U.S. Route 74

U.S. Route 74 marker

U.S. Route 74
Route information
Length: 515 mi[1][2] (829 km)
Existed: 1927[2] – present
Ocoee Scenic Byway
Mountain Waters Scenic Byway
Major junctions
West end: I-24 at Chattanooga, TN

I-75 at Cleveland, TN
US 23 / US 441 at Dillsboro, NC
I40 near Asheville, NC
I26 at Columbus, NC
I85 at Kings Mountain, NC
I77 / US 21 at Charlotte, NC
I485 in Charlotte, NC
I277 in Charlotte, NC
US 1 in Rockingham, NC
I73 / I74 in Rockingham, NC

US 15 / US 401 / US 501 at Laurinburg, NC
I95 / US 301 at Lumberton, NC
US 17 at Wilmington, NC
East end: Wrightsville Beach, NC
States: Tennessee, North Carolina
Highway system

SR 73TNI-75
NC 73NCNC 75

In the U.S. state of Tennessee and North Carolina, U.S. Route 74 (US 74) is an eastwest United States highway that runs for 515 miles (829 km) from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Predominantly in North Carolina, it serves as an important highway from the mountains to the sea, connecting the cities of Asheville, Charlotte and Wilmington.

Route description

TN 63.0 101.4
NC 451.8 727.1
Total 514.8 828.5


Since US-74's introduction in 1927, it plays second fiddle to I-75 and US-64. The 63-mile (101 km) route travels from the I-24/I-75 interchange, in Chattanooga, northeast to Cleveland, where it then continues east, along with US-64, to the North Carolina state line.[3] The highway is predominantly freeway or expressway grade four-lane, except between Ocoee and Ducktown, where it is a curvy two-lane mountain highway along the Ocoee River.

TDOT's signage for US-74 is poor. Most highways that cross US-74 will typically only list I-75 or US-64 instead; I-75 completely ignores US-74 along its route, even ignores US-74 at their intersection, showing instead a connector to US-64.

North Carolina

The Charlotte Skyline from Independence Freeway
I-277/US 74 directional signs at Stonewall Street, in Charlotte

From the Tennessee state line, US 74 traverses across the southern portion of the state, connecting the major cities Asheville, Charlotte, and Wilmington, for a total of 451.8 miles (727.1 km).

In western North Carolina, US 74 enters the state with a concurrency with US 64. Routed along on pre-existing highways in the region, specifically the: Appalachian Highway (at-grade expressway, except in the Nantahala Gorge) and the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway (controlled-access freeway, which is broken in three sections along the route); it shares a revolving door of concurrency changes with US 19, US 129, US 441 and US 23. The alternating named highway (depending on grade of road) is considered the commercial back-bone and main truck route of Western North Carolina, connecting the cities of Murphy, Andrews, Bryson City, Cherokee, Sylva, and Waynesville. In or around October, the fall colors create an influx of more tourists in the region. In the winter months, the highway is the first to be salted and plowed; however, both the Nantahala Gorge and Balsam Gap tend to get the most snow and/or ice in the region and should be traveled with care.

North of Clyde, US 74 merges with Interstate 40 and goes east, in concurrency, to Asheville. From there, it then goes southeast, in concurrency with Interstate 26 till Columbus, where it separates and continues east along a mostly controlled-access highway, except in Shelby, to Interstate 85, in Kings Mountain.

After crossing a unique weave intersection with Interstate 85, it joins with US 29 and travels through downtown Gastonia along Franklin Boulevard. East of Gastonia, it becomes Wilkinson Boulevard as it go through McAdenville, Cramerton and Belmont. After crossing the Lake Wylie/Catawba River, via Sloans Ferry Bridge, it enters Charlotte, with connections with Interstate 485 and Interstate 85/Charlotte Douglas International Airport, via Little Rock Road. In Center City, it splits with US 29 for Interstate 277 along the John Belk Freeway. East of Center City, it goes solo again along Independence Freeway/Boulevard to Matthews, where it connects again with Interstate 485.

Going southeast, it goes through Stallings, Indian Trail and Monroe, where it briefly overlaps with US 601, before continuing east again through Wingate, Marshville, Peachland, Polkton, Wadesboro and Lilesville.

Crossing the Pee Dee River and into the Sandhills region, US 74 meets up with Future Interstates 73/74, in Rockingham. After a future interchange near NC 38 that will end its overlap with Interstate 73, US 74/Future I-74 continues southeast, bypassing Laurinburg and Maxton. East of Maxton and through Lumberton, the highway is officially US 74/Interstate 74, before dropping back to Future I-74 west of Boardman; the concurrency with Future I-74 ends at Bolton, where a future interchange will split from US 74 to continue south towards South Carolina. This is one of only two instances (along with I-41 in Wisconsin) of similarly-numbered U.S. and Interstate routes being designated on the same road.

Near Chadbourn, US 74 overlaps with US 76, which continue mostly together till Wrightsville Beach, where US 74 dead-ends north and US 76 dead-ends south. The highway connects the cities and towns of Whiteville, Lake Waccamaw, and Wilmington. The road through the Cape Fear region is flat, surrounded by parts of the Green Swamp.

ADHS corridors

US 74 overlaps with two corridors that are part of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), which is part of Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Passed in 1965, the purpose of ADHS is to generate economic development in previously isolated areas, supplement the interstate system, connect Appalachia to the interstate system, and provide access to areas within the Region as well as to markets in the rest of the nation.[4]

Scenic byways

Nantahala Byway is an 43-mile (69 km) byway from Marble to Whittier; it is known for its scenic views of the Nantahala Gorge, The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and the whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River. US 74 overlaps 38 miles (61 km) of the byway from Marble to Bryson City. The byway also overlaps with US 19 and US 129.[7]

Dedicated and memorial names

A section of US 74 in Monroe, named in honor of U.S. Senator Jesse Helms

US 74 features several dedicated bridges and stretches of highway throughout its route.


Established as an original U.S. Route in late 1926, US 74 traversed from Asheville to Chadbourn, in North Carolina. It was extended eastward in late 1934 to Wilmington, replacing an old alignment of US 17.[10]

In 1936, US 74 was extended eastward again from Wilmington, via Market Street, to Wrightsville Beach, then going north on Lumina Avenue to its current eastern terminus. US 74 also spawned two alternate routes the same year, the first and shortest (0.14 miles (0.23 km)) in Leland, and a second in Shelby; which eventually replace all of US 74 through the downtown area by 1949 (later renamed US 74 Business in 1960).[10][11][12]

In 1937, US 74 was rerouted through Kings Mountain, replacing part of NC 7. Its old alignment became an alternate route, but was replaced a year later by both NC 161 and NC 274.

By 1949, US 74 was on its first bypass around Rutherfordton, via Ruth; its former route becoming an alternate route (later renamed US 74 Business in 1960). In 1952, the first Monroe Bypass was completed, leaving a short-lived alternate route going through the downtown area. By 1953, the first bypass around Rockingham was completed, leaving a short lived alternate route through the downtown area.[10][11][12]

In 1970, US 74 was placed on new freeway alignment bypassing Spindale, Forest City, Ellenboro, and Mooresboro; the old route was replaced by an extension of US 74 Business. In 1973, US 74 was realigned onto new road south of Lumberton. In 1975, US 74/US 76 was rerouted onto new freeway bypass south of Leland and then east of Belville, its old alignment becoming secondary roads.[13] In 1976, US 74/US 76 was bypassed north of Chadbourn and Whiteville, leaving behind US 74 Bus./US 76 Bus.[14][15]

In 1984, Maxton was bypassed, replaced by an extension of US 74 Bus.[16] In 1985, US 74 was rerouted north of Kings Mountain onto new freeway bypass; its old alignment becoming US 74 Bus.[17] In 1986, Hallsboro and Lake Waccamaw were bypassed; its old alignment replaced by NC 214.[18]

Also in 1986, US 74 was extended west, from Asheville to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The routing extension starts at its former western terminus with US 70, going northerly, in concurrency with US 70, to I-240, where it overlaps briefly before joining US 19/US 23. From Asheville, in concurrency with US 19/US 23, it goes through Canton, Lake Junaluska and Waynesville. Near Dillsboro it switches US 23 for US 441 and continues till it splits north within the Qualla Boundary. West of Bryson City, it overlaps with NC 28. In Topton, it joins with US 129 and continues southwesterly till at Murphy, where it joins with US 64 and separates from US 19/US 129. Heading west, in concurrency with US 64, it enters Tennessee; traversing through Ducktown, it reaches Cleveland, where it then follows the US 64 Bypass to I-75. Continuing southeasterly, as a hidden concurrency with I-75, it connects with Chattanooga, ending at its new terminus at I-24.[19][20][21]

In 1988, US 74 was extended 1.46 miles (2.35 km) east to its current eastern terminus in Wrightsville Beach.[22] In 1990, US 74 was rerouted onto I-277 (John Belk Freeway), this left a section of Independence Boulevard that was still overlapped with NC 27.[23][24] In 1992-1993, Bolton was bypassed to the north, with its old alignment becoming an extension of NC 214.[25][26]

In 1994, US 74 was rerouted onto I-40 for 1.58 miles (2.54 km), in Asheville, and then onto I-26, from Asheville to Columbus. East of Columbus, it traverses along new freeway to Forest City, where it meets back with its old alignment. The former routing between Asheville and Forest City becomes US 74A.[27] In 1996, US 74 was rerouted through Wilmington.[28] In late 1997, US 74 was rerouted onto I-40, between Clyde and Asheville.[29][30]

In 2002, US 74 was placed on its second bypass around both Rockingham and Hamlet, its old alignment becoming US 74 Business.[31] In 2005, US 74 was rerouted north of downtown Wilmington.[32] In 2007, US 74 was placed on new freeway, in concurrency with I-74 from Maxton to just east of I-95; its old alignment becoming US 74 Alternate.[33]

Independence Boulevard

Independence Boulevard and Independence Expressway are two major interconnected roads in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina that carry US 74. Originally constructed in the 1940s and early 1950s, Independence Boulevard was the city of Charlotte's first expressway. The road has undergone numerous realignments, extensions, upgrades, truncations, and renamings since the mid-20th century.

Ben Douglas, former mayor of Charlotte and member of the North Carolina State Highway Commission, helped lead the push for the urban highway project in the 1940s that would become Independence Boulevard. In 1946, Charlotte voters passed a referendum in favor of a $200,000 bond issue to fund the project; this was coupled with over $2 million in federal funding. The expressway was to be named after Independence Park that was largely demolished to make way for the road; the name suggestion was coined by City Clerk Lillian Hoffman on May 4, 1949 after a previous suggestion naming it after the current mayor, Herbert Baxter, was rejected. Construction commenced in the late 1940s and the new expressway which traversed eastwest along the southern part of the city opened in two parts; the first opened to traffic in 1949 and the other opened in 1950. US 74 and NC 27 were subsequently shifted from their central business district alignments to the new expressway.

Major changes to Independence Boulevard occurred in the 1980s. A portion of West Independence Boulevard was converted from expressway to limited-access freeway and made a part of the John Belk Freeway and Interstate 277. The portion west of Interstate 77 was renamed Wilkinson Boulevard. A new intersection with I-277 was constructed and the connecting freeway along with the updated portion of East Independence Boulevard was given the name Independence Freeway; US 74 was shifted to this new alignment. After the massive transportation revamp, a few disconnected segments of the original Independence Boulevard remained. These segments were later reorganized and given the names Carson Boulevard, Stonewall Street, and South Independence Boulevard; the latter was downgraded to a surface street and renamed Charlottetown Avenue in 2007 to prevent confusion with the unconnected East Independence Boulevard.

The freeway and bus lanes of Independence Freeway were extended to Albemarle Road in 2005. The limited-access road extension has caused numerous businesses along the corridor to leave the area and vacate their commercial real estate, resulting in brownfield land.

"American Indian Highway" controversy

In Robeson County, the highway is designated "American Indian Highway," a name that was the brain child of Robert M. Chavis, the Wolfclan chief of the NC Tuscarora; Cherokee Indians of Robeson County, and Nottoway Nation, who authored the name in the late 1990s. American Indian people of Robeson County, NC had attempted to remove Andrew Jackson's name from the highway for some sixty years. Knowing that the new US 74 was to come, Chavis started a campaign to change the name to American Indian Highway. Chavis did this in honor of all the Indian people that had lost their lives along the Trail of Tears during the Indian Removal Act of the 1830s authored by Andrew Jackson. Chavis was cited in many newspapers across North Carolina stating that the name should be changed, because that name on this section of road was tantamount to having a major road named Adolf Hitler that ran across a Jewish state or county. Chavis, with the help of the Tuscarora East of the Mountains, obtained the information on how to attempt the name change from Rep. Ronnie Sutton and the NCDOT. Then Chavis presented the reasons for the name change to all the cities of Robeson county and the Robeson County Commissioners. Once he obtained support from these entities he presented the proposal to the NC-DOT. Rep. Sutton supported the name change at the state level and the name change was approved by the NC-DOT. The new signs of American Indian Highway were placed on the new sections of I-74 once the highway construction was completed.[34]


In Graham County, NCDOT has proposed to relocate US 74 onto a new divided four-lane highway from Robbinsville to Stecoah. This new routing will feature controlled at-grade intersections, viaduct and tunnel (at Stecoah Gap).[35][36] At a cost of $383 million, right-of-way acquisition is scheduled to begin in 2014 and construction to begin in 2016; however, this is subject to reprioritization. The project is part of an overall project to bypass the current routing through the Nantahala Gorge, where bottlenecks are common along the two-lane highway through protected valley area within the Nantahala National Forest. The overall project, from Andrews to Almond, would complete a four-lane expressway from Cherokee County to Asheville.[37]

The US 74 Bypass, in Cleveland County, is a 18.5-mile (29.8 km) controlled-access highway bypassing north of Shelby. When completed, it will improve vehicle capacity along the US 74 corridor, reduce future traffic congestion, increase safety and improve roadway continuity between I-26 and I-85. Being built in six sections, the cost is estimated at $295.9 million; currently, three of the six sections are fully funded with construction starting in 2014, ending in 2017.[38]

The Independence Widening project, in Mecklenburg County, is to enhance and improve traffic flow and safety along US 74 in east Charlotte, by converting the corridor into an expressway grade highway from Center City to Matthews. Current construction is being done on three new interchanges at Sharon-Amity Road, Idlewild Road and Conference Drive. The cost of this section is at $101.2 million, with construction completed by October 15, 2016.[39]

In Union and Anson counties, the US 74 freeway upgrade and Wadesboro Bypass is an estimated $741 million project. Plans include linking with future Monroe Bypass to existing Rockingham Bypass with upgrading to existing facilities to freeway standards and bypass the cities of both Marshville (to the south) and Wadesboro (to the north). The project is currently unfunded.[40]

Monroe Expressway

Located in Union County, the Monroe Expressway is a nearly 16 miles (26 km) proposed toll road that would bypass north of Monroe, from Stallings to east of Wingate. The purpose is to improve mobility and capacity along the US 74 corridor. The toll road will be a controlled-access highway with seven full interchanges and two partial interchanges.[41] With right-of-way acquisition already completed, construction was originally to begin in October 2012; however, because of several environmental issues and litigation, the project has been delayed and construction officially started in May 2015. The approximately $840 million project is expected to open to traffic in late 2018.[42][43]

Junction list

TennesseeHamiltonChattanooga0.00.02 I-24 west / I-75 south to I-59 Atlanta, Chattanooga, BirminghamSouth end of I-75 overlap
2.23.53 SR 320 (East Brainerd Road)Signed as exits 3A (east) and 3B (west) westbound
2.94.74 SR 153 north Chattanooga Airport, Chickamauga Dam
3.04.84AHamilton Place Boulevardwestbound exit and eastbound entrance
4.47.15Shallowford Road
6.210.07 US 11 south / US 64 west (Lee Highway, SR-2 west) / SR 317 (Bonny Oaks Drive) – Summit, CollegedaleWest end of US 11/US 64/SR 2 overlap; signed as exits 7A (SR-317 east) and 7B (SR-317 west) northbound
7.812.69Volkswagen Drive To SR 317 (Apison Pike) Ooltewah, CollegedaleServes Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant
10.316.611 US 11 north / US 64 east (SR-2 east) OoltewahEast end of US 11/US 64/SR 2 overlap
Bradley19.230.920 I-75 Chattanooga, KnoxvilleNorth end of I-75 and west end of hidden SR 311 overlap
Cleveland20.733.3 US 11 / US 64 / SR 2 east ClevelandWest end of US 64 Byp. overlap
22.936.9Blue Springs Road
24.238.9 SR 60 south / SR 311 eastEast end of hidden SR 311 overlap; south end of SR-60 overlap
24.639.6 SR 74
25.841.5 US 64 west / SR 40 west / SR 60 north Cleveland, DaytonWest end of hidden SR 40 overlap; north end of SR 60 overlap
PolkOcoee33.353.6 US 411 / SR 33 Benton
37.760.7 SR 314 north (Parksville Road) Benton
42.969.0 SR 30 north Reliance
Ducktown59.295.3 SR 68 Copperhill
TennesseeNorth Carolina state line
North CarolinaCherokee12.219.6 NC 294 west HiwasseeTo Hiwassee Dam
14.022.5 NC 60 south Blue Ridge
14.723.7 US 19 south / US 129 south (Blairsville Highway) BlairsvilleSouth end of US 19/US 129 overlap
US 19 Bus. north (Hiwassee Street)
20.332.7 US 64 east Hayesville, FranklinEast end of US 64 overlap
US 19 Bus. south (Andrews Road)
Marble29.146.8 NC 141 south HayesvilleTo Tri-County Community College
US 19 Bus. north (Main Street) / Airport Road Western Carolina Regional Airport
US 19 Bus. south (Main Street)
GrahamTopton44.471.5 US 129 north (Tallulah Road) Robbinsville, Fontana, KnoxvilleNorth end of US 129 overlap
SwainAlmond58.694.3 NC 28 north (Mtn. Waters Scenic Byway) Robbinsville, FontanaNorth end of NC 28 overlap; to Fontana Dam
Lauada61.799.3 NC 28 south FranklinSouth end of NC 28 overlap
64.0103.064 US 19 north (Alarka Road) Bryson City, CherokeeNorth end of US 19 overlap; begin of Great Smoky Mountains Expressway
Bryson City66.9107.767
US 19 Conn. (Veterans Boulevard) Bryson City, Great Smoky Mts National Park
69.5111.869Hyatt Creek Road Ela
73.6118.474 US 441 north Great Smoky Mts National Park, CherokeeNorth end of US 441 overlap; to Blue Ridge Parkway
81.1130.581 US 441 / US 23 south Dillsboro, Franklin, AtlantaSouth end of US 23/US 441 overlap; eastbound listed as exit 81A
Eastbound exit 81B has no signage, goes to Rufus Robinson Road
Sylva83.2133.983Grindstaff Cove Road Sylva
US 23 Bus. to NC 107 East Sylva, Cullowhee
To Western Carolina University
HaywoodBalsam94.1151.4Blue Ridge Parkway
US 23 Bus. (Balsam Road) West Waynesville
99.5160.1100Hazelwood Avenue
101.7163.7102 US 276 Waynesville, Brevard, Maggie ValleySigned eastbound as exits 102A (south) and 102B (north)
Lake Junaluska103.3166.2103 US 19 south Maggie Valley, CherokeeSouth end of US 19 overlap; eastbound entrance and westbound exit
US 23 Bus. / NC 209 Lake Junaluska, Waynesville, Hot Springs
105.2169.3105West Jones Cove
Clyde106.0170.6106 US 19 north / US 23 north Clyde, CantonNorth end of US 19/US 23 overlap
106.1170.8107East Jones CoveWestbound exit only, integrated with exit 106
107.0172.2 I40 west KnoxvilleWest end of I-40 overlap; end of Great Smoky Mountains Expressway
US 74 overlaps with Interstate 40 (exits 27 to 46A) and Interstate 26 (exits 31B to 67)
PolkColumbus161259161 I26 east to NC 108 Tryon, SpartanburgEast end of I-26 overlap
163262163 NC 108 Columbus, Mill Spring
167269167 NC 9 Mill Spring, Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, New Prospect
170270170Pea Ridge Road
Rutherford173278173Union Road
US 221 / US 74 Bus. Rutherfordton, Spartanburg
Forest City181291181 US 74A to US 64 Spindale
US 221 Alt. Forest City
184296184Old Caroleen Road
187301187Henrietta, Caroleen, Ellenboro
189304189 NC 120
US 74 Bus. west Mooresboro
193Peachtree Road Lattimore, Boiling SpringsFuture interchange (under construction, to be completed by 2017)[44][45]
US 74 Byp. east
Future interchange (grading only after 2017)[44][45]
Shelby198319 NC 226 north (Polkville Road) Polkville, MarionNorth end of NC 226 overlap
US 74 Bus. east (Marion Street)
201323 To NC 18 to NC 150 GaffneySignage only shows TO NC 18, ignoring NC 150 overlap
201.5324.3 NC 226 south (Earl Road) GroverSouth end of NC 226 overlap
203327 NC 180 (Post Road) Gaffney
US 74 Bus. west (Marion Street)

US 74 Byp. west
Future interchange (unfunded)[46]
Kings Mountain209336
US 74 Bus. east (Shelby Road) Moss Lake
212341Oak Grove Road
213343 NC 216 (Piedmont Avenue) Kings Mountain, Cherryville
214344 NC 161 (Cleveland Avenue) Bessemer City
US 74 Bus. west (King Street) Kings Mountain
I85 / US 29 south Spartanburg
Westbound entrance and eastbound exit
South end of US 29 overlap; eastbound US 74 goes between I-85 for almost a mile
220350 NC 274 north (Bessemer City Road) Bessemer CityNorth end of NC 274 overlap
222357 US 321 (Chester Street/York Street)North-south US 321 divided on one-way streets
223359 NC 274 south (Broad Street)South end of NC 274 overlap; train tracks in medium of road
224360 NC 279 (New Hope Road)
224.5361.3Aberdeen BoulevardTo Cox Road/Shopping Mall
Belmont231372 NC 7 (Main Street)To Belmont Abbey College
231.5372.6 NC 273 (Park Street) Mount Holly
232373 NC 7 west (Catawba Street)
MecklenburgCharlotte235378 I485 Pineville, Huntersville
236380 Little Rock Road CLT Airport
237381 Boyer Street / Billy Graham Parkway CLT Airport
239.5385.4 US 29 north (Morehead Street)North end of US 29 overlap
240390 I77 / US 21 / I277 begins Statesville, ColumbiaSouth end of I-277 overlap
US 74 overlaps with Interstate 277 (exits 1A to 2B)
242389242 I277 / NC 16 north (Brookshire Freeway)North end of I-277/NC 16 overlap
243391243 NC 27 west (Charlottetowne Avenue)West end of NC 27 overlap
This was originally a westward extension of Independence Boulevard until June 18, 2007
244393244Briar Creek Road Bojangles' ColiseumExit also for Ovens Auditorium
245394245Wendover Road / Eastway DriveSigned as exits 245A (Wendover) and 245B (Eastway)
246396246 NC 27 east (Albemarle Road)East end of NC 27 overlap
To NC 27 east / North Sharon Amity RoadFuture interchange (under construction, to be completed by 2016)[47][48]
Idlewild RoadFuture interchange (under construction, to be completed by 2016)[47][48]
Matthews252406 NC 51 (Matthews Township Parkway) Matthews, Mint Hill
254409 I485 Columbia, Greensboro
US 74 Byp. east
Future Monroe Expressway (under construction)
Monroe264.5425.7 NC 200 (Dickerson Boulevard)South end of NC 200 overlap
265426Concord Avenue
265.5427.3 US 601 north / NC 207 south (Skyway Drive) Fairview, ConcordNorth end of US 601 overlap
266428 NC 200 north UnionvilleNorth end of NC 200 overlap
268431 US 601 south PagelandSouth end of US 601 overlap
US 74 Byp. west
Future Monroe Expressway (under construction)
Marshville276444 NC 205 (Elm Street / White Street) New SalemBrief NC 205 overlap
AnsonPolkton285459 NC 218 west (Williams Street) New Salem, Mint Hill
Wadesboro285459 US 52 north / NC 742 north Albemarle, Anson County AirportNorth end of US 52 and NC 742 overlap
293472 NC 109 (Greene Street) / NC 742 south Mount GileadSouth end of NC 742 overlap
295475 US 52 south CherawSouth end of US 52 overlap
304489 NC 145 south Morven, Chesterfield
US 74 Bus. Rockingham
308496308Galestown Rd. Cordova
311501311 US 1 to US 220 Rockingham, Southern Pines, CherawWest end of Future I-74 overlap
Hamlet316509316 NC 177 Hamlet
319513319 NC 38 east Bennettsville
320510320 NC 381 Hamlet, Gibson
US 74 Bus. Hamlet
Westbound exit and eastbound entrance
ScotlandLaurel Hill329529 NC 144 east (Morgan Street)
US 74 overlaps with Interstate 74 (exits 181 to 213)
Robeson373600 NC 72 west (Wilmington Highway) Lumberton, Red Springs
374602 NC 130 west FairmontWest end of NC 130 overlap
ColumbusEvergreen380610 NC 242 (Haynes Lennon Highway) Bladenboro
US 74 Bus. east / NC 130 east / NC 410 Chadbourn, Bladenboro
East end of NC 130 overlap
387623 US 76 west Chadbourn, Fair BluffWest end of US 76 overlap
390630Union Valley Road Union Valley
Whiteville392631 US 701 Whiteville, Clarkton
US 74 Bus. west / US 76 Bus. west Whiteville
Also to NC 214
Bolton410660 NC 211 Clarkton, Bolton, Supply
413665 NC 214 west Bolton, Lake WaccamawWestern terminus of NC 214
Freeman417671 NC 11 north BurgawSouthern terminus of NC 11
Delco422679 NC 87 north (Old Stage Road) Riegelwood, ElizabethtownNorth end of NC 87 overlap
BrunswickMaco426686 NC 87 south Southport, NorthwestSouth end of NC 87 overlap
Leland429.7691.5 NC 140 westEastbound entrance and westbound exit
431694Lanvale Road Leland
435700 US 17 south Shallotte, Myrtle BeachSouth end of US 17 overlap
436702 NC 133 south Leland, Belville, Southport, Oak IslandSouth end of NC 133 overlap
US 76 east / US 421 south / US 17 Bus. south Wilmington, Carolina Beach
East end of US 76 and south end of US 421 and US 17 Business overlap
New Hanover438.7706.0U.S.S. North Carolina Road/Battleship RoadTo the N.C. Battleship
Cape Fear River439707S. Thomas Rhodes Bridge
Wilmington439.2706.8 US 17 / US 421 north to I140 Clinton, JacksonvilleNorth end of US 17 and US 421 overlap
440710Isabel Holmes Bridge over the Northeast Cape Fear River
440.6709.13rd Street Downtown Wilmington
441710McRae StreetEastbound exit only
441.5710.5 NC 133 north Castle HayneNorth end of NC 133 overlap
442711 23rd Street/Airport Boulevard Wilmington International Airport
444715Kerr Avenue
445716 US 117 / NC 132 north to I40 Castle Hayne, Raleigh
US 117 / NC 132 south to US 421 State Port, Carolina Beach
US 17 Bus. (Market Street) Wilmington, Ogden
448721 US 76 west (Military Cutoff Road) WilmingtonWest end of US 76 overlap
Wrightsville Beach449723 US 76 east (Causeway Drive)East end of US 76 overlap
450720Lumina AvenueEnd of US 74 is 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from intersection, north on Lumina Avenue
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

U.S. Route 74 was the inspiration for the song "Distraction #74," by the North Carolina band The Avett Brothers.

U.S. Route 74 appeared as a fictional road in Everett, CA (a fictional town) in the episode "Death in the Family" from Incredible Hulk.

See also


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