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Last Pre-Opening I-74 Freeway Progress Report

I took a (hopefully) final trip south of High Point to check on progress on building the new I-74 freeway between Exit 79 (Cedar Square Rd) and Exit 86 (I-73/US 220 North) before I returned to the Boston area. I was joined by Bill Travers, my local source for updates on the construction project. (Fortunately, nothing happened with the car on this trip.)

We traversed the I-74 construction area from Cedar Square Road south to US 220, including a couple stops I hadn't made in the last couple of years. Approaching the I-74 interchange on I-85 South--
I realized I had not taken any photos of this interchange since it was opened in 2010. Here's the signage approaching the start of the C/D ramps--
I had time to go west on I-74 to the Business 85 interchange and back before meeting Bill. I had already taken photos of most of the signage along the route.

1. Cedar Square Road
A new photo of the approach to the current end on I-74 heading west on Cedar Square--
 A closer look at the hal…

Tour of the now opened Phase II of the Triangle Expressway

The second phase of the Triangle Expressway from NC 55 near Apex southwards to US 64 opened on August 1st.  It was the only free day for the new highway as tolls on the new highway would go into effect the following day Thursday, August 2nd.  So we had an impromptu Triangle Road Meet and six of us met up at Trali in Brier Creek to check out the new road.  Not bad for 48 hour notice!



We had a small surprise when we got to I-40.  First Lady Michelle Obama was in town and we just caught her motorcade getting onto I-540 East headed back to RDU.   Here's the temporary roadblock at the ramp from 540 East to 40 East.



So now lets get back to touring Phase II of the Triangle Expressway.





Some of the signs on the now truncated NC 540 (Free) approaching the NC 54 interchange.  This is the only free interchange south of I-40.  If you look closely enough at the bottom of the second photo, you will seen an 'END' sign for the free portion of NC 540.



The overhead toll gantries at the NC 5…