC 73 NC NC 75

U.S. Route 74 is an east–west United States highway that runs for 515 miles (829 km) from

In the U.S. state of Tennessee and North Carolina, U.S. Route 74 (US 74) is an east–west highway that travels from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Predominantly in North Carolina, it serves as an important highway from the mountains to the sea, connecting the cities of Asheville, Charlotte and Wilmington.

Route description[edit]

Lengths
  mi km
TN 63.0 101.4
NC 451.8 727.1
Total 514.8 828.5

Tennessee[edit]

Since US-74's introduction in 1987, it plays second fiddle to I-75 and US-64. The 63-mile (101 km) route travels from the I-24/I-75 interchange, in Chattanooga, northeast to Cleveland, where it then continues east, along with US-64, to the North Carolina state line.[3] The highway is predominantly freeway or expressway grade four-lane, except between Ocoee and Ducktown, where it is a curvy two-lane mountain highway along the Ocoee River.

TDOT's signage for US-74 is poor. Most highways that cross US-74 will typically only list I-75 or US-64 instead; I-75 completely ignores US-74 along its route, even ignores US-74 at their intersection, showing instead a connector to US-64.

North Carolina[edit]

The Charlotte Skyline from Independence Freeway
I-277/US 74 directional signs at Stonewall Street, in Charlotte

From the Tennessee state line, US 74 traverses across the southern portion of the state, connecting the major cities Asheville, Charlotte, and Wilmington, for a total of 451.8 miles (727.1 km).

In western North Carolina, US 74 enters the state with a concurrency with US 64. Routed along on pre-existing highways in the region, specifically the: Appalachian Highway (at-grade expressway, except in the Nantahala Gorge) and the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway (controlled-access freeway, which is broken in three sections along the route); it share a revolving door of concurrency changes with US 19, US 129, US 441 and US 23. The alternating named highway (depending on grade of road) is considered the commercial back-bone and main truck route of Western North Carolina, connecting the cities of Murphy, Andrews, Bryson City, Cherokee, Sylva, and Waynesville. In or around October, the fall colors create an influx of more tourists in the region. In the winter months, the highway is the first to be salted and plowed; however, both the Nantahala Gorge and Balsam Gap tend to get the most snow and/or ice in the region and should be traveled with care.

North of Clyde, US 74 merges with Interstate 40 and goes east, in concurrency, to Asheville. From there, it then goes southeast, in concurrency with Interstate 26 till Columbus, where it separates and continues east along a mostly controlled-access highway, except in Shelby, to Interstate 85, in Kings Mountain.

After crossing a unique weave intersection with Interstate 85, it joins with US 29 and travels through downtown Gastonia along Franklin Boulevard. East of Gastonia, it becomes Wilkinson Boulevard as it go through McAdenville, Cramerton and Belmont. After crossing the Lake Wylie/Catawba River, via Sloans Ferry Bridge, it enters Charlotte, with connections with Interstate 485 and Interstate 85/Charlotte Douglas International Airport, via Little Rock Road. In Center City, it splits with US 29 for Interstate 277 along the John Belk Freeway. East of Center City, it goes solo again along Independence Freeway/Boulevard to Matthews, where it connects again with Interstate 485.

Going southeast, it goes through Stallings, Indian Trail and Monroe, where it briefly overlaps with US 601, before cotinuing east again through Wingate, Marshville, Peachland, Polkton, Wadesboro and Lilesville.

Crossing the Pee Dee River and into the Sandhills region, US 74 meets up with Future Interstates 73/74, in Rockingham. After a future interchange near NC 38 that will end its overlap with Interstate 73, US 74/Future I-74 continues southeast, bypassing Laurinburg and Maxton. East of Maxton and through Lumberton, the highway is officially US 74/Interstate 74, before dropping back to Future I-74 west of Boardman; the concurrency with Future I-74 ends at Bolton, where a future interchange will split from US 74 to continue south towards South Carolina. This is one of only two instances (along with proposed I-41 in Wisconsin) of similarly-numbered U.S. and Interstate routes being designated on the same road.

Near Chadbourn, US 74 overlaps with US 76, which continue mostly together till Wrightsville Beach, where US 74 dead-ends north and US 76 dead-ends south. The highway connects the cities and towns of Whiteville, Lake Waccamaw, and Wilmington. The road through the Cape Fear region is flat, surrounded by parts of the Green Swamp.

ADHS corridors[edit]

US 74 overlaps with two corridors that are part of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), which is part of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Passed in 1965, the purpose of ADHS is to generate economic development in previously isolated areas, supplement the interstate system, connect Appalachia to the interstate system, and provide access to areas within the Region as well as to markets in the rest of the nation.[4]

Scenic byways[edit]

Nantahala Byway is an 43-mile (69 km) byway from Marble to Whittier; it is known for its scenic views of the Nantahala Gorge, The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and the whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River. US 74 overlaps 38 miles (61 km) of the byway from Marble to Bryson City. The byway also overlaps with US 19 and US 129.[7]

Dedicated and memorial names[edit]

A section of US 74 in Monroe, named in honor of U.S. Senator Jesse Helms

US 74 features several dedicated bridges and stretches of highway throughout its route.

  • American Indian Highway – official North Carolina name of the 19 miles (31 km) section of US 74/I-74 in Robeson County (mile marker 191-213). It is named to honor the large American Indian population in Robeson County.[8]
  • Andrew Jackson Highway – Official North Carolina name of US 74 throughout the state, except in Robeson County (it is still named along the old sections of US 74 now called US 74 Business and Alternate). It was established to honor of the seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson (approved: April 4, 1963).[9] Signage is found throughout the entire route, overlapping other official North Carolina dedicated sections.
  • C. Heide Trask Bridge – Official North Carolina name of bridge over the Inland Waterway, in Wrightsville Beach (approved: June 9, 1958).[9]
  • Cameron Morrison Bridge – Was an official North Carolina name of the first bridge and later westbound US 74 bridge, over the Pee Dee River. It was named in honor of Governor Morrison, who was a Richmond County native. The bridge, built in 1925, was dedicated to Morrison originally at an unknown date; in 1983, after the bridge was reconstructed to modern standards, it was rededicated to R.W. Goodman.[9]
  • Dean Arledge Memorial Highway – Official North Carolina name of US 74 between I-26 and NC 9, in Polk County (approved: March 3, 2000).[9]
  • G R Kindley Freeway – Official North Carolina name of US 74/I-74 along the Rockingham-Hamlet bypass. It is named in honor of the former mayor of Rockingham (approved: September 8, 2000).[9]
  • Herman H. West Bridge – Official North Carolina name of bridge over the Valley River, in Cherokee County. It was dedicated in honor of the former state Senator and Representative (approved: September 8, 2000).[9]
  • Hezekiah Pridgen, Sr. Bridge – Official North Carolina name of bridge over US 701, in Columbus County (approved: August 4, 1995).[9]
  • James Archibald Hardison Bridge – Official North Carolina name of the eastbound US 74 bridge, over the Pee Dee River. It is named in honor of the former Highway Commissioner and member of the Highway Commission under three governors, from 1933-1937 and 1953-1961 (approved: December 30, 1958).[9]
  • J. Ollie Harris Highway – Official North Carolina name of US 74 Bypass at Kings Mountain (approved: October 3, 1997).[9]
  • James Arthur Callahan Freeway – Official North Carolina name of a 2.7-mile (4.3 km) section of US 74/I-26 in Rutherford County (approved: May 10, 1992).[9]
  • John Belk Freeway - Official North Carolina name of US 74/I-277, from I-77/US 21 to Independence Boulevard, in Uptown Charlotte. It is named in honor of John M. Belk, who was mayor of Charlotte from 1969-1977 (approved: September 11, 1981).[9]
  • R.W. Goodman Bridge – Official North Carolina name of the westbound US 74 bridge, over the Pee Dee River. It is named in honor of the former Richmond County sheriff (approved: March 11, 1983).[9]
  • Senator Jesse Helms Freeway – Official North Carolina name of US 74 between US 601 to the Anson-Union County line (approved: January 8, 1993).[9]
  • Solon David Smart Memorial Highway – Official North Carolina name of highway from NC 120 to US 221A, in Rutherford County (approved: December 1, 2000).[9]
  • W Cliff Martin Highway – Official North Carolina name of US 74 from Union County line to Wadesboro, in Anson County (approved: May 2, 1997).[9]


History[edit]

Established as an original U.S. Route in late 1926, US 74 traversed from Asheville to Chadbourn, in North Carolina. It was extended eastward in late 1934 to Wilmington, replacing an old alignment of US 17.[10]

In 1936, US 74 was extended eastward again from Wilmington, via Market Street, to Wrightsville Beach, then going north on Lumina Avenue to its current eastern terminus. US 74 also spawned two alternate routes the same year, the first and shortest (0.14 miles (0.23 km)) in Leland, and a second in Shelby; which eventually replace all of US 74 through the downtown area by 1949 (later renamed US 74 Business in 1960).[10][11][12]

In 1937, US 74 was rerouted through Kings Mountain, replacing part of NC 7. Its old alignment became an alternate route, but was replaced a year later by both NC 161 and NC 274. This section would later become US 74 Business in 1984.[10][11][12]

By 1949, US 74 was on its first bypass around Rutherfordton, via Ruth; its former route becoming an alternate route (later renamed US 74 Business in 1960). In 1952, the first Monroe Bypass was completed, leaving an short lived alternate route going through the downtown area. By 1953, the first bypass around Rockingham was completed, leaving a short lived alternate route through the downtown area.[10][11][12]

In 1970, US 74 was placed on new freeway alignment bypassing Spindale, Forest City, Ellenboro, and Mooresboro; the old route was replaced by an extension of US 74 Business. In 1973, US 74 was realigned onto new road south of Lumberton. The following year, US 74 was placed on new freeway bypasses around Leland and Belville, and another around Chadbourn and Whiteville.[10]

In 1985, Maxton was bypassed, replaced by an extension of US 74 Business. Around 1986-87, Hallsboro and Lake Waccamaw was bypassed; its old alignment replaced by NC 214. By 1992, the bypass was extended around Bolton.[10]

In 1987, US 74 was extended west from Asheville to Chattanooga, Tennessee. It followed US 19/US 23 to Lake Junaluska, where it replaced US 19A along the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. South of Bryson City, it follows US 19 and later US 64 into Tennessee. From the state line, it continues in concurrence with US-64 to Cleveland, where it goes south to Chattanooga along I-75. It has been reported that in 1994 US-74 was truncated at I-75 in Cleveland[10][13] but as of 2012 is still shown continuing with I-75.[3]

In 1994, another major rerouting of US 74 occurred when it was placed on new freeway bypassing south of Rutherfordton to Columbus, where it then proceeded north in concurrency with I-26 to Asheville. The old alignment between Asheville to Forest City became US 74A. In 1998, US 74 was realigned west of Asheville to Clyde along I-40.[10][11]

Late 2000, US 74 was placed on its second bypass around both Rockingham and Hamlet; renaming the old alignment US 74 Business. In 2005, US 74 was rerouted north of downtown Wilmington. In 2007, US 74 was placed on new freeway, in concurrency with I-74 from Maxton to just east of I-95; its old alignment becoming US 74 Alternate.[10][11][12]

Independence Boulevard[edit]

Independence Boulevard and Independence Expressway are two major interconnected roads in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina that carry US 74. Originally constructed in the 1940s and early 1950s, Independence Boulevard was the city of Charlotte's first expressway. The road has undergone numerous realignments, extensions, upgrades, truncations, and renamings since the mid-20th century.

Ben Douglas, former mayor of Charlotte and member of the North Carolina State Highway Commission, helped lead the push for the urban highway project in the 1940s that would become Independence Boulevard. In 1946, Charlotte voters passed a referendum in favor of a $200,000 bond issue to fund the project; this was coupled with over $2 million in federal funding. The expressway was to be named after Independence Park that was largely demolished to make way for the road; the name suggestion was coined by City Clerk Lillian Hoffman on May 4, 1949 after a previous suggestion naming it after the current mayor, Herbert Baxter, was rejected. Construction commenced in the late 1940s and the new expressway which traversed east–west along the southern part of the city opened in two parts; the first opened to traffic in 1949 and the other opened in 1950. US 74 and NC 27 were subsequently shifted from their central business district alignments to the new expressway.

Major changes to Independence Boulevard occurred in the 1980s. A portion of West Independence Boulevard was converted from expressway to limited-access freeway and made a part of the John Belk Freeway and Interstate 277. The portion west of Interstate 77 was renamed Wilkinson Boulevard. A new intersection with I-277 was constructed and the connecting freeway along with the updated portion of East Independence Boulevard was given the name Independence Freeway; US 74 was shifted to this new alignment. After the massive transportation revamp, a few disconnected segments of the original Independence Boulevard remained. These segments were later reorganized and given the names Carson Boulevard, Stonewall Street, and South Independence Boulevard; the latter was downgraded to a surface street and renamed Charlottetown Avenue in 2007 to prevent confusion with the unconnected East Independence Boulevard.

The freeway and bus lanes of Independence Freeway were extended to Albemarle Road in 2005. The limited-access road extension has caused numerous businesses along the corridor to leave the area and vacate their commercial real estate, resulting in brownfield land.

"American Indian Highway" controversy[edit]

In Robeson County, the highway is designated "American Indian Highway," a name that was the brain child of Robert M. Chavis, the Wolfclan chief of the NC Tuscarora; Cherokee Indians of Robeson County, and Nottoway Nation, who authored the name in the late 1990s. American Indian people of Robeson County, NC had attempted to remove Andrew Jackson's name from the highway for some sixty years. Knowing that the new US 74 was to come, Chavis started a campaign to change the name to American Indian Highway. Chavis did this in honor of all the Indian people that had lost their lives along the Trail of Tears during the Indian Removal Act of the 1830s authored by Andrew Jackson. Chavis was cited in many newspapers across North Carolina stating that the name should be changed, because that name on this section of road was tantamount to having a major road named Adolf Hitler that ran across a Jewish state or county. Chavis, with the help of the Tuscarora East of the Mountains, obtained the information on how to attempt the name change from Rep. Ronnie Sutton and the NCDOT. Then Chavis presented the reasons for the name change to all the cities of Robeson county and the Robeson County Commissioners. Once he obtained support from these entities he presented the proposal to the NC-DOT. Rep. Sutton supported the name change at the state level and the name change was approved by the NC-DOT. The new signs of American Indian Highway were placed on the new sections of I-74 once the highway construction was completed.[14]

Future[edit]

In Graham County, NCDOT has proposed to relocate US 74 onto new divided four-lane highway from Robbinsville to Stecoah. This new routing will feature controlled at-grade intersections, viaduct and tunnel (at Stecoah Gap).[15][16] At a cost of $383 million, right-of-way acquisition is scheduled to begin in 2014 and construction to begin in 2016; however, this is subject to reprioritization. The project is part of an overall project to bypass the current routing through the Nantahala Gorge, where bottlenecks are common along the two-lane highway through protected valley area within the Nantahala National Forest. The overall project, from Andrews to Almond, would complete a four-lane expressway from Cherokee County to Asheville.[17]

The US 74 Bypass, in Cleveland County, is a 18.5-mile (29.8 km) controlled-access highway bypassing north of Shelby. When completed, it will improve vehicle capacity along the US 74 corridor, reduce future traffic congestion, increase safety and improve roadway continuity between I-26 and I-85. Being built in six sections, the cost is estimated at $295.9 million; currently, three of the six sections are fully funded with construction starting in 2014, ending in 2017.[18]

The Independence Widening project, in Mecklenburg County, is to enhance and improve traffic flow and safety along US 74 in east Charlotte, by converting the corridor into an expressway grade highway from Center City to Matthews. Current construction is being done on three new interchanges at Sharon-Amity Road, Idlewild Road and Conference Drive. The cost of this section is at $101.2 million, with construction completed by October 15, 2016.[19]

In Union and Anson counties, the US 74 freeway upgrade and Wadesboro Bypass is an estimated $741 million project. Plans include linking with future Monroe Bypass to existing Rockingham Bypass with upgrading to existing facilities to freeway standards and bypass the cities of both Marshville (to the south) and Wadesboro (to the north). The project is currently unfunded.[20]

Monroe Connector/Bypass[edit]

Located in Union County, the Monroe Connector/Bypass is a nearly 20-mile (32 km) proposed toll road that would bypass north of Monroe, from Stallings to east of Wingate. The purpose is to improve mobility and capacity along the US 74 corridor. The toll road will be a controlled-access highway with seven full interchanges and two partial interchanges.[21] With right-of-way acquisition already completed, construction was originally to begin in October, 2012; however, because of several environmental issues and litigation, the project has been delayed indefinite.[22]

Junction list[edit]

Mileposts reset at state line crossings.

Tennessee[edit]

For junctions along the I-75 overlap, see Interstate 75 in Tennessee, exits 2 through 20

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Bradley   0.0 0.0 I-75 – Chattanooga, Knoxville West end of hidden SR-311 overlap
Cleveland 1.5 2.4
US 11 / US 64 west / US 64 Bus. east / SR 2 – Cleveland
West end of US-64 overlap
3.7 6.0 Blue Springs Road
5.0 8.0 SR 60 south / SR 311 east East end of hidden SR-311 overlap; south end of SR-60 overlap
5.5 8.9 SR 74
6.7 10.8 US 64 west / SR 40 west / SR 60 north – Cleveland, Dayton West end of hidden SR-40 overlap; north end of SR-60 overlap
Polk Ocoee 14.2 22.9 US 411 / SR 33 – Benton
  18.7 30.1 SR 314 north (Parksville Road) – Benton
  23.7 38.1 SR 30 north – Reliance
Ducktown 40.0 64.4 SR 68 – Copperhill
State line 43.9 70.7 US 64 east / US 74 east East end of hidden SR-40 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

North Carolina[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Cherokee State line 0.0 0.0 US 64 west / US 74 west / SR 40 west – Cleveland
  12.2 19.6 NC 294 west – Hiwassee To Hiwassee Dam
  14.0 22.5 NC 60 south – Blue Ridge
  14.7 23.7 US 19 south / US 129 south (Blairsville Highway) – Blairsville South end of US 19/US 129 overlap
Murphy 19.9 32.0
US 19 Bus. north (Hiwassee Street)
20.3 32.7 US 64 east – Hayesville, Franklin East end of US 64 overlap
  23 37
US 19 Bus. south (Andrews Road)
Marble 29 47 NC 141 south
Andrews 34 55
US 19 Bus. north (Main Street)
Airport Sign.svg Airport Road – Western Carolina Regional Airport
37 60
US 19 Bus. south (Main Street)
Graham Topton 44 71 US 129 north (Tallulah Road) – Robbinsville North end of US 129 overlap
Swain Almond 59 95 NC 28 north (Mtn. Waters Scenic Byway) – Robbinsville, Fontana North end of NC 28 overlap; also to Fontana Dam
Lauada 62 100 NC 28 south – Franklin South end of NC 28 overlap
  64 103 64 US 19 north (Alarka Road) North end of US 19 overlap; begin of Great Smoky Mountains Expressway
Bryson City 67 108 67
US 19 Conn. (Veterans Boulevard) – Bryson City, Great Smoky Mtns Nat'l Park
  69 111 69 Hyatt Creek Road – Ela
Whittier 72 116 72 Whittier
Jackson   74 119 74 US 441 north – Cherokee North end of US 441 overlap
  81 130 81 US 23 south / US 441 south – Dillsboro, Franklin, Atlanta South end of US 23/US 441 overlap; eastbound listed as exit 81A
Eastbound exit 81B has no signage, goes to Rufus Robinson Road
Sylva 83 134 83 Sylva Grindstaff Cove Road
85 137 85
US 23 Bus. to NC 107 – Sylva
To Western Carolina University
Haywood Balsam 94 151 Blue Ridge Parkway
Waynesville 98 158 98
US 23 Bus. – Waynesville
100 161 100 Hazelwood Avenue
102 164 102 US 276 – Waynesville, Brevard
Lake Junaluska 103 166 103 US 19 south – Maggie Valley South end of US 19 overlap
104 167 104
US 23 Bus. / NC 209 – Lake Junaluska, Waynesville, Hot Springs
  105 169 105 West Jones Cove
Clyde 106 171 106 US 19 north / US 23 north – Clyde North end of US 19/US 23 overlap
107 172 107 East Jones Cove
I‑40 west – Knoxville West end of I-40 overlap; end of Great Smoky Mountains Expressway
US 74 overlaps with Interstate 40 (exits 27 to 46A) and Interstate 26 (exits 31B to 67)
Polk Columbus 161 259 161 I‑26 east to NC 108 – Tryon, Spartanburg East end of I-26 overlap
163 262 163 NC 108 – Columbus, Mill Spring
  167 269 167 NC 9 – Mill Spring, Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, New Prospect
  170 274 170 Pea Ridge Road
Rutherford   173 278 173 Union Road
  178 286 178
US 221 / US 74 Bus. – Rutherfordton, Spartanburg
Forest City 181 291 181 US 74A to US 64 – Spindale
182 293 182
US 221 Alt. – Forest City
  184 296 184 Old Caroleen Road
  187 301 187 Henrietta, Caroleen, Ellenboro
  189 304 189 NC 120
Cleveland Mooresboro 191 307
US 74 Bus. west – Forest City
Shelby Peachtree Road – Lattimore, Boiling Springs Future interchange (under construction, to be completed by 2017)[23][24]
198 319 NC 226 north (Polkville Road) – Polkville, Marion North end of NC 226 overlap
199 320
US 74 Bus. east (Marion Street)
201 323 To NC 18 to NC 150Gaffney Signage only shows TO NC 18, ignoring NC 150 overlap
201.5 324.3 NC 226 south (Earl Road) – Grover South end of NC 226 overlap
203 327 NC 180 (Post Road) – Gaffney
204 328
US 74 Bus. west (Marion Street)
Kings Mountain 209 336
US 74 Bus. east (Shelby Road) – Moss Lake
212 341 Oak Grove Road
213 343 NC 216 (Piedmont Avenue) – Kings Mountain, Cherryville
214 344 NC 161 (Cleveland Avenue) – Bessemer City
Gaston Gastonia 215 346
US 74 Bus. west (King Street) – Kings Mountain
I‑85 / US 29 south – Spartanburg
Westbound entrance and eastbound exit
South end of US 29 overlap; eastbound US 74 goes between I-85 for almost a mile
220 354 NC 274 north (Bessemer City Road) – Bessemer City North end of NC 274 overlap
222 357 US 321 (Chester Street/York Street) North-south US 321 divided on one-way streets
223 359 NC 274 south (Broad Street) South end of NC 274 overlap; train tracks in medium of road
224 360 NC 279 (New Hope Road)
224.5 361.3 Aberdeen Boulevard To Cox Road/Shopping Mall
Belmont 231 372 NC 7 (Main Street) To Belmont Abbey College
231.5 372.6 NC 273 (Park Street) – Mount Holly
232 373 NC 7 west (Catawba Street)
Mecklenburg Charlotte 235 378 I‑485 – Pineville, Huntersville
236 380 Airport Sign.svg Little Rock Road – Charlotte/Douglas Int'l Airport
237 381 Airport Sign.svg Boyer Street/Billy Graham PkwyCharlotte/Douglas Int'l Airport
239.5 385.4 US 29 north (Morehead Street) North end of US 29 overlap
240 386 I‑77 / US 21 – Statesville, Columbia South end of I-277 overlap
US 74 overlaps with Interstate 277 (exits 1A to 2B)
242 389 242 I‑277 / NC 16 north (Brookshire Freeway) North end of I-277/NC 16 overlap
243 391 243 NC 27 west (Charlottetowne Avenue) West end of NC 27 overlap
This was originally a westward extension of Independence Boulevard until June 18, 2007
244 393 244 Briar Creek Road – Bojangles' Coliseum Exit also for Ovens Auditorium
245 394 245A Wendover Road
245 394 245B Eastway Drive
246 396 246 NC 27 east (Albemarle Road) East end of NC 27 overlap
To NC 27 east / North Sharon Amity Road Future interchange (under construction, to be completed by 2015)[25][26]
Idlewild Road Future interchange (under construction, to be completed by 2016)[25][26]
Matthews 252 406 NC 51 (Matthews Township Parkway) – Matthews, Mint Hill
254 409 I‑485 – Pineville, Concord
Union Monroe 264.5 425.7 NC 200 (Dickerson Boulevard) South end of NC 200 overlap
265 426 Concord Avenue
265.5 427.3 US 601 north / NC 207 south (Skyway Drive) – Fairview, Concord North end of US 601 overlap
266 428 NC 200 north – Unionville North end of NC 200 overlap
268 431 US 601 south – Pageland South end of US 601 overlap
Marshville 276 444 NC 205 (Elm Street/White Street) – New Salem Brief NC 205 overlap
Anson Polkton 285 459 NC 218 west (Williams Street) – New Salem, Mint Hill
Wadesboro 285 459 US 52 north / NC 742 north – Albemarle, Anson County Airport North end of US 52 and NC 742 overlap
293 472 NC 109 (Greene Street) / NC 742 south – Mount Gilead South end of NC 742 overlap
295 475 US 52 south – Cheraw South end of US 52 overlap
  304 489 NC 145 south – Morven, Chesterfield
Richmond Rockingham 306 492 306
US 74 Bus. – Rockingham
308 496 308 Galestown Rd. – Cordova
311 501 311 US 1 to US 220 – Rockingham, Southern Pines, Cheraw West end of Future I-74 overlap
Hamlet 316 509 316 NC 177 – Hamlet
319 513 319 NC 38 east – Bennettsville
320 515 320 NC 381 – Hamlet, Gibson
321 517 321
US 74 Bus. – Hamlet
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Scotland Laurel Hill 329 529 NC 144 east (Morgan Street)
US 74 overlaps with Interstate 74 (exits 181 to 213)
Robeson   373 600 NC 72 west (Wilmington Highway) – Lumberton, Red Springs
  374 602 NC 130 west – Fairmont West end of NC 130 overlap
Columbus Evergreen 380 612 NC 242 (Haynes Lennon Highway) – Bladenboro
Chadbourn 385 620
US 74 Bus. east / NC 130 east / NC 410 – Chadbourn, Bladenboro
East end of NC 130 overlap
387 623 US 76 west – Chadbourn, Fair Bluff West end of US 76 overlap
  390 628 Union Valley Road – Union Valley
Whiteville 392 631 US 701 – Whiteville, Clarkton
395 636
US 74 Bus. west / US 76 Bus. west – Whiteville
Also to NC 214
Bolton 410 660 NC 211 – Clarkton, Bolton, Supply
413 665 NC 214 west – Bolton, Lake Waccamaw Western terminus of NC 214
Freeman 417 671 NC 11 north – Sandyfield Southern terminus of NC 11
Delco 422 679 NC 87 north – Riegelwood North end of NC 87 overlap
Maco 426 686 NC 87 south – Bishop South end of NC 87 overlap
Brunswick Leland 421 678 Lanvale Road – Leland
435 700 US 17 south – Town Creek, Winnabow South end of US 17 overlap
436 702 NC 133 south – Belville, Southport South end of NC 133 overlap
  438 705
US 76 east / US 421 south / US 17 Bus. south – Wilmington, Carolina Beach
East end of US 76 and south end of US 421 and US 17 Business overlap
New Hanover Wilmington 439 707 US 17 / US 421 north – Clinton, Hampstead North end of US 17 and US 421 overlap
440 708 3rd Street – Downtown Wilmington
441 710 McRae Street Eastbound exit only
441.5 710.5 NC 133 north – Hightsville North end of NC 133 overlap
442 711 Airport Sign.svg 23rd Street/Airport Boulevard – Wilmington International Airport
444 715 Kerr Avenue
445 716 US 117 / NC 132 north to I‑40 – Castle Hayne, Burgaw
US 117 / NC 132 south to US 421 – Port of Wilmington, Carolina Beach
446 718
US 17 Bus. (Market Street) – Wilmington, Ogden
448 721 US 76 west (Military Cutoff Road) – Wilmington West end of US 76 overlap
Wrightsville Beach 449 723 US 76 east (Causeway Drive) East end of US 76 overlap
450 724 Lumina Avenue End of US 74 is 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from intersection, north on Lumina Avenue
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

In popular culture[edit]

U.S. Route 74 was the inspiration for the song "Distraction #74," by the North Carolina band The Avett Brothers.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b US Highways from US 1 to US 830 Robert V. Droz
  2. ^ a b c Google Inc. "US 74". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=US-74+W%2FUS-74+Scenic+W&daddr=35.2624,-81.16504+to:35.24866,-81.02087+to:35.23387,-80.93373+to:34.2581172,-77.9360409+to:Unknown+road&hl=en&geocode=FehhGAIdKMrv-g%3BFcAPGgIdEIUp-ynDHjT6CsBWiDE_uUyYtIhxAg%3BFRTaGQIdOrgr-ykVDtUecr1WiDHoW1q-sJHoAg%3BFU6gGQIdngwt-yl3eJFVeqJWiDEjLIcA3OrEIg%3BFcW8CgIdWMpa-ynlBw9J-h-qiTHNFr5NzTU5Kg%3BFWRoCgIdhD1d-w&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=4&sz=13&via=1,2,3,4&sll=34.254946,-77.911606&sspn=0.105988,0.222988&ie=UTF8&ll=34.551811,-80.650635&spn=6.756792,14.27124&z=7. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  3. ^ a b Tennessee 2014 Official Transportation Map [back] (Map). 2014. http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/Maps/2014OfficialMapBackside.pdf. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  4. ^ "Appalachian Development Highway System". Appalachian Regional Commission. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Status of Corridors in North Carolina" (PDF). Appalachian Regional Commission. September 30, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Status of Corridors in Tennessee" (PDF). Appalachian Regional Commission. September 30, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "NCDOT: Scenic Byways". Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  8. ^ "Media Advisory: I-74 "The American Indian Highway" Naming Ceremony". Retrieved December 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "North Carolina Memorial Highways and other Named Facilities" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. July 15, 2004. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "NCRoads.com: U.S. 74". Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "NCRoads.com: U.S. 74-A". Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d "NCRoads.com: U.S. 74 Business". Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  13. ^ "East-West Routes - US 2 to US 98". Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  14. ^ "I-74 North Carolina exit list". Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  15. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation (PDF). US 74 Relocation, from US 129 to NC 28: Roll 1 of 2 (Map). http://www.ncdot.gov/download/projects/publichearings/a9_rdy_phm_psh1_red.pdf. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  16. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation (PDF). US 74 Relocation, from US 129 to NC 28: Roll 2 of 2 (Map). http://www.ncdot.gov/download/projects/publichearings/a9_rdy_phm_psh2_red.pdf. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  17. ^ Staff. "US 74 Relocation Project". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ Staff. "US 74 Bypass (Shelby Bypass)". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  19. ^ Staff. "US 74 Widening & Improvements". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  20. ^ "SPOT ID: H090281" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. May 29, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014. 
  21. ^ North Carolina Turnpike Authority (PDF). Selected Alternative, Monroe Connector/Bypass (Map). http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/monroeconnector/download/ProjectMap.pdf. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  22. ^ Staff. "Monroe Bypass". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Signing Plan". NCDOT. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  24. ^ "US 74 Bypass (Shelby Bypass)". NCDOT. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Signing Plan". NCDOT. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "U.S. 74 Widening & Improvements". NCDOT. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 

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