Interstate 40 in North Carolina

By | October 14, 2022

 

I-40
Begin Waterville
End Wilmington
Length 424 mi
Length 682 km
Route
  • 7 Harmon Den
  • 15 Fines Creek
  • 20 Waynesville
  • 24 Lake Junaluska
  • 27 Clyde
  • 31 Canton
  • 33 Newfound Road
  • 37 Candler
  • 44 West Asheville
  • 46 → Spartanburg / Kingsport
  • 47 West Asheville
  • 50 South Asheville
  • 51 Asheville
  • 53 → Asheville
  • 55 East Asheville
  • 59 Swannanos
  • 64 Black Mountain
  • 65 Black Mountain
  • 66 Ridgecrest
  • 72 Old Fort
  • 73 Old Fort
  • 75 Parker Padgett Road
  • 81 Marion
  • 83 Ashworth Road
  • 85 Marion
  • 86 Marion
  • 90 Or
  • 94 Dysartsville Road
  • 96 Kathy Road
  • 98 Causby Road
  • 100 Glen Alpine
  • 103 Morgantown
  • 104 Enola Road
  • 105 Morganton
  • 106 Bethel Road
  • 107 Drexel
  • 111 Waldensian
  • 112 Waldensian
  • 113 Rutherford College
  • 116 Card
  • 118 Old NC 10
  • 119 Henry River
  • 121 Long View
  • 123 → Gastonia
  • 125 Hickory
  • 126 Newton
  • 128 Hickory Motor Speedway
  • 130 Farmers Market
  • 132 Conover
  • 133 Rock Barn Road
  • 135 Claremont
  • 138 Catawba
  • 141 Sharon School Road
  • 144 Old Mountain Road
  • 146 Stamey Farm Road
  • 148 West Statesville
  • 150 Downtown Statesville
  • 151 East Statesville
  • 152 → Charlotte / Charleston
  • 153
  • 154 Old Mocksville Road
  • 162
  • 168 Mocksville
  • 170
  • 174 Farmington Road
  • 180 Bermuda Run
  • 182 Tanglewood
  • 184 Lewisville
  • 188 → Wilkesboro
  • 189 → Winston-Salem
  • 190 Hanes Mall Boulevard
  • 192 Downtown Winston-Salem
  • 193 Silas Creek Parkway
  • 193 → Lexington
  • 195 Thomasville
  • 196 → High Point
  • 201 Kernersville
  • 203 High Point
  • 206 → Winston-Salem
  • 208 Sandy Ridge Road
  • 210 Piedmont Triad Airport
  • 211 Gallimore Dairy Road
  • 212 → West Greensboro
  • 213 Guilford College Road
  • 214 Wendover Avenue
  • 216 Patterson Street
  • 217 High Point Road
  • 218 → Rockingham
  • 219 → Charlotte
  • 220 Randleman Road
  • 221 Downtown Greensboro
  • 222 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
  • 223 East Greensboro
  • 224 East Lee Street
  • 226 McConnell Road
  • 227 → Greensboro Loop
  • 228 → Charlotte
  • 259 → Richmond
  • 261 Hillsborough
  • 263 New Hope Church Road
  • 266 Chapel Hill
  • 270 Chapel Hill
  • 273 Durham
  • 274 Jordan Lake
  • 276 Fayetteville Road
  • 278 Apex
  • 279 → Durham
  • 280 Davis Drive
  • 281 Miami Boulevard
  • 282 Page Road
  • 283 → Raleigh Bypass
  • 284 RDU International Airport
  • 285 Aviation Parkway
  • 287 Cary
  • 289 → Raleigh Loop
  • 290 Cary
  • 291 Cary Towne Boulevard
  • 293 → Raleigh Loop
  • 295 Gorman Street
  • 297 Lake Wheeler Road
  • 298 Downtown Raleigh
  • 299 Hammond Road
  • 301 → Raleigh Loop
  • 303 Jones Sausage Road
  • 306 Garner
  • 309 Garner
  • 312 Clayton
  • 319 Smithfield
  • 325 Benson
  • 328 → Savannah / Richmond
  • 334 Peacocks Crossroads
  • 341 Newton Grove
  • 343 → Clinton
  • 348 Suttontown Road
  • 355 Faison
  • 364 Warsaw
  • 369 Magnolia
  • 373 Kenansville
  • 380 Rose Hill
  • 384 Teachey
  • 385 Wallace
  • 390 Burgaw
  • 398 Jacksonville
  • 408 Hampstead
  • 414 Castle Hayne
  • 416 → Wilmington Bypass
  • 420 Wilmington

Interstate 40 or I -40 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The highway forms an east-west route through almost the entire state, leading from Waterville on the Tennessee border through the towns of Asheville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Durham, and Raleigh to the port city of Wilmington. Interstate 40 is 682 kilometers long.

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Travel directions

I-40 at Canton in Western North Carolina.

Appalachian Mountains

Interstate 40 in Tennessee comes from Knoxville and leads into the Appalachian Mountains through the narrow and winding valley of the Pigeon River. The border with North Carolina is crossed in an almost uninhabited area. I-40 follows a scenic route through the winding valley and rises from 450 to 800 meters above sea level. You then reach a somewhat larger valley that has many villages. Here US 19 joins as a freeway from Waynesville. I-40 then takes 2×2 lanes through a low mountain pass before reaching the valley of the town of Asheville. This is the largest city in the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina.

I-40 runs along the south side of Asheville and crosses the French Broad River. Interstate 26 and Interstate 240 follow. The passage along Asheville also has 2×2 lanes. East of Asheville, the highway rises again to over 800 meters and leads over a low mountain pass, before a winding descent into a larger valley at Marion. After this, the hills become noticeably lower and the countryside more densely populated. On the approximately 100-mile stretch from Asheville to Hickory, I-40 passes through a few small towns. At Hickory it follows an interchange with US 321, which forms a freeway to Gastonia. Then one more or less leaves the region of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Piedmont

I-40 at Greensboro.

I-40 on the east side of Raleigh.

I-40 then passes through the Piedmont region, a low plateau that lies between the Appalachian Mountains and the coastal plain. This is the most populous region of North Carolina. I-40 follows a 100-kilometer stretch from Hickory to Winston-Salem through mostly wooded countryside, which is relatively densely populated. At Statesville it follows an interchange with Interstate 77. I-40 holds 2×2 lanes until just before Winston-Salem. It crosses the Yadkin River west of the city, after which I-40 has 2×3 lanes until Winston-Salem. There are two routes through Winston-Salem, the southern bypass of I-40 and the Interstate 40 Business that runs downtown.

On the south side of Winston-Salem, Interstate 285 to Lexington and Interstate 74 to High Point intersect in quick succession. Part of I-40 still has 2×2 lanes between I-74 and the eastern interchange with I-40 Business at Kernersville. After that, both traffic flows are combined on I-40 and the highway has 2×4 lanes. I-40 then passes through the city of Greensboro. The passage of I-40 through Greensboro has 2×3 lanes. There are interchanges with Interstate 73 and [[Interstate 840 in North Carolina|Interstate 840], which forms the Greensboro ring road.

On the east side of Greensboro, a 50-mile double-numbered intersection begins with Interstate 85. This section has 2×4 lanes and passes through Burlington. Just before Durham, the two routes split again, after which I-40 veers southeast. I-40 then forms the South Bypass of Durham and has 2×2 to 2×3 lanes here. Between the cities of Durham and Raleigh are extensive business parks around the interchanges with NC-147 and Interstate 540. I-40 has 2×4 lanes here into Raleigh.

Then, I-40 forms the southern bypass of Raleigh but runs fairly close to downtown. This section of I-40 has 2×3 to 2×4 lanes and interchanges with US 1 from Sanford and Interstate 440, which forms the small ring road from Raleigh. I-40 then heads south and has some 2×3 lanes before the highway narrows to 2×2 lanes in the outer suburbs of Raleigh.

Atlantic Coastal Plain

I-40 at Wilmington.

I-40 then heads south to southeast through the North Carolina coastal plain. This region is relatively sparsely populated. There are no sites of significance on the nearly 200-mile stretch from Raleigh to Wilmington. At Clayton, Interstate 42 branches off to the east and at Benson it intersects with Interstate 95. I-40 temporarily passes through an area with more meadows here. This area of ​​North Carolina is agricultural in character.

I-40 continues south to the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina’s primary coastal city. On the north side of Wilmington, one intersects with Interstate 140, which forms the city’s bypass. Shortly thereafter, I-40 becomes US 117, an urban arterial that continues into downtown Wilmington.

Interstate 40 in North Carolina