Interstate 73 in North Carolina

By | October 18, 2022


Begin Hamlet
End Price
Length 134 mi
Length ~215 km
  • 8 Ellerbe
  • 11 Ellerbe
  • 13 Crawford Road
  • 16 SR-73
  • 18 Norman
  • 22 Belford Church Road
  • 24 South Candor
  • 27 Candor
  • Biscoe
  • Star
  • 39 US 220
  • 41 Black Ankle Road
  • 45 Seagrove
  • 49 New Hope Church Road
  • 68
  • South Asheboro
  • 72 Asheboro
  • Downtown Asheboro
  • Presnell Street
  • North Asheboro
  • North Asheboro
  • Pineview Road
  • → Winston-Salem
  • Randleman
  • Randleman
  • Level Cross
  • SR-62
  • 94 Old Randleman Road
  • 95 → Raleigh
  • 97 → Charlotte
  • 102 Wendover Avenue
  • 103 → Winston-Salem / Raleigh
  • 104 Friendly Avenue
  • 107 Bryan Boulevard
  • 109 Bryan Boulevard
  • 109 Oak Ridge Road
  • 110 NC-68
  • 111 NC-68
  • 116 Summerfield
  • 119
  • 120
  • 122 Stokesdale
  • 123 Stokesdale (NC-68)

Interstate 73 or I -73 is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The highway is to form a north-south route in the central part of the state. I-73 runs partly over US 220. There are currently 163 kilometers to drive from Rockingham to Stokesdale, the planned length is approximately 215 kilometers.

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Travel directions

I-73 at Summerfield, north of Greensboro.

I-73 at Greensboro.

The route begins at Hamlet, where future Interstate 73 in South Carolina crosses the border into North Carolina. At Hamlet, take the existing highway US 74 to Rockingham, and from there take the 2×2 US 220 towards Greensboro, which turns into the existing highway signposted as Interstate 73. Special is the bypass of Asheboro, where the exits are in the median strip. The highway then forms part of the ring road of the larger city of Greensboro, which has 2×4 lanes.

In Greensboro, one crosses Interstate 40, which runs from Winston-Salem to Raleigh. It also crosses Interstate 85, the highway from Charlotte and Atlanta to Richmond in Virginia. The highway here follows the Greensboro ring road that leads past the airport. Between Greensboro and Price, I-73 must follow the route via the existing 2×2 US 220 to the Virginia border.


Before the construction of I-73, US 220 was the north-south route in this part of the state. Interstate 73 was not one of the originally planned Interstate Highways, nor was its construction under federal funding from the Interstate Highways. Despite this, parts of US 220 have been developed as freeway. Construction of I-73 was included in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, designating it as a High Priority Corridor 5, running from Myrtle Beach in South Carolina to Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan would expire. The number I-73 was signposted from May 1997 after an approval by the AASHTO. At that time, the section from Rockingham to Greensboro was signposted as ‘Future I-73’.

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Construction history

The first section of what would later become I-73 was US 220 around Asheboro. The Asheboro bypass opened to traffic as early as the 1960s. By 1980 this bypass had been extended northwards to Level Cross, and a separate section from Emery to Ever was then in use. By 1987, the route had been extended from Level Cross to I-40 in Greensboro. In 1996, the missing link between Ever and Asheboro opened. The Rockingham bypass didn’t open until later, in 2000 or 2001. On February 21, 2004, the short section double-numbered with I-85 opened south of Greensboro. On January 8, 2008, a 26-kilometre stretch from Ellerbe to Candor opened. On February 21, 2008, the 10-mile section opened along the southwest side of Greensboro, between I-40 and I-85.

On May 19, 2017, the first section opened north of Greensboro, a 10-mile stretch between State Route 68 and US 220 at Summerfield. Work began in June 2014 to build a stretch of I-73 between Bryan Boulevard / Greensboro Urban Loop and State Route 68, north of the Greensboro Airport. This section was officially inaugurated on June 9, 2017, and opened to traffic on July 2, 2017.

In 2018, two sections of I-73 were commissioned in northern and southern North Carolina. This included both the conversion of existing roads, 4 miles between Summerfield and NC-68 north of Greensboro, which was completed in March 2018, and 4 miles between the north side of Rockingham and Ellerbe, which was completed in June 2018.

Opening history

van nasty length datum
do not Asheboro (north) 14 km 00-00-196x
Asheboro (north) Level Cross 17 km 00-00-1980
Emery Still 21 km pre 1984
Level Gross Greensboro (I-85) 15 km circa 1987
Still do not 19 km 00-00-1996
Greensboro (I-85) Greensboro (I-85) 2 km 00-00-2004
Ellerbe Emery 26 km 08-01-2008
Greensboro (I-85) Greensboro (Bryan Blvd) 16 km 21-02-2008
Greensboro (NC-68) Summerfield (US 220) 10 km 19-05-2017
Greensboro (Bryan Boulevard) Greensboro (NC-68) 6 km 02-07-2017
Summerfield (US 220) NC-68 7 km 00-03-2018
Rockingham (north) Ellerbe 6 km 00-06-2018


Greensboro – Virginia

Currently, I-73 is completed until it merges with NC-68 in Rockingham County. There is then still about 30 kilometers to the border with Virginia. This part is still being planned.

Southern North Carolina

After that, a stretch of about 15 kilometers between Rockingham and Ellerbe is missing in the south. In June 2018, the conversion of US 220 between Ellerbe and Rockingham was completed, including service roads and two new connections. Work on the Rockingham bypass proper was awarded $146 million on November 5, 2019. This includes 12 miles of new highway between US 220 on the north side of Rockingham and US 74 on the west side of Rockingham. The highway is due to open by the end of 2023.

Traffic intensities

Daily 13,000 vehicles drive north of Rockingham, rising to 16,000 to 22,000 vehicles south of Asheboro and 36,000 vehicles pass Asheboro. After that, 39,000 vehicles drive to the fork with I-74 and 24,000 to 27,000 vehicles to the south side of Greensboro. The portion that coincides with the Greensboro Urban Loop has 54,000 vehicles on the double-numbered I-85, 50,000 vehicles between I-85 and I-40, and 50,000 vehicles on the west side of Greensboro.

Interstate 73 in North Carolina