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Interstate 40 North Carolina
Eastbound - Marion to Statesville

Highway Information

Miles 419.40
Counties Traveled
Through
Haywood, Buncombe,
McDowell, Burke,
Catawba, Iredell,
Davie, Forsyth,
Guilford, Alamance,
Orange, Durham,
Wake, Johnston,
Sampson, Duplin,
Pender, New Hanover
Cities Asheville, Morganton,
Hickory, Statesville,
Winston-Salem,
Greensboro, Burlington,
Durham, Raleigh,
Smithfield, Wilmington
Major Junctions Interstate 26/
Interstate 240
(Exits 46A-B)

Interstate 77
(Exits 152A-B)

Interstate 85
(Exit 44 - Bus. I-85 &
Exit 163 - I-85)

Interstate 540
(Exit 283)

Interstate 440
(Exit 293B & Exit 301)

Interstate 95
(Exits 328A-B)

OKRoads Coverage
Miles Driven
by OKRoads
(Percentage)
419 (100%)
Western End of
Interstate Driven
Tennessee State Line
Eastern End of
Interstate Driven
North Carolina 132

Pictures

Eastbound:

Tennessee State Line to Canton

Canton to Marion

Marion to Statesville

Statesville to Greensboro

Interstate 40/Interstate 85 duplex

Interstate 85 North to Interstate 95

Interstate 95 to Wilmington

Westbound

Interstate 40 East
The final eastbound exit in McDowell County is Exit 90, serving North Carolina 1747. The unsigned state highway leads northward to Nebo, located along U.S. 70 three miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use North Carolina 1747 North, U.S. 70 East, and North Carolina 126 North to Lake James State Park. Just north of the state park, North Carolina 126 briefly enters the Pisgah National Forest. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 90 - North Carolina 1747 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 90 - North Carolina 1747 - Nebo/Lake James. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East prepares to enter Burke County as Exit 94 for Dysartsville Road approaches in one mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 94 - Dysartsville Road - 1/2 mile. The community of Dysartsville is located seven miles to the south along North Carolina 226. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 94 - Dysartsville Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 96 - Kathy Road - 1 mile. Like most exits along Interstate 40 through most of North Carolina, this exit serves a road that connects Interstate 40 to the nearby U.S. 70. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 96 - Kathy Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 98 - Causby Road - 1 mile. Use Causby Road north to the town of Glen Alpine, which had a population of 1,090 according to the 2000 census. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 98 - Causby Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 100 - Jamestown Road - 1 mile. As we prepare to enter the city of Morganton, the speed limit falls to 65. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The city of Morganton, North Carolina, is home to over 17,000 citizens. Morganton, the Burke County seat, is served by the next five exits. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 100 - Jamestown Road. The street serves traffic interests in west Morganton. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 103 - U.S. 64 - 1 mile. For the first time since Bartlett, Tennessee (just east of Memphis), U.S. 64 prepares to meet Interstate 40. The highways will meet yet again in Statesville and Raleigh before parting ways for good. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use U.S. 64 to the North Carolina School for the Deaf and the local Division of Prison Facilities. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Western Piedmont Community College is located near the intersection of U.S. 64 and U.S. 70 less than one mile north of the Exit 103 interchange. The Senator Sam J. Ervin Jr. Library and Museum is located at the college. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 103 - U.S. 64 - Morganton/Rutherfordton. The seat of Rutherford County is located 30 miles to the southwest near the confluence of U.S. 64, U.S. 74A, and U.S. 221. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 104 - Enola Road - 1 mile. North Carolina 1922 connects to Old North Carolina 18 on both ends. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use Exit 104 to the J Iverson Riddle Developmental Center and the eastern campus of Western Piedmont Community College.
Headquarters of District I of the North Carolina Highway Patrol's Troop F are located on Enola Road north of this exit. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 104 - Enola Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 105 - North Carolina 18 - 1 mile. The state highway travels through Shelby, Morganton, Lenoir, and Wilkesboro along its journey between the South Carolina state line and North Carolina 89, less than one mile south of the Virginia state line. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Broughton Hospital is an institution specializing in helping those with mental illness. South Mountains State Park is located between U.S. 64 and North Carolina 18, 18 miles south of Morganton. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 105 - North Carolina 18 - Morganton/Shelby. The seat of Cleveland County is 36 miles to the south. A long section of an old routing of the state highway exists between Toluca and Morganton, a distance of 17 miles. We're not sure if the downtown moniker refers to Morganton or Shelby, since North Carolina 18 leads to both. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 106 - Bethel Road (North Carolina 1704) - 1/2 mile. This is the final Morganton exit. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 106 - Bethel Road. North Carolina 1704 forms a half-loop and connects to North Carolina 18 at both ends. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 107 - North Carolina 114 - 1/2 mile. The state highway is one of the shortest in the state at a length of just three miles. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 107 - North Carolina 114. The town of Drexel (pop. 1,938) is three miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 111 - Valdese - 1 mile. The next two exits serve the city of about 4,500. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 112 - Mineral Springs Mountain Road - 1 mile. This is the second exit to serve Valdese, and is located so soon after Exit 111 that this sign is placed before the departure of Exit 111. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 111 - Valdese. We barely got a picture of this sign! (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 112 - Mineral Springs Mountain Road/Valdese. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Just after Exit 112, Exit 113 for Rutherford College and Connelly Springs quickly approaches. The road accessed by Exit 113 connects North Carolina 18 to Lenoir by bypassing the city of Morganton to the east. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 113 - Rutherford College/Connelly Springs. Rutherford College (pop. 1,293) and Connelly Springs (pop. 1,814) are both located near U.S. 70. A short drive on U.S. 70 east is required to connect to Connelly Springs. The Tri-County Motor Speedway is 5.5 miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 116 - Icard - 1 mile. The partial cloverleaf interchange connects to an old routing of North Carolina 10. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use Old North Carolina 10 west and North Carolina 1618 north to Rhodhiss, located along the Catawba River just north of the Burke-Caldwell county line. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 116 - Icard. It appears that the guardrails here have been through a bit of wear and tear. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 18 - Old North Carolina 10 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 18 - Old North Carolina 10. The state highway now stays well to the south of this area. Interstate 40 will meet the eastern terminus of the state highway at Exit 138. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 119A-B - Henry River/Hildebran - 1/3 mile. The Henry Fork River runs just south of this exit. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use Exit 119B to Long View, a western suburb of Hickory. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 119A - Henry River. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 119B - Hildebran/Long View. Hildebran (pop. 1,472) and Long View (pop. 4,722) are located along the Burke-Catawba county line, which Interstate 40 will cross immediately after the departure of Exit 119B. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 121 - Long View - 1 mile. The exit accesses Old Shelby Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 121 - Long View - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East reaches Exit 121 for Old Shelby Road and Long View. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 123A-B - U.S. 321 - 1 1/2 miles. U.S. 321 is a freeway between Hickory and Gastonia. The limited access ends one mile to the north at U.S. 70. North Carolina 127 is also mentioned here because of U.S. 321's connection to the state highway one mile to the south. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use any of the next four exits to the city of Hickory, population 37,222. Most of the city is located in Catawba County, but the city also has land in the adjacent Burke and Caldwell counties. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 123A-B - U.S. 321 - 1 mile. From a nationwide perspective, U.S. 321 connects Hardeeville, SC, to Lenoir City, TN. The northern terminus of U.S. 321 is at Interstate 40's Exit 364 in Tennessee. This is because the highway runs in an east-west direction between Boone and Lenoir City. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Gastonia, which is quickly becoming a gateway to the Charlotte metropolitan area, is 33 miles to the south. Boone, called the "heart of the high country," is 49 miles north of Hickory. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Appalachian State University calls the city of Boone home. Also use U.S. 321 North to the Hickory Regional Airport. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 123A-B - U.S. 321 - Hickory/Lenoir/Lincolnton/Boone/Gastonia. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
A collector-distributor system is in place along Interstate 40 at U.S. 321. Pictured here is the Exit 123A ramp departure, bound for U.S. 321 South and to North Carolina 127 South. A 19 mile drive separates Interstate 40 from Lincolnton. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East c/d lane at Exit 123B - U.S. 321 North TO U.S. 70 and North Carolina 127 North. Boone is not mentioned here, but Lenoir, 19 miles to the northwest, is given mention. The overpass in the distance is North Carolina 127. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Several cities in North Carolina are famous for furniture, and Hickory is one of them. Use Exit 125 (Lenoir Rhyne Road) to the Hickory Furniture Mart. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 125 - Lenoir Rhyne Road - 3/4 mile. Lenoir Rhyne College is located at the northern end of this road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The Catawba Valley Arts & Science Center is located near downtown Hickory. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 125 - Lenoir Rhyne Road. Also use this exit to the Hickory Metro Convention Center. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 126 - TO U.S. 70 - 1/2 mile. Exit 126 serves a new northward extension of Startown Road extending from its former terminus at U.S. 70 to Springs Road.. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 126 - TO U.S. 70 - Hickory/Newton. Newton, not Hickory, is the seat of Catawba County, and is five miles to the southeast along U.S. 70 east and U.S. 321 Business south. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Mileage sign on Interstate 40 east inside the Exit 126 diamond interchange. Statesville is just 25 miles ahead, while Winston-Salem is mentioned for the first time, 68 miles to the west of the city. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 128 - Fairgrove Church Road - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The next four exits (Exits 128, 130, 131, and 132) serve the city of Conover, population 6,604. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 128 - Fairgrove Church Road. Head south on Fairgrove Church Road to the Hickory Motor Speedway. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 130 - Old U.S. 70 - 3/4 mile. The old route of U.S. 70 is known as 1st Street through Conover. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 130 - Old U.S. 70. The signs are affixed to the Norfolk Southern railroad overpass. The next overpass is old U.S. 70. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 131 - North Carolina 16 - Conover/Taylorsville. The seat of Alexander County, Taylorsville is 16 miles to the north. Heading south on North Carolina 16, one will enter the city of Charlotte in 42 miles. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 132 - TO North Carolina 16 - Conover/Taylorsville. In case you missed Exit 131, here's another opportunity to get to the state highway. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 133 - Rock Barn Road - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 133 - Rock Barn Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 135 - Claremont - 1/2 mile. The city is located along U.S. 70 just to the south of the interstate. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 135 - Claremont. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching the Catawba County rest area - 1 1/2 miles. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at the Catawba County rest area. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 138 - North Carolina 10 West - 1 mile. North Carolina 10 travels through Casar, Newton, and Catawba along its route. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Murray's Mill is located along Ball's Creek in eastern Catawba County. The Bunker Hill Covered Bridge is the last of its kind in the state. Use North Carolina 10 west to both attractions. The covered bridge is located near U.S. 70. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 138 - North Carolina 10 West - Oxford School Road/Catawba. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East crosses the Catawba River and enters Iredell County between exits 138 and 141. Exit 141 (Sharon School Road) is one mile ahead. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 141 - Sharon School Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 144 - Old Mountain Road - 2 miles. An extra lane appears temporarily for the short trip on the slight uphill grade. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 144 - Old Mountain Road. The road connects U.S. 64 in Hiddenite to Barium Springs, located south of Statesville along U.S. 21. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The next exit, Exit 146, serves Stamey Farm Road. Head south to the Statesville Regional Airport. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 146 - Stamey Farm Road - 1/2 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 146 - Stamey Farm Road. The road mainly serves as a connector between Interstate 40 and the airport. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use U.S. 64 and North Carolina 90 west (Exit 148) to the Hiddenite Center Museum. The community of Hiddenite is 13 miles to the northwest along North Carolina 90. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East enters the city of Statesville, population 23,320. Use any of the next three exits to the city. Interstate 40, Interstate 77, U.S. 21, U.S. 64, and U.S. 70 are the major highways in the city. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 148 - U.S. 64/North Carolina 90 - 1 mile. The two highways stick close together between Lenoir and Statesville. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 148 - U.S. 64/North Carolina 90 - West Statesville. The two highways split within one mile to the northwest, and will split one final time in the city of Statesville before North Carolina 90 concludes at U.S. 21/U.S. 64. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Statesville is home of Mitchell Community College, which has been in the business of education since 1852. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 150 - North Carolina 115 - 1 mile. North Carolina 115 leads directly into downtown Statesville. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 150 - North Carolina 115. North Wilkesboro is 33 miles to the northwest. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The final Statesville interchange on Interstate 40 is Exit 151, U.S. 21, one mile. U.S. 21 runs parallel to Interstate 77 between Columbia, South Carolina, and Wytheville, Virginia. From Wytheville northward, Interstate 77 replaced U.S. 21 to Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 151 - U.S. 21 - East Statesville/Harmony. A large chunk of this sign was missing. The town of Harmony is 14 miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exits 152A-B - Interstate 77 - 3/4 mile. A cloverleaf interchange facilitates all movements between the two interstates. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 152A - Interstate 77 South - 1/4 mile. Four more Statesville-area exits remain on Interstate 77 South. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 152A - Interstate 77 South - Charlotte. The Queen City is 40 miles to the south. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 152B - Interstate 77 North - Elkin. A 32 mile drive separates Interstate 40 from Elkin. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 153 - U.S. 64 - 1/4 mile. U.S. 64 stops just short of heading across the interstate ahead. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 153 - U.S. 64. No control cities are used, since Interstate 40 and U.S. 64 will be within a few miles of each other through Exit 170. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East approaching Exit 154 - Old Mocksville Road - 1/2 mile. U.S. 64 is visible to the right. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 154 - Old Mocksville Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)

Page created: November 12, 2005
Last updated: November 12, 2005