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|I-73 101 miles|
Begins at US 220 near Rockingham (Richmond County) and ends at US 220/NC 68 (Rockingham County).
Nationally I-73 will eventually run from Myrtle Beach SC to Roanoke VA.
|Towns and Attractions:||Richmond Co.: Ellerbe
Montgomery Co.: Candor, Biscoe
Randolph Co.: Asheboro, Randleman
Guilford Co.: Greensboro
I would be foolish to suggest you get your detailed information about the progress of I-73 from anywhere other than Bob Malme's I-73 website. But for completeness of the NCroads Annex I present the basics here...
Some information below comes from the aaroads.com interstate guide.
The I-73 corridor was first created by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). North Carolina first applied for the use of the I-73 designation in April 1996.
In Sept 1996 (NCDOT), I-73 was assigned to the newly constructed freeway between US 220 ALT near Steeds to US 220 Business near Ulah.
In Feb 2009 (NCDOT), I-73 was removed from US 220 north of the new I-85 bypass of Greensboro and instead assigned to follow I-85 briefly and continue around the newly completed southern Greensboro beltway to Bryan Blvd.
In July 2011 (NCDOT), I-73 was approved by FHA to be assigned to the newly constructed freeway from US 220 Emery to US 220 south of Ellerbe.
In July 2012 (NCDOT), I-73 was assigned to the US 220 freeway from I-85 Greensboro south to US 220 Business near Ulah.
In May 2017, I-73 was opened from NC 68 (exit 111) northeast to US 220.
In July 2017, I-73 was opened from I-840/Bryan Blvd to NC 68 (exit 111).
In March 2018, I-73 was extended north over existing US 220 to
In June 2018, I-73 was extended further south along existing US 220 to the north end of the future Rockingham bypass.
Two exisitng roadways are also going to be part of I-73: US 220 from south of Madison to Virginia and also on the US 74 freeway bypass of Rockingham and Hamlet between the SR 1109 exit and NC 38 (this segment is already signed as FUTURE I-74).
I-73 will definitely be completed through North Carolina and South Carolina. The Virginia segment up to Roanoke was on a very slow path to construction but funding issues have put it on indefinite hold. Routing north of there to Bluefield WV, Ohio, and Michigan as originally defined in the 1991 ISTEA is highly doubtful at this time.
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