The Greensboro Loop, when complete, will be a 39-mile interstate quality route that will have four different interstate designations, plus a US Route. The southern half is complete and signed as I-85, I-73 and US 421. The northern half is still under construction, and will have I-840 (part with I-73) and I-785 routed upon it, see map below:
Map courtesy of NCDOT's Greensboro Loop Website.1
The first proposal for a loop around Greensboro dates back to 1967 when the highway appeared in the City of Greensboro's transportation plan. Serious discussion of the future route did not happen until a decade later when the city's 1977 thoroughfare plan which included the Loop was officially adopted. Getting funding took longer, not until 1989 when the state created a funding mechanism for urban loops, was an official proposal passed along to NCDOT. In 1995 a Record of Decision for the Loop was approved allowing construction to start. The first segment to open, in 2002, was a short 2.2 mile connector between I-40/85 and US 70 east of Greensboro, which would be eventually be part of I-785. Work to extend this section on the eastern side from US 70 to US 29 started in 2014 and was opened to traffic on December 6, 2017. The first major segment of the Loop to open was in 2004, a 12.9 mile segment that would serve as a southeast bypass for Interstate 85. The next segment to open in 2008 was in the southwest, 8 miles long that, would initially carry I-40 and I-73, but later I-73 and US 421. This segment continued 3.6 miles further north to Bryan Blvd. and provided access to Greensboro-PTI International Airport. This segment carries both I-73 and I-840 but, because of its short length, was signed as Future I-73/I-840 until 2018.2 The latest segment to open is the extension of the I-840 Western Loop from Bryan Blvd. to US 220/Battleground Avenue, this opened to traffic on April 19, 2018.3 Currently under construction is the one remaining segment of the Western Loop, from US 220 to Lawndale Avenue, started in November 2016 and due to be completed in December 2020. The last remaining segment of the Eastern Loop, from Lawndale Avenue to US 29 is due to start construction in late 2018.
This page will provide Exit Lists and Photos of the completed segments and Exit Lists, Plans and Photos to track progress building those parts under construction. The segments will start at the intersection of the Loop with I-40 east of Greensboro and move clockwise:
Exit 131 West North ( South) Greensboro Danville
Exit 129 Youngs Mill Rd
Exit 128 Alamance Church Rd
Exit 126B Greensboro (Old )
Exit 126A South Sanford
Exit 124 South Elm-Eugene St
Exit 122C North Greensboro Coliseum Area
Exit 122B South Asheboro
Exit 122A To Groometown Rd/To Grandover Pkwy
Exit 121 North to I-40 West Winston Salem
Signage approaching the Loop on I-40 West/I-85 South indicating alternate route to Winston-Salem (Photo by Adam Prince)
This will be augmented after the Loop is completed by travel time signs suggesting the fastest way to get around (or through) Greensboro, first heading west near the location in the photo above:
The plan for the sign on the other side of Greensboro on I-40 East:
New signage installed in July 2017 on I-85 South/I-40 East approaching the Loop. (Photo by Strider):
View looking south from near Randleman Rd bridge.
View of opened Randleman Rd bridge over future I-85 South lanes.
Future Alamance Rd on-ramp to I-85 South.
The opened Alamance Church Rd bridge.
By Adam Prince:
Looking at opened Alamance Church Rd bridge over unopened I-85 roadway.
Looking the other way from Alamance Church Rd bridge.
Construction in progress near Randleman Road exit.
The ramp to then US 421 North ramp being graded from unopened I-85 South.
Work at the future I-73/US 220 interchange looking south.
Exit 95 (SB) South Asheboro
Exit 97C (SB) I-85 Exit 122C (NB) Groometown Road / To Grandover Pkwy
Exit 97B (SB) South/ South/ South / West High Point Charlotte
Exit 97A (SB) North / North / East Greensboro
Exit 100 Gate City Blvd
Exit 102 Wendover Ave
Exit 103A East Greensboro
Exit 103B West North Winston-Salem
From When I-40 was routed on the Loop in 2008:
Signage at the end of I-73 North in 2008.
Signage on I-40 East/I-73 South approaching I-85 and Business 85.
Visit the I-73 Segment 5 page for more Photos of this Segment
Exit 103A (SB) West North Winston-Salem
Exit 103B (SB) East Greensboro
Exit 104 W Friendly Ave
Exit 107A (NB) Bryan Blvd DOWNTOWN
Exit 107B (NB) Bryan Blvd PTI Airport (Future North Martinsville)
Exit 3A (SB) North PTI-GSO Airport Martinsville
Exit 3B (SB) Bryan Blvd DOWNTOWN
Exit 6 (NB) / Battleground Ave
Exit 6 (SB)
/ Battleground Ave
Exit 8 (NB) Lawndale Dr
Article about opening of I-840 segment on April 19, includes link to video of drive from US 220 to beyond I-73 North/Bryan Blvd:
Taken by site contributor Strider on opening day, April 19, and April 20, 2018:
Heading east from Bryan Blvd. on newly opened ramp:
Heading down newly opened ramp from Bryan Blvd.
I-840 Mile marker along ramp from Bryan Blvd. heading onto East I-840:
First standalone I-840 reassurance marker:
First overhead sign is 2-mile advance for US 220 exit:
The 1-Mile Advance sign:
The highway narrows and is surrounded by noise barrier walls heading toward the current end of the highway at US 220/Battleground Avenue:
I-840 is reduced to 1 lane prior to heading down the ramp at the end of
the opened Loop section toward US 220:
Signage at the end of the ramp to US 220/Battleground Avenue:
Taking the ramp to US 220 North showing work continuing on bridge
headed further east toward Lawndale Drive:
Signage along US 220 North for I-840 West:
Turning around and heading south on US 220, the junction trailblazer for I-840:
Signage at the on-ramp to I-840 from US 220 South:
Junction trailblazer (which no one can probably claim to have not seen) prior to interchange on US 220 North:
Heading west on I-840
Onto the ramp from US 220:
The westbound lanes after the on-ramp with the noise barrier walls paralleling the roadway:
The first West I-840 standalone reassurance marker:
Followed by the first overhead sign, the 2-mile advance sign for the I-73 North/Bryan Blvd. exit:
The one-mile advance sign heading west:
The overhead signs at the exit itself have the 2-mile advance sign for the W. Friendly Ave exit with I-73 exit number (interesting that the distance is 2 miles, since the I-73 exit number (see photo below, is 107):
Signage along the C/D Ramp at the I-73 North ramp:
The exit signs along the rest of the Loop to I-40, and on I-40 itself, have not been updated as of April 23. Turning around, to I-73 North/I-840 East, here's the first of three new Arrow-per-Lane overhead signs approaching the new split of I-840 and I-73:
There's an additional one at the 1/2 mile distance from Bryan Blvd.:
The signage at the exit itself, notice I-73 North exits itself:
New photos of more recently placed signage, by Strider in August
Bryan Blvd and I-73 North both appear on this distance sign on the Loop after the I-40 exit, the same with the next new overhead sign that was being put up just after W. Friendly Avenue:
Taken by Strider from Fleming Road bridge over unopened I-840, January 19, 2018:
Newly placed overhead signage on soon to open I-840 West at I-73/Bryan Blvd exit
Closeup of W. Friendly Ave exit 2-mile advance sign. Exit tab has I-73 mileage exit number, numbers that will be changed along the rest of the I-73 section of the Loop prior to this section being opened.
Looking along future section of I-840 East showing newly placed 2-mile Advance sign for US 220/Battleground Avenue exit just beyond I-73/Bryan Blvd exit. A couple other sign photos taken from the Horsepen Creek Road bridge:
Looking south/west at the 1-Mile advance sign for I-73/Bryan Blvd. The name for the PTI Airport was recently changed to Central North Carolina International Airport, guess too late to be accounted for in the signage.
Looking at the 1-Mile Advance overhead for US 220/Battleground Ave. Road looks ready to open when the snow and ice melts.
Taken by Trent Heberling in April 2017:
Taken along Drawbridge Parkway in vicinity of future interchange with US 220/Battleground Avenue
Signage placed along W. Friendly Avenue will have overlay for Raleigh once the entire northern section is completed.
Signage to be placed at the ramp from US 220 South to East I-840, the route will be temporarily signed to Lawndale Drive until the rest of the loop to US 29 is completed.
Here's the signage at the future on-ramp to West I-840 from Lawndale Drive:
View other Photos of this Segment
Though the contractor has until the end of 2018 to complete the US 70 to US 29 segment, the roadway was completed a year earlier than scheduled, except for ramp from I-785 North to US 29 South which is being constructed along with a flyover ramp from the future I-840 East roadway to US 29 (Future I-785) North. The completion date for these ramps has now been moved to December 2019, the I-795 North ramp to US 29 South appeared complete by the end of 2018, but had not been opened, except for construction related vehicles, as of early March 2019. Meanwhile the completion date for the US 29 to Lawndale segment was moved from May to November 2022 in March 2019.6,9
Exit 8 (SB) Lawndale Dr
Exit 10 N Elm St
Exit 11 Yanceyville St
Exit 14 (Future ) North Reidsville Danville VA
Exit 17 Huffine Mill Rd
Exit 18* Burlington Greensboro
Exit 21A (SB) West ( South) Greensboro
Exit 21B (SB) East / North Durham Raleigh
* Changed from 19 in Nov. 2017
This exit mileage sign will be placed in I-840 East just beyond the Lawndale Drive exit, and will have I-795 added when it is routed north of the Loop.
Plans for overhead signage for exits between Lawndale Drive and US 29:12
Signage southbound approaching US 29 (Future I-795 North) ramp:
2-Mile advance sign for I-840 West/I-785 North at US 29, the first
for when I-785 is designated north of the Loop, the second for when
the highway opens in December 2017. Construction of future I-785 got
a boost in August 2018 when NCDOT announced that a project that will
improve US 29 to interstate standards from Hicone Road north to US
29 Business in Reidsville will be funded as a Regional Impact
project in the upcoming 2020-2029 STIP document due out in January
2019. Construction probably won't start until 2028 at the earliest.13
Here's the signage at the exit ramp itself when I-785 is extended north of the Loop:
Signage planned for the US 70 on-ramps when the final stretch of I-840 is completed:
At the other end of the segment, here's the signage at the beginning of North I-840 which will be temporarily only signed as I-785 until the Loop is completed to Lawndale Drive:
Plans for signage approaching the Loop from I-40 West/I-85 South. Includes spaces for Future placement of I-840 shield and another I-73 marker, compare to actual signage installed in July 2017 in photos below.
In addition to signing I-840 along the eastern segment of the Loop when the final I-840 section is completed, NCDOT also will be removing the Business 85 designation through Greensboro. This End I-785/I-840 sign will replace the current auxiliary sign for Business 85 seen in the photos below:
Here's plans for signage at the interchanges. First US 29:
The first signs will not have I-840 listed.
Taken along newly opened segment from US 29 to US 70 by Site Contributor, Strider, on December 7, 2017:
Starting from South US 29 at the upgraded Hicone Road interchange:
New 1-Mile advance sign for upgraded interstate standard interchange prior to the Greensboro Loop.
Variable message sign indicates to South US 29 drivers that newly opened ramp to I-785 South is 1 Mile ahead.
Approaching the open Greensboro Loop/I-785 South interchange with future ramp to northern Loop under construction.
Ramp bridge for US 29 South traffic from I-785 North still under construction after opening rest of I-785.
The one I-785 South exit sign up on US 29 South at time of opening of this section of the Greensboro Loop, blank space for future I-885 East sign.
Traveling the new ramp from US 29 South to I-785 South, workers seen completing ramp from I-785 North to US 29 South.
View looking south at the start of the new segment of I-785 prior to on-ramp from US 29 North.
The first South I-785 reassurance marker beyond the US 29 North on-ramp.
First destination mileage guide sign on I-785 South showing the distance to High Point and Charlotte via I-85 South.
First advance sign for Huffine Mill Road exit on I-785 South, along with shield-less, for now, milemarker which will presumably have an I-840 shield in the future.
The one-mile advance sign for Huffine Mill Road prior to the West Buffalo Creek bridge on I-785 South.
This median interchange mileage sign stands 1/2 mile prior to the Huffine Mill Road exit on I-785 South.
Overhead signage at the Huffine Mill Road off-ramp includes the 1-Mile advance sign for US 70 on I-785/Greensboro Loop South.
The US 70 exit features a 1/4 mile, instead of 1/2 mile, advance sign approaching the end of the new section of Eastern Greensboro Loop.
Overhead signage at the US 70 exit on I-785 South includes a 2-Mile Advance for the I-40/I-85 North exit.
and heading back north:
exit mileage guide sign this one placed 1/2 mile prior to the US 70
exit. Given that this sign is before the 1-mile advance sign (photo
below) for US 70, it appears there's a missing mile for both US 70
and Huffine Mill Road.
The newly replaced US 70 1-Mile advance sign with a new exit number, 18, probably due to the off-ramp being placed further north.
Overhead signs at the US 70 exit with the Huffine Mill Road sign now uncovered.
Looking north along the start of the new section of I-785 North toward Huffine Mill Road.
I-785 North expands to 3 lanes temporarily prior to the Huffine Mill Road exit.
Overhead sign gantry at Huffine Mill Road exit ramp. The blank space at left is for an advance sign for the future Cone Blvd. exit. Notice that Exit 17 is just beyond the Mile 18 marker.
After taking the Huffine Mill Road off-ramp:
View taken heading west on Huffine Mill Road showing guide signs and I-785 trailblazers in the distance.
A closer view of the trailblazers, getting back on I-785 North:
View looking north toward US 29 interchange.
The North I-785 reassurance marker, the last one in this direction, after the Huffine Mill Rd on-ramp.
The 2-Mile advance sign for the current end of I-785 North at US 29, just prior to crossing North Buffalo Creek.
The 1-Mile advance sign, the A and B exit tab is misleading as the southbound US 29 ramp (Exit 14A) is not open yet.
Orange barrels reappear approaching the US 29 interchange beyond the 15 Mile marker on I-785 North.
Overhead sign directs traffic off the soon to end Loop to the US 29 exit(s), the fore sign reads Exit 14B.
View at the current end of the Greensboro Loop. Traffic has to use US 29 North to access US 29 South until new exit ramp is completely built.
A new sign for the upgraded Hicone Road exit greets drivers merging onto US 29, or could we say I-785 North because...
There is an End I-785 sign after the exit sign along the C/D ramp from US 29 North. Work still continues in landscaping the ramp.
and now coming toward the new Loop interchange on US 29 North:
There is a 1-Mile Advance sign heading this direction with space for an I-840 shield in the future.
Overhead 3/4 and 1/2 mile advance signage for Loop exits on US 29 North, the To US 29 South is a temporary ramp that will be replaced with access to I-840 North when complete.
View from the ramp to I-785 South from US 29 North showing incomplete bridge that will carry traffic to US 29 South from the Loop.
Further up the
US 29 North on-ramp approaching the merge with I-785 South lanes.
Change signage at the US 70 interchange:
North I-785 trailblazer on US 70 East heading under the Loop bridge.
Trailblazers at the on-ramp to I-785 North from US 70 in Greensboro.
Now heading east on US 70, the newly place Junction I-785 trailblazer, replacing a similar one for Future East I-840.
The To I-40/I-85 trailblazers still remain approaching the southbound Loop on-ramp on US 70 East.
The previous Future I-840 trailblazer has been removed here also, replaced by I-785 South.
New overhead signage that includes I-785 North (and drops US 70) on I-85 North approaching its merge with I-40 East.
This is the last updated sign to be put up for I-785, with its placement, all the signage on I-85 and I-40 surrounding the merge/split of the 2 routes has been updated.
Heading north of I-40 and I-85 brings new exit signs for the US 70 exit:
Besides the new sign, the exit has a new number, 18, replacing 19, possibly due to the exit ramp now being beyond the US 70 bridge instead of before. On the exit ramp, the current end of I-785 North:
An overhead speed advisory sign with the exit number included. Some ramp repaving may be needed before the next segment opens.
Prior to the US 70 exit ramp there is now a To US 220 North trailblazer, and at the exit ramp itself:
Both signs for the US 70 exit and covered over, for now, for Huffine Mill Road, in the distance.
Going the other way after the US 70 interchange:
A South I-785 reassurance marker (the only one so far). And beyond the I-85/I-40 interchange:
An End I-785 sign prior to the Loop merging with I-85 South.
Looking toward completed I-785 bridge over US 70 looking east prior to existing exit ramp to Greensboro Loop heading south.
A new South I-785 and covered I-840 East trailblazer sit behind the earlier Future I-840/To I-40/85 trailblazers put up at the interchange with US 70 East in 2003.
Looking north from open on-ramp to I-785 South to soon to open ramp to US 70 from Greensboro Loop.
In anticipation of increased traffic once the next segment opens, the open section between I-40/I-85 and US 70 received a new layer of pavement on October 2017.
Looking over concrete barrier on US 70 off-ramp toward new section of I-785/Greensboro Loop to open by Thanksgiving 2017.
Looking across Huffine Mill Rd toward I-785 lanes with exit signage placed in the southbound lanes.
A North I-785 trailblazer covered over prior to opening of the new section of the Greensboro Loop in November 2017 (for uncovered versions, see sign plans above).
Looking south from the Huffine Mill interchange along the nearly complete (except of line painting) lanes of I-785, the on-ramp to I-785 South is to the right, the overhead sign gantry has an empty space for the Cone Blvd exit to be constructed in the future.
Looking north along the unopened lanes toward US 29 showing completed exit signing prior to the southbound off-ramp.
Looking south toward the US 70 interchange showing sign installation is complete, but grading work still in progress.
A zoomed in view looking in the same direction shows exit signing complete for US 70 exit which includes 2-mile advance sign for I-40/I-85 North exit at end of I-785 South.
New signage for I-785 on I-85 North, courtesy of site contributor, Tracy Hamm:
At the Youngs Mill Road exit:
And prior to I-40, the last exit sign at the ramp, seen in the background, had not been replaced at the time of the photograph:
New signage put up by NCDOT on I-85 South/I-40 West in July 2017. Photos by site contributor Strider:
Closer look at Arrow-per-Lane signage by Adam Prince:
Taken on April 15, 2017 by Site contributor Strider:
Taken by the Webmaster on March 30, 2017:
New exit support posts behind existing US 70 exit sign, new exit signs were placed along the route in mid-April 2017.
Traveling along the future exit ramp to US 70 now serving as the end of this segment of the Greensboro Loop heading north.
Looking over the barrier at the US 70 exit you can see the future I-785/I-840 Loop heading north with paving near completion.
Looking at the future I-785/I-840 Southbound Loop lanes you can see support posts being staged for future overhead signs.
View of future I-785/I-840 bridge over creek just south of the US 70 interchange.
Another Future I-840 sign along what will be the ramp from US 70 to the Loop Southbound. Despite new I-785 signs going up (see below), this sign still stands as of April 2017.
Sign for the end of I-785/I-840 as it existed from the opening of the southeastern segment of the route in 2005 (with a space for former Business I-40) until April 2017. Here's what the new signs looks like courtesy of site contributor Strider:
The new signs drop Business 85 which is now only referred to on an auxiliary trailblazer:
A closer look at the overheads seen at the official end of I-785:
Sign assemblies at the US 70 interchange, taken in 2002:
Photos taken at the Future US 29 interchange by Trent Heberling in April 2017:
View taking ramp from Hicone Road showing new bridge over US 29 completed.
Entering US 29 South from new Hicone Road interchange on-ramp about to go under new bridge.
View of future US 29/I-785 interchange showing bridge largely completed and exit ramp areas being graded.
Traffic on US 29 South about to be shifted to new southbound lanes under Future I-785/Greensboro Loop East bridge.
US 29 South traffic heading under Future I-785/Greensboro Loop East Bridge with work starting on westbound bridge.
Aerial videos of Loop construction the by Heliflyer from 2017 to 2019, most recent listed first:
1. US 220/Battleground Avenue Area - August 2019
2. Lawndale Avenue/Cotswold Avenue - August 2019
3. View from I-785 to Lee's Chapel Road - August 2019
4. View from Lee's Chapel Road to Yanceyville Street - August 2019
5. View from Yanceyville Street to North Elm Street - August 2019
6. View from North Elm Street to Lawndale Avenue - August 2019
7. View from Battleground Avenue towards Lawndale Drive - June 2019
8. View Between Lawnsdale Avenue and Cotswold Avenue- June 2019
9. View between North Elm Street and Lake Jeanette Road- June 2019
10. View between North Elm Street and Yanceyville Road- June 2019
11. View from North Church Street to Lawndale Drive- May 2019
East of US 220/Battleground Avenue-March 2019
16. East of US 220/Battleground Avenue-December 2018
17. Vicinity of Lawndale Drive-December 2018