Wendover Avenue (Greensboro)

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Wendover Avenue is a major road in Guilford County, North Carolina. The road's central segment is a curvy freeway, but most of the road is a boulevard with frequent traffic signals. It serves as a partial loop around downtown Greensboro and a popular connector to major routes like I-40, I-73, US 421, US 29, US 220, US 70, and NC 68. It also links urban areas in the Piedmont Triad region like High Point to small communities like McLeansville.

Wendover Avenue carries the following designations:[1]

  • Secondary Road 1541 from NC 68 to Clifton Road
  • Secondary Road 2254 from Clifton Road to Battleground Avenue
  • US 220 from Battleground Avenue to O'Henry Boulevard
  • US 70 from O'Henry Boulevard to Burlington Road

Route description[edit]

Wendover Avenue is divided into a "West" segment and an "East" segment.

West Wendover Avenue[edit]

Wendover Avenue's western terminus is at NC 68 in High Point. From this terminus, Wendover travels northeast out of High Point past the Palladium Shopping Center. Continuing northeast as a four-lane boulevard, Wendover passes a predominantly residential area. After passing a right-in/right-out interchange with Guilford College Road and an interchange with I-73, Wendover crosses into Greensboro city limits and later widens to an 6–8 lane boulevard, entering the city's busiest shopping district ("The Bump"). Traffic jams are common along this stretch of road. Wendover crosses I-40 in this area; Wendover Avenue is one of I-40's busiest exits in North Carolina.

Shortly after veering to the left at a fork with Clifton Road, Wendover becomes a 4–6 lane divided freeway with a speed limit of 45 mph. After passing exits for Spring Garden Road, Holden Road (an "inverted SPUI" interchange) and Market Street, Wendover comes to partial interchanges with Friendly Avenue, Green Valley Road, and Benjamin Parkway, giving access to Friendly Center.

Continuing past the exit for Westover Terrace, the freeway comes to an interchange with Battleground Avenue and US 220, where the freeway downgrades back to a boulevard with many at-grade interchanges. US 220 then joins Wendover Avenue in an easterly direction (signed SOUTH 220) through northern Greensboro to a parclo interchange with US 29 and US 70 in northeast Greensboro. US 220 leaves Wendover here, heading south with US 29 South and US 70 West, but US 70 East joins Wendover here.

East Wendover Avenue[edit]

US 70 takes US 220's place, following Wendover Avenue east toward McLeansville. About 2.5 miles (4.0 km) further, Burlington Road merges into US 70 and Wendover Avenue. At this point, East Wendover Avenue ends while US 70 continues east with Burlington Road. Shortly after this intersection, US 70 has an interchange with the Future Interstate 840 before going on to McLeansville and Burlington.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NCDOT GIS - County Map TIFs