Interstate 785 marker
Interstate 785
I-785 highlighted in red; Future I-785 in blue
Route information
Auxiliary route of I-85
Maintained by NCDOT
Length7.1 mi[1][2] (11.4 km)
Existed2013–present
Major junctions
South end I-40 / I-85 / I-840 in Greensboro, NC
Major intersections
North end I-840 / US 29 in Greensboro
Location
CountryUnited States
StatesNorth Carolina
CountiesNC: Guilford
Highway system
NC 772NC I-795

Interstate 785 (I-785) is an Interstate Highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2022, it is completed through 7.1 miles (11.4 km) eastern Guilford County, in concurrency with I-840 along the Greensboro Urban Loop. When completed, it will connect Greensboro to Danville, Virginia, a distance of about 50 miles (80 km).

Route description

I-785 begins at the interchange of I-40/I-85. Heading north, it connects with U.S. Route 70 (US 70) before ending at its current northern terminus at US 29. The entire route is in a hidden concurrency with I-840.

Future corridor signs of I-785 are marked along US 29 between Greensboro and Danville. The next phase of this project is now[when?] funded by NCDOT from its current[when?] ending point at Exit 14 to US 29/US 158 Exit 153 at the northernmost Reidsville City Limits.[3] While fully funded, the project is divided into schedule to begin in 2020 with two interchanges located within Guilford and Rockingham Counties.[4] In Virginia, SR 785 is the unsigned interim route number until I-785 is built to interstate standards.

History

See also: Greensboro Urban Loop, U.S. Route 29 in North Carolina, and U.S. Route 29 in Virginia

The designation was approved in 1997 at the request of a coalition of counties in North Carolina and Virginia who saw it as a way of further developing that area's economy. Most of the route will use existing US 29 north of Greensboro; however, for a few miles I-785 will run between US 29 and its parent route, I-85 on the Greensboro Urban Loop, which will also carry the I-840 designation. Construction of this highway was due to begin in 2011. With the upgrade of the Danville Expressway to a four-lane route in 2004, the I-785 route in Virginia is complete (and has been given the interim designation SR 785), but US 29 still needs to be upgraded to Interstate standards in North Carolina between the Greensboro Loop and Reidsville before the route can be signed as an Interstate. At that time, there were no projects scheduled by the North Carolina Department of Transportation to do so. Given that in the spring of 2006 NCDOT put up mileposts and added numbers to exit signs from Reidsville to the Virginia border reflecting US 29's mileage, an upgrade of this highway to an interstate apparently was not in their immediate plans.[5][6]

On July 31, 2013, NCDOT got approval from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to co-sign the first section of I-785 with I-840 in eastern Guilford County officially establishing I-785 in North Carolina.[7]

The next section of I-785 opened on December 6, 2017, with hidden concurrency of I-840. With an estimated cost of $119 million, the 5.5-mile (8.9 km) section, completing the eastern segment of the Greensboro Urban Loop, goes from US 70 (Burlington Road) to US 29, with an interchange at Huffine Mill Road.[8][9][10][11] On September 13, 2019, a Reidsville Transportation Forum was held where it was announced Interstate 785 is now funded and committed by NCDOT from its current ending point at Exit 14 to US 29/US 158 Exit 153 at the northernmost Reidsville City Limits. [12] Many officials from the State of NC General Assembly and DOT presented at the forum, with the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce sharing quotes from these officials afterwards regarding Interstate 785.[13][14] The construction of Interstate 785 being extended to the City of Reidsville is a reflection of the City’s growth as a center of transportation and commerce in the North Greensboro Metro area connecting with the Reidsville (US) Route 158 Corridor. [15]

Future

Once the entire Greensboro Urban Loop is completed, NCDOT and Greensboro DOT plan to extend Cone Boulevard (SR 2565) towards the McLeansville area and add an interchange. Plans for the interchange have existed since 2004; however, no time table or funding is available at this time[when?], as it is expected to wait for the completion of the Greensboro Urban Loop.[16] The state has allocated funding as of September 2019 to upgrade US 29 north of I-785 to the US 158/ NC 14 junction in Reidsville to interstate standards, necessary for I-785 to be signed northward to Virginia, however construction is scheduled towards the middle of the decade, after the completion of the urban loop, and is estimated at a cost of $89 million.[17] Roadway improvement and interchange upgrades to Summit Avenue (SR 2526) and Reedy Fork Parkway (SR 2790) in Browns Summit is planned to begin in 2020 with a scheduled completion in 2023, known as STIP Number R-4707, with an estimated cost of $44.1 million.[18] NCDOT is currently upgrading exit signage for the current US 29 freeway stretch situated north of NC 14 in Reidsville. Interstate 785 is now funded and committed project by NCDOT from its current ending point at Exit 14 to US 29/US 158 Exit 153 at the northernmost Reidsville City Limits.[19] While fully funded, the project is divided into schedule to begin in 2020 with two interchanges located within Guilford and Rockingham Counties.[20]

Exit list

StateCountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
North CarolinaGuilfordGreensboro0.00.0 I-85 south – CharlotteContinuation as I-85
21 I-40 / I-85 north – Greensboro, Durham, RaleighEast end of I-840 hidden overlap
2.94.718 US 70 (Burlington Road) / To Wendover Avenue
3.86.117Huffine Mill Road
16Cone BoulevardFuture interchange (unfunded)[16]
7.111.414 US 29 – Greensboro, DanvilleWest end of I-840 hidden overlap; current northern terminus of I-785
136Hicone RoadExisting interchange of US 29 (upgrade to interstate standards, funded)[10]
Browns SummitSummit Avenue / Reedy Fork Parkway - Bryan ParkExisting interchanges of US 29 (upgrade to interstate standards, funded)
NC 150 – Browns SummitExisting interchanges of US 29 (upgrade to interstate standards, scheduled 8-8-26)[21]
Benaja RoadExisting interchanges of US 29 (upgrade to interstate standards, scheduled 8-8-26)[22]
Rockingham145
US 29 Bus. north
Existing interchanges of US 29 (replacement to interstate standards, scheduled 9-18-20)[23]
Reidsville149

To US 158 west / NC 87 (Freeway Drive) – Reidsville, Burlington
Already at Interstate Standards
150Barnes Street – Reidsville DowntownExisting interchanges of US 29 (replacement to interstate standards, scheduled 1-1-22)[24]
153 US 158 / NC 14 (Freeway Drive) – Reidsville, Eden, YanceyvilleExisting interchanges of US 29 (replacement to interstate standards, scheduled 1-1-22)[25]
156Narrow Gauge RoadExisting interchanges of US 29 (built to interstate standards, signed future due to no connection to interstate)
159

US 29 Bus. south to NC 87 north
Ruffin161Mayfield Road
Caswell165Law Road
167 NC 700 (Shady Grove Road) – Eden
169
US 58 west / US 29 Bus. north – Danville, Martinsville
 North CarolinaVirginia state line
VirginiaCity of DanvilleCorning DriveExisting interchanges of US 29 / US 58 (built to interstate standards, signed future due to no connection to interstate)
Elizabeth Street Extended
SR 86 (Main Street) – Yanceyville, Chapel Hill
Goodyear Boulevard
River Park Drive – Dan Daniel Memorial Park

US 58 east / US 360 / US 58 Bus. west – South Boston, Danville
US 29 north – LynchburgContinuation as US 29
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ a b Google (December 28, 2020). "Interstate 785" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  2. ^ "I-840 Route Change (2011-09-02)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 2, 2011. p. 13. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Rockingham Update | https://www.rceno.com/RCENO/video-the-city-of-reidsville-market-transportation-project-forum-september-13-2019/ | Confirmation that Interstate 785 is fully funded and scheduled | Question by Chamber President starts at minute mark 15:33 | Answer by NCDOT Division Engineer starts at minute mark 16:01 AND he refers to it at minute mark 17:31 “it is a committed project” and minute mark 18:49
  4. ^ City of Reidsville Economic Development Website | https://www.rockitinreidsville.com/interstate785
  5. ^ "NCRoads.com: I-785". Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  6. ^ "I-785@Interstate-Guide.com". Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  7. ^ "I-785 Route Change (2013-07-31)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. July 31, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  8. ^ "Eastern Section of Greensboro Urban Loop Opens Tonight to Traffic a Year Ahead of Schedule". Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Route Change (2018-03-08)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. March 8, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "NCDOT: Greensboro Urban Loop". Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  11. ^ "NCDOT: Greensboro Eastern Loop Hearing Map" (PDF). Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  12. ^ Rockingham Update and Reidsville Chamber of Commerce https://www.rceno.com/RCENO/video-the-city-of-reidsville-market-transportation-project-forum-september-13-2019/
  13. ^ Rockingham Update and Reidsville Chamber of Commerce https://www.rceno.com/RCENO/video-the-city-of-reidsville-market-transportation-project-forum-september-13-2019/
  14. ^ Reidsville Chamber of Commerce – The Box Score from Reidsville Market Transportation Forum https://www.reidsvillechamber.org/55582-2/
  15. ^ Rockingham Update https://www.rceno.com/RCENO/video-the-city-of-reidsville-market-transportation-project-forum-september-13-2019/ |Reidsville is the Transportation and Commercial Center of our Region | Question by Chamber President starts at minute mark 29:05 | Reidsville 158 Corridor | Question by Chamber President starts at minute mark 31:39 | Quote by NCDOT Division Engineer comment at minute mark 32:10 | Harrison Street widening project | Being designed to bring people from Wentworth to shop in Reidsville as the commercial market node AND minute mark 31:20 talks about a third of the city’s geography is in the Rockingham High School district so the City of Reidsville really has two high schools (and makes up a significant & near majority of RCHS attendance) so it is important for the City to ensure our parents/students can get to this school that is currently only accessible with two lanes country roads (that although they only become congested when school is beginning or ending is the time the City Citizens need it to flow better). The same need applies to the City’s third public system high school which is the Rockingham Community College Early High School.
  16. ^ a b "Cone Boulevard Extension/Eastern Urban Loop Interchange" (PDF). Greensboro DOT & North Carolina DOT. August 17, 2004. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  17. ^ "I-785 Blue Shield puts Reidsville on the map". Greensboro DOT & North Carolina DOT. September 2019. Retrieved February 29, 2020.
  18. ^ "Transportation Project Update Greensboro Metropolitan Planning Organization Area" (PDF). Greensboro DOT & North Carolina DOT. Fall 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  19. ^ Rockingham Update https://www.rceno.com/RCENO/video-the-city-of-reidsville-market-transportation-project-forum-september-13-2019/ |Confirmation that Interstate 785 is fully funded and scheduled | Question by Chamber President starts at minute mark 15:33 | Answer by NCDOT Division Engineer starts at minute mark 16:01 AND he refers to it at minute mark 17:31 “it is a committed project” and minute mark 18:49
  20. ^ City of Reidsville Economic Development Website https://www.rockitinreidsville.com/interstate785
  21. ^ City of Reidsville Economic Development Website | https://www.rockitinreidsville.com/interstate785
  22. ^ City of Reidsville Economic Development Website | https://www.rockitinreidsville.com/interstate785
  23. ^ City of Reidsville Economic Development Website | https://www.rockitinreidsville.com/interstate785
  24. ^ City of Reidsville Economic Development Website | https://www.rockitinreidsville.com/interstate785
  25. ^ City of Reidsville Economic Development Website | https://www.rockitinreidsville.com/interstate785