Where: I-77, Virginia Border to Exit 101, Surry County
Length: 4.5 Miles
I-74 enters North Carolina signed with I-77 for its first four and 1/2 miles. This segment was completed easily in April 2001 with the addition of 2 I-74 signs, one each direction to what was previously just I-77 (see eastbound photo below). Signage at the I-77 interchange, both on I-77 North and I-74 West (including new 2021 sign plans for the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway section), implies I-74 goes as far as Wytheville, Virginia, (the termination point of the route according to AASHTO) but the interstate was, and is still not, signed north of the North Carolina border by Virginia. I-74 East leaves I-77 southbound as a left exit (see below).
In sign plans released for the letting of the final contract for the Eastern Section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway in August 2022, it appears NCDOT wants to change the exit number from one based on I-77 mileage, to that with I-74 mileage:
Sign plan showing proposed replacement of Exit 101 tab to Exit 5 tab for I-74 exit off of I-77.
The auxiliary sign for the Vineyard Tours is to change its number to that on I-74.
Proposed location for I-74 Mile 1 markers and removal of existing I-77 Mile 104 markers near Virginia border.
The proposed location for I-74 Mile 2 markers is just west/north of the Maple Grove Church Road bridge.
Proposed location for I-74 Mile 3 marker eastbound is beyond the state border weigh station.
Proposed location for I-74 Mile 4 markers prior to the I-74/I-77 split headed east/south.
I-74 West/I-77 North: From Prior to I-77 South On-Ramp (June 2019)
I-74 East/I-77 South: From the Virginia/North Carolina Border (September 2019)
Image of large East I-74 and South I-77 shields after crossing into North Carolina, Photo courtesy of H.B. Elkins
Signage along I-77 North Approaching the I-74 Exit (photo courtesy of Adam Prince)
Approaching the split of I-74 East from I-77 South near Mt. Airy.