Special routes of U.S. Route 74

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U.S. Route 74 marker

U.S. Route 74
Highway system

Several special routes of U.S. Route 74 exist. In order from west to east they are as follows.

Existing[edit]

Asheville–Forest City alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 74A
LocationAshevilleForest City, NC
Length60 mi[1] (97 km)
Existed1994–present

U.S. Route 74 Alternate (US 74A) was established in 1994, replaced the old mainline US 74 route when US 74 was moved onto the Solon David Smart Memorial Highway and I-26. The alignment of US 74A varies greatly from the current parent route. US 74A traverses through downtown Asheville, goes through the mountain resort communities of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, continues to Ruth, passes between the towns of Rutherfordton and Spindale, and bypasses Forest City to the south. US 74, joins I-40 eastbound west of Asheville, and switches onto I-26 eastbound through Fletcher, bypassing most of urban Asheville. Continuing along a southeasterly course, the parent US 74 passes by Hendersonville and splits from I-26 at Columbus; after passing south of Rutherfordton, US 74 meets the eastern terminus of US 74A.[2]

US 74A is concurrent with US 64 from Ruth in the east through Lake Lure, where NC 9 joins,and Chimney Rock; the three routes separate in Bat Cave. NC 9 splits to the north,US 64 to the south ; US 74A alone continues west from that point. In Asheville, US 74A has many concurrencies; US 70 is concurrent with US 74A in east and downtown Asheville and Interstate 26, I-240, US 19/US 23 are concurrent with US 74A west of downtown. Near US 74A's western terminus, US 19/US 23 are concurrent with US 74A. NC 81 overlaps with US 74A for a short 1-mile (1.6 km) segment in southeast Asheville. Between Asheville and Gerton, US 74A bears the street name Charlotte Highway. East of Gerton, the road is named the Gerton Highway until arriving at Bat Cave. Through towns and cities, the road takes various names including Main Street and Railroad Avenue.

US 74A is overlapped by two North Carolina scenic byways: Drovers Road (Asheville to Bat Cave) and Black Mountain Rag (Bat Cave to Lake Lure).[3]


CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
BuncombeAsheville0.00.0 I-40 / US 74 / US 19 south / US 23 south (Smokey Park Highway) – Enka, Hickory, KnoxvilleSouth end of US 19/US 23 overlap
2.64.2
US 19 Bus. north / US 23 Bus. north (Haywood Road)
3.25.1 NC 63 north (Leicester Highway) – Leicester
4.06.43A
Future I-26 east / I-240 west / US 19 Bus. south / US 23 Bus. south
East end of Future I-26 and west end of I-240 overlap
4.47.13BWestgate / Resort Drive
4.87.74A
Future I-26 west / US 19 north / US 23 north / US 70 west – Weaverville, Johnson City
West end of Future I-26/US 70 and north end of US 19/US 23 overlap
5.08.04BPatton Avenue  – DowntownEastbound exit and westbound entrance
5.58.94CMontford Avenue / Haywood Street
6.09.75A US 25 (Merrimon Avenue)To Biltmore Estate and UNC Asheville
6.210.05B I-240 eastEast end of I-240 overlap
6.510.5 NC 694 north (Town Mountain Road)To Blue Ridge Parkway
7.512.1 I-240 / Chunns Cove Road
8.012.9 US 70 east (Tunnel Road) – SwannanoaEast end of US 70 overlap
8.714.0 NC 81 west (Swannanoa River Road) – Biltmore ForestWest end of NC 81 overlap
10.016.1 NC 81 east (Swannanoa River Road) – SwannanoaEast end of NC 81 overlap
10.516.98 I-240 westWest end of I-240 overlap
11.017.79 I-40 / I-240 east – Hickory, KnoxvilleEast end of I-240 overlap
11.819.0Blue Ridge ParkwayRight-in/right-out in both directions
HendersonBat Cave28.746.2 NC 9 north – Black MountainNorth end of NC 9 overlap
28.846.3 US 64 west – HendersonvilleWest end of US 64 overlap
RutherfordLake Lure36.057.9 NC 9 south – Mill SpringSouth end of NC 9 overlap
Rutherfordton52.083.7 US 221 – Marion
Ruth52.584.5 US 64 east – MorgantonEast end of US 64 overlap
Rutherfordton54.086.9
US 74 Bus. / US 221A – Spindale, Forest City
Forest City60.096.6 US 74 – Columbus, Shelby
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Rutherfordton–Forest City business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 74 Business
LocationRutherfordtonForest City, NC
Length21.5 mi[4] (34.6 km)
Existed1960–present
US 74 Business at the Cleveland/Rutherford County line

U.S. Route 74 Business (US 74 Bus) was established in 1960 as a renumbering of US 74A, it traversed along Washington Street and Charlotte Road in Rutherfordton. In December, 1970, US 74 was extended east through Spindale, Forest City, and Ellenboro when US 74 was placed on new freeway bypass.[5] In 1994, US 74 was moved south onto a new alignment towards Columbus, converting the old mainline into US 74A; as a result, US 74 Business was rerouted in Rutherfordton to go south in concurrency with US 221 to the US 74 freeway.[6]


CountyLocationmi[4]kmDestinationsNotes
Rutherford0.00.0 US 74 / US 221 south – Columbus, Shelby, ChesneeSouth end of US 221 overlap
Rutherfordton5.38.5 US 221 north / US 221A / NC 108 west – Marion, ColumbusNorth end of US 221/US 221A overlap
6.210.0 US 74A – Ruth, Forest City
Forest City11.418.3 US 221A south (Broadway Street)South end of US 221A overlap
12.820.6Bostic Sunshine Highway – Bostic
Cleveland20.132.3 NC 120 south – Cliffside
Mooresboro21.534.6 US 74 – Columbus, Shelby
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Shelby business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 74 Business
LocationShelby, North Carolina
Length6.2 mi[7] (10.0 km)
Existed1960–present

U.S. Route 74 Business (US 74 Bus) was established in 1960 as a renumbering of US 74A, following Marion Street and Warren Street. In December, 1971, the eastern portion of Warren Street was changed, forcing eastbound US 74 Business to be rerouted north on DeKalb Street then onto Marion Street.[8]

The entire route is in Shelby, Cleveland County.

mi[7]kmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0 US 74 / NC 226 – Forest City, Columbus, Polkville
1.52.4 NC 18 / NC 150 west (Lafayette Street) – FallstonWest end of NC 150 overlap
3.25.1 NC 150 east (Cherryville Road) – CherryvilleEast end of NC 150 overlap
4.87.7 NC 180 (Post Road)
6.210.0 US 74 – Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Kings Mountain business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 74 Business
LocationKings Mountain, North Carolina
Length5.4 mi[9] (8.7 km)
Existed1984–present

U.S. Route 74 Business (US 74 Bus) was established in 1984, it was a renumbering of the old mainline US 74 through Kings Mountain. US 74 Business begins at US 74 west of Kings Mountain. The route is routed along Shelby Road into the town. US 74 Business runs through the downtown of area Kings Mountain before reaching US 74 again on the eastern side of Kings Mountain.


CountyLocationmi[9]kmDestinationsNotes
ClevelandKings Mountain0.00.0 US 74 – Shelby, Gastonia
2.03.2Kings Mountain Boulevard
4.06.4 NC 216 (Battleground Avenue) – Grover, Cherryville
4.67.4 NC 161 (Cleveland Avenue) – Bessemer City, York
Gaston5.48.7 US 74 east – Gastonia, CharlotteEastbound exit and westbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Monroe bypass[edit]



U.S. Route 74 Bypass
LocationStallingsWingate, NC
Length18.72 mi[10] (30.13 km)
ExistedNovember 27, 2018–

U.S. Route 74 Bypass (US 74 Byp.), also known as the Monroe Expressway, is a 18.72-mile (30.13 km) toll road that bypass north of Monroe, between Stallings and east of Wingate.[11][12] The highway’s purpose is to improve mobility and capacity along the US 74 corridor. At a cost of approximately $840 million and right-of-way acquisition already completed, construction was originally to begin in October 2012; however, because of several environmental issues and litigation, the project was delayed till May 2015.[13][14] On November 27, 2018, the Monroe Expressway opened to traffic.[15]

The Monroe Expressway uses all-electronic tolling, with tolls payable with valid transponder (NC Quick Pass, E-ZPass, Peach Pass or SunPass) or Bill by mail, which uses automatic license plate recognition. Tolls are collected per gantry, seven in total, which are located between each exit along the bypass. As of July 24, 2018, the total trip rate is $2.54 with valid transponder and $3.92 via bill by mail.[16][17]

The entire route is in Union County.

LocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
Stallings US 74 west – CharlotteContinuation as US 74
Hemby Bridge257Indian Trail–Fairview Road – Hemby Bridge, Indian Trail
Indian Trail259Unionville–Indian Trail Road – Lake Park
Monroe260Rocky River Road
264 US 601 (Concord Highway) – Monroe, Concord
266 NC 200 (Morgan Mill Road)
Wingate270Austin Chaney Road – Wingate
18.7230.13 US 74 east – RockinghamContinuation as US 74
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Rockingham–Hamlet business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 74 Business
LocationRockinghamHamlet, NC
Length15.0 mi[18] (24.1 km)
Existed2003–present

U.S. Route 74 Business (US 74 Bus) was established in 2003 as a renumbering of the mainline US 74 through Rockingham and Hamlet.[19]

The entire route is in Richmond County.

Locationmi[18]kmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0
US 74 / Future I-73 / Future I-74 – Laurinburg, Wadesboro
Rockingham2.03.2Cartledge Creek Road
5.58.9 US 220 – Asheboro, Cheraw
5.89.3 US 1 south (Hancock Street) – Cheraw
Hamlet11.017.7 NC 177 (King Street) – Cheraw
12.019.3 NC 38 south (Louis Breeden Boulevard) – Bennettsville
13.020.9 NC 381 south – Gibson
15.024.1
US 74 / Future I-74 east – Laurinburg
Eastbound exit and Westbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Laurinburg–Maxton business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 74 Business
LocationLaurinburgMaxton, NC
Length12.4 mi[20] (20.0 km)
Existed1967–present

U.S. Route 74 Business (US 74 Bus) was established in 1967 as a renumbering of mainline US 74 through Laurinburg. In 1984, it was extended east replacing mainline US 74 through Maxton.[21]


CountyLocationmi[20]kmDestinationsNotes
Scotland0.00.0 I-74 west / US 74 west – Hamlet, RockinghamWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
Laurinburg1.32.1 NC 79 south (Gibson Road) – Gibson
2.03.2 US 15 / US 401 / US 501 – Aberdeen, Raeford, McColl
2.84.5
US 15 Bus. / US 401 Bus. / US 501 Bus. (Main Street)
5.89.3 I-74 / US 74 – Hamlet, Rockingham, Whiteville
RobesonMaxton9.815.8 NC 71 north / NC 130 south (Patterson Street) – Red Springs, Raemon
12.420.0
I-74 / US 74 / US 74 Alt. east – Laurinburg, Whiteville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Maxton–Lumberton alternate route[edit]


U.S. Route 74 Alternate
LocationMaxtonLumberton, NC
Length15.5 mi[22] (24.9 km)
Existed2007–present

U.S. Route 74 Alternate (US 74 Alt) was established in 2007 when mainline US 74 and I-74 were realigned to a new freeway south of the old route, between Maxton to near Lumberton.[23][24] The route, just south of the banks of the Lumber River, goes through mostly farmland. In between, NC 710 connect travelers to Pembroke, where the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is located. Highway signs along the route are signed as "Alternate" or "ALT" above US 74; as opposed to US 74A, which is used in Western North Carolina.

The entire route is in Robeson County.

Locationmi[22]kmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0
I-74 / US 74 / US 74 Bus. west – Maxton, Laurinburg
5.08.0 NC 710 – Pembroke, RowlandTo University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Lumberton15.524.9 I-74 / US 74 – Whiteville, Wilmington
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Chadbourn–Whiteville business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 74 Business
LocationChadbournWhiteville, NC
Length12.3 mi[25] (19.8 km)
Existed1975–present

U.S. Route 74 Business (US 74 Bus) was established in 1975 to replace the old mainline US 74 through Chadbourn and Whiteville. The route is mostly in concurrency with US 76 Business.[26]

The entire route is in Columbus County.

Locationmi[25]kmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0
Future I-74 / US 74 west / NC 130 north / NC 410 – Laurinburg, Bladenboro, Whiteville
West end of NC 130 and north end of NC 410 overlap
Chadbourn1.93.1
US 76 / US 76 Bus. – Fair Bluff, Whiteville
West end of US 76 Bus. overlap
2.13.4 NC 410 south (Brown Street) – Chadbourn, Tabor CitySouth end of NC 410 overlap
Whiteville9.214.8 US 701 / NC 130 east (Powell Boulevard) – Tabor City, Clarkton, ElizabethtownEast end of NC 130 overlap
9.515.3
US 701 Bus. (Pinckney Street/Madison Street)
Roundabout
12.119.5 NC 214 east (Sam Potts Highway) – Hallsboro
12.319.8
Future I-74 / US 74 / US 76 – Wilmington, Laurinburg
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Future[edit]

Shelby bypass[edit]


U.S. Route 74 Bypass
LocationShelby, North Carolina

U.S. Route 74 Bypass (US 74 Byp.) is the future designation of the Shelby bypass; currently being constructed in phases. The designation, listed on NCDOT documents, has not been submitted/approved by AASHTO.[27]

The entire route is in Cleveland County.

LocationmikmExitDestinationsNotes
194 US 74 eastEastbound entrance and westbound exit
197Washburn Switch Road
199 NC 226 (Polkville Road)
NC 18 (Fallston Road)
NC 150 (Cherryville Road)
Shelby US 74 westEastbound exit and westbound entrance
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       Unopened

Former[edit]

Rutherfordton alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 74A
LocationRutherfordton, North Carolina
Length2.2 mi[28] (3.5 km)
Existed1949–1960

U.S. Route 74 Alternate (US 74A) was established in 1948 or 1949, it followed the original US 74 route through Rutherfordton, as the mainline US 74 was placed on a new bypass route through Ruth. Traversing along Washington Street and Charlotte Road, it was renumbered US 74 Business in 1960.[2]

Shelby alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 74A
LocationShelby, North Carolina
Length6.2 mi[7] (10.0 km)
Existed1936–1960

U.S. Route 74 Alternate (US 74A) was established in 1936 as a new primary routing using Marion Street through Shelby; paralleling mainline US 74, which was on Warren Street. Around 1949, US 74 was moved onto new bypass south of Shelby; US 74A was thus extended on both directions. As part of this development, US 74A was split west on Marion Street and east on Warren Street. In 1960 it was renumbered to US 74 Business.[2]

Bessemer City alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 74A
LocationBessemer City, North Carolina
Length10.0 mi[29] (16.1 km)
Existed1937–1938

U.S. Route 74 Alternate (US 74A) was established in 1937, this alternate route, along with US 29A, followed the old routing from Kings Mountain to Gastonia, via Bessemer City. A year later, it was renumbered as NC 161 and NC 274.[2]

Monroe alternate route 1[edit]

U.S. Route 74A
LocationMonroe, North Carolina
Length0.40 mi[30] (0.64 km)
Existed1949–1952

U.S. Route 74 Alternate (US 74A) was established between 1945–49, it was set up as an inner bypass of downtown Monroe, via Jefferson Street. It was decommissioned in 1952 when US 74 moved out of the downtown area, converting the old route, along Charlotte Avenue and Franklin Street, into the second alternate route.[2]

Monroe alternate route 2[edit]

U.S. Route 74A
LocationMonroe, North Carolina
Existed1952–1954

U.S. Route 74 Alternate (US 74A) was established in 1952, it replaced the old mainline US 74 through downtown Monroe, via Franklin Street and Charlotte Avenue. In 1953, it was rerouted along Skyway Drive when US 74 was completely realigned onto new bypass routing between Matthews and Monroe. In 1954, it was decommissioned.[2]

Rockingham alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 74A
LocationRockingham, North Carolina
Existed1953–1957

U.S. Route 74 Alternate (US 74A) was established between 1951–53, after US 74 was rerouted south of downtown Rockingham. The alternate route followed the old alignment along Washington Street and Rockingham Road. In 1957 it was decommissioned.[2]

Leland alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 74A
LocationLeland, North Carolina
Length0.14 mi[31] (0.23 km)
Existed1936–1975

U.S. Route 74 Alternate (US 74A) was established in 1936, it replaced mainline US 74 through an intersection in Leland, while the mainline was moved just off to the right on Village Road. At 0.14 miles (0.23 km), it was the shortest alternate route. It was unsigned throughout its existence,[citation needed] but was marked on state and county maps up until 1975, when NCDOT downgraded it to secondary road status.[32]

Wrightsville Beach alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 74A
LocationWrightsville Beach, North Carolina
Existed1938–1940

U.S. Route 74 Alternate (US 74A) was established by 1938 as new primary routing, it went from Causeway Drive south along Waynick Boulevard, ending on the south-end of Wrightsville Beach; making it a spur route of US 74. By 1940, it was replaced by an extension of US 76.[2]

References[edit]

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  27. ^ "R-2702 Cleveland County, US 74 Shelby Bypass" (PDF). NCDOT. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
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  29. ^ Google (August 16, 2012). "US 74A - Bessemer City" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  30. ^ Google (August 16, 2012). "US 74A - Monroe 1" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  31. ^ Google (August 16, 2012). "US 74A - Leland" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
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