Thumbnail image of NC Interstate 73 shield Segment 11 / Thumbnail image of NC Interstate 74 shield Segment 12

Image of map segment showing I-73/I-74 Segment 11

Where:   Open I-73/I-74 and US 220 Freeway,

Future Rockingham Bypass Freeway

Length:   Approx. 10.5 Miles

Needed:   Upgrade Current Highway to Interstate Standards and Construct New Highway

Completed Route Signed as: Image of NC I-73 shield from Shields Up! I-74 NC shield image from Shields Up! US 220 shield image from wikimedia

Completion Dates:
Reconstruct US 220-COMPLETE as of June 2018 (approved by FHWA on Sept. 27, 2018)

Freeway Bypass-Construction Started Nov. 25, 2019

Completion Date: Fall 2025 (Originally Fall 2023)

Jump to Photos (New 1/21/24)

Jump to Videos (Updated 12/14/22)

Segment Information

[NCDOT released sign plans for the I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass Project on August 20, 2019. Jump to the Sign Plan Images.]

NCDOT contractors started to build the first phase of the a freeway bypass west of Rockingham, listed as STIP Project R-3421C, and Contract 202962 on March 3, 2014. I-73 and I-74 will be routed from an upgraded US 220 onto a bypass of Rockingham which is to be constructed during phase two. The first phase is 3.7 miles of the total project length of 10.5 miles, US 220 south of Ellerbe was upgraded to interstate standards along with new frontage roads on either side to allow access to current businesses. This section includes a new exit (23) at Dockery and Haywood Cemetery Roads. The completion date was April 9, 2018, delayed a month from March 2018 but at the end of April 2018 the work was listed as 94.4% complete (signifying the reason for the opening delay, the anticipated progress was 100%).1 At that time the route could have been open, but there were no reports about the work being completed by NCDOT or local media.Traffic is at least using the completed freeway lanes north from the Haywood Road exit, which is open according to Google Maps. On or before June 25, 2018 NCDOT removed the project from its project listings, indicating work on Phase 1 has been completed.2 In response to an e-mail sent to the NCDOT division overseeing the project on July 10, an NCDOT spokesman told Site contributor Strider that while there was still work to be done, all the lanes were open and traffic was using the final configuration along the new route.3 NCDOT sent a letter to the Raleigh office of the FHWA on August 1, 2018 asking that the upgraded US 220 between the former end of I-73/74 in Ellerbe to US 220 about 1/4 mile south of the interchange with Dockery Road/Haywood Cemetery Road, a total of 2.91 miles, be added to the Interstate System. The FHWA approved the request on September 27, 2018.4 Work was confirmed complete by a trip along the route by site contributer Ben Thurkill in September, his photos are below.

This project had already been delayed from a start date of January 2013, due to unresolved issues involving utility relocation along the current US 220 highway.5 For this part $14.4 million was allotted for Right-of-Way acquisition, which occurred in 2010 and 2011 and total costs are estimated at $59.7 million.6

Remainder of Bypass Work Accelerated After Funding Announced

Work on the remaining part of the Bypass originally was to start in 2018, but it received low marks under the new NCDOT strategic allocation formula which made its debut in December 2014. Due to this, the project became unfunded, meaning, it was not included in the Final 2016-2025 STIP document released June 2015, and that meant that the earliest work could start is 2026.8 However, new funding for road construction announced by NC Governor McCrory in December 2015 became available finance unfunded projects, which included the plan to upgrade US 74 to the east of Rockingham (see I-74 Segment 14) to interstate standards by 2025. The funding of this project probably accelerated the proposal to complete the Bypass, since it would be the only gap in I-74 between Winston-Salem and Laurinburg. An updated February 2016 TIP document showed the project funded as two contracts, R-3421A from the US 74 Bypass near SR 1109, Zion Church Road to South of SR 1140, Old Charlotte Highway, 1.3 miles, with a construction cost of $65.5 million and R-3421B from SR 1140 to southwest of SR 1304, Harrington Road, 4.6 miles, costing $62.8 million lasting between 2022 to 2025.9 It would have include an interchange at Blewitt Falls Rd (Exit 17) and Cartledge Creek Rd (Exit 20), the US 74 interchange (Exit 15) would include a ramp to East Business 74 as well as to West US 74.7 About 1.5 miles of US 74 east of the new Bypass would also be reconstructed as part of the project (to add additional lanes). However, when the Draft 2017-2027 STIP was released in January 2017, the Rockingham Bypass work was put off to 'Post Years', meaning after 2027.10 Apparently the project received low marks in the new set of project scores, which also canceled the funding for the planned work to upgrade US 74 further east. Then in late June 2017, NCDOT announced that the project would be added to STIP whose formal approval came in August. Right of way work would continue while actual construction would start in 2026 continuing at least through 2028, the construction cost for R-3421A being $35.1 million and for R-3421B $37.3 million.11 In August 2018, NCDOT announced, as part of its 2020-2029 STIP development process, that the contract to build the Bypass was to be included in the funded projects for Region 8. At that time it was thought construction most likely would start at the end of the period, 2028 or 2029.12 However, in December 2018, NCDOT added the R-3421A and B Bypass projects to its tentative list of lettings for October 2019. According to  the Final STIP released in September 2019, the project will cost $278 million (including the previously built Section C), with the state contributing $100 million in "Build NC Bonds" to be paid off between 2020 and 2034, will start in early 2020 and be completed in 2023.13 In April 2019, the project let date was moved from October to December 2019, however in July 2019, it was moved back to October 15, 2019.14 When project plans were released (see below) in August 2019, 8 weeks prior to the letting date, there was no longer an interchange included for Blewitt Falls Rd, only Cartledge Creek Road, perhaps the Blewitt Falls exit was seen as too close to the US 74/Business 74 exit. The contract was awarded to the firm of Vecellio & Grogan, Inc. of Beckley, WV with a bid of $146,176,682.77 on October 17, 2019.15 Work started November 25, 2019 and over 4 years later, on January 31, 2024, was nearly 3/4 (74.9%) complete.16 In the spring of 2020 work was started to clear the future interchange area along US 74 east of Rockingham, see photos below.17 Work then moved to clear the land between the southern and northern ends of the bypass. In March 2023 traffic on US 74 West was moved onto its permanent alignment going under the future Bypass roadway (see photos just prior to this below showing the completed realignment). The anticipated completion date is now September 1, 2025, now nearly 2 years later than the original date in the fall of 2023.18

Changes in Plans over the past Decade

In 2002, then NCDOT Secretary Lyndo Tippett indicated that NCDOT planned to lobby the Federal Highway Administration to have the existing four-lane section of US 220 designated Business I-74 when the bypass is complete.19 However, sign plans released for the project in December 2013 (see below) indicate that the current US 220 will keep its designation when the Bypass opens and there were no indications of any Business interstate designation(s).20 In 2000, a couple Future I-73/74 corridor signs were put up along existing US 220 in this area (see below). In July 2002 a Formal Design Public Hearing was held on the campus of Richmond Community College to discuss the project.21 Several more public hearings have been held since to keep local citizens updated.

Take a "Drive" on this Segment Using Google Maps Street View from September 2021 (Updated)

US 220 North approaching future I-73/I-74 interchange: North of Harrington Road

Videos (New 12/14/22)

Driving I-73 South/I-74 East to the current end, then US 220 through Rockingham from Tarheel Travels, June 2022 (New)

Driving I-73 South/I-74 East or I-73 North/I-74 West by RoadwayWiz, Summer 2021(Includes some of Segment 10)

Rockingham Bypass Construction Tour (Gregarious Drivers of Greensboro), October 2021:    Part 1    Part 2    Part 3

Photos from this Segment (Hover over for Larger View)

[NEWEST PHOTOS From June/July 2023 Google Street View are 8 photos further down the page.]

Photos at the future US 74 West exit from I-74 West by David Gallo, September 2023:

Image of entry to future US 74 West exit ramp from I-73 North/I-74 West Rockingham Bypass, by 
       David Gallo, September 2023View of US 74 West entering the future off-ramp from I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass and the open ramp on the left for Business 74 East.


Image of US 74 West on the future exit ramp from I-73 North/I-74 West Rockingham Bypass, by 
       David Gallo, September 2023 US 74 West on the future off-ramp from I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass.


Image of US 74 West exit heading under ramp for Business 74 from future I-73 North/I-74 West Rockingham Bypass, by 
       David Gallo, September 2023 US 74 West heading under new ramp for Business 74.


Image of US 74 West heading under ramps for Business 74 and future I-73 North/I-74 West Rockingham Bypass, by 
       David Gallo, September 2023US 74 West heading under the open ramp for Business 74 and future bridges for the I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass.


Photos at the future US 74 West exit from I-74 West by Tracy Hamm, August 2023:

Image of completed 3-lane US 74 West roadway updated to interstate standards prior to future 
        I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange, by Tracy Hamm, August 2023The completed interstate standard US 74 (Future I-74) West 3-lane roadway approaching the future I-73 North/I-74 West US 74 interchange.


Image of US 74 West roadway using new exit ramp from future I-73/I-74 at Rockingham Bypass interchange, by Tracy Hamm, August 2023Heading onto the US 74 West ramp from the future start of the I-73 North/I-74 West Rockingham Bypass. The temporary exit sign is for the newly opened ramp to Business 74.


Image of 2-lane US 74 West ramp heading under bridges that will carry the future 
        I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass, by Tracy Hamm, August 2023The US 74 West ramp heading under bridges that will carry I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass traffic.


NEW Photos at the future US 74 Business exit from US 74 by Google Maps Street View, June and July 2023:

Image of new Business US 74 ramp from Future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass, Google Maps Street View, 
        July 2023View from the former US 74 West lanes now serving as part of the new exit ramp to US 74 Business East.


Image of new Business US 74 ramp lanes and Future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass lanes from US 74 East, Google Maps Street View, 
        July 2023As seen from US 74 East lanes, the new Business 74 ramp and construction continuing on the future I-73 North/I-74 West lanes.


Image of future I-74 East lanes from temporary US 74 East lanes in I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction
        zone, Google Maps Street View, June 2023View from temporary US 74 East lanes using former westbound roadway of the widening and grading of the future I-74/US74 East roadway.


Image of future I-73South/I-74 West bridge under construction over new US 74 West ramp in Rockingham 
        Bypass construction zone, Google Maps Street View, June 2023The future I-73 South/I-74 East ramp bridge still under construction crossing the new US 74 ramp roadway.


Cartledge Creek interchange (Exit 20) construction from Google Maps Street View, June 2023:

Image of paving started along future exit ramps to I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass from Cartledge 
       Creek Road, Google Maps Street View, June 2023Looking east along Cartledge Creek Road towards interchange ramps from future I-73/I-74 Bypass recently paved.


Image of future off-ramp from I-73 South/I-74 East Rockingham Bypass to Cartledge 
       Creek Road, Google Maps Street View, June 2023Looking up along future off-ramp to Cartledge Creek Road from I-73 South/I-74 East, partially paved.


Image looking at future on-ramp to I-73 South/I-74 East Rockingham Bypass to Cartledge 
       Creek Road, Google Maps Street View, June 2023Now looking at the future Bypass south on-ramp, again only partially paved.


Image of completed landscaping for future bridge carrying I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass over Cartledge 
       Creek Road, Google Maps Street View, June 2023Closer look at completed landscaping for future I-73/I-74 Bypass bridge over Cartledge Creek Road.


Image of future bridge landscaping for I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass over Cartledge 
       Creek Road, Google Maps Street View, June 2023A closer look in the other direction at the earth moved south of Cartledge Creek Road for the future bridge.


Image of future exit ramp to I-73 North/I-74 West Rockingham Bypass from Cartledge 
       Creek Road, Google Maps Street View, June 2023The future on-ramp from Cartledge Creek Road to I-73 North/I-74 West recently paved.


Image looking along future off-ramp from I-73 North/I-74 West Rockingham Bypass to Cartledge 
       Creek Road, Google Maps Street View, June 2023Looking south along future Cartledge Creek Road exit off-ramp towards the I-73/I-74 Bypass lanes.


Photos taken along US 74 through the Rockingham Bypass construction zone on August 2023 by David Gallo:

Overhead signage at exit for US 74 Business East on US 74 at start of Rockingham Bypass, David Gallo,
        July 2023Current signage at the start of the US 74 Rockingham Bypass at the Business 74 exit, heading east. The ramp for I-73 North/I-74 West will use a modified Business 74 exit ramp.


Image of view of Bypass construction zone from US 74 Business East exit on US 74 East, David Gallo,
        July 2023Start of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction zone on US 74 East after the Business 74 exit.


View of cleared area for future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange from US 74 East, David Gallo,
        July 2023Construction barrels being used to restrict US 74 East traffic down to 1 lane prior to heading through Bypass construction area.


Image of widening work along US 74 Business ramp onto US 74 West prior to Rockingham Bypass work zone, David Gallo,
        July 2023Work continues to widen the Business 74 on-ramp to US 74 West prior to entering the interchange work zone.


Image of lane closure after US 74 Business East ramp brudge over US 74 East in Rockingham Bypass 
        construction zone, David Gallo, July 2023Barrels restricting US 74 traffic to 1 lane after heading under Business 74 East ramp bridge.


Image of completed bridges for Future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass traffic currently over
        US 74 West lanes, David Gallo, July 2023Completed bridges that will carry I-73/I-74 lanes over  new alignment of US 74 West. Remains of former US 74 lanes seen prior to bridge.


Image of I-73/I-74 bridges currently over US 74 West in Rockingham Bypass work zone, David Gallo,
        July 2023A closer view of the future I-73/I-74 bridges from US 74 West as US 74 heads uphill from the future interchange.


Image of US 74 East traffic transitioning over to former westbound lanes through remainder of
        Rockingham Bypass construction zone, David Gallo, July 2023One lane US 74 East traffic being transitioned to former westbound lanes through Rockingham Bypass construction zone.


Image of US 74 East traffic using former westbound lanes through remainder of
        Rockingham Bypass construction zone, David Gallo, July 2023 US 74 East traffic using former westbound lanes passing by future site of I-73/I-74 interchange leaving the Rockingham Bypass construction zone.


Photos taken along US 74 through the Rockingham Bypass construction zone on July 26, 2023 by Adam Prince

Image of approaching the I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction area on US 74 East, Adam Prince 
        July 2023Approaching the construction zone on US 74 East. The roadway is being narrowed to one lane through the construction zone. The Business 74 on-ramp is to the left.


Image of Business 74 on-ramp construction in I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction area from US 74 East, Adam Prince 
        July 2023View of Business 74 lane construction from US 74 East.


Image of the bridges that will carry I-73/I-74 traffic to the Rockingham Bypass as seen from
        US 74 East, Adam Prince July 2023The bridges that will carry I-73/I-74 over US 74 West seen from the open eastbound lane.


Image of US 74 East passing through the I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction area, Adam Prince 
        July 2023 US 74 East continues its one lane alignment passing the future site of the I-73/I-74 Bypass exit.


Photos taken along Business 74 West through the Rockingham Bypass construction zone on July 29, 2023 by Adam Prince

Image of 1 Mile advance sign for US 74 East exit on Business 74 West prior to I-73/I-74 Rockingham
        Bypass construction zone, Adam Prince July 20231 Mile advance sign for US 74 East exit prior to Bypass construction area.


Image of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction area from Business 74 West, Adam Prince 
        July 2023Hilltop view of Bypass construction from Business US 74 West.


Image of future Bypass exit ramp construction on Business 74 West prior in I-73/I-74 Rockingham
        Bypass construction zone, Adam Prince July 2023A 1/2 Mile advance sign for US 74 East exit prior to new ramp and lane construction along Business 74.


Image of ramp and lane construction along Business 74 West for future I-73/I-74 Rockingham
        Bypass, Adam Prince July 2023A closer view of the ramp and lane construction.


Image of future on-ramp to I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass from Business 74 West, Adam Prince July 2023The future on ramp to I-73 North/I-74 West from Business 74 West.


Image of future bridge carrying I-73/I-74 Rockingham over Business 74, Adam Prince July 2023Business 74 West passing through site of future bridge carrying I-73/I-74.


EARLIER PHOTOS

Photos taken along US 74 through the Rockingham Bypass construction zone

Screen Grabs from video from North Carolina Backroads taken along US 74 West from Pembroke to Wingate College, released July 1, 2023 showing open ramp at future Bypass interchange:

Image of US 74 West now widened to 3 lanes approaching future interchange with I-73/I-74 
       Rockingham Bypass, video from North Carolina Backroads, July 2023Completed section of US 74 West widened to 3 lanes approaching the future I-73 North/I-74 West interchange.


Image of VMS sign US 74 West now widened to 3 lanes approaching future interchange with I-73/I-74 
       Rockingham Bypass, video from North Carolina Backroads, July 2023Further along US 74 West with no permanent signage up a VMS sign indicates through traffic uses the right 2 lanes at the 73 North/I-74 West interchange.


Image of future US 74 West ramp now serving as through lanes at future interchange with I-73/I-74 
       Rockingham Bypass, video from North Carolina Backroads, July 2023Heading onto the future US 74 West ramp, Business 74 traffic uses the current left lane.


Image of US 74 West traffic now using future ramps from I-73 North/I-74 West at construction zone for 
       Rockingham Bypass, video from North Carolina Backroads, July 2023 US 74 West now using future exit ramp from future I-73 North/I-74 West prior to the start of the Bypass.


Image of US 74 West traffic going under new Business 74 ramp in future interchange with I-73/I-74 
       Rockingham Bypass, video from North Carolina Backroads, July 2023 US 74 West ramp heading under the new ramp to Business 74.


Image of US 74 West traffic heading under future I-73/I-74 bridges constructed as part of
       Rockingham Bypass, video from North Carolina Backroads, July 2023Further along US 74 West with VMS sign indicating through traffic must use right 2 lanes at the future I-73 North/I-74 West interchange.


Image of US 74 West traffic returning to old alignment, now removed as part of future interchange with I-73/I-74 
       Rockingham Bypass, video from North Carolina Backroads, July 2023 US 74 West traffic returning to old alignment after future I-73 North/I-74 West interchange, old lanes removed.


Image of widening being done along US 74 West now after Business 74 on-ramp at end of construction zone for
        interchange with I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass, video from North Carolina Backroads, July 2023Widening continues along US 74 West after Business 74 on-ramp at then end of the Rockingham Bypass construction zone.


New Google Maps Satellite Photo shows future Bypass corridor:

Google Maps satellite image of future I-73/I-74 Bypass corridor around 
      Rockingham

Google Maps Street View images along US 74 West taken in March 2023:

Image of partially paved lanes of US 74 West heading towards at site of future I-73/I-74 
        Rockingham Bypass interchange, Google Maps Street View, March 2023Paving underway along US 74 West's closed lanes heading towards future the I-73/I-74 Bypass interchange.


Image of newly paved, but not opened, future US 74 ramp lanes at site of future I-73/I-74 
        Rockingham Bypass interchange, Google Maps Street View, March 2023Paving underway on Future US 74 West ramp lanes that will run under the I-73/I-74 Bypass lanes.


Image of newly paved, but not opened, future US 74 ramp lanes at site of future I-73/I-74 
        Rockingham Bypass interchange, Google Maps Street View, March 2023Paving underway also on Future Business 74 East exit ramp.


Psving of future US 74 West lanes returning to original alignment at site of future I-73/I-74 
        Rockingham Bypass interchange, Google Maps Street View, March 2023Looking back at the Future US 74 West lanes returning to the current roadway after going under the future I-73/I-74 Bypass overpass.


Image of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass bridge over US 74 West, Google Maps Street View, 
        March 2023Closer look at the nearly completed I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass bridges over the future US 74 West lanes.


Image of newly created paved crossover for US 74 East traffic to soon to westbound lanes, as part 
        of construction of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange, Google Maps Street View, March 2023Recently constructed crossover for US 74 East traffic to use US 74 West lanes after westbound traffic is moved to the new lanes while eastbound lanes are reconfigured, this project will run from May to July.


Taken in January 2023 by Tracy Hamm along US 74 West:

Image of paving being done along ramp that will carry US 74 West traffic being built as part of 
        I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass project, photo by Tracy Hamm, January 2023Paving had started along ramp that will carry US 74 West traffic under the I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass lanes, and the new US 74 Business exit, in the distance. These lanes were opened in March.


Taken on Dec. 24, 2022 by David Gallo:

Image of new lane paved along US 74 West approaching I-73/I-74 Bypass construction zone, 
                                            photo by David Gallo, December 2022New future lane has been paved approaching the future I-73 North/I-74 West interchange.


Image of new lane paved along US 74 West approaching I-73/I-74 Bypass construction zone, 
                                            photo by David Gallo, December 2022New paved lane continues to the future I-73 North/I-74 West interchange.


Image of concrete barrier along US 74 West at future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass off-ramp, 
                                            photo by David Gallo, December 2022Concrete barriers stand in front of the future I-73 North/I-74 West off-ramp from US 74 West.


Image of construction barrels along US 74 West at former US 74 Business off-ramp, 
                                            photo by David Gallo, December 2022Many orange barrels block the former Business 74 exit ramp.


Image of US 74 West in I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction zone at former Business US 74 exit, 
                                            photo by David Gallo, December 2022Gore sign marking site of former Business 74 exit ramp being reconfigured as part of the future I-73 North/I-74 West Bypass interchange.


Image of US 74 West in I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction zone at former Business US 74 exit, 
                                            photo by David Gallo, December 2022A closer look at the still standing gore sign of the former Business 74 exit being reconstructed in the distance.


Image of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction from US 74 West, 
                                            photo by David Gallo, December 2022 I-73 North/I-74 West Bypass construction seen in the distance from US 74 West.


Image of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction from US 74 West, 
                                            photo by David Gallo, December 2022Clearing for the future I-73 North/I-74 West Bypass can be seen heading north from US 74 West.


Image of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction from US 74 West, 
                                            photo by David Gallo, December 2022 Clearing seen from US 74 West for future ramps from the I-73 South and I-74 East.


Images along US 74 East taken from Google Maps Street View, September 2022:

Image of view along US 74 East approaching construction site of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham 
       Bypass, Google Maps Street View, September 2022Approaching the site of interchange construction along US 74 East.


Image of view along US 74 East of construction site of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham 
       Bypass, Google Maps Street View, September 2022View from US 74 East at ramp for future I-73 North/I-74 West traffic from US 74 West.


Image of view along US 74 East of construction of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham 
       Bypass, Google Maps Street View, September 2022The off-ramp bridge under construction seen from US 74 East.


Image of ramp bridge being built to carry future I-73/I-74 traffic to Rockingham 
       Bypass from US 74 West, Google Maps Street View, September 2022A closer look at the bridge from US 74 East.


Image of view from US 74 East of construction of of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham 
       Bypass, Google Maps Street View, September 2022Now looking back at cranes helping construct the new Bypass ramp from US 74 West.


Image of former ramp to US 74 Business used as storage place for equipment constructing future I-73/I-74 Rockingham 
       Bypass, Google Maps Street View, September 2022View of former Business US 74 East exit ramp now being used to store construction equipment.


Image of view along US 74 East approaching construction site of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham 
       Bypass, Google Maps Street View, September 2022A wider view of the interchange ramp construction from US 74 East.


Images taken from Google Maps Street View, May 2022:

Image from US 74 West of start of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction zone, Google Maps Street 
        View, May 2022View from US 74 West at start of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction zone showing more landscape clearing beyond Mile Marker 307.


Image from US 74 West of construction ramp paralleling roadway, Google Maps Street 
        View, May 2022The future ramp carrying I-73 North/I-74 West can be seen on the right.


Image from US 74 West of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction zone at former US 74 Business
        exit, Google Maps Street View, May 2022Approaching the former US 74 Business exit where bridges for future ramps are being constructed.


Image from US 74 West of former US 74 Business ramp being used as construction equipment
        storage area for I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass, Google Maps Street View, May 2022Closer view of the former US 74 Business ramp, now used to store construction equipment.


Image of gore sign still standing for closed US 74 Business ramp, now holding construction equipment for
        I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction, Google Maps Street View, May 2022The gore sign still stands for the former US 74 Business exit, with construction equipment beyond.


Image of bridge construction for future ramp for I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass, Google Maps 
        Street View, May 2022View of bridge for future interchange ramp under construction beyond former US 74 Business exit.


Image of bridge under construction for I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass, Google Maps Street View, May 
        2022Looking back along US 74 West at bridge under construction over future interchange ramp.


Image of concrete pipes with grading of land for construction of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass beyond from US 74 West, 
        Google Maps Street View, May 2022Concrete pipes with cleared land for the future interchange in the distance.


Image of construction for I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from Business US 74, Google Maps Street View, May 
        2022View from start of Business US 74 East of ramp construction for the future interchange between that route and US 74.


Image of bridge construction for I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from Business US 74, Google Maps Street View, May 
        2022View from Business US 74 East of support construction for the future bridges over ramps and the new alignment for that route.


Image of construction for I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from Business US 74 West, Google Maps Street View, May 
        2022View from Business US 74 West of Bypass construction at the 1/2 mile advance sign for the US 74 East exit.


Image of construction for I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from Business US 74 Eest, Google Maps Street View, May 
        2022View from Business US 74 East of grading taking place between the east and west lanes.


Image of construction of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass ramp as seen from Business US 74 West, Google Maps Street View, May 
        2022View of future ramp I-73 North/I-74 West ramp from US 74 West paralleling Business 74.


Image of construction of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass ramp as seen from Business US 74 West, Google Maps Street View, May 
        2022View of landscaping along Business US 74 East.


Photos taken on December 24, 2021 by David Gallo:

Image of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction as seen from US 74 West, by David Gallo, 
        December 2021View from along US 74 West of the Rockingham Bypass construction area.


Image of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange area as seen from US 74 West, by David Gallo, 
        December 2021Closer look along US 74 West at the grading running along the route for the Rockingham Bypass interchange.


Image of grading continuing for future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from US 74 West, by David Gallo, 
        December 2021Grading continues approaching the former Business 74  exit, still with gore sign in place.


Image of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction as seen from US 74 West, by David Gallo, 
        December 2021A closer look at the construction area.


Image of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass bridge construction as seen from US 74 West, by David Gallo, 
        December 2021Looking at start of bridge construction for the interchange ramps.


Photos from Google Maps Street View images from June to November 2021

At the current end of I-73/I-74:

Image taken of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass roadway from US 220 South ramp, Google Maps 
         Street View, Sept. 2021Looking south from the what will be the US 220 ramp from I-73 South/I-74 East towards Harrington Road.


Image taken of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass roadway from US 220 South ramp of 
        Harrington Road bridge, Google Maps Street View, Sept. 2021Looking south a further along US 220 showing future I-73/I-74 Bypass after Harrington Road.


Image taken of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass roadway from US 220 South ramp of 
        future off-ramp to US 220 South, Google Maps Street View, Sept. 2021The completed future on-ramp to US 220 South from I-73 North/I-74 West.


Image taken of looking back future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass off-ramp to US 220 South 
        at northern end of Rockingham Bypass, Google Maps Street View, Sept. 2021Looking back at the future on-ramp to US 220 South from I-73 North/I-74 West.


US 220 North at Future I-73/I-74 interchange

Image of sign gantry prior to future off-ramp from US 220 North to I-73 South/I-74 East 
        Rockingham Bypass, Google Maps Street View image, September 2021Gantry at future ramp to Rockingham Bypass prior to merge with I-73 North and I-74 West.


Image of future off-ramp from US 220 North to I-73 South/I-74 East 
        Rockingham Bypass, Google Maps Street View image, September 2021Looking along future ramp to Rockingham Bypass prior to merge with I-73 North and I-74 West.


Harrington Road

Image of view looking south from Harrington Road bridge over future I-73/I-74 Rockingham 
        Bypass, Google Maps Street View image, September 2021Looking south from Harrington Road bridge, built as part of the first contract, over paved section of the I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass.


Image of view looking northeast from Harrington Road bridge over future I-73/I-74 
        Rockingham Bypass toward end at US 220, Google Maps Street View image, September 2021Looking in the opposite direction, northeast from Harrington Road bridge toward the US 220 South ramp.


Image of view looking north from Harrington Road bridge over future I-73/I-74 Rockingham 
        Bypass toward ramp to US 220 South, Google Maps Street View image, September 2021Looking the same direction further along the Harrington Road bridge toward the future ramp to US 220 South at the end of the Bypass.


Dave Kings Road

Image of view of cleared area looking south from Dave Kings Road along future pathway of 
        I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass, Google Maps Street View, Sept. 2021Looking south at cleared area for future roadbed of the I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass, this is part of the current construction project.


Image of view of cleared area looking north from Dave Kings Road along future pathway of 
        I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass, Google Maps Street View, Sept. 2021Looking south at cleared area for future roadbed of the I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass.


Business 74

Image of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction work seen from US 74 Business East, Google 
        Maps Street View image, September 2021Construction vehicles lined up in cleared area for part of future interchange between US 74 and I-73/I-74.


Image of bridge support, part of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction work seen from US 74 Business East, Google 
        Maps Street View image, September 2021Business 74 heading east about to pass under future bridge for interchange between US 74 and I-73/I-74.


Image of bridge support, part of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction work seen from US 74 Business East, Google 
        Maps Street View image, September 2021Closer view of support for future bridge being built for interchange between US 74 and I-73/I-74. The gore sign for the current Business 74 can be seen in the distance.


Image of US 74 Business passing site of future bridge being constructed as part of future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass ramp from US 74, Google 
        Maps Street View image, September 2021Looking south along Business 74 to site of future bridge being built for interchange between US 74 and I-73/I-74. .


Image of US 74 Business running parallel to future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass ramp from US 74, Google 
        Maps Street View image, September 2021Path for future ramp to carry I-73 North/I-74 West from US 74 West.


East US 74

Image of construction area for future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from US 74 East lanes, 
        Google Maps Street View image, November 2021View of cleared area north of closed Business 74 exit for future Bypass interchange looking across US 74 West.


Image of bridge construction area for future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from US 74 East lanes, 
        Google Maps Street View image, November 2021View of grading and bridge construction for future Bypass interchange looking across US 74 West.


Image of construction area for future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from US 74 East lanes, 
        Google Maps Street View image, November 2021View of cleared area running alongside US 74 West.


Image of construction area for future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from US 74 East lanes, 
        Google Maps Street View image, November 2021Construction crews excavating as part of interchange construction alongside US 74 West.


Image of ramp construction area for future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from US 74 East lanes, 
        Google Maps Street View image, November 2021Looking northwest across US 74 West at construction at former Business 74 exit ramp.


EARLIER PHOTOS

Taken on July 6, 2021 by David Johnson:

Image of completed section of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass waiting for remainder to be built, as seen 
        from US 220 South exit ramp bridge at current end of I-73 South /I-74 East, by David Johnson, July 2021View of completed section of Rockingham Bypass looking south from US 220 South exit ramp north of Rockingham, the current end of I-73 South.


Image of start of construction zone for future interchange with I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from 
        US 74 West, by David Johnson, July 2021Traveling US 74 West into the Rockingham Bypass construction zone.


Image of construction zone for future interchange with I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as seen from 
        US 74 West, by David Johnson, July 2021The future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange as seen down the hill from US 74 West.


Image of temporary ramp closed sign for closed Business US 74 interchange in I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction zone as seen from 
        US 74 West, by David Johnson, July 2021Sign on US 74 West indicating the Business 74 exit is closed due to construction of the future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange.


Image of exit sign for closed Business US 74 interchange in I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction zone as seen from 
        US 74 West, by David Johnson, July 2021Exit sign for the Business 74 exit which still should be covered up (see earlier photo below) as ramp is closed due to construction of the future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange.


Image of closed Business US 74 interchange in I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction zone as seen from 
        US 74 West, by David Johnson, July 2021Orange barrels blocking the Business 74 exit ramp and construction activity beyond for the future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange.


Image of gore sign at closed Business US 74 exit ramp in I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction zone as seen from 
        US 74 West, by David Johnson, July 2021The gore sign for the closed Business 74 exit ramp, also should be covered over, and construction activity beyond for the future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange.


Image of supports in place for future ramp bridge of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange in construction zone as seen from 
        US 74 West, by David Johnson, July 2021A closeup of piles being driven for the future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange ramp bridge, along with concrete culverts for drainage.


Image of land cleared for future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange as seen from 
        US 74 West, by David Johnson, July 2021Land being graded alongside US 74 West for the future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange.


Image of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange under construction zone as seen from US 74 Business East, by David Johnson, July 2021More land clearing for the future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange as seen from the US 74 Business bridge over US 74.


Image of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange under construction as seen from US 74 Business East, by David Johnson, July 2021Another view looking north from the US 74 Business bridge over US 74, some of the landscaping looks finished.


Image of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange under construction as seen from US 74 Business East, by David Johnson, July 2021 US 74 Business actual bisects the I-73/I-74 Bypass interchange construction zone, here traveling east.


Image of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange under construction as seen from US 74 Business East, by David Johnson, July 2021 Still heading east on US 74 Business through the construction zone, a future bridge for the interchange now under construction.


Image of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange under construction as seen from US 74 Business East, by David Johnson, July 2021 A closer look at the bridge construction for the Bypass on both sides of US 74 Business.


Image of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass interchange under construction as seen from US 74 Business East, by David Johnson, July 2021 US 74 Business East approaches the end of the construction zone for the future Bypass.


Taken on April 18, 2021 by Nick Schaut:

Image of VMS sign warning drivers that Business US 74 exit is closed due to I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass 
        construction, by Nick Schaut, April 2021Portable VMS alerting drivers on US 74 West that the Business 74 exit is closed due to I-73/I-74 interchange construction.


Image of construction along US 74 West approaching closed Business US 74 exit showing constuction of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass 
        construction, by Nick Schaut, April 2021Traveling on US 74 West toward the Pee Dee River bridges, the massive excavation to the right is required to accommodate the Future I-73/I-74 interchanges and ramps.


Image of construction along US 74 West approaching closed Business US 74 exit showing constuction of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass 
        construction, by Nick Schaut, April 2021Continuing down the hill on US 74 West. There was a hill to the right, which has been removed to make way for the new exit to I-73/I-74 North.


Image of Business US 74 exit sign ahead of closure due to I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction, by Nick Schaut, April 2021The Business 74 exit sign. This sign should either be covered up or have a CLOSED banner over it.


Image of hill excavation due to I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction on US 74 West, by Nick Schaut, April 2021A closer look at the excavation. Crews are quite literally obliterating a hill to make way for the new lanes and ramps for the future I-73/I-74 Bypass and US 74 interchange.


Image of equipment for I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction seen from US 74 West, by Nick Schaut, April 2021Cranes, an excavator and sheet piles all staged and ready for the next phase of Bypass construction.


Image of excavation for I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction seen from Pee Dee River bridge on US 74 West, by Nick Schaut, April 2021Looking back toward Business 74 from the US 74 West Pee Dee River bridge, with a brief look at the large scale excavation that is taking place to accommodate the new I-73/I-74 Bypass.


Taken in January 2021 by Tracy Hamm:

Image of construction underway for future I-73/I-74 interchange with US 74 Bypass west of Rockingham,
                                          by Tracy Hamm in January 2021Area now nearly cleared and graded for future I-73/I-74 exit from US 74 West approaching the current Business 74 exit.


Photos taken in May 2020 by Tracy Hamm:

Image of construction underway for future I-73/I-74 interchange with US 74 Bypass west of Rockingham,
                                          by Tracy Hamm in May 2020View of area being cleared and graded for future I-73/I-74 exit from US 74 West approaching the current Business 74 exit.


Image of area being cleared and graded for future I-73/I-74 exit from current exit ramp to 
        Business US 74 on US 74 West in Rockingham, by Tracy Hamm in May 2020Closer view or early work for the future I-73/I-74 exit at the ramp to Business 74.


Photo taken in April 2020 by Tracy Hamm:

Image of clearing starting along north side of US 74 West for future I-73/I-74 interchange, by Tracy 
        Hamm, April 2020Area of future I-73/I-74 interchange being cleared as seen from US 74.


Photos taken heading south on June 17, 2018 by J. Austin Carter:

Image of South I-73 mile marker and South I-73/US 220, East I-74 reassurance markers south of Ellerbe in June 2019, by J. Austin CarterSouth I-73 mile marker at start of Rockingham Bypass segment, followed by South I-73/US 220, East I-74 reassurance marker.


Image of 1-mile advance ground mounted sign for Dockery Rd/Haywood Cemetery Rd exit on I-73/US 220 South, I-74 East in Richmond County, by J. Austin CarterView southbound from hill just prior to 1 Mile advance sign for Dockery Road/Haywood Cemetery Road exit from where you can see the exit itself.


Image of overhead signage at off-ramp to Dockery Rd/Haywood Cemetery Rd on I-73/US 220 South, I-74 East in Richmond County, by J. Austin CarterOverhead gantry with ramp signage for Dockery Road/Haywood Cemetery Road exit and 1-Mile advance sign for US 220 South, the current end of I-73 South (and temporary end of this segment of I-74 East.


Image of 1/2 mile advance overhead sign for US 220 South exit at current end of I-73 South/I-74 East in Richmond County, by J. Austin CarterThe overhead 1/2 mile advance sign for South US 220, the bracket on the right is either for a right lane ending advisory sign or speed advisory sign seen on the next sign.


Image of last reassurance markers for South I-73/US 220, East I-74 prior to South US 220 exit end of freeway in Richmond County, by J. Austin CarterThe last South I-73/US 220, East I-74 reassurance marker just prior to the I-73 Mile 23 post.


Image of overhead ramp sign for US 220 exit with new Speed Limit 45 advisory sign placed to reduce truck rollovers at end of I-73 South in Richmond County, by J. Austin CarterOverhead sign at South US 220 exit ramp. Speed limit 45 advisory sign was added this past spring to reduce further truck rollover incidents caused by high speeds around sharp curve on ramp carrying traffic to South at end of freeway (see photo taken last September, below).


Image of graded future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass freeway as seen from ramp to US 220 South in Richmond County, by J. Austin CarterView of graded roadway to become part of the I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass when construction begins in the spring of 2020.


Earlier Photos taken on September 7, 2018 by Ben Thurkill:

Image of overhead signs at beginning of I-73 North and I-74 West north of Rockingham, by Ben ThurkillFirst overhead sign with I-73 North and I-74 West on US 220 North approaching future interchange with the I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass.


Image of US 220 North ramp at closed ramp to future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass in Richmond County, by Ben ThurkillView of US 220 North at future split of ramps to the I-73 South/I-74 East Rockingham Bypass on the left and the open ramp to join I-73 North/I-74 West.


Image of overhead 1 mile advance sign for Dockery Rd/Haywood Cemetery Rd on I-73 North/I-74 West in Richmond County, by Ben Thurkill1-Mile advance sign for now open Dockery Road/Haywood Cemetery Road exit on US 220 North ramp to I-73 North/ I-74 West in Richmond County. The exit only arrow is over the correct lane. The far right lane ends at the merge with the future Bypass lanes before the exit.


Image of I-73 North/I-74 West and US 220 North reassurance markers after merge with US 220 North ramp in Richmond County, by Ben 
        ThurkillFirst set of reassurance markers for I-73 North and I-74 West after US 220 North ramp merge. The shield set up is different from markers further north which have the interstate shields on the same post.


Image of overhead signage at now open Dockery Rd/Haywood Cemetery Rd exit on I-73 North/I-74 West in Richmond County, by Ben ThurkillOverhead signage at now open Dockery Road/Haywood Cemetery Road exit on I-73 North/I-74 West.


Image of I-73 South/I-74 East and US 220 South trailblazers at on-ramp from Dockery Rd/Haywood Cemetery Rd interchange in Richmond 
        County, by Ben ThurkillTrailblazers at on-ramp to I-73 South/I-74 East/US 220 South at on-ramp from Dockery Road/Haywood Cemetery Road.


Image of 1-mile advance sign for US 220 (with erroneous Business banner) on I-73 North/I-74 West in Ellerbe, by Ben Thurkill1-Mile advance sign for US 220 Ellerbe exit. The Business banner is an error, US 220 without the banner is still signed on the remaining exit signs (1/2 mile advance seen in the distance) and there is no reference to Business US 220 on the signs at the end of the exit ramp.


Image of sign gantry for future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Business exit signs on I-73 South/I-74 East in Richmond County, by Ben ThurkillHeading southbound now, the empty gantry for what will be the 1-Mile Advance sign for the split of US 220 South from I-73/I-74 once the rest of the Bypass is completed.


Image of the last set of I-73 South/I-74 East reassurance markers south of Ellerbe, by Ben ThurkillThe last set of I-73 South/I-74 West reassurance markers just before the I-73 South Mile 23 marker.


Image of overhead sign for US 220 South on gantry for future US 220 South exit on I-73 South/I-74 East in Richmond County, by Ben 
        ThurkillUS 220 South sign on gantry that will hold the future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass/US 220 South exit signage.


Image of End I-73/I-74 trailblazers at start of future US 220 South ramp from I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass, by Ben ThurkillEnd I-73 and I-74 signs are placed at the start of the future US 220 South ramp. These signs will probably be here another 10 years.


Image of cleared path for future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass lanes from US 220 South flyover ramp, by Ben ThurkillView from the US 220 South ramp bridge over the future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass lanes showing preliminary grading. Future ramp from US 220 North to the Bypass seen in the distance.


Image of graded future lanes for I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass from US 220 South off-ramp, by Ben ThurkillLooking the other way from the US 220 ramp bridge shows grading for the future Bypass proceeding a short distance further to the south.


Image of truck rollover on US 220 South ramp bridge over future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass, by Ben ThurkillIt appears not everyone is familiar with the new US 220 South ramp. This truck overturned while apparently going too fast on the curve prior to the bridge over the future I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass lanes.


Earlier photos taken on March 13, 2018 by Charles M. Kunz:

Image of new overhead signage at Haywood Cemetery Rd exit still under construction on I-73 North/I-74 West north of Rockingham, by 
        Charles M. KunzPhoto looking north at future Dockery Rd/Haywood Cemetery Rd exit on Future I-73 North/I-74 West showing ramp near completion. Exit is now open as of June 2018.


Photos taken on February 3, 2018 by AARoads Forum member Thing 342:

Image of US 220 roadway paralleling future I-73/74 freeway north of Rockingam, by Thing 342View heading north on US 220 using future frontage road along side future lanes of I-73 North and I-74 West still under construction with VMS sign in place.


Image of US 220 using future frontage road paralleling under construction lanes of I-73/74 north of Rockingham, by Thing 342Looking north on future frontage roads toward under construction interchange with Haywood Cemetery Road. Traffic transfers to new I-73/I-74 lanes just before exit.


Image of overhead signs placed at Haywood Cemetery Rd on Future I-73/I-74 north of RockinghamNew overhead signage with exit sign for Dockery Road/Haywood Cemetery Road covered over until ramp is completed. The I-73 and I-74 shields are uncovered with the freeway completed north to Ellerbe, despite the routes not officially extended to the segment as of yet.


Photos taken in June 2017 by David Johnson:

Image taken at northern end of I-73/I-74 Bypass construction zone near Ellerbe, by David JohnsonLooking south on US 220 at start of construction zone where traffic is shifted to the future parallel frontage road lanes.


Image taken showing view from US 220 South near Ellerbe of construction of Future I-73/I-74 Rocking Bypass lanes, from David JohnsonLooking south at construction of Future I-73/I-74 lanes between current US 220 Lanes/Future Frontage Roads.


Image of Future I-73/I-74 roadway under construction along US 220 North of Rockingham, by David JohnsonApproaching the future Haywood Cemetery Road exit and completed bridge over the Future I-73/I-74 lanes.


Image taken of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass construction at future US 220 off-ramp north of Rockingham, from David JohnsonFurther down US 220 South looking at future Bypass lanes, graded, going straight and to the right of the current route and then curving away.


Image taken of future US 220 South bridge from I-73/I-74 Bypass under construction north of Rockingham, from David JohnsonView of future bridge taking US 220 traffic to and from I-73/I-74 from current US 220 South.


Image of southern end of I-73/I-74 Bypass construction zone on US 220 South north of Rockingham, from David JohnsonThe southern end of the work zone along US 220  heading towards Rockingham.


Photos taken in August 2016 by J. Austin Carter:

Image of I-73/74 Bypass construction from Sandy Ridge Church Rd north of Rockingham, by J. Austin CarterView of the future US 220 interchange construction area as seen from Sandy Ridge Church Road, of what will be part of the future I-73/74 Bypass south of US 220.


Image of new bridge for Sandy Ridge Church Rd over future I-73/74 Bypass north of Rockingham, by J. Austin CarterLooking from new Sandy Ridge Church Road bridge, not yet opened, over future I-73/I-74 Bypass.


Image from Blue Sky Drive of completed bridge for future US 220 South exit from the I-73/I-74 Bypass,
        photo by J. Austin CarterTaken in the median of US 220 looking south over the future US 220 interchange area with the nearly completed bridge that will take US 220 South from I-73/I-74 in the distance.


Image of future I-73/74 Bypass Roadbed taken from Harrington Road north of Rockingham, by J. Austin CarterView from Harrington Road looking north along future roadbed of I-73/I-74 Bypass south of US 220 (Harrington road is being realigned to meet US 220 further south of the interchange).


Image taken of new bridge over future I-73/&4 Bypass north of Rockingham, by J. Austin CarterView taken along new bridge over future I-73/I-74 Bypass south of US 220.


Image taken of construction along US 220 in vicinity of future Haywood Cemetery Rd interchange, by J. Austin CarterConstruction in the vicinity of Haywood Cemetery Road.


image of closeup of detour sign for Haywood Cemetery Road on US 220 North in future interchange construction area, by J. Austin CarterCloseup of detour sign for Haywood Cemetery Road which is closed while interchange is being constructed.


Image of center pier under construction in US 220 median for future Haywood Cemetery Road Bridge over I-73/I-74 north of Rockingham,
        photo by J. Austin CarterLooking north at bridge pier under construction in US 220 median for future Haywood Cemetery Rd Bridge over I-73/I-74.


Image of US 220 looking south showing progress in building frontage roads along future I-73/74, from J. Austin CarterLooking south on US 220 at northern end of construction zone showing completion of building the southbound frontage roads along path of future I-73/I-74 with US 220 traffic moved onto them so the upgrading of the existing lanes to interstate standards can start.


Image of construction along US 220 just south of Ellerbe upgrading the route to interstate standards, from J. Austin CarterCloser view of the work underway to upgrade US 220 to Interstate Standards.


Image of US 220 South with construction for future I-73/74 north of Rockingham. Photo by Tracy HammView along South US 220 earlier in 2016 showing progress in constructing the frontage roads and upgrading the existing lanes to interstate standards. Photo by Tracy Hamm, 2/26/16.


Image of US 220 highway near Rockingham in October 2005View of US 220 looking south toward Rockingham. This is 3 miles south of where the Ellerbe bypass highway will connect back with current US 220 and where they plan to upgrade the road to an interstate. There are many businesses and driveways along the route that will complicate matters. (October 2005)


Sign plans for the remainder of the Bypass22,23

The sign plans published by NCDOT on August 20, 2019 indicate that I-73 will end at the southern end of the Bypass, and not continue along with I-74 along the US 74 Rockingham Bypass until any construction occurs in South Carolina. There have also been changes to the sign plans since the last set was published in January 2014:

Image of NCDOT sign plan for US 220 exit arrow-per-lane sign at northern end of I-73/I-74 
                                                Rockingham BypassPlan for Arrow-per-Lane sign at current end of I-73/I-74 at US 220.

Notice that previous plan for Future Exit 22 Sign showed that US 220 will keep its current alignment, but had Myrtle Beach and that Wilmington as control cities for I-73/I-74. (plan dated 12/21/13):

Image of previous NCDOT plan for US 220 exit sign at start of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass from Dec. 2013

2019 NCDOT Sign plan for Exit 5 on US 220 for I-73/I-74New sign plan for US 220 North at I-73/I-74 interchange.

Excerpt of sign plans for US 220 interchange with future Rockingham Bypass, from NCDOTPrevious (2014) sign plan for I-73/I-74 exit on US 220 North.

NCDOT sign plan for Cartledge Creek Road exit on Future I-73/I-74 Rockingham BypassSign plan for only exit on the Bypass, Cartledge Creek Road.

NCDOT sign plan for I-73/I-74 Bus. 74 exit at western end of US 74 Rockingham BypassThe sign plans for the US 74 East Exit 306 showing I-73 ending, for now, at the Bypass. Access to the Bypass from US 74 East will be through the Business 74 exit.

NCDOT Sign plan for US 74/Business 74 exit at southern end of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass Sign plan for split of I-73/I-74 North/West and US 74 West at the I-73/I-74 Bypass, showing future I-73 exit number.

NCDOT sign plans for US 74/Bus. US 74 exits on future I-73 South/I-74 East Roclckingham Bypass Sign plan for Business 74 exit at southern end of Bypass showing future message for the inclusion of I-73 and that the control city for I-74/US 74 East is Lumberton.

NCDOT sign plans for I-74/US 74 (Future I-73) East and US 74 West with new exit number at southern end of Future BypassThe exit signs at the western end of Business 74 will have their own exit numbers, appropriately being 1A and 1B (there are no other exits). There will be a future overlay panel made for Exit 1A adding South I-73.

NCDOT sign plans for I-73 North/I-74 West exit from Business US 74 East with own exit number at start of Future BypassThe signs at the beginning of Business 74 East showing access to the I-73 North/I-74 West Bypass from US 74 East will be from a loop ramp from Business 74. with its own number,  Exit 1 (New 1/30/23).

NCDOT sign location plan for End I-73 sign at southern end of I-73/I-74 Rockingham Bypass as US 74Plan showing future location of End I-73 sign just before the bridge crossing Business 74.