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When did work on I-40 begin in North Carolina?

Merton Vance

Interstate 40 was approved in North Carolina in 1956. The first section, opened in 1957, was a stretch b between U.S. 421 in Greensboro and N.C. 66 at Kernersville.

Funding from the 1956 Federal-Aid Highway Act provided money to extend toward the mountains, extending the highway to Haywood, Burke and Catawba counties.

By 1966, according to AARoads.com, 119.4 miles of Interstate 40 were open to traffic, followed by the 1968 opening of the 22-mile Pigeon River Gorge section leading west to Tennessee, the most expensive project in North Carolina history at the time.

In 1968, work began to extend I-40 from Greensboro to Raleigh and eventually to Interstate 95 near Benson.

In 1978, approval was given to extend the highway to Wilmington, but it would take until 1990 to complete the highway, which now stretches 418 miles from one end of the state to the other.


The I-40 sign at Exit 420 doesn’t include the name of Gordon Road. Why not? http://www.myreporter.com/?p=5235

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