Image of NC Interstate 74 shield (from Shields Up!) Segment 18

Portion of 2017-18 NCDOT State Transporation Map showing I-74 Segment 18

Where: US 74/76 from US 76 Exit west of Whiteville to Near NC 211 Exit East of Whiteville

Length: Approx. 23 Miles

Needed: Upgrade to Interstate Standards

When: After 2033

Current Highway Signed as: US 74 shield image from wikimedia Image of Future I-74 corridor sign, courtesy of Adam Prince

Jump to Photos (Latest 5/2/24)

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Segment Information

I-74 is to use the existing 9-mile US 74/76 Whiteville Bypass freeway and an upgraded continuation for 14 more miles further east along the current US 74/76 expressway to near the current exit with NC 211. The US 74/76 Bypass freeway around Whiteville has a 70 MPH speed limit but would need to be upgraded to Interstate Standards to be signed as I-74 (a couple signs indicate it is a Future I-74 Corridor).

Another Piece-Meal Upgrade?

West of Whiteville, a similar piecemeal approach is being taken to upgrade US 74/76 to freeway standards as with Segment 17 to the east. A new interchange was constructed for NC 211 in 2010 (see photo below).1 When I-74 mile markers were put up along US 74/76 in 2012, continuing on to Delco, (mile 270), 12 miles to the east, the NC 211 exit was given the number 258. The Final 2020-2029 STIP released in September 2019 has three projects listed as intersection to interchange/grade separation upgrades east of the Whiteville Bypass. Project R-5749 is upgrading the intersection with SR 1001, Hallsboro Road to an interchange at a cost of $6.3 million. This project started on April 25, 2018 and the exit was opened on June 12, 2020 two months ahead of its expected opening.2 It pushes the US 74-76 freeway three miles further east. Here's a photo of the completed Hallsboro Road bridge from NCDOT:2

NCDOT image of newly completed Hallsboro Road bridge over US 74/US 76 (Future I-74) in Columbus County, June 2020

Here's a couple photos while the interchange was being constructed, taken after the girders were installed over US 74/76 for the future Hallsboro Road bridge, taken by J. Austin Carter:

Image of newly placed girders over US 74/76 (Future I-74) in Columbus County as part of project building new interchange with Hallsboro Road, by J. Austin Carter

A closer look at the bridge:

Image of new bridge support girders recently installed for future Hallsboro Road bridge over US 74/76 (Future I-74), by J. Austin Carter


When plans were released for the Hallsboro Rd contract in January 2018, they indicated the exit number for the interchange would be 248:6

NCDOT announced on July 11, 2022 that Project R-5820 which will upgrade the intersection with SR 1735, Chauncey Town Road to an interchange starting in August 2022 (accelerated from 2025) was awarded to BMCO Contractors. This project is now combined with Project R-5819 that will replace the intersection with SR 1740, (Old Lake Road) with a bridge, for a $44 million cost for both projects.3  On October 25, 2018, NCDOT held a public meeting outlining the plans for this project. Here's a map of the proposed Chauncey Town Road interchange presented at the meeting:4

NCDOT plan for new Chauncey Town Rd interchange on Future I-74 near Whiteville

The work will also include constructing 2 roundabouts south of US 74/76 where both roads intersect NC 214 and extending Georgia Road to Old Lake Road. When the project was advertised on May 24, 2022, sign plans indicated that the new exit in this location, to be called Lake Waccamaw, will be numbered 252:

NCDOT sign plan for Lake Waccamaw exit sign, May 2022

Construction started in August 2022 and as of May 15, 2024 was nearly 2/3 complete at 65.3%. The project is currently scheduled to be completed by the January 2026.5 In the summer of 2012, NCDOT replaced the US 74 mileposts with I-74 mileposts along this stretch, continuing them from Segment 17, 13 miles beyond the NC 211 exit to Delco at Mile 271. It is unknown whether this was a hedge in case the route ends up going to Wilmington instead of Myrtle Beach.

Image of Mile 260 marker along US 74/76 East beyond NC 211 exit in Brunswick County, Google Maps Street View, July 2022

The Mile 260 marker along US 74/76 East, 2 miles beyond the NC 211 exit. Google Maps Street View, July 2022.

Segment Photos

LATEST PHOTOS

Screen shots from video by Driving Around NC travelling through the Lake Waccamaw interchange construction zone, posted on March 30, 2024:

Image of US 74/76 West entering Lake Waccamaw interchange construction zone, screen shot from video by 
        Driving Around NC, April 2024

Entering the Lake Waccamaw construction zone on US 74/76 West.

Image of fill piled up for future Old Lake Road bridge over US 74/76 (Future I-74) in Lake Waccamaw 
       construction zone, screen shot from video by Driving Around NC, April 2024

Dirt mound behind current Old Lake Road along US 74/76 East for future bridge construction.


Image of piers for future Old Lake Road bridge over US 74/76 West in Lake Waccamaw construction zone, 
       screen shot from video by Driving Around NC, April 2024

Support piers now on both sides of US 74/76 West for future Old Lake Road bridge.

Image of US 74/76 West now with interstate standard shoulders in Lake Waccamaw interchange construction 
       zone, screen shot from video by Driving Around NC, April 2024

Completed interstate standard roadway between Old Lake Road and Chauncey Town Road on US 74/76 West.

Image of US 74/76 West being reduced to 1 lane approaching future Chauncey Town Road interchange, screen 
        shot from video by Driving Around NC, April 2024

Reduction to one lane on US 74/76 West approaching Chauncey Town Road.

Image of future Chauncey Town Road off-ramp for Lake Waccamaw interchange, screen shot from 
        video by Driving Around NC, April 2024

Future off-ramp for the Lake Waccamaw interchange on US 74/76 West being constructed on the right.

Image of future Chauncey Town Road bridge at Lake Waccamaw interchange, screen shot from 
        video by Driving Around NC, April 2024

Approaching the future Chauncey Town Road bridge over US 74/76, prior to the current intersection requiring right turns in each direction.

Image of future Chauncey Town Road bridge at Lake Waccamaw interchange, screen shot from 
        video by Driving Around NC, April 2024

A closer look at the Chauncey Town Road bridge under construction.

Image of the future on-ramp from the Lake Waccamaw interchange on US 74/76 (Future I-74) West, screen 
        shot from video by Driving Around NC, April 2024

Construction vehicles at the future on-ramp from the Lake Waccamaw interchange to US 74/76 West.

Image of end of interstate standard roadway on US 74/76 (Future I-74) West after future Lake Waccamaw 
        interchange, screen shot from video by Driving Around NC, April 2024

The end of the interstate standard freeway at the end of the Lake Waccamaw construction zone on US 74/76 West.

EARLIER PHOTOS

Taken by David Gallo along US 74/76 West in September 2023:

Image of the appearance of a bridge support approaching current Old Lake Road intersection on US 74/76 (Future I-74) West in Lake Waccamaw, David Gallo, September 2023

Approaching the site of the future Old Lake Road bridge, a completed bridge support can be seen in the distance.

Image of the traffic detour sign at current Old Lake Road intersection on US 74/76 (Future I-74) West in Lake Waccamaw, David Gallo, September 2023

Approaching the site of the current Old Lake Road bridge, detour to turn left is necessary since a bridge support has been built in the median.

Image of the bridge supports at site of current Old Lake Road intersection on US 74/76 (Future I-74) West in Lake Waccamaw, David Gallo, September 2023

The completed future bridge supports at the current Old Lake Road intersection.

Image of interchange construction approaching current Chauncey Town Road intersection on US 74/76 (Future I-74) West in Lake Waccamaw, David Gallo, September 2023

Approaching the current Chauncey Town Road intersection, the sign pointing to the former left turn, now closed.

Image of the landscaping underway for future bridge to carry Chauncey Town Road over US 74/76 (Future I-74) West in Lake Waccamaw, David Gallo, September 2023

The current ramp to Chauncey Town Road with landscaping for bridge construction behind.

Image of the bridge construction looking across closed median at current Chauncey Town Road intersection on US 74/76 (Future I-74) West in Lake Waccamaw, David Gallo, September 2023

View of Chauncey Town Road bridge construction across the median along US 74/76 East.

Image of signage for the temporary turnaround for Chauncey Town Road traffic on US 74/76 (Future I-74) West in Lake Waccamaw, David Gallo, September 2023

Signage for the detour route for the closed left turn lane for Chauncey Town Road, to be removed after construction is completed.

EARLIER PHOTOS

Taken by David Gallo, July 2023:

Image of landscaping underway for new bridge for Lake Waccamaw exit at Chauncey Town Road on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East, David Gallo, July 2023

Traveling through the current Chauncey Town Road intersection on US 74/76 East with bridge construction underway.

Image of current Chauncey Town Road intersection with US 74/76 (Future I-74) West from eastbound roadway, David Gallo, July 2023

View of the current Chauncey Town Road intersection at US 74/76 West from eastbound roadway.

Image of signage for Chauncey Town Road intersection beyond bridge consruction on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East, David Gallo, July 2023

Signs for the current Chauncey Town Road intersection on US 74/76 East to the right beyond the bridge construction.

Image of construction equipment being stored prior to Old Lake Road in Lake Waccamaw on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East, David Gallo, July 2023

Construction equipment along US 74/76 East prior to Old Lake Road.

Image of crane used for constructing Old Lake Road bridge in Lake Waccamaw on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East, David Gallo, July 2023

Crane behind newly completed support for future Old Lake Road bridge on US 74/76 East.

Taken by Adam Prince on July 26 and 29, 2023:

Image of US 74/76 East traffic traveling through future Chauncey Town Road interchange construction zone in Lake Waccamaw, Adam Prince July 2023

US 74/76 East passing through future site of Chauncey Town Road bridge and interchange.

Image of US 74/76 East traffic traveling through future Chauncey Town Road interchange construction zone in Lake Waccamaw, Adam Prince July 2023

US 74/76 East passing the temporary turnaround used for traffic heading from the Chauncey Town Road intersection to US 74/76 West.

Image of US 74/76 East traffic traveling through future Old Lake Road bridge construction zone in Lake Waccamaw, Adam Prince July 2023

US 74/76 East passing a crane being used for construct a support for the future Old Lake Road bridge.

Image of US 74/76 West traffic traveling through future Old Lake Road bridge construction zone in Lake Waccamaw, Adam Prince July 2023

Now on US 74/76 West approaching the site of the future Lake Road bridge from the other direction.

Image of US 74/76 West traffic traveling through future Chauncey Town Road interchange construction zone in Lake Waccamaw, Adam Prince July 2023

View from US 74/76 West of future Chauncey Town Road bridge and interchange under construction.

EARLIER PHOTOS

Taken by David Gallo in June 2023:

Image of future on-ramp from Chauncey Town Road being graded along US 74/76 (Future I-74) West
         in Lake Waccamaw, by David Gallo, June 2023

Future ramp from Chauncey Town Road interchange being graded along US 74/76 in Lake Waccamaw.

Image construction in future interchange construction area at current
        intersection with Chauncey Town Road on US 74/76 West in Lake Waccamaw, by David Gallo, June 2023

Temporary exit sign in place approaching current intersection with Chauncey Road along US 74/76 East in Lake Waccamaw.

Image of median with concrete barriers prior to reduced conflict intersection turnaround after
        intersection with Chauncey Town Road on US 74/76 West in Lake Waccamaw, by David Gallo, June 2023

Concrete barriers along US 74/76 East prior to temporary reduced conflict turnaround ramp for Chauncey Town Road.

Image of construction of future interchange on-ramp to US 74/76 West from Chauncey Town Road 
        in Lake Waccamaw, by David Gallo, June 2023

Grading and culvert work beginning future ramp from Chauncey Town Road to US 74/76 West.

Image of construction crane in place at site of future Old Lake Road bridge seen from US 74/76 (Future I-74) East in Lake Waccamaw, David Gallo, June 2023

Construction crane in the median at future site of the Old Lake Road bridge over US 74/76 (Future I-74).

PREVIOUS PHOTOS

Google Maps Street View images along US 74/76 in the vicinity of the completed Boardman interchange from May 2023:

Image of ground mounted 1 mile advance sign for Hallsboro Road exit on US 74/76 East in Hallsboro, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

The 1 mile advance sign heading east.

Image of ground mounted ramp sign for Hallsboro Road exit on US 74/76 East in Hallsboro, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

The exit sign.

Image of gore sign for Hallsboro Road exit on US 74/76 East in Hallsboro, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

The gore sign with the exit number for Hallsboro Road, 248.

Hallsboro Road images from May 2022:

Image of destination guide sign for ramp to US 74/76 East from Hallsboro Road, Google Maps Street View, May 2022

The signage approaching the ramp to US 74/76 East.

Image of destination guide sign for ramp to US 74/76 West from Hallsboro Road, Google Maps Street View, May 2022

The signage for the westbound ramp, should Lumberton also be mentioned? Perhaps Whiteville?

PREVIOUS PHOTOS (Taken 6/2/23)

Google Maps Street View images along US 74/76 in the vicinity of the Lake Waccamaw interchange project from May 2023:


Widened shoulders, graded median and paved roadway mark the start of the Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 East.

Image of work zone of the Lake Waccamaw interchange project along US 74/76 East, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

Looks like the mile marker has been moved due to the widened shoulder while median work continues along US 74/76 East.

Image of approaching future site of the Lake Waccamaw interchange to US 74/76 West, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

The future on-ramp to US 74/76 West from Lake Waccamaw is being built through the gap in the trees on the left.

Image of start of bridge building approaching future site of Lake Waccamaw interchange  
          along US 74/76 East, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

The intersection with Chauncey Town Road on US 74/76 East is now partially hidden by soil being placed for the future bridge at the Lake Waccamaw interchange.

Image of future Lake Waccamaw interchange bridge being built near Chauncey Town Road 
          along US 74/76 East, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

A closer look at the future Chauncey Town Road bridge site on US 74/76 East.

Image of reduced conflict intersection turn around for US 74/76 West after the Chauncey Town Road
        intersection in Lake Waccamaw on US 74/76 East, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

One of the temporary u-turn lanes to access US 74/76 West, this one after the Chauncey Town Road intersection.

Image of approaching the current Old Lake Road intersection to be removed as part of the Lake Waccamaw
        interchange project along US 74/76 East, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

Approaching the current Old Lake Road intersection on US 74/76 East to be removed as part of the interchange project.

Image of reduced conflict intersection u-turn lane after the Old Lake Road intersection 
          along US 74/76 East, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

The next u-turn lane after the Old Lake Road intersection allowing access to US 74/76 West.

Image of entering US 74/76 West from u-turn ramp in Lake Waccamaw interchange project work zone 
          from US 74/76 East, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

After using the u-turn ramp, the existing Old Lake Road intersection is marked by an Exit sign on US 74/76 West.

Image approaching the current Old Lake Road intersection on US 74/76 West, Google Maps Street View, 
        May 2023

Approaching the Old Lake Road intersection on US 74/76 East. The future shoulder being used as a right turn lane.

Image of construction of a temporary roadway for Old Lake Road to detour traffic from bridge
        construction as part of the Lake Waccamaw interchange project along US 74/76 West, Google Maps Street View, May 2023

New pavement marks building of a temporary roadway for Old Lake Road to detour traffic from the future bridge to be built over US 74/76.

Earlier Photos

Images taken from Google Maps Street View, May 2022, going west to east:

Image of ground mounted 1 mile advance sign for the US 76 West exit on the US 74/76 Whiteville Bypass, Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

The 1 Mile advance for the US 76 West exit at the end of the Whiteville Bypass. You can tell the exit tab was added after the signs were put up since the text at the bottom also includes the now unnecessary exit text.

Image of ground mounted exit sign for the US 76 West exit on the US 74/76 Whiteville Bypass, Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

The overheads at the split of US 74 and US 76 West, notice there is no exit tab.

Image of gore sign for the US 76 West exit on the US 74/76 Whiteville Bypass, Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

The gore sign for the US 76 West exit.

Image of ground mounted 1 mile advance sign for Union Valley Road exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East in Whiteville, Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

The 1 Mile advance eastbound for the next exit, Union Valley Road. The NCDOT Feasibility Study for upgrading US 74 to interstate standards beyond NC 41 in Lumberton chose this exit as the end point.

Image of ground mounted ramp sign for Union Valley Road exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East in Whiteville, Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

The exit sign Union Valley Road on East US 74/76, apparently home of the Southeast Regional Industrial Park.

Image of gore sign for Union Valley Road exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East in Whiteville, Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

The Union Valley Road gore sign. Unlike the newer exits in Segment 17, there is no wider shoulders surrounding the exit ramps along the Whiteville Bypass.

Image of ground mounted 1 mile advance sign for Bypass US 701 exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) 
                                                   East Whiteville Bypass,  Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

The 1 mile advance sign for the Bypass US 701 exit in Whiteville.

Image of ground mounted ramp sign for Bypass US 701 exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) 
                                                   East Whiteville Bypass,  Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

The exit sign for the Bypass US 701 exit, road under construction.

Image of gore sign for Bypass US 701 exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) 
                                                   East Whiteville Bypass,  Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

The gore sign for the Bypass US 701 exit. Exit ramp partially closed.

Image of construction along Bypass US 701 seen from US 74/76 (Future I-74) 
                                                   East Whiteville Bypass bridge,  Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

Bypass US 701 widening construction in Whiteville seen from East US 74/76 bridge.

Image of East US 74/76 reassurance marker along the Whiteville Bypass (Future I-74) after 
                                                 the Union Valley Road exit in Whiteville, Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

The pair of East US 74/76 reassurance marker after the Bypass US 701 exit at milepost 242 of Future I-74.

Image of ground mounted 1 mile advance sign for Business US 74/76 exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East in Whiteville,  Google Maps Street View, May 2022

The 1 mile advance for the next exit, Business US 74/76.

Image of ground mounted ramp sign for Business US 74/76 exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East in Whiteville,  Google Maps Street View, May 2022

The Business US 74/76 exit sign. Both routes only go west, in the reverse direction, signed for those who need to go back to Whiteville(?).

Image of ground mounted 1 mile advance sign for new Hallsboro Road exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East, Google Maps Street View, May 2022

The 1 Mile advance sign for the New Hallsboro Road exit.

Image of ground mounted ramp sign for new Hallsboro Road exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East, Google Maps Street View, May 2022

The exit sign for the New Hallsboro Road exit, it does resemble the sign plan seen above.

Image of gore sign for new Hallsboro Road exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East, Google Maps Street View, May 2022

The gore sign for the Hallsboro Road exit.

Image looking east from the Hallsboro Road Bridge over interstate standard US 74/76 (Future I-74) in Hallsboro, Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

View looking east from the Hallsboro Road bridge showing the interstate standard roadway in vicinity of the exit.

Image of speed limit 60 signs marking the end of the US 74/76 (Future I-74) Freeway east of Hallsboro Road, Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

The freeway currently ends near mile marker 252 east of Hallsboro Road.

Image of ground mounted 1/2 mile advance sign for NC 211 exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East in Supply, Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

There is one more exit with an I-74 mileage exit number, for NC 211, here is the first and only advance sign (same case heading west). A Feasibility Study looking at the future route of I-74 between NC 211 and US 17, put the proposed interchange about a mile west of this location.

Image of ground mounted 1/2 mile advance sign for NC 211 exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East 
            in Supply, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

The NC 211 exit sign. Notice the return of the interstate standard shoulders.

Image of gore sign for NC 211 exit on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East in Supply, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

The gore sign with the I-74 exit number, the last one in this segment.

Image of US 74/76 (Future I-74) East freeway in Supply from NC 211 bridge looking east, Google Maps Street View image, May 2022

Looking east from the NC 211 bridge, showing the interstate standard freeway between exit ramps.

Image of ground mounted destination sign for US 74/76 (Future I-74) East on NC 211 South in Supply, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

Signage for the US 74/76 East on-ramp from NC 211 South.

Image of end of US 74/76 freeway after mile marker 259 beyond NC 211 exit in Supply, Google Maps Street View image, July 2022

The US 74/76 East freeway ends just after I-74 mile 259, just beyond the NC 211 exit, almost 30 miles away from Wilmington.

Construction Photos

Here are the latest photos of the construction work on the Lake Waccamaw interchange project taken on December 23, 2022 by David Gallo:

Image of approaching the Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 East, by David Gallo, December 2022

Entering the work zone on US 74/76 East.

Image of approaching the Chauncey Town Road interchange work zone on US 74/76 East, by David Gallo, December 2022

Portable message boards set up, but not activated along US 74/76 East.

Image of graded median in Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 East, by David Gallo, December 2022

The median approaching the future interchange site has been graded and the roadbed repaved.

Image of graded median in Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East, by David Gallo, December 2022

A closer look at the median construction along US 74/76 East.

Image of approaching the Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 East, by David Gallo, December 2022

Site of the future interchange ramp to Chauncey Town Road from US 74/76 (Future I-74) East.

Image of roadway in the Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East, by David Gallo, December 2022

More graded median at the Chauncey Town Road intersection.

Image of future exit on-ramp in the Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East, by David Gallo, December 2022

Graded area to be future on-ramp from Chauncey Town Road to US 74/76 (Future I-74) East.

Image of approaching the Old Lake Road intersection in Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 East, by David Gallo, December 2022

Approaching site of the future bridge to carry Old Lake Road over US 74/76 (Future I-74) East.

Image of approaching the Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 East, by David Gallo, December 2022

Current intersection with Old Lake Road on US 74/76 East.

Image of Old Lake Road intersection in Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 East, by David Gallo, December 2022

Closer look at construction work along Old Lake Road where it intersects US 74/76 (Future I-74) East.

Image of clearing for future Old Lake Road bridge in the Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 East, by David Gallo, December 2022

Clearing at the site of the future Old Lake Road bridge over US 74/76 (Future I-74).

Image of roadway in the Lake Waccamaw interchange work zone on US 74/76 East after Old Lake Road, by David Gallo, December 2022

Approaching temporary reduced conflict intersection westbound turn lane after Old Lake Road on US 74/76 (Future I-74) East near end of work zone.

Here are some earlier photos taken in September 2022 by David Gallo:

Image of construction barrels along US 74 West prior to new Lake Waccamaw interchange construction zone, by David Gallo, September 2022

Construction barrels mark the start of the work zone along US 74.

Image of construction barrels along US 74 West approaching Old Lake Road, by David Gallo, September 2022

The two intersections in the construction zone were recently reconstructed as reduced conflict intersection temporarily prior to start of interchange construction.

Image of trees cut down along US 74 West as part of new Lake Waccamaw interchange construction, by David Gallo, September 2022

A closer look at one of the temporary improved intersections.

More trees cut down along US 74 as part of new Lake Waccamaw interchange construction, by David Gallo, September 2022

Trees cut down along US 74 in the work zone.

When all these projects are completed the Whiteville Bypass freeway will be extended another ten miles to the NC 211 exit and will make the entire US 74/76 section a freeway, though not an Interstate standard one, to the site NCDOT proposes that I-74 would then turn south toward South Carolina (see I-74 Segment 19).

image of NC 211 exit sign with I-74 mileage on US 74/76, photo by Chris Curley

Photo of NC 211 exit, east of US 74/76 Whiteville Bypass, with I-74 exit number, courtesy of Chris Curley. Note the still narrow shoulders though the road was rebuilt in the area of the exit.

Some Google Maps Street View images, taken in August 2019:

Image of Future I-74 Corridor sign on US 74/76 West, Whiteville Bypass, Google Maps Street View images, August 2019

Future I-74 Corridor sign on US 74/76 West after the Bypass US 701 exit.

Image of US 74/76 West Whiteville Bypass showing shoulders not interstate standard, Google Maps Street View image, August 2019

Typical layout of Whiteville Bypass lanes, showing shoulders not to Interstate Standards.

Here was a list of preliminary FY 2018-2027 STIP projects along I-74's official route along US 74/76 to NC 211,7 only the last two made it into the official STIP released in August 2017 and into the latest 2024-2033 Draft STIP updated in June 2022:

Route From / Cross Street: To / Cross Street: Project:
US 74 , US 76 US 74 Business east of Whiteville West of SR 1735 (Chauncey Town Road) Upgrade Roadway to interstate Standards
US 74 , US 76 West of SR 1735 (Chauncey Town Road) East of SR 1740 (Old Lake Road) Upgrade Roadway to interstate Standards
US 74 , US 76 East of SR 1740 (Old Lake Road) West of NC 211 Upgrade Roadway to interstate Standards
US 74 , US 76 SR 1735 (Chauncey Town Road)
Upgrade At-grade Intersection to Interchange
US 74 , US 76 SR 1740 (Old Lake Road)
Upgrade At-grade Intersection to Grade Separation


BUDGET PROBLEMS, STARTING WITH COVID

In the fall of 2019, future funding on the Chauncey Town Road and Old Lake Road projects was suspended, along with I-74 related projects in Robeson County, due to NCDOT budget problems brought on, according to NCDOT by the success of a lawsuit against the agency for not paying for property along future highway alignments which could cost them hundreds of millions of dollars and fixing damages from many recent hurricanes. The legislature had planned to work with NCDOT to fix some of the money problems and as of early 2020 hoped to have funding for most projects restored by the summer of 2020.8 However, this was before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown on nonessential business and travel in the spring of 2020. With lower gas revenue projections, NCDOT put most future projects on hold in May 2020, indicating the current budget would be used to complete existing projects first. After the NCDOT legislature did pass a bill assuring future funding, these projects were put back in the funded category, and their start was accelerated. The Draft 2024-2033 STIP released in June 2022 kept the Chauncey Town Road and Old Lake Road projects with their 2022 start dates, however it contained no other I-74 related projects for this segment, including one that would upgrade the route to interstate standards. This was carried over in the Final STIP released on June 6, 2023. This means any such project would not begin until after 2033.

"Drive" this Segment On Video

Travel through the construction zone for the Lake Waccamaw (around 1 hour in) on this Video by Driving Around NC, driving from Southport to Lumberton mostly on US 74/76 West, posted on March 30, 2024. (NEW)

Travel US 74/76 East (Future I-74) between Whiteville and Lake Waccamaw or between Lake Waccamaw and NC 211 (and beyond to Leland) on these videos by Tarheel Traveler made in June 2022.

"Drive" this Segment Using Google Street View

US 74/US 76 East from just after The Start of the Whiteville Bypass (August 2019)
US 74/US 76 West from just Prior to The NC 211 Exit (August 2019)