Interstate 40 in North Carolina

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Interstate 40 marker

Interstate 40
Route information
Maintained by North Carolina DOT
Length:423.55 mi[1] (681.64 km)
Existed:1956 – present
Major junctions
West end: I-40 at Tennessee state line
  I-26 / I-240 / US 74 in Asheville
I-240 / US 74A in Asheville
I-77 in Statesville
I-73 / US 421 in Greensboro
I-85 near Greensboro
I-540 / NC 540 in Durham
I-440 / US 1 / US 64 in Raleigh
I-95 near Benson
I-140 / US 17 near Wilmington
East end: US 117 / NC 132 in Wilmington
Location
Counties:Haywood, Buncombe, McDowell, Burke, Catawba, Iredell, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Sampson, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover
Highway system
NC 39NC 41
 
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Interstate 40 marker

Interstate 40
Route information
Maintained by North Carolina DOT
Length:423.55 mi[1] (681.64 km)
Existed:1956 – present
Major junctions
West end: I-40 at Tennessee state line
  I-26 / I-240 / US 74 in Asheville
I-240 / US 74A in Asheville
I-77 in Statesville
I-73 / US 421 in Greensboro
I-85 near Greensboro
I-540 / NC 540 in Durham
I-440 / US 1 / US 64 in Raleigh
I-95 near Benson
I-140 / US 17 near Wilmington
East end: US 117 / NC 132 in Wilmington
Location
Counties:Haywood, Buncombe, McDowell, Burke, Catawba, Iredell, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Alamance, Orange, Durham, Wake, Johnston, Sampson, Duplin, Pender, New Hanover
Highway system
NC 39NC 41

Interstate 40 runs 421 miles (678 km) through the state of North Carolina from the Tennessee state line in the west to its eastern terminus in Wilmington.

Route description[edit]

Through Greensboro[edit]

The six routes of Death Valley in 2007. US 421 has since been rerouted; the shield was removed in 2009.

Throughout much of the Greensboro metropolitan area, I-40 follows a stretch of six to ten-lane freeway carrying five other routes: Business I-85, U.S. Route 421, U.S. Route 29, U.S. Route 70, and U.S. Route 220. This 2.5-mile (4.0 km) corridor with concurrent routes begins in the west at the I-40/Business I-85/Randleman Road interchange and ends in the east at the U.S. Highway 29/70/220/Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard junction. Both of these interchanges are quite unusual in design and are often operating at above full capacity, leading to frequent traffic jams and traffic incidents.

I-40 through Greensboro officially bears the name Preddy Boulevard. The nickname "Death Valley" was originally given to the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) segment of I-85 in Greensboro in 1963 after seven people died in accidents there the previous year.[citation needed] In 1964, the state unveiled a plan to eliminate Death Valley's flaws.[citation needed] After numerous construction projects, conditions improved along the corridor, but the nickname remained. Over the years, increased traffic through the area has given the nickname "Death Valley" new meaning. The nickname is well-known by locals, news reporters, and frequent travelers.[citation needed]

One major problem with the highway is that the U.S. 29/220/70 southbound lanes merge from the right, and exit to the left. Thus, through traffic on I-40 west and US 29 south (a major route from Virginia to Charlotte) must all merge to the other side of the freeway. A study conducted by state traffic engineers from May 1, 2006 to April 30, 2008 (the period between the I-85 relocation and I-40's relocation) concluded that "the Death Valley area" had an accident rate "higher than average for urban interstates... but the [route] was safe anyway."[2] There were no fatalities during the study period, but a large number of rear-end collisions.[2]

Through the Triangle[edit]

I-40 through the Research Triangle varies in width, from 4 lanes to 8 lanes depending on the location. It serves as a major artery between Raleigh, Cary and Durham (the other being US-70).

I-40 is called Dan K. Moore Freeway from Durham to Wade Avenue and Tom Bradshaw Freeway and Cliff Benson Beltline through Raleigh. The James E. Harrington Freeway stretches to Newton Grove.

Originally, I-40 carried a very different route through the Triangle. When the NCDOT planned to extend I-40 to Raleigh, they planned to route it through Durham on the current NC-147. It continued on its current alignment to the Wade Avenue intersection, but continued onto Wade Avenue freeway and ended at US 1. However, a series of problems in building the freeway through downtown Durham and around the Duke University campus caused the state to reroute I-40 through rural Orange County and southern Durham. The partially completed route through Durham was renumbered NC-147 and eventually completed in the mid 1990s. In Cary, I-40 was rerouted to its current alignment in the mid 1980s, leaving the current Wade Avenue "stub".

Eastern North Carolina[edit]

I-40 is 4 lanes from the eastern edge of Raleigh to Wilmington as it crosses through mostly agricultural land.

Dedicated and memorial names[edit]

I-40 in North Carolina feature a few dedicated or memorialized stretches of freeway.

History[edit]

I-40/85 through Burlington

Construction[edit]

Construction on I-40 through North Carolina officially began in 1956 along the Pigeon River in Haywood County. This would be the first section of I-40 to be built anywhere in the country. This section was completed in 1968, and was among the first Interstate Highway tunnels east of the Mississippi River. Construction continued through the 1950s and 1960s, with much of the interstate being constructed in the 1960s.

The Durham Freeway began with a 1962 bond referendum.[6] The first section of the road, completed in 1970 around downtown Durham, was designated Interstate 40.[citation needed] The road was later extended west to Erwin Road and southward to where it now meets the current I-40, but the decision was made for I-40 to bypass Durham.[6]

In 1971, the North Carolina State Highway Commission approved a plan to extend I-40 from Research Triangle Park to Interstate 95, a distance of 41 miles, at a cost of $75 million. Most of the highway would be four lanes, though six lanes were likely near Raleigh, where I-40 would extend the Beltline. Several routes were being considered, but at the time, the most likely route would have ended north of Smithfield.[7]

For 15 years, Orange County opposed I-40. The county dropped its lawsuit in 1983.[8] By 1985, the $103 million 22-mile (35 km) project, connecting Research Triangle Park with I-85, was under way.[9] The section between U.S. 15-501 and New Hope Church Road opened in September 1988.[10] Late in 1988, the final 4.2 miles (6.8 km) of I-40 between I-85 and Raleigh opened.[8]

Barstow, Calif. distance sign, as seen from I-40 in Wilmington, NC.

Also in 1988, Gov. James G. Martin announced federal approval of $114.1 million for I-40 to be relocated around Winston-Salem.[10]

By the end of 1988, widening an existing section of I-85, by this time also designated as I-40, to six lanes from Greensboro to Burlington was being considered.[11][12] This was later changed to eight lanes.[13]

Late in 1988, the final 4.2 miles (6.8 km) of I-40 between I-85 and Raleigh opened.[8] The plan was later changed to eight lanes. The $175 million project began in 1989. With the opening of a 2.3-mile (3.7 km) section in Alamance County on November 23, 1994, 21 miles (34 km) of I-85/I-40 were eight lanes. An additional 14 miles (23 km) were to be ready by 1996, giving the interstate eight lanes all the way to where I-40 turned southward at Hillsborough.[14]

The last portion of I-40 to be completed, between Raleigh and Wilmington, was opened on June 29, 1990, by Governor Martin. Much of Martin's election campaign in the mid-1980s was hinged on opening this section for the sake of improving access to the North Carolina State Port at Wilmington.

A standard distance sign near the start of the westbound section of I-40 in Wilmington indicates the distance to Barstow, California, as 2,554 miles (4,110 km).

Rockslides in the Pigeon River Gorge[edit]

The first section of I-40 in North Carolina is the section that travels through the Pigeon River Gorge in Haywood County. Known locally as simply "The Gorge", this part of I-40 cuts a path from the Tennessee state line to Waynesville. This section of the interstate is fairly curvy and tends to become a bit narrow in some places when compared to other portions of the highway. Because much of the road was cut through mountainside, concrete retaining walls have been built on both sides of the road and in the median, cutting down on the width of the breakdown lanes. Coupled with speeding vehicles, the extremely thick fog that tends to plague the area, and little room to maneuver in case of accident, this area has become notorious for its severe and many times fatal accidents. It is reported that a person is 20 times as likely to die on I-40 in Haywood County than they would be to win the Powerball lottery, which equals to be twice the average of any other Interstate Highway in North Carolina.[15]

Even some minor accidents have been known to tie up traffic in this area, because there is little room to move accidents off or to the side of the road with the terrain. Speeding semi trucks have been a problem in the gorge and have subsequently led to many accidents. In 2002 and 2003, two state troopers were killed in two separate accidents by speeding trucks that drifted off the road and hit their police car conducting a traffic stop. This led the North Carolina Highway Patrol to crack down on speeding tractor trailers and speeders in general through the area.

This portion of the highway is also notorious for rockslides and rocks falling onto the highway. The main cause is an engineering flaw, in that sections of the highway have been built on the north side of the Pigeon River, where the rock strata foliate towards the highway.

In 1985, a severe rockslide buried the westbound entrance to one of two tunnels that carry the highway through the gorge. Repair of the slide area and the tunnel required shifting westbound traffic to the eastbound tunnel, while eastbound traffic was diverted onto a temporary viaduct around the tunnels.

In July 1997, a rockslide near the Tennessee state line closed the road for nearly six months.[16]

On October 25, 2009, a major rockslide, including boulders described as the size of houses, blocked the highway completely at mile marker 2.6. The section reopened with westbound traffic restricted to one lane on April 25, 2010.[17] Trucks wider than 12 feet (3.7 m) are still prohibited through the slide area, and must still use the I-26 and I-81 detour.[18]

On January 31, 2012 a rockslide occurred early morning near mile marker 451 in Tennessee, approximately 1 mile from the border. All westbound traffic was closed down and from exit 20 (US 276), except for local traffic. The official detour for westbound traffic is to use I-240/I-26 and I-81. It was estimated to take two weeks to clear and stabilize the area; eastbound traffic from Tennessee is unaffected.[19][20][21]

On February 3, 2012, another rockslide blocked the westbound lanes (only) at mile marker 7. These lanes had already been closed because of a rockslide a short distance west in Tennessee.[22][23] On February 5, westbound traffic was reopened along the route, with one lane open at the rockslide location on the Tennessee side.[24]

Greensboro I-40 relocation[edit]

Map showing changes made to I-40's routing between 2004 and 2008

In February 2008, Interstate 40 was rerouted onto the new Greensboro Urban Loop. The former path of I-40 became Business Loop I-40.[citation needed]

NCDOT received many complaints by local residents and motorists on the confusion between mainline Interstate 40 and Business 40, which used a shield differing only in color from the mainline I-40. Greensboro residents also had concerns with the resulting increased traffic. On September 12, 2008, seven months after the initial switch, NCDOT officials got permission from the FHWA to restore Interstate 40 back to its original route through the city, decommission Business Interstate 40, and leave I-73 and I-85 as the only interstates signed along the loop with US 421. Exit numbers on the I-40 part of the Loop that ran with I-73 will be replaced with I-73 exit numbers from the I-85/US 220 southern interchange around the loop to the western I-40 interchange. US 421 was officially rerouted to replace most of I-40 around Greensboro.[25]

Work on re-signing the Loop and the former Business 40 began on May 8, 2009, with the exception of the eastern I-40/85 interchange, where signs were changed in the fall of 2008.[26][25] The re-signing project was completed on July 1, 2009.[27]

The current alignment of I-40 is four miles (6 km) shorter than the 2008 Urban Loop routing,[2] and is a quicker route for any vehicle consistently traveling at the posted speed limits.

Future[edit]

In Statesville, the I-40/I-77 interchange (exit 152) is planned for major upgrade in three phases: reconstruction of nearby intersections on both interstates, reconstruction and widening of I-40/I-77 interchange, and construction of fly-overs at interchange. The estimated cost for the entire project is $251 million with construction to begin in March, 2012. It will replace the current interchange, which was built in the late 1960s.[28][29][30]

A widening project along Interstate 40 is in development stage, between mile markers 259 and 279, in Orange and Durham counties. The estimated cost is $18 million, with date of construction to begin February, 2019. However, it is currently flagged by NCDOT as "Subject to Reprioritization."[31]

A widening project along Interstate 40 is in development stage, between mile markers 301 and 312, in Wake and Johnston counties. The estimated costs have yet to be determined. Property acquisition is to start late 2013 thru 2015.[32]

A project on the lower segments of the Beltline in Raleigh is aimed at replacing the old asphalt on I 40 and I 440 between the I 440 US 64 US 264 interchange south along I 440 to the I 40 interchange and along I 40 to the US 1/ US 64/ I 440 interchange. The project is named Fortify. It is currently going on along the I 440 segment.

Auxiliary routes in North Carolina[edit]

InterstateCityTypeNotes
Business Loop 40.svgInterstate 40 BusinessWinston-SalemBusiness loopFreeway grade throughout
I-140.svgInterstate 140WilmingtonSpurPartially constructed
I-240.svgInterstate 240AshevilleBusiness loop
I-440.svgInterstate 440RaleighBeltway
I-540.svgInterstate 540RaleighSpur/BeltwayDesignated along the Northern Wake Freeway
I-840.svgInterstate 840GreensboroBeltwayPartially completed northern bypass, under construction

Exit list[edit]

CountyLocationMilekmExitDestinationsNotes
Haywood
State line0.000.00 I-40 west – Knoxville
 7Cold Springs Creek Road – Harmon Den
 15Fines Creek Road
Cove Creek20 US 276 south – Waynesville, Maggie Valley
 24 NC 209 – Lake Junaluska, Hot Springs
 27 US 19 / US 23 / US 74 west – Clyde, WaynesvilleWest end of US 74 overlap
Canton31 NC 215 – Canton
33Newfound Road – Canton
Buncombe
 37Wiggins Road – Candler, East Canton
Asheville44 US 19 / US 23 / US 74A east – West Asheville, Enka, Candler
46A I-26 / US 74 east – Hendersonville, ShelbyEast end of US 74 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
46B I-26 west / I-240 east – Asheville
47 NC 191 – West AshevilleTo Farmers Market
50 US 25 – South Asheville, Biltmore HouseSigned as exits 50A (south) and 50B (north) westbound
51 US 25A – Asheville
53A US 74A east / Blue Ridge Parkway – Bat Cave
53B I-240 west / US 74A west – East Asheville
55 To US 70 – East AshevilleTo VA Hospital
 59Patton Cove Road – Swannanoa
Black Mountain64 NC 9 – Black Mountain, Montreat
65 US 70 west – Black MountainWest end of US 70 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
 66Dunsmore Avenue – Ridgecrest
McDowell
Old Fort72 US 70 east – Old FortEast end of US 70 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance
73Catawaba Avenue – Old Fort
75Parker Padgett Road
Marion81Sugar Hill Road – Marion
83Ashworth Road
85 US 221 – Marion, Rutherfordton
86 NC 226 – Marion, Shelby
 90Harmony Grove Road – Nebo, Lake James
Burke
 94Dysartsville Road
 96Kathy Road
Glen Alpine98Causby Road – Glen Alpine
100Jamestown Road / Dixie Boulevard – Glen Alpine
Morganton103 US 64 – Morganton, Rutherfordton
104Enola Road
105 NC 18 – Morganton, Shelby
 106Bethel Road
 107 NC 114 – Drexel
Valdese111Abees Grove Church Road / Milestone Avenue – Valdese
112Mineral Springs Mountain Road – Valdese
Rutherford College113Rutherford College Road / Malcom Boulevard – Connelly SpringsTo Rutherford College
Icard116Old NC 10 – Icard
Hildebran118Old NC 10
119Henry River Road / Center Street – Henry River, HildebranSigned as exits 119A (Henry River) and 119B (Hildebran) eastbound
Catawba
Long View12133rd Street – Long View
Hickory123
A-B
A: US 321 south to NC 127 – Lincolnton, Gastonia
B: US 321 north to US 70 / NC 127 – Hickory, Lenoir
Signed as exits 123A (south) and 123B (north)
125Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard – HickoryAccess to Lenior Rhyne University
126 To US 70 – Hickory, Newton
Conover128Fairgrove Church RoadTo Hickory Motor Speedway
130Old US 70
132 NC 16 – Newton, Conover, Taylorsville
133Rock Barn Road
Claremont135Oxford Street – Claremont
Catawba138 NC 10 west (Oxford School Road) – Catawba
Iredell
 141Sharon School Road
 144Old Mountain Road – West Iredell
 146Stamey Farm Road
Statesville148 US 64 / NC 90 – West Statesville, Taylorsville
150 NC 115 – Downtown Statesville, North Wilkesboro
151 US 21 – East Statesville, Harmony
152
A-B
A: I-77 south – Charlotte
B: I-77 north – Elkin, Mount Airy
Signed as exits 152A (south) and 152B (north)
153 US 64 – StatesvillePermanently closed as of October 1, 2012; was an eastbound exit and westbound entrance[33][34]
154 US 64 (Old Mocksville Road)
 162 US 64
Davie
Mocksville168 US 64 – Mocksville
170 US 601 – Mocksville, Yadkinville
 174Farmington Road
 180 NC 801 – Bermuda Run, Tanglewood
Forsyth
Clemmons182Harper Road – Tanglewood, Bermuda Run
184Lewisville–Clemmons Road – Lewisville, Clemmons
Winston-Salem188 I-40 Bus. east / US 421 – Downtown Winston-Salem, Yadkinville, WilkesboroNo access from I-40 east to US 421 south
189 US 158 (Stratford Road)
190Hanes Mall BoulevardWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
192 NC 150 (Peters Creek Parkway) – Downtown Winston-Salem
193CSilas Creek Parkway, South Main StreetWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
193
A-B
A: US 52 / NC 8 south – Lexington, Midway
B: US 52 / US 311 / NC 8 north – Mount Airy, Walkertown, Stanleyville
North end of US 311 overlap; signed as exits 193A (south) and 193B (north)
195 NC 109 / Clemmonsville Road – Thomasville
196 I-74 east / US 311 south – High PointSouth end of US 311 overlap
Kernersville201Union Cross Road
203 NC 66 / Regional Road – Kernersville, High Point
Guilford
 206 I-40 Bus. north / US 421 – Kernersville, Downtown Winston-SalemNorth end of US 421 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
Greensboro208Sandy Ridge Road
210 NC 68 – High Point, Piedmont Triad International Airport
211Gallimore Dairy Road
212 I-73 / US 421 south / To Bryan Boulevard – AsheboroEast end of US 421 overlap; signed as exits 212A (Bryan Boulevard) and 212B (I-73/US 421)
213Guilford College Road
214Wendover AvenueSigned as exits 214A (east) and 214B (west) eastbound
216Patterson StreetEastbound exit and westbound entrance
217High Point Road, Koury Boulevard
218 US 220 south to I-85 Bus. south / Freeman Mill Road – AsheboroWest end of US 220 overlap; signed as exits 218A (US 220) and 218B (Freeman Mill Road)
219 I-85 Bus. south / US 29 south / US 70 west – CharlotteSouth end of US 29/I-85 Bus. and west end of US 70 overlap
220Randleman Road
221South Elm-Eugene Street – Downtown Greensboro
222Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
223 US 29 north / US 70 east / US 220 north – ReidsvilleNorth end of US 29//US 220 and east end of US 70 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
224 To US 29 north / US 220 north / East Lee StreetTo Bennett College, UNC Greensboro, A&T University and Greensboro College
226McConnell Road
227 I-85 south to US 70 – CharlotteSouth end of I-85 and north end of I-85 Bus. overlap; hidden north I-785 and west I-840
I-40 overlaps with Interstate 85 (exits 131 to 163)
Orange
Hillsborough259 I-85 north – DurhamNorth end of I-85 overlap
261Old NC Highway 86Hillsborough
263New Hope Church Road
266 NC 86 – Chapel Hill, Hillsborough
Durham
Chapel Hill270
A-B
A: US 15 / US 501 south – Chapel Hill
B: US 15 / US 501 north – Durham
Signed as exits 270A (south) and 270B (north)
273 NC 54 – Chapel Hill, DurhamSigned as exits 273A (west) and 273B (east) westbound
Durham274 NC 751 – Jordan Lake
276Fayetteville Road  – Southpoint, North Carolina Central University
278 NC 55 to NC 54 – Apex
 279
A-B
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A: NC 147 south (Triangle Expressway) – Morrisville
B: NC 147 north (Durham Freeway) – Downtown Durham
Signed as exits 279A (Toll NC 147 South) and 279B (NC 147 North)
 280Davis Drive
Durham281Miami Boulevard
282Page Road
283 I-540 east / NC 540 west to US 1 to US 70  – North RaleighSigned westbound as exits 283A (East I-540) and 283B (West NC 540)
Wake
Morrisville284Airport Boulevard – RDU International AirportSigned eastbound as exits 284A (west) and 284B (east)
Cary285Aviation Parkway – Morrisville, RDU International Airport
287Harrison Avenue – Cary
Raleigh289 To I-440 / US 1 north / Wade Avenue – Downtown RaleighTo PNC Arena, Carter–Finley Stadium, State Fairgrounds, NCSU Veterinary College, and NC Museum of Art
290 NC 54 – Cary
291Cary Towne Boulevard – Cary
293
A-B
A: US 1 south / US 64 west – Cary, Asheboro
B: I-440 east / US 1 north – Raleigh, Wake Forest
West end of US 64 overlap; signed as exits 293A (south/west) and 293B (north/east)
295Gorman Street
297Lake Wheeler Road
298
A-B
A: US 70 east / US 401 south / NC 50 east (S. Saunders Street South) – Garner
B: US 70 east / US 401 north / NC 50 west – Downtown Raleigh
Signed as exits 298A (east/south) and 298B (west/north)
299Hammond Road, Person Street
300Rock Quarry Road
301 I-440 west / US 64 east – KnightdaleEast end of US 64 overlap; Eastbound exit is a left exit
 303Jones Sausage Road
Garner306
US 70 west / US 70 Bus. east – Garner, Clayton
West end of US 70 overlap; signed as exits 306A (west) and 306B (east) westbound
309 US 70 east – Smithfield, GoldsboroEast end of US 70 overlap
Johnston
 312 NC 42 – Clayton, Fuquay-Varina
 319 NC 210 – Smithfield, Angier, McGee Crossroads
Benson325 NC 242 south to US 301 – Benson
328
A-B
A: I-95 south – Dunn, Fayetteville
B: I-95 north – Smithfield, Wilson
Signed as exits 328A (south) and 328B (north)
 334 NC 96 – Peacocks Crossroads, Smithfield
Sampson
Newton Grove341 NC 50 / NC 55 – Newton Grove, Dunn, Benson
343 US 701 – Clinton, Newton Grove
 348Suttontown Road – Suttontown
 355 NC 403 – Faison
Duplin
Warsaw364
NC 24 west / NC 24 Bus east to NC 50 – Warsaw, Clinton
West end of NC 24 overlap
369 US 117 – Warsaw, Magnolia
Magnolia373 NC 24 east / NC 903 – Magnolia, Kenansville, BeulavilleEast end of NC 24 overlap
 380Charity Road – Rose Hill, Greenevers
Wallace384 NC 11 – Wallace, Greenevers, Kenansville
385 NC 41 – Wallace, Chinquapin, Beulaville
Pender
Burgaw390 US 117 – Wallace, Burgaw
398 NC 53 – Burgaw, Jacksonville
408 NC 210 – Hampstead, Rocky Point, Topsail Island
New Hanover
Castle Hayne414Holly Shelter Road – Castle Hayne, Hampstead
416
A-B
A: I-140 west / US 17 south – Bolivia, Shallotte
B: US 17 north – Hampstead, Topsail Island
Signed as exits 416A (west/south) and 416B (north)
Wilmington420 US 117 north / NC 132 north – Castle Hayne
Gordon Road – Ogden
Signed as exits 420A (Gordon Road) and 420B (US 117/NC 132) westbound
423.55681.64 US 117 south / NC 132 south – State Port, Carolina BeachContinuation as US 117/NC 132
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  33. ^ Vieser, Dave (September 24, 2012). "I-40 exit will close as part of interchange improvements". Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Observer. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  34. ^ Spencer, Preston (September 19, 2012). "Part of Greenway Trail to close until 2015; Exit 153 eliminated". Statesville, NC: Statesville Record & Landmark. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 

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