Interstate 74

Interstate 74 (I-74) is an Interstate Highway in the midwestern and southeastern United States. Its western end is at an interchange with Interstate 80 in Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); the eastern end of its Midwest segment is at an interchange with Interstate 75 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The major cities that I-74 connects to includes Davenport, Iowa; Peoria, Illinois; Bloomington, Illinois; Champaign, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Cincinnati, Ohio. I-74 also exists as several disconnected sections of highways in North Carolina.

Interstate 74 marker
Interstate 74
I-74 highlighted in red
Route information
Length428.81 mi[1] (690.10 km)
As of October 31, 2002
Major junctions
West end I-80 in Davenport, IA
East end US 74 / NC 41 near Lumberton, NC
StatesIowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina
Highway system

Route descriptionEdit

  mi[1] km
IA 5.36 8.63
IL 220.34 354.60
IN 171.54 276.07
OH 19.47 31.33
NC 124.91 201.02
Total 538.71 866.97


In the state of Iowa, I-74 runs south from I-80 for 5.36 miles (8.63 km) before crossing into Illinois on the Interstate 74 Bridge. North of the Mississippi River, I-74 bisects Bettendorf and Davenport.


In the state of Illinois, I-74 runs south from Moline to Galesburg; from this point it runs southeast through Peoria to the Bloomington-Normal area and I-55. I-74 continues southeast to the Champaign-Urbana area, intersecting I-57. The Interstate then runs east past Danville at the Illinois-Indiana state line. U.S. Route 150 (US 150) parallels I-74 in Illinois for its entire length, save the last few miles on the eastern end (in Danville, when US 150 turns south on Illinois Route 1), where it parallels US 136.


In the state of Indiana, I-74 runs east from the Illinois state line to the Crawfordsville area before turning southeast. It then runs around the city center of Indianapolis along I-465. Once I-74 reaches the southeast side of Indianapolis it diverges from I-465 and continues to the southeast. It then enters Ohio at Harrison.


In the state of Ohio, I-74 runs southeast from the Indiana border to the western segment's current eastern terminus at I-75 just north of downtown Cincinnati. It is also signed with US 52 for its entire length. While planned to continue through West Virginia and Virginia to the I-74 section in North Carolina, the route remains unsigned or unbuilt past Cincinnati. At this point, I-74 would follow US 52, or more likely follow Ohio State Route 32, east from Cincinnati.

North CarolinaEdit

In the state of North Carolina, as of the end of 2018, I-74 exists in several segments, starting with a concurrency with I-77 at the Virginia border. This includes the most western portion from I-77 to US 52 just south of Mount Airy, a segment first opened to traffic as a bypass of High Point then extended west to I-40 east of Winston-Salem and east to I-73 near Randleman, then another along the southern segment of I–73 and US 220 from just north of Asheboro to south of Ellerbe, and finally a more eastern segment that runs from Laurinburg to an end at North Carolina Highway 41 near Lumberton.[citation needed] The latest segment to be signed, from I-40 to High Point, occurred after the federal government approved signing this section as I-74 in the summer of 2013, despite the highway not being up to current Interstate Highway standards. It was uncertain why the Federal Highway Administration made an exception, but this might have been the result of a misinterpretation when a state highway administrator asked for Interstate designation for another section and "Future Interstate" for the section already completed that did not meet standards.[2]


Southeast extensionEdit

I-73/I-74 end near Ellerbe, NC

The 1991 plan to build Interstate 73 soon included an extension of I-74 from where it ended in Hamilton County to I-73 at Portsmouth, Ohio, possibly along Ohio State Route 32.[3]

In November 1991, the United States Congress passed the $151 billion Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act that included the I-73/74 North-South Corridor and made I-73 a priority and included an extension of I-74 from Hamilton County to I-73 at Portsmouth.[4]

On August 31, 1992, the Ohio Turnpike Commission passed a resolution to study making the extension of I-74 a toll road. Congress had authorized paying for 80 percent of the cost, but the state would have to pay the remainder of the $56 million.[5]

It was estimated that improving US 52 to interstate standards in West Virginia would cost $2 billion.[6] Still, by 1994, improvements to US 52 were planned, and future plans called for I-73 to follow that route. The I-74 extension seemed more certain.[7]

The Ohio Turnpike Commission proposed that the extension run along Ohio State Route 32;[8] while Rep. Jim Bunning of Kentucky wanted the road to begin in the west as part of a greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky bypass, returning to Ohio near Maysville, Kentucky.[9]

Long-range plans call for I-74 to continue east and south of Cincinnati to North Carolina using OH 32 from Cincinnati to Piketon, Ohio, and then the proposed I-73 from Portsmouth (OH) through West Virginia (along current U.S. Route 52) to I-77. It would then follow I-77 through Virginia into North Carolina, where I-74 splits from Interstate 77 near the Virginia state line and runs eastward to northwest U.S. Route 52, which it will eventually follow to Winston-Salem, then through High Point to I-73. I-73 and I-74 overlap to Rockingham. In 1996 AASHTO approved the signing of highways as I-74 along its proposed path east (south) of I-81 in Wytheville, Virginia, where those highways meet Interstate Highway standards. North Carolina started putting up I-74 signs along its roadways in 1997. As of October 2009, Interstate 74 remains unbuilt in the state of West Virginia. WVDOT is currently upgrading the Tolsia Highway to four lanes, but not to Interstate Highway standards. As of December 2008, Interstate 74 is proposed to follow the path of Interstate 77 through the state of Virginia, but remains unsigned from the West Virginia border to the North Carolina border.

Two sections of I-74 in North Carolina are currently under construction. These include building the first part of a bypass of Rockingham with Interstate 73 by reconstructing US 220 to interstate standards for 4 miles south of Ellerbe[10][self-published source] the Eastern Half of the Winston-Salem Beltway.

The proposed path of I-74 east of I-95 in North Carolina is still being debated. The current plan takes the route along US 74 to NC 211 near Bolton then south along US 17 to near the South Carolina border. These sections are not currently proposed to be built perhaps for another 20 to 30 years. The N.C. Turnpike Authority–at the request of officials in Brunswick County–are studying whether a toll road could get the section of I-74 in that county built faster.[11][self-published source]

At one time, both I-73 and I-74 were to end at Georgetown, South Carolina.[citation needed]

On February 11, 2005, the North and South Carolina Departments of Transportation came to an agreement over where I-74 (and I-73) would cross the border between the two states. It was decided that I-74 would cross the line as a northern extension of the S.C. Highway 31. I-74 is then proposed to end south of Myrtle Beach at S.C. 707.

Starting around Laurinburg and Maxton and to the east, the I-74 runs concurrent with US 74. This was the first time that a U.S. and Interstate Highway with the same number have been designated on the same highway.[12][self-published source] A similar situation occurred more recently in June 2015 when Wisconsin started routing Interstate 41 along the route of U.S. 41.

Junction listEdit

  I-80 in Davenport
  US 6 on the Davenport–Bettendorf city line. The highways travel concurrently to Moline, Illinois.
  US 67 in Bettendorf
   I-280 / US 6 in Moline. I-74/I-280 travels concurrently to Colona.
   I-80 / I-280 in Colona
  US 34 in Galesburg
  US 150 east of Knoxville
  I-474 west of Peoria
  US 150 in Peoria
   US 24 / US 150 in East Peoria
  I-474 in East Peoria
  I-155 in Morton
  US 150 north-northwest of Yuton
   I-55 / US 51 northwest of Normal. I-55/I-74 travels concurrently to Bloomington. I-74/US 51 travels concurrently to south of Bloomington.
  US 150 in Bloomington
  US 136 south-southeast of Le Roy
  I-57 in Champaign
  US 45 in Urbana
  US 150 east-northeast of Oakwood
  US 150 in Tilton
  US 41 in Veedersburg
  US 231 in Crawfordsville
   I-465 / US 136 on the IndianapolisSpeedway line. I-74/I-465 travels concurrently into Indianapolis proper.
  US 36 in Indianapolis. The highways travel concurrently through Indianapolis.
  US 40 in Indianapolis. The highways travel concurrently through Indianapolis.
  I-70 in Indianapolis
  I-69 in Indianapolis. I-69/I-74 travel concurrently until I-74 leaves I-465. I-69 is not yet signed along I-465 in Indianapolis, nor is this new south junction with I-465 & I-74 yet under construction.
  US 31 in Indianapolis. The highways travel concurrently through Indianapolis.
  I-65 in Indianapolis
       I-465 / I-69 / US 31 / US 36 / US 40 / US 421 in Indianapolis. I-74/US 421 travels concurrently to northwest of Greensburg. I-69 is not yet signed along I-465 in Indianapolis.
  US 52 west-northwest of West Harrison. The highways travel concurrently to Cincinnati, Ohio.
  I-275 west-northwest of Miamitown. The highways travel concurrently to northwest of Dent.
  US 27 in Cincinnati
   US 27 / US 127 in Cincinnati
   I-75 / US 52 in Cincinnati
Gap in route
North Carolina
  I-77 at the Virginia state line north-northwest of Pine Ridge. The highways travel concurrently to west-southwest of Pine Ridge.
  US 601 in White Plains
  US 52 east of White Plains
Gap in route
  I-40 in Winston-Salem
    I-85 BL / US 29 / US 70 in High Point
  I-85 east-northeast of Archdale
   I-73 / US 220 in Randleman. I-73/I-74 travels concurrently to south-southwest of Ellerbe. I-74/US 220 travels concurrently to Emery.
   I-73 / US 220 south-southwest of Ellerbe
Gap in route
    US 74 / US 74 Alt. / US 74 Bus. southeast of Maxton. I-74/US 74 travels concurrently to[where?].
   I-95 / US 301 west-southwest of Lumberton
  NC 41 in Lumberton
Gap in route

Auxiliary routesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Federal Highway Administration (October 31, 2002). "Table 1: Main Routes of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System Of Interstate and Defense Highways as of October 31, 2002". Route Log and Finder List. Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Young, Wesley (August 29, 2014). "Mistaken Identity". Winston-Salem Journal.
  3. ^ Hunter, Ginny (March 28, 1991). "I-73 Plan Would Link I-74 with Ohio 32". The Cincinnati Post. p. 1.
  4. ^ Condo, Adam (November 30, 1991). "Congress Puts I-74 on Fast Lane to Coast". The Cincinnati Post. p. 7A.
  5. ^ Penix, Len (September 17, 1992). "Linkup May Take Toll". The Cincinnati Post. p. 1.
  6. ^ "Police Close to Arrest in N. Limestone Slaying". Lexington Herald-Leader. June 10, 1991. p. B2.
  7. ^ Harris, Sheryl (April 18, 1994). "Interstate System in Ohio to Grow". Akron Beacon Journal. p. A1.
  8. ^ Penix, Len (September 21, 1995). "State: No new I-74 leg Project could use Ohio 32 instead". The Cincinnati Post. p. 1.
  9. ^ Dias, Monica (March 26, 1998). "I-74 extension through N. Kentucky is still alive". The Cincinnati Post. p. 6A.
  10. ^ Malme, Robert H. (2015). "I-73 Segment 11". Gribble Nation. Retrieved May 30, 2015.[self-published source]
  11. ^ Malme, Robert H. (2015). "I-74 Segment 17". Gribble Nation. Retrieved May 30, 2015.[self-published source]
  12. ^ Malme, Robert H. (2009). "I-74 Segment 16". Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved November 26, 2011.[self-published source]

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