Greensboro Urban Loop

First Proposed: 1967
First Segment Approved: 1995

First Segment Opened: 2002
Full Loop By: Late 2022?

The Route: A 39 mile loop around Greensboro providing through traffic with bypass and access to PTI Airport


The Greensboro Loop, when complete, will be a 39-mile interstate quality route that will have four different interstate designations, plus a US Route. The southern half is complete and signed as I-85, I-73 and US 421. The northern half is still under construction, and will have I-840 (part with I-73) and I-785 routed upon it, see map below:

Map of Greensboro Loop courtesy of NCDOT, 2010

Map courtesy of NCDOT's Greensboro Loop Website.1

Loop History



The first proposal for a loop around Greensboro dates back to 1967 when the highway appeared in the City of Greensboro's transportation plan. Serious discussion of the future route did not happen until a decade later when the city's 1977 thoroughfare plan which included the Loop was officially adopted. Getting funding took longer, not until 1989 when the state created a funding mechanism for urban loops, was an official proposal passed along to NCDOT. In 1995 a Record of Decision for the Loop was approved allowing construction to start. The first segment to open, in 2002, was a short 2.2 mile connector between I-40/85 and US 70 east of Greensboro, which would be eventually be part of I-785 and I-40. The first major segment of the Loop to open was in 2004, a 12.9 mile segment that would serve as a southeast bypass for Interstate 85. The next segment to open in 2008 was in the southwest, 8 miles long that, would initially carry I-40 and I-73, but later I-73 and US 421. This segment continued 3.6 miles further north to Bryan Blvd. and provided access to Greensboro-PTI International Airport. This segment carries both I-73 and I-840 which, because of the short length, are signed as Future routes.2 Currently under construction are two segments of the western loop, from Bryan Blvd. to US 220, due to open in March 2018 and from US 220 to Lawndale Avenue, started in November 2016 and due to be completed in December 2020. The Loop is also being constructed on the eastern side from US 70 to US 29, work started in 2014 and was due to be completed at the end of 2018, but that date has been pushed back a year. The last remaining segment of the Loop, from Lawndale Avenue to US 29 is due to start construction in late 2018.

This page will provide Exit Lists and Photos of the completed segments and Exit Lists, Plans and Photos to track progress building those parts under construction. The segments will start at the intersection of the Loop with I-40 east of Greensboro and move clockwise:

Southeast Segment 

I-85 North Carolina shield image from Shields Up!

 Exits 131 to 122 (with US 421 shield image from wikimedia from Exit 126 to 121)






Completed in 2004

Exits This Segment, North to South



Exit 131 I-40 shield image from wikimedia West I-785 shield image from wikimedia North (Business 85 shield image from wikimedia South) Greensboro Danville

Exit 129 Youngs Mill Rd

Exit 128 Alamance Church Rd

Exit 126B Greensboro (Old US 421 shield image from wikimedia)

Exit 126A US 421 shield image from wikimedia South Sanford

Exit 124 South Elm-Eugene St

Exit 122C US 220 shield image from wikimedia North Greensboro Coliseum Area

Exit 122B I-73 shield image from wikimedia US 220 shield image from wikimedia South Asheboro

Exit 122A To Groometown Rd/To Grandover Pkwy

Exit 121 I-73 shield image from wikimedia US 421 shield image from wikimedia North to I-40 West Winston Salem

Photos from this Segment






Photos taken while I-40 was routed on the Greensboro Loop in 2008:

Image of overhead signs at I-73 exit when I-40 was routed on Greensboro Loop in 2008




Photos taken while segment was under construction in 2003:


Image of Greensboro Loop/I-85 under construction in October 2003

Image taken of Greensboro Loop, I-85 under construction in October 2003

Image of Greensboro Loop under construction in October 2003

Image of bridge over under construction Greensboro Loop/I-85 in October 2003

Southwest Segment Interstate 73 North Carolina shield image, from Shields Up! US 421 shield image from wikimedia Exits 95 to 103





Completed in 2008

Exits in This Segment, South to North


Exit 95 (SB) I-73 shield image from wikimedia US 220 shield image from wikimedia South Asheboro

Exit 97C (SB) I-85 Exit 122C (NB) Groometown Road / To Grandover Pkwy

Exit 97B (SB) I-85 shield image from wikimedia South/Business 85 shield image from wikimedia South/ US 29 shield image from wikimedia South / US 70 shield image from wikimedia West High Point Charlotte

Exit 97A (SB) Business 85 shield image from wikimedia North / US 29 shield image from wikimedia North / US 70 shield image from wikimedia East Greensboro

Exit 100 Gate City Blvd

Exit 102 Wendover Ave

Exit 103A I-40 shield image from wikimedia East Greensboro

Exit 103B I-40 shield image from wikimedia West US 421 shield image from wikimedia North Winston-Salem

Photos from this Segment



From When I-40 was routed on the Loop in 2008:

Image taken of signage at I-40 exit off of I-73 Greensboro Loop North in 2008

Signage at the end of I-73 North in 2008.

Image of signage at interchange of I-73 Greensboro Loop with I-85 when I-40 ran on the Loop in 2008

Signage on I-40 East/I-73 South approaching I-85 and Business 85.

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Northwest Segment

  Interstate 73 North Carolina shield image, from Shields Up!Exits 103 to 107 Interstate 840 North Carolina shield image, from Shields Up!Exits 5 to 8








I-40 to Bryan Blvd. Segment, Complete, Opened in 2008

I-840 Segment, Bryan Blvd. to US 220/Battleground Avenue, Under Construction-70.7% Complete (4/30/17), Completion Date-March 30, 2018

I-840 Segment, US 220/Battleground Avenue to Lawndale Drive, Under Construction-12.3% Complete (4/30/17), Completion Date-December 28, 2020

Exits in this Segment, South to North


Exit 103A (SB) I-40 shield image from wikimedia West US 421 shield image from wikimedia North Winston-Salem

Exit 103B (SB) I-40 shield image from wikimedia East Greensboro

Exit 104 W Friendly Ave

Exit 107A (NB) Bryan Blvd DOWNTOWN

Exit 107B (NB) Bryan Blvd PTI Airport (Future I-73 shield image from wikimedia North Martinsville)

Future Exits

Exit 3A (SB) I-73 shield image from wikimedia North PTI-GSO Airport Martinsville

Exit 3B (SB) Bryan Blvd DOWNTOWN

Exit 6  US 220 shield image from wikimedia / Battleground Ave

Exit 8 (NB) Lawndale Dr

Exit sign plans for this Segment, from NCDOT3:

Sign plan for new reassurance marker north of W. Friendly Ave. exit on I-840 Greensboro Loop, from NCDOT
This will be the new reassurance marker sign after the W. Friendly Ave. exit once I-73 is completed north of Greensboro.

Sign plans for I-73 North/I-840 East at W. Friendly Ave., from NCDOT
Signage to be put up once I-73 opens north of Greensboro. Current Exit 2 tab for W. Friendly Avenue will be changed to 104.

Sign plan for overhead guide signs on W. Friendly Ave. for I-73/I-840 Greensboro Loop, from NCDOT
Signage to be placed along W. Friendly Avenue.

Sign plan for new overhead signage on I-40 East in Greensboro for I-73/I-840 Greensboro Loop, from NCDOT
Signage plan for I-40 East approaching the Greensboro Loop once I-73 is extended north.
Sign plans for rampt from US 220 South to East I-840 in Greensboro, from NCDOT

Signage to be placed at the ramp from US 220 South to East I-840, the route will be temporarily signed to Lawndale Drive until the rest of the loop to US 29 is completed.

Here's the signage at the future on-ramp to West I-840 from Lawndale Drive:

Plan of signage on Lawndale Dr for West I-840 traffic, from NCDOT

View Photos of this Segment

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Northeast Segment Interstate 840 North Carolina shield image, from Shields Up!Exits 8 to 21 (with Interstate 785 North Carolina shield image, from Shields Up! Exits 14 to 21)



Lawndale Drive to US 29 Section, Planned, Construction to Start in 2018

US 29 to US 70 Section, Under Construction-78% Complete as of 4/16/17, Completion Date 2019

US 70 to I-40 Section, Complete, Opened in 2002

Exits on this Segment, Going North to South


Exit 8 (SB)  Lawndale Dr

Exit 10    N Elm St

Exit 12*   Yanceyville St

Exit 14    US 29 shield image from wikimedia (Future I-785 shield image from wikimedia) North Reidsville Danville VA

Exit 17    Cone Blvd

Exit 19    US 70 shield image from wikimedia Burlington Greensboro

Exit 21A (SB)   I-40 shield image from wikimedia West (Business 85 shield image from wikimedia South) Greensboro

Exit 21B (SB)   I-40 shield image from wikimedia East / I-85 shield image from wikimedia North Durham Raleigh

*Not official

Exit sign plans for this Segment:4,5

Sign plans for Lawndale Dr and North Elm Street exits off of I-840 East, from NCDOT
Signage at the ramp to Lawndale Drive on I-840 East

Plan for destination mileage sign along I-840 north of Greensboro, from NCDOT
This exit mileage sign will be placed in I-840 East just beyond the Lawndale Drive exit, and will have I-795 added when it is routed north of the Loop.

Plans for 2-Mile advance exit sign on I-840 for US 29/Future I-785 exit
Plans for 2-Mile advance sign for I-840 West/I-785 North at US 29, the first for when I-785 is designated north of the Loop, the second for when the highway opens in 2019.

Plans for signage at exit ramp to US 29 (Future I-785 North) from I-840 North east of Greensboro, from NCDOT
Here's the signage at the exit ramp itself when I-785 is extended north of the Loop.

Sign plans for future sign at Exit 21 of I-840 Greensboro Loop at I-40 east of Greensboro, from NCDOT
At the other end of the segment, here's the signage at the beginning of North I-840 which will be temporarily only signed as I-785 until the Loop is completed to Lawndale Drive.
Plans for signage along I-40 West, I-85 South approaching Greensboro Loop
Plans for signage approaching the Loop from I-40 West/I-85 South. Includes spaces for Future placement of I-840 shield and another I-73 marker.

Here's plans for signage at the interchanges. First US 29:

Plan for signage at future US 29/I-785 interchange on Greesnboro Urban Loop, from NCDOT
The first signs will not have I-840 listed.

For Huffine Mill Road:
Plan for ground mounted signage at future Huffine Mill Rd exit off of I-785 Greensboro Urban Loop, from NCDOT
The destination northbound will be changed to Danville once I-785 is completed north of the Loop.

Finally, for US 70 which will replace the current signage for Future I-840:
Plan for new ground-mounted signage at US 70 interchange with I-785 Greensboro Urban Loop, from NCDOT

Photos from this Segment


Taken on April 15, 2017 by Site contributor Strider:

Image of newly placed End I-785 sign at I-85/I-40 Exit on Greensboro Loop
The first I-785 shield to appear on the Greensboro Loop just prior to the I-84/I-40 Exit heading south.

Image taken of new signage with I-785 shield on I-40 East at Greensboro Loop exit, by Adam Prince
In early 2017 NCDOT started putting up new overhead signs with I-785 at the Greensboro Loop Exit, the extra space is for a future I-840 shield, photo by Adam Prince.

Taken by the Webmaster on March 30, 2017:

Image of Future I-840 along open eastern segment of Greensboro Loop from I-40 to US 70
A Future I-840 sign that has been up since shortly after the route was opened in 2002. Unknown whether this will remain when I-785 signs go up

Image taken of exit sign support posts placed prior to US 70 exit on eastern segment of Greensboro Loop
New exit support posts behind existing US 70 exit sign, new exit signs were placed along the route in mid-April 2017.

Image of exit ramp at temporary end of I-785/I-840 at US 70 exit along eastern segment of Greensboro Loop
Traveling along the future exit ramp to US 70 now serving as the end of this segment of the Greensboro Loop heading north.

Image taken from current end of eastern segment of Greensboro Loop looking at future roadway north toward US 29
Looking over the barrier at the US 70 exit you can see the future I-785/I-840 Loop heading north with paving near completion.

Image of construction at US 70 interchange along the eastern section of the Greensboro Loop
Looking at the future I-785/I-840 Southbound Loop lanes you can see support posts being staged for future overhead signs.

Image taken of future Loop bridge near US 70 exit along eastern section of Greensboro Loop
View of future I-785/I-840 bridge over creek just south of the US 70 interchange.

Image of Future I-840 Sign along ramp from US 70 to Southbound lanes of Greensboro Loop's Eastern Section
Another Future I-840 sign along what will be the ramp from US 70 to the Loop Southbound. Despite new I-785 signs going up (see below), this sign still stands as of April 2017.

Image of previous overhead sign for I-40/I-85 exit at southern end of eastern segment of Greensboro Loop in March 2017
Sign for the end of I-785/I-840 as it existed from the opening of the southeastern segment of the route in 2005 (with a space for former Business I-40) until April 2017.  Here's what the new signs looks like courtesy of site contributor Strider:
Image of new overhead sign for I-40/I-85 along South I-785 Greensboro Loop, by StriderImage of new 1/2 mile advance sign for I-40/I-85 exit at southern end of I-785 Greensboro Loop, from Strider

The new signs drop Business 85 which is now only referred to on an auxiliary trailblazer:
Image of newly placed Business I-85 sign at end of I-785 Greensboro Loop at I-40/I-85
A closer look at the overheads seen at the official end of I-785:
Image of new signs on exit ramp from I-785 South Greensboro Loop at I-40/I-85 interchange
 
Video taken of the Eastern Segment of the Greensboro Loop