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Interstate 40 North Carolina
Eastbound - Interstate 40/Interstate 85 duplex

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 and Interstate 85 North
Before Interstate 85 traffic prepares to merge onto Interstate 40, both interstates are signed. The ramp that will merge onto Interstate 40 ahead is coming from future Interstate 785/future Interstate 840 South. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Use Exit 132 (Mount Hope Church Road) north to McLeansville. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East at Exit 132 - Mount Hope Church Road. Interstate 85 North traffic will come in from the left within 1/4 mile, even though its exit numbers are already being used. Interstate 85 mainline traffic utilizes their own ramp to Mount Hope Church Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Once Interstate 40 and Interstate 85 finally come together, another shield assembly is present. The duplex is about 30 miles long. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 135 - Rock Creek Dairy Road - 1 mile. U.S. 70 is within a couple hundred feet near the Exit 135 interchange. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Sedalia is located on U.S. 70 just to the west of Rock Creek Dairy Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum is located in Sedalia. The museum is a state historical site and features exhibits, tours of historic structures, and audiovisual presentations, according to the website whose link I have provided. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 135 - Rock Creek Dairy Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 138 - North Carolina 61 - 1 mile. North Carolina 61 spends all 20 miles in far eastern Guilford County, connecting Whitsett, Gibsonville, and Osceola. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 138 - North Carolina 61 - 1/2 mile. Gibsonville (pop. 4,500) lies on the Guilford-Alamance county line. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The town of Whitsett is located at the corner of North Carolina 61 and U.S. 70, less than one mile north of Exit 138. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 138 - North Carolina 61 - Gibsonville. A 3.5 mile northbound drive awaits those going to Gibsonville. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North have a rest area as they enter Alamance County. It's a bit unusual to have an eight-lane interstate with a rest area, but here we are. Another example of this is also in the Tar Heel State; the tourist information center on Interstate 77 North just south of Charlotte that is in the shadow of a massive stack interchange with Interstate 485. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North enter the city of Burlington, population 46,645. The next four exits (140, 141, 143, and 145) all serve the city that is the largest of the county, but is not its seat. That distinction belongs to the smaller city of Graham (pop. 13,494). (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 140 - University Drive - 3/4 mile. The town of Elon is less than three miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Elon, formally known as Elon College, is home to Elon University. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 140 - University Drive/Elon. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 141 - Huffman Mill Road. The road travels southwest to Lake Mackintosh and also travels through west Burlington. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 143 - North Carolina 62 - 1 mile. The Schneider National semi is blocking the bottom part of the sign, but I am fairly sure this is a one-mile advance sign. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport is just a short southbound drive from the freeway. The Alamance Battleground state historic site was the setting for a 1771 battle. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 143 - North Carolina 62 - Downtown Burlington/Alamance. The village of Alamance is two miles to the south. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 145 - North Carolina 49 - 1 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 145 - North Carolina 49 - Downtown Burlington/Liberty. North Carolina 49 travels the entire north-south length of the state and connects Charlotte, Concord, Asheboro, Liberty, Burlington, and Roxboro. Liberty, in northeast Randolph County, is 18 miles southwest of here. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 147 - North Carolina 87 - 1/2 mile. North Carolina 87 serves the city of Graham and the town of Pittsboro. The Chatham County seat, Pittsboro is located at the confluence of U.S. 15/U.S. 501, U.S. 64, and North Carolina 87, 28 miles southeast of the upcoming exit. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 147 - North Carolina 87 - Graham/Pittsboro. North Carolina 87, one of the longest highways in the state, will reach the Atlantic Ocean near Southport in just 186 miles. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 148 - North Carolina 54 - 1/2 mile. North Carolina 54 spends much of its length in urban areas, traveling through the cities of Burlington, Cary, and Chapel Hill. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 148 - North Carolina 54 - Chapel Hill/Carrboro. Chapel Hill, home of the University of North Carolina, is a 24 mile drive from Graham. Carrboro is a western suburb of Chapel Hill. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 150 - Jimmy Kerr Road - 1 mile. Use Jimmy Kerr Road and Trollingwood Road north to U.S. 70 west to the town of Haw River. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Green Level is just north of the northern end of Trollingwood Road on North Carolina 49. Jimmy Kerr Road extends 2.6 miles from Jim Minor Road to Trollingwood Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Alamance Community College is located on the southwest corner of the Exit 150 interchange. Roxboro, the seat of Person County, is 35 miles northeast of Graham on North Carolina 49. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 150 - Jimmy Kerr Road/Haw River. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
The next exit is Exit 152, Trollingwood Road, one mile. Trollingwood Road is 3.5 miles long from U.S. 70 in Haw River to Interstate 40. We were unable to get a picture at the actual exit, but feel free to see this picture of the exit from our fellow road scholars at SouthEastRoads.com. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 153 - North Carolina 119 - Mebane. The city is located on the Alamance-Orange county line three miles to the north. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 154 - Mebane-Oaks Road - 1/2 mile. Also known as North Carolina 1007, Mebane-Oaks Road is 9.5 miles long and connects North Carolina 54 in Oaks to North Carolina 119. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 154 - Mebane-Oaks Road. The interstates enter Orange County just after going beneath Mebane-Oaks Road. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 157 - Buckhorn Road - 1 mile. The duplexed interstates have four exits in Orange County. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 157 - Buckhorn Road. A weigh station is 3/4 mile ahead. Buckhorn Road (North Carolina 1114) is 8.1 miles long from North Carolina 1006 (Orange Grove Road) to U.S. 70. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 160 - Mount Willing Road - 1 1/4 miles, and Exit 161 - TO U.S. 70 East and North Carolina 86 North - 1 1/2 miles. Mount Willing Road is six miles long from North Carolina 1117 to Interstate 40. Efland is located along U.S. 70 less than one mile north of Exit 160. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 160 - Mount Willing Road - 1/2 mile, and Exit 161 - TO U.S. 70 East and North Carolina 86 North - 3/4 mile. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 160 - Mount Willing Road/Efland. Mount Willing Road changes to Turner Road north of the interstate for the journey into Efland. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North at Exit 161 - TO U.S. 70 East and North Carolina 86 North. The exit serves a connector between Interstate 40/Interstate 85 and U.S. 70. North Carolina 86 is four miles to the east. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North approaching Exit 163 - Interstate 40 East - 2 miles. On the right, the ramp for Exit 161 departs a collector/distributor system that traffic coming from Mount Willing Road also uses. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East, Interstate 85 North, and Truck North Carolina 86 South assurance shields just east of Exit 161. Truck North Carolina 86 is used to bypass downtown Hillsborough, and uses Interstate 85 between Exit 161 and Exit 165. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East, Interstate 85 North, and Truck North Carolina 86 South approaching Exit 163 - Interstate 40 East - 1 mile. This Interstate 40/Interstate 85 interchange has more rural surroundings than the western end of the duplex does. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East, Interstate 85 North, and Truck North Carolina 86 South approaching Exit 163 - Interstate 40 East - 1/4 mile. Durham is ten miles ahead on Interstate 85, while the state capital of Raleigh is still 38 miles away. (Photo taken 7/6/05)
Interstate 40 East splits from Interstate 85 North and Truck North Carolina 86 South at Exit 163. The three left lanes continue on Interstate 85, and two lanes are allocated for Interstate 40. Interstate 40 will have two eastbound lanes for the next nine miles until just before the U.S. 15/U.S. 501 interchange at Exit 270. (Photo taken 7/6/05)

Page created: November 14, 2005
Last updated: November 15, 2005