Greensboro Urban Loop

First Proposed: 1967
First Segment Approved: 1995

First Segment Opened: 2002
Full Loop By: 2022?

The Route: A 39 mile loop around Greensboro providing through traffic with bypass and access to PTI Airport

I-840 Northwest section now open, Go to Photos


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 of Greensboro Loop courtesy of NCDOT, 2010

Map courtesy of NCDOT's Greensboro Loop Website.1

Loop History



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:

Southeast Segment 

I-85 North Carolina shield image from Shields Up!

 Exits 131 to 122 (with US 421 shield image from wikimedia from Exit 126 to 121)






Completed in 2004

Exits This Segment, North to South



Exit 131 I-40 shield image from wikimedia West I-785 shield image from wikimedia North (Business 85 shield image from wikimedia South) Greensboro Danville

Exit 129 Youngs Mill Rd

Exit 128 Alamance Church Rd

Exit 126B Greensboro (Old US 421 shield image from wikimedia)

Exit 126A US 421 shield image from wikimedia South Sanford

Exit 124 South Elm-Eugene St

Exit 122C US 220 shield image from wikimedia North Greensboro Coliseum Area

Exit 122B I-73 shield image from wikimedia US 220 shield image from wikimedia South Asheboro

Exit 122A To Groometown Rd/To Grandover Pkwy

Exit 121 I-73 shield image from wikimedia US 421 shield image from wikimedia North to I-40 West Winston Salem

Photos from this Segment




Signage approaching the Loop on I-40 West/I-85 South indicating alternate route to Winston-Salem (Photo by Adam Prince)

Image of new signage for alternative route to Winston Salem using Greensboro Loop on I-40 West/I-85 South in Greensboro, 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:

Image of NCDOT travel time advisory sign on I-85 South/I-40 West approaching Greensboro Loop exit

The plan for the sign on the other side of Greensboro on I-40 East:

NCDOT sign plan of travel time sign to be placed on I-85 South after completion of Greensboro Loop

New signage installed in July 2017 on I-85 South/I-40 East approaching the Loop. (Photo by Strider):

Image of new signage with I-785 on I-85 South/I-40 West prior to Greensboro Loop exit, by Strider

Photos taken while I-40 was routed on the Greensboro Loop in 2008:

Image of overhead signs at I-73 exit when I-40 was routed on Greensboro Loop in 2008




Taken by Adam Prince:

Image of exit signage on I-85 South/I-40 West after opening of SW section of Greesnboro Loop in 2008, by Adam Prince

Image taken in 2008 of signage along I-85 North on Greensboro Loop, by Adam Prince

Image taken in 2008 of signage along I-85 Greensboro Loop near Alamance Church Rd, by Adam Prince

Image of exit signage from 2008 for US 421 exit prior to rerouting along I-85 South, by Adam Prince

Image of exit signage from I-85 Greensboro Loop taken in 2008, by Adam Prince

Image taken of overhead exit signage at US 220 exit on Greensboro Loop then signed as I-85/I-40 in 2008, by Adam Prince

Image of overhead signage along then I-85/I-40 Greensboro Loop at I-73 exit in 2008, by Adam Prince

After I-40 was routed off the Loop in 2009 (by Adam Prince):


Image taken on I-85 North approaching Greensboro Loop in 2008, by Adam PrinceImage of exit signage on I-85 South/I-40 West at northern end of Greensboro Loop in 2008, by Adam Prince

Photos taken while segment was under construction in 2003:


Image of Greensboro Loop/I-85 under construction in October 2003

View looking south from near Randleman Rd bridge.

Image taken of Greensboro Loop, I-85 under construction in October 2003

View of opened Randleman Rd bridge over future I-85 South lanes.

Image of Greensboro Loop under construction in October 2003

Future Alamance Rd on-ramp to I-85 South.

Image of bridge over under construction Greensboro Loop/I-85 in October 2003

The opened Alamance Church Rd bridge.

By Adam Prince:

Image of unopened section of I-85 Greensboro Loop near Alamance Church Rd exit in 2003, by Adam Prince

Looking at opened Alamance Church Rd bridge over unopened I-85 roadway.

Image taken looking south along unopened I-85 Greensboro Loop near Alamance Church Rd exit in 2003, by Adam Prince

Looking the other way from Alamance Church Rd bridge.

Image of unopened I-85 Greensboro Loop Rd by Randleman Rd interchange in 2003, by Adam Prince

Construction in progress near Randleman Road exit.

Image of view over unopened I-85 Greensboro Loop roadway at Future US 421 interchange in 2003, by Adam Prince

The ramp to then US 421 North ramp being graded from unopened I-85 South.

Image of construction along I-85 Greensboro Loop South at Future US 220/I-73 exit in 2003, by Adam Prince

Work at the future I-73/US 220 interchange looking south.

Southwest Segment Interstate 73 North Carolina shield image, from Shields Up! US 421 shield image from wikimedia Exits 95 to 103




Completed in 2008

Exits in This Segment, South to North


Exit 95 (SB) I-73 shield image from wikimedia US 220 shield image from wikimedia South Asheboro

Exit 97C (SB) I-85 Exit 122C (NB) Groometown Road / To Grandover Pkwy

Exit 97B (SB) I-85 shield image from wikimedia South/Business 85 shield image from wikimedia South/ US 29 shield image from wikimedia South / US 70 shield image from wikimedia West High Point Charlotte

Exit 97A (SB) Business 85 shield image from wikimedia North / US 29 shield image from wikimedia North / US 70 shield image from wikimedia East Greensboro

Exit 100 Gate City Blvd

Exit 102 Wendover Ave

Exit 103A I-40 shield image from wikimedia East Greensboro

Exit 103B I-40 shield image from wikimedia West US 421 shield image from wikimedia North Winston-Salem

Photos from this Segment



From When I-40 was routed on the Loop in 2008:

Image taken of signage at I-40 exit off of I-73 Greensboro Loop North in 2008

Signage at the end of I-73 North in 2008.

Image of signage at interchange of I-73 Greensboro Loop with I-85 when I-40 ran on the Loop 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

Northwest Segment

  Interstate 73 North Carolina shield image, from Shields Up!Exits 103 to 107 Interstate 840 North Carolina shield image, from Shields Up!Exits 5 to 8








I-40 to Bryan Blvd. Segment, Complete, Opened in 2008

I-840 Segment, Bryan Blvd. to US 220/Battleground Avenue, Complete-Opened on April 19, 2018

I-840 Segment, US 220/Battleground Avenue to Lawndale Drive, Under Construction-31.9% Complete (2/28/18), Completion Date-December 28, 2020

Exits in this Segment, South to North


Exit 103A (SB) I-40 shield image from wikimedia West US 421 shield image from wikimedia North Winston-Salem

Exit 103B (SB) I-40 shield image from wikimedia East Greensboro

Exit 104 W Friendly Ave

Exit 107A (NB) Bryan Blvd DOWNTOWN

Exit 107B (NB) Bryan Blvd PTI Airport (Future I-73 shield image from wikimedia North Martinsville)

Future Exits

Exit 3A (SB) I-73 shield image from wikimedia North PTI-GSO Airport Martinsville

Exit 3B (SB) Bryan Blvd DOWNTOWN

Exit 6  US 220 shield image from wikimedia / 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:

Photos from this Segment



Taken by site contributor Strider on opening day, April 19, and April 20, 2018:

Heading east from Bryan Blvd. on newly opened ramp:

Image of signage for newly opened ramp to I-840 East from Bryan Blvd at Greensboro Loop, by Strider

Heading down newly opened ramp from Bryan Blvd.

Image of heading down on-ramp to newly opened East I-840/Greensboro Loop, by Strider

I-840 Mile marker along ramp from Bryan Blvd. heading onto East I-840:

Image of mile marker entering I-840 East/Greensboro Loop from Bryan Blvd on-ramp, by Strider

First standalone I-840 reassurance marker:

Image of first standalone I-840 East reassurance marker on newly opened section of Greensboro Urban Loop, by Strider

First overhead sign is 2-mile advance for US 220 exit:

Image of overhead 2-mile advance sign for US 220 exit on newly opened segment of I-840 East/Greensboro Loop, by Strider

The 1-Mile Advance sign:

Image of overhead 1-mile advance sign for US 220 exit on newly opened section of I-840 East/Greensboro Urban Loop, by Strider

The highway narrows and is surrounded by noise barrier walls heading toward the current end of the highway at US 220/Battleground Avenue:

Image of brown auxiliary sign and sound walls along newly opened section of I-840/Greensboro Urban Loop approaching US 220, by Strider

I-840 is reduced to 1 lane prior to heading down the ramp at the end of the opened Loop section toward US 220:

Image of narrowed lanes at current end of I-840 East Greensboro Urban Loop at US 220, by Strider

Signage at the end of the ramp to US 220/Battleground Avenue:

Image of overhead signage at end of ramp from I-840 East/Greensboro Urban Loop to US 220, by Strider

Taking the ramp to US 220 North showing work continuing on bridge headed further east toward Lawndale Drive:

Image from ramp to US 220 North at current end of I-840 East Greensboro Urban Loop looking toward construction continuing toward Lawndale Drive, by Strider

Signage along US 220 North for I-840 West:

Image of overhead signage along US 220/Battleground Ave for newly opened segment of I-840 West/Greensboro Urban Loop, by Strider

Turning around and heading south on US 220, the junction trailblazer for I-840:

Image of Jct I-840 trailblazer ahead of newly opened interchange with I-840/Greensboro Urban Loop, by Strider

Signage at the on-ramp to I-840 from US 220 South:

Image of overhead guide signage on US 220 South at newly opened ramp to I-840 West/Greensboro Urban Loop, by Strider

Junction trailblazer (which no one can probably claim to have not seen) prior to interchange on US 220 North:

Image of large Jct I-840 trailblazer on US 220 North approaching newly opened interchange with Greensboro Urban Loop, by Strider

Heading west on I-840

Onto the ramp from US 220:

Image of taking newly opened ramp from US 220 onto I-840/Greensboro Urban Loop West, by Strider

The westbound lanes after the on-ramp with the noise barrier walls paralleling the roadway:

Image of the noise barrier walls along the newly opened I-840/Greensboro Urban Loop west lanes, by Strider

The first West I-840 standalone reassurance marker:

Image of first West I-840 reassurance marker along newly opened section of Greensboro Urban Loop after US 220 interchange, by Strider

Followed by the first overhead sign, the 2-mile advance sign for the I-73 North/Bryan Blvd. exit:

Image of 2-mile overhead advance sign for I-73 North/Bryan Blvd exit on newly opened section of I-840 West/Greensboro Urban Loop, by Strider

The one-mile advance sign heading west:

Image of overhead 1-mile advance sign for I-73 North/Bryan Blvd exit on newly opened section of I-840 West/Greensboro Urban Loop, by Strider

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):

Image of overhead signs at I-73/Bryan Blvd exit on newly opened section of I-840 West/Greensboro Urban Loop, by Strider

Signage along the C/D Ramp at the I-73 North ramp:

Image of overhead exit signs along C/D ramp from newly opened section of I-840 West/Greensboro Urban Loop, by Strider

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:

Image of 1 mile advance arrow-per-lane overhead sign on I-73 North/Greensboro Loop put up for newly opened I-840 East section, by Strider

There's an additional one at the 1/2 mile distance from Bryan Blvd.:

Image of newly placed 1/2 mile advance arrow-per-lane overhead sign on I-73 North/Greensboro Loop for the newly opened I-840 East section to US 220, by Strider

The signage at the exit itself, notice I-73 North exits itself:

Image of overhead arrow-per-lane exit sign at split of I-73 North and new section of I-840 East/Greensboro Urban Loop, by Strider

More photos from newly opened segment coming soon.

From an post from an article on the Greensboro News & Record website, March 13, 2018:

Taken by Strider from Fleming Road bridge over unopened I-840, January 19, 2018:

Image of newly placed overhead signage on unopened section of I-840 West/Greensboro Loop at Bryan Blvd exit, by Strider

Newly placed overhead signage on soon to open I-840 West at I-73/Bryan Blvd exit

Image of newly placed overhead 2 mile advance exit sign for W. Friendly Ave. on soon to open I-840 West/Greensboro Loop at Bryan Blvd, by Strider

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.

Image of newly placed overhead 2-mile advance sign for US 220/Battleground Ave exit on soon to be opened section of I-840 East/Greensboro Loop, by Strider

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:

Image of newly placed 1-mile advance overhead sign for I-73/Bryan Blvd exit on soon to be opened section of I-840 West/Greensboro Loop, by Strider

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.

Image of newly placed 1-mile advance overhead sign for US 220 exit on soon to be open section of I-840 East/Greensboro Loop, by Strider

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

Photo of Future I-840 elevated lanes in vicinity of Darwbridge Pkwy in Greensboro, from Trent Heberling Image of future I-840 elevated highway in vicinity of Drawbridge Pkwy in Greensboro, by Trent HeberlingImage of supports being placed for future I-840 Greensboro Loop near Drawbridge Pkwy in Greensboro, by Trent HeberlingImage of view along Drawbridge Pkwy of Future I-840 elevated freeway under construction in Greensboro, from Trent HeberlingImage taken traveling east on Drawbridge Pkwy in Greensboro overlooking Future I-840 construction, by Trent HeberlingImage of view of Future I-840 elevated freeway from Drawbridge Rd in Greensboro, by Trent HeberlingImage taken of future I-840 Greensboro Loop bridge from Drawbridge Rd in Greensboro, from Trent Heberling

Along US 220/Battleground Avenue and looking west and east of US 220

Image taken of construction along US 220 in Greensboro for Future I-840 interchange, by Trent HeberlingImage taken from US 220 North of future I-840 bridge being built for Greensboro Loop interchange, by Trent HeberlingImage taken heading south on US 220/Battleground Ave approaching future I-840 interchange in Greensboro, by Trent HeberlingImage of view from US 220/Battleground Ave of Future I-840 elevated structure in Greensboro, by Trent HeberlingImage looking west from US 220/Battleground Ave along future I-840 elevated freeway in Greensboro, by Trent Heberling Image taken of Future I-840/Greensboro Loop under construction looking east from US 220/Battleground Ave, by Trent HeberlingImage taken of structures for elevated I-840 highway being built near US 220/Battleground Ave in Greensboro, by Trent HeberlingImage of construction east toward Lawndale Dr from US 220/Battleground Ave in Greensboro, by Trent Heberling

Exit sign plans for this Segment, from NCDOT5:

Sign plan for new reassurance marker north of W. Friendly Ave. exit on I-840 Greensboro Loop, from NCDOT

This will be the new reassurance marker sign after the W. Friendly Ave. exit once I-73 is completed north of Greensboro.

Sign plans for I-73 North/I-840 East at W. Friendly Ave., from NCDOT

Signage to be put up once I-73 opens north of Greensboro. Current Exit 2 tab for W. Friendly Avenue will be changed to 104.


Sign plan for overhead guide signs on W. Friendly Ave. for I-73/I-840 Greensboro Loop, from NCDOT

Signage to be placed along W. Friendly Avenue.


Sign plan for new overhead signage on I-40 East in Greensboro for I-73/I-840 Greensboro Loop, from NCDOT

Signage plan for I-40 East approaching the Greensboro Loop once I-73 is extended north.

Sign plans for rampt from US 220 South to East I-840 in Greensboro, from NCDOT

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:

Plan of signage on Lawndale Dr for West I-840 traffic, from NCDOT

View other Photos of this Segment

Videos of Loop construction in this Segment by Heliflyer

US 220/ I-885 interchange New-April 2018

View Video of US 220 exit area, Jan. 2018

View Previous Video of This Segment

View Video by Heliflyer made in Sept. 2017

Northeast Segment Interstate 840 North Carolina shield image, from Shields Up!Exits 8 to 21 (with Interstate 785 North Carolina shield image, from Shields Up! Exits 14 to 21)



Lawndale Drive to US 29 Section, 6 Miles, Project Let, Construction to Start in April 2018, Completion Date-2021/22

US 29 to US 70 Section, 5 Miles, Under Construction-90.9% Complete as of 3/15/18, Completion Date: December 6, 20174  (except for ramps from I-785 North to US 29 South and I-785 South to US 29 North, completion date 12/28/18)6

US 70 to I-40 Section, 2 Miles, Complete, Opened in 2002

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.7

Exits on this Segment, Going North to South



Exit 8 (SB)  Lawndale Dr

Exit 10    N Elm St

Exit 11    Yanceyville St

Exit 14    US 29 shield image from wikimedia (Future I-785 shield image from wikimedia) North Reidsville Danville VA

Exit 17    Huffine Mill Rd

Exit 18*    US 70 shield image from wikimedia Burlington Greensboro

Exit 21A (SB)   I-40 shield image from wikimedia West (Business 85 shield image from wikimedia South) Greensboro

Exit 21B (SB)   I-40 shield image from wikimedia East / I-85 shield image from wikimedia North Durham Raleigh

* Changed from 19 in Nov. 2017

Exit sign plans for this Segment:8,9

Sign plans for Lawndale Dr and North Elm Street exits off of I-840 East, from NCDOT
Signage at the ramp to Lawndale Drive on I-840 East

Plan for destination mileage sign along I-840 north of Greensboro, from NCDOT

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 29:10

Image of NCDOT sign plans for overhead exit signs for N Elm St and Yanceyville St on I-840/Greensboro Loop

Signage southbound approaching US 29 (Future I-795 North) ramp:


Image of NCDOT sign plan for I-840 East at US 29 (Future I-795 North) exit Plans for 2-Mile advance exit sign on I-840 for US 29/Future I-785 exit

Plans for 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.


Plans for signage at exit ramp to US 29 (Future I-785 North) from I-840 North east of Greensboro, from NCDOT

Here's the signage at the exit ramp itself when I-785 is extended north of the Loop:


Sign plans for future sign at Exit 21 of I-840 Greensboro Loop at I-40 east of Greensboro, from NCDOT

Signage planned for the US 70 on-ramps when the final stretch of I-840 is completed:

Image of NCDOT sign plan for ramp to I-785 North and I-840 West when Greensboro Loop is completed

Here's showing that the current I-785 reassurance markers will be replaced with signs with the 2 interstate shields:
Image of NCDOT sign plan for future reaasurance marker sign when I-840 is signed with I-785 on Greensboro Loop

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 along I-40 West, I-85 South approaching Greensboro Loop

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:

Image of NCDOT sign plan showing End I-785/I-840 sign replacing Business 85 auxiliary sign prior to I-40/I-85 North exit on Greensboro Loop
Image of NCDOT sign plan showing removal of Business 85 shields from overhead signs on I-40 in Greensboro

Here's plans for signage at the interchanges. First US 29:


Plan for signage at future US 29/I-785 interchange on Greesnboro Urban Loop, from NCDOT

The first signs will not have I-840 listed.

Photos from this Segment


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:

Image taken of new 1-Mile advance sign for Hicone Rd exit on US 29 South, by Strider

New 1-Mile advance sign for upgraded interstate standard interchange prior to the Greensboro Loop.

Image of under construction US 29 South lanes approaching Greensboro Loop interchange, by Strider

Variable message sign indicates to South US 29 drivers that newly opened ramp to I-785 South is 1 Mile ahead.

Image of under construction interchange of US 29 with future I-840 Greensboro Loop, by Strider

Approaching the open Greensboro Loop/I-785 South interchange with future ramp to northern Loop under construction.

Image of new bridge being constructed for Greensboro Loop traffic from US 29 South, by Strider

Ramp bridge for US 29 South traffic from I-785 North still under construction after opening rest of I-785.

Image of overhead exit sign for South I-785/Greensboro Loop exit off of US 29 South, by Strider

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.

View of newly opened ramp from US 29 South to I-785/Greensboro Loop South, by Strider

Traveling the new ramp from US 29 South to I-785 South, workers seen completing ramp from I-785 North to US 29 South.

Image taken of the start of the new section of I-785/Greensboro Loop South beyond US 29 South on-ramp, by Strider

View looking south at the start of the new segment of I-785 prior to on-ramp from US 29 North.

Image of first South I-785 reassurance marker on new section of Greensboro Loop south of US 29 interchange, by Strider

The first South I-785 reassurance marker beyond the US 29 North on-ramp.

Image of first destination mileage guide sign on I-785/Greensboro Loop South beyond US 29 exit, by Strider

First destination mileage guide sign on I-785 South showing the distance to High Point and Charlotte via I-85 South.

Image of 2 Mile advance sign for Huffine Mill Rd exit on I-785/Greensboro Loop south, by Strider

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.

Image of 1-mile advance sign for Huffine Mill Rd exit on I-785/Greensboro Loop South, by Strider

The one-mile advance sign for Huffine Mill Road prior to the West Buffalo Creek bridge on I-785 South.


Image of center median interchange mileage sign on I-785/Greensboro Loop South, by StriderThis median interchange mileage sign stands 1/2 mile prior to the Huffine Mill Road exit on I-785 South.

Image of overhead signage at off-ramp to Huffine Mill Rd on I-785/Greensboro Loop South, by StriderOverhead signage at the Huffine Mill Road off-ramp includes the 1-Mile advance sign for US 70 on I-785/Greensboro Loop South.

Image of 1/2 mile advance sign for US 70 exit on I-785/Greensboro Loop South, by Strider

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.

Image of overhead signage at off-ramp to US 70 on I-785/Greensboro Loop South

Overhead signage at the US 70 exit on I-785 South includes a 2-Mile Advance for the I-40/I-85 North exit.

Turning around and heading back north:

Image of new center median exit distance sign on I-785 North prior to the US 70 exit, by Strider

Another median 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.

New US 70 1 Mile advance sign on I-785/Greensboro Loop North, by Strider

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.

Image of overhead signs at US 70 exit on I-785/Greensboro Loop North, by Strider

Overhead signs at the US 70 exit with the Huffine Mill Road sign now uncovered.

Image of newly opened section of I-785/Greensboro Loop looking north from US 70 exit, by Strider

Looking north along the start of the new section of I-785 North toward Huffine Mill Road.

Image of overhead sign for exit only lane approaching Huffine Mill Rd exit on I-785/Greensboro Loop North, by Strider

I-785 North expands to 3 lanes temporarily prior to the Huffine Mill Road exit.

Image of overhead sign and space for future sign prior to Huffine Mill Rd exit on I-785/Greensboro Loop North, by Strider

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:

Image of guide signs along newly opened off-ramp to Huffine Mill Road from I-785/Greensboro Loop North, by Strider

View taken heading west on Huffine Mill Road showing guide signs and I-785 trailblazers in the distance.

Image of two trailblazers for North and South I-785 sign on Huffine Mill Road interchange with Greensboro Loop, by Strider

A closer view of the trailblazers, getting back on I-785 North:

Image of view looking north on newly opened section of I-785/Greensboro Loop after Huffine Mill Rd exit, by Strider

View looking north toward US 29 interchange.

Image of North I-785 reassurance marker after Huffine Mill Rd on Greensboro Loop, by Strider

The North I-785 reassurance marker, the last one in this direction, after the Huffine Mill Rd on-ramp.

Image of 2-Mile advance overhead sign for US 29 exit(s) on I-785/Greensboro Loop North, by Strider

The 2-Mile advance sign for the current end of I-785 North at US 29, just prior to crossing North Buffalo Creek.

Image of 1-mile advance overhead sign for US 29 exit on I-785/Greensboro Loop North, by Strider

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.

Image of bridge over completed section of I-785/Greensboro Loop prior to current end at US 29, by Strider

Orange barrels reappear approaching the US 29 interchange beyond the 15 Mile marker on I-785 North.

Image of overhead sign gantry on I-785 North/Greensboro Loop for US 29 exit, left side missing due to incomplete US 29 South ramp, by Strider

Overhead sign directs traffic off the soon to end Loop to the US 29 exit(s), the fore sign reads Exit 14B.

Image of overhead signage on C/D lane for US 29 exit on I-785/Greensboro Loop North, blank space for future southbound ramp sign, by Strider

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.

Image of new overhead exit and advisory signs on US 29 North at merge with ramp from I-785/Greensboro Loop North, by StriderA new sign for the upgraded Hicone Road exit greets drivers merging onto US 29, or could we say I-785 North because...

Image of End I-785 trailblazer at end of ramp from Greensboro Loop North to US 29 North, by Strider

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.

Turning around and now coming toward the new Loop interchange on US 29 North:

Image of new 1-Mile advance sign for I-785/Greensboro Loop South in US 29 North, by Strider

There is a 1-Mile Advance sign heading this direction with space for an I-840 shield in the future.

Image of overhead signs in advance of Greensboro Loop exit on US 29 North, by Strider

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.

Image of US 29 South off-ramp construction from ramp to I-785/Greensboro Loop South from US 29 North, by Strider

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.

View of traffic on new exit ramp to I-785/Greensboro Loop South from US 29 North, by Strider

Further up the US 29 North on-ramp approaching the merge with I-785 South lanes.

Change signage at the US 70 interchange:

Image of I-785 North trailblazer on US 70 East at Greensboro Loop on-ramp, by Strider

North I-785 trailblazer on US 70 East heading under the Loop bridge.

Image of I-785 and US 70 trailblazers at on-ramp to Greensboro Loop North, by StriderTrailblazers at the on-ramp to I-785 North from US 70 in Greensboro.

Image of Junction I-785 trailblazer on US 70 East approaching on-ramps to Greensboro Loop, by Strider

Now heading east on US 70, the newly place Junction I-785 trailblazer, replacing a similar one for Future East I-840.

Image of preexisting To I-40/I-85 trailblazers on US 70 East at Greensboro Loop South on-ramp, by Strider

The To I-40/I-85 trailblazers still remain approaching the southbound Loop on-ramp on US 70 East.


Image of newly placed South I-785 and East US 70 trailblazers at on-ramp to Greensboro Loop South on-ramp, by Strider

The previous Future I-840 trailblazer has been removed here also, replaced by I-785 South.

Taken from US 70 interchange by site contributor, Strider on November 26, 2017:

Image of overhead exit signage with I-785 shield along I-85 North/Greensboro Loop at I-40 interchange, by Strider

New overhead signage that includes I-785 North (and drops US 70) on I-85 North approaching its merge with I-40 East.

Image of new overhead sign for I-785 North on I-85 North/Greensboro Loop prior to merge with I-40 East, by Strider

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:

Image of new 1-mile advance sign for US 70 exit (now with new number, 18) on I-785 North/Greensboro Loop, by Strider

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:

Image of overhead speed advisory sign on ramp from I-785 North to US 70 in Greensboro, by Strider

An overhead speed advisory sign with the exit number included. Some ramp repaving may be needed before the next segment opens.

Image of new To US 220 trailblazer prior to US 70 exit on I-785 North in Greensboro, by Strider

Prior to the US 70 exit ramp there is now a To US 220 North trailblazer, and at the exit ramp itself:

Image of new overhead exit signs for US 70 and for Huffine Mill Rd, covered over, on I-785 North 
           in Greensboro, by Strider

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:

Image of South I-785 reassurance marker along Greensboro Loop just south of US 70 exit, by Strider

A South I-785 reassurance marker (the only one so far). And beyond the I-85/I-40 interchange:

Image of End I-785 sign south of I-40/I-85 interchange on Greensboro Loop, by Strider

An End I-785 sign prior to the Loop merging with I-85 South.

Earlier photos by Strider from October 29, 2017:

Image of I-785 bridge over US 70 looking east prior to opening of next segment of Greensboro Loop to US 29, by Strider

Looking toward completed I-785 bridge over US 70 looking east prior to existing exit ramp to Greensboro Loop heading south.

Image of interstate trailblazers at the interchange between US 70 East and I-785/Greensboro Loop South, by Strider

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.

Image of new off-ramp to US 70 from I-785/Greensboro Loop prior to opening from existing on-ramp, by Strider

Looking north from open on-ramp to I-785 South to soon to open ramp to US 70 from Greensboro Loop.

Image of interstate trailblazers on US 70 West, including new I-785 South at interchange with Greensboro Loop, by Strider

Taken by Strider on I-785 North approaching current end at US 70:

Image of I-785/Greensboro Loop North lanes approaching current end of freeway at US 70, by Strider

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.

Image of Future I-785 lanes near completion north of US 70 exit from off-ramp in Greensboro, by Strider

Looking over concrete barrier on US 70 off-ramp toward new section of I-785/Greensboro Loop to open by Thanksgiving 2017.

Photos by Strider from nearly completed Huffine Mill Road interchange:

Image looking north from soon to open Huffine Mill Rd interchange with I-785/Greensboro Loop, by Strider

Looking across Huffine Mill Rd toward I-785 lanes with exit signage placed in the southbound lanes.

Image of nearly completed Huffine Mill Rd bridge over I-785/Greensboro Loop, by Strider

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).

Image of view looking south from Huffine Mill Rd interchange over soon to be opened I-785/Greensboro Loop, by Strider

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.

Image of view looking north toward US 29 along to be opened section of I-785/Greensboro Loop from Huffine Mill Rd, by Strider

Looking north along the unopened lanes toward US 29 showing completed exit signing prior to the southbound off-ramp.

Image of view looking south over soon to be opened I-785/Greensboro Loop heading toward US 70 exit from Huffine Mill Rd, by Strider
Looking south toward the US 70 interchange showing sign installation is complete, but grading work still in progress.

Image of closeup view of I-785 lanes heading south toward US 70 exit from Huffine Mill Rd, by Strider

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:

Image of new overhead exit sign with I-785 shield on I-85/Greensboro Loop North at Youngs Mill Rd exit, by Tracy Hamm

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:

Image of newly installed overhead exit sign with I-785 shield on I-85/Greensboro Loop North prior to I-40 exit, by Tracy Hamm

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New signage put up by NCDOT on I-85 South/I-40 West in July 2017. Photos by site contributor Strider:

Image of new Arrow-Per-Lane sign put up by NCDOT in June 2017 with I-785 shield, by Strider New overhead signage for I-785 exit on I-40 West approaching Greensboro Loop, by Strider

Closer look at Arrow-per-Lane signage by Adam Prince:

Image of closeup look at new arrow-per-lane signage at split of I-40 West and I-85 South east of Greensboro, by Adam Prince

Taken on April 15, 2017 by Site contributor Strider:

Image of newly placed End I-785 sign at I-85/I-40 Exit on Greensboro Loop
The first I-785 shield to appear on the Greensboro Loop just prior to the I-84/I-40 Exit heading south.

Image taken of new signage with I-785 shield on I-40 East at Greensboro Loop exit, by Adam Prince
In early 2017 NCDOT started putting up new overhead signs with I-785 at the Greensboro Loop Exit, the extra space is for a future I-840 shield, photo by Adam Prince.

Taken by the Webmaster on March 30, 2017:

Image of Future I-840 along open eastern segment of Greensboro Loop from I-40 to US 70
A Future I-840 sign that has been up since shortly after the route was opened in 2002. Unknown whether this will remain when I-785 signs go up

Image taken of exit sign support posts placed prior to US 70 exit on eastern segment of Greensboro Loop

New exit support posts behind existing US 70 exit sign, new exit signs were placed along the route in mid-April 2017.


Image of exit ramp at temporary end of I-785/I-840 at US 70 exit along eastern segment of Greensboro Loop

Traveling along the future exit ramp to US 70 now serving as the end of this segment of the Greensboro Loop heading north.


Image taken from current end of eastern segment of Greensboro Loop looking at future roadway north toward US 29

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.

Image of construction at US 70 interchange along the eastern section of the Greensboro Loop

Looking at the future I-785/I-840 Southbound Loop lanes you can see support posts being staged for future overhead signs.

Image taken of future Loop bridge near US 70 exit along eastern section of Greensboro Loop

View of future I-785/I-840 bridge over creek just south of the US 70 interchange.

Image of Future I-840 Sign along ramp from US 70 to Southbound lanes of Greensboro Loop's Eastern Section

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.

Image of previous overhead sign for I-40/I-85 exit at southern end of eastern segment of Greensboro Loop in March 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:

Image of new overhead sign for I-40/I-85 along South I-785 Greensboro Loop, by StriderImage of new 1/2 mile advance sign for I-40/I-85 exit at southern end of I-785 Greensboro Loop, from Strider

The new signs drop Business 85 which is now only referred to on an auxiliary trailblazer:

Image of newly placed Business I-85 sign at end of I-785 Greensboro Loop at I-40/I-85

A closer look at the overheads seen at the official end of I-785:

Image of new signs on exit ramp from I-785 South Greensboro Loop at I-40/I-85 interchange

Sign assemblies at the US 70 interchange, taken in 2002:

Image of Future I-840, I-85 and I-40 trailblazers placed at US 70 East ramp to Greensboro Loop in 2002

Photos taken at the Future US 29 interchange by Trent Heberling in April 2017:

Image of I-785 bridge under construction over US 29, by Trent Heberling

  View taking ramp from Hicone Road showing new bridge over US 29 completed.

Image taken along ramp from Hicone Road to US 29 South heading under new bridge constructed as part of I-785 Loop project, by Trent Heberling

Entering US 29 South from new Hicone Road interchange on-ramp about to go under new bridge.

Image looking south on US 29 from Hicone Rd showing I-785/Loop interchange under construction, by Trent Heberling

View of future US 29/I-785 interchange showing bridge largely completed and exit ramp areas being graded.

Image looking south on US 29 toward Future I-785/Greensboro Loop interchange under construction, by Trent Heberling

Traffic on US 29 South about to be shifted to new southbound lanes under Future I-785/Greensboro Loop East bridge.

Image of traffic on US 29 South traveling through Future I-785/Greensboro Loop interchange construction area, by Trent Heberling

US 29 South traffic heading under Future I-785/Greensboro Loop East Bridge with work starting on westbound bridge.

Videos of this segment by Heliflyer in 2017 and 2018:

1. Taken of the I-785/US 29 interchange, April 2018

2. Taken of the Lawndale Drive interchange area, April 2018

3. Taken of the I-785/US 29 interchange, Jan. 2018

4. Eastern Segment of the Greensboro Loop, 

5. Earlier video of the Battleground Ave interchange