Interstate 285 (North Carolina)

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Interstate 285
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In the U.S. state of North Carolina, Interstate 285 (I-285) is the designation for a future connector interstate route. When completed, it will connect Interstate 85 to Winston-Salem.

Route description[edit]

Currently, I-285 appears only as future corridor signs along US 52, from Interstate 85, near Lexington, to Interstate 40, in Winston-Salem. The route will provide a direct Interstate Highway connection between Charlotte (via I-85) and Winston-Salem, currently the northern part of the route uses US 52, which is fully controlled access, but below Interstate standards.


Approved by AASHTO in September 2005, after receiving an earlier approval from the FHWA in July 2005, I-285 would connect Interstate 85 to Winston-Salem in concurrency with US 52, a total of 23 miles (37 km). The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) put up "Future Interstate 285 Corridor" signs along the route in February 2006. These signs will remain until improvements are made to bring the road up to Interstate Highway standards whereby the route will receive its Interstate 285 signs. The $2.5 million project to improve the roadway was scheduled to start in October 2011.[1][2]

With property acquisition already started back in December, 2012, actual upgrades along US 52 (Future I-285) were estimated to cost $8.57 million. The contract was awarded to J.T. Russell and Sons Inc. of Albemarle for $7.6 million. Construction began in March, 2014 and include: reconstructing shoulders, improving drainage systems, resurfacing travel lanes and realigning Marco Boulevard to accommodate a new southbound exit ramp alignment at Green Needles Road. In addition, crews will resurface and preserve the bridges over Swearing Creek. The project is expecting to be complete soon.


An unconfirmed section of Future I-285 is for it to continue north of I-40, through downtown Winston-Salem, to the proposed Winston-Salem Northern Beltway.[3][4]

Exit list[edit]

County Location mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Davidson I‑85 south / US 29 south / US 52 south / US 70 west – Salisbury, Charlotte Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
84 NC 47 east to I‑85 north – Linwood Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
85 Green Needles Road Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
Lexington 86 Salisbury Road – Downtown Lexington Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
87 I‑85 Bus. north / US 29 north / US 70 east – Thomasville, High Point Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
89 US 64 – Lexington, Mocksville Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
92 NC 8 south (Old US Hwy 52) – Welcome Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
Welcome 97 Old US Hwy 52 – Midway Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
Midway 100 Hickory Tree Road Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
Forsyth Winston-Salem 103 South Main Street Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
105 Clemmonsville Road Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
107 I‑40 / US 52 north / US 311 south / NC 8 north – Statesville, Greensboro, High Point Upgrade to interstate standards (funded)[5]
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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  1. ^ "I-85 Winston-Salem Connector". Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Correspondence 050616 Peters to Sanderson" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. June 16, 2005. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ask SAM: Upgrades needed before US 52 can be called I-285". Winston-Salem Journal. January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "NCDOT: Project U-2826". Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "NCDOT: Project R-4750". Retrieved April 17, 2014. 

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