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|I-73 84 miles|
Begins at US 220/220 Business near Ellerbe (Richmond County) and ends at SR 2085 Bryan Blvd in Greensboro (Guilford 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.
I-73 is under construction in segments and various stages of progress from Bryan Blvd north to the Haw River, following the NC 68 and US 220 corridors.
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).
Note that I-73's southern part uses US 220 mileage for exit numbers at thiis writing. I-73 will definitely be completed through North Carolina and South Carolina. The Virginia segment up to Roanoke appears to be on track to eventually come to pass. 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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