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Photo: US 74 Business with NC 79 in Laurinburg (Jimmy Storey)
US 74 Business
U.S. 74 Business  6 active segments
The Roads:

The oldest active US 74 Business was born in 1960 as a replacement for US 74-A through Shelby. Per NCDOT documents, from Shelby westward, the route was split into US 74 Business east (Warren St) and US 74 Business west (Marion St).
In Dec 1971 (NCDOT), the US 74 Business east segment was rerouted to turn north on DeKalb St to Marion St.
Both Marion St and Warren St are two-way traffic.

1949 Cleveland County
US 74-A through Shelby
1949 Cleveland County
1968 Cleveland County
US 74-A becomes US 74 Business
1968 Cleveland County

1980 Cleveland County
US 74 Business east rerouted downtown
1980 Cleveland County

The 2nd US 74 Business was created 1960 as a renumbering of US 74-A through Rutherfordton.
In Dec 1970 (NCDOT), US 74 Business was extended east through Spindale, Forest City, and Ellenboro when US 74 was placed on new freeway.
US 74 Business' west end is now US 74-A.

1949 Rutherford County
US 74-A through Rutherfordton
1949 Rutherford County
1962 Rutherford County
US 74-A becomes US 74 Business
1962 Rutherford County
1971 Official
US 74 Business extended to Spindale, Forest City, Ellenboro
1971 Official

The 3rd US 74 Business was created about 1967 as a renumbering of mainline US 74 through Laurinburg.
About 1985, US 74 Business was extended east replacing US 74 through Maxton.

1962 Scotland County
US 74 through Lauringburg
1962 Scotland County
1968 Scotland County
US 74 Business through Lauringburg
1968 Scotland County
1987 Official
US 74 BUsiness extended through Maxton
1987 Official

The The 4th US 74 Business was created about 1975 as an addition to NC 130 through Chadbourn and a renumbering of mainline US 74 through Whiteville (there was a brief period where US 74-76 was temporarily using SR 1435 Union Valley Rd with the bypass of Chadbourn only).

1972-73 Official
US 74-76 through Chadbourn/Whiteville
1972-73 Official
1978-79 Official
US 74-76 Business through Chadbourn/Whiteville
1978-79 Official

The 5th US 74 Business was created in 1983 or 1984 when US 74 was placed on its freeway bypass of Kings Mountain.

1982-83 Official
US 74 through Kings Mountain
1982-83 Official
1984-85 Official
US 74 Business through Kings Mountain
1984-85 Official

The 6th US 74 Business was created in late 2000 (Steffora) when US 74 was placed on a new freeway bypass of Rockingham and Hamlet.

2000 Official
US 74 through Rockingham/Hamlet
2000 Official
2002 Official
US 74 Business through Rockingham/Hamlet
2002 Official


Last Update: 11 June 2012

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