North Carolina Roads - US 117/I-795
US 117 and I-795
First five photos courtesy Lou Corsaro.
I-40 begins with the help of US 117, which then exits and leaves the Interstate alone. It seems like it was rerouted this way (perhaps from NC 133), because if it always went this way it would always have been signed this way.
Reading around the windshield scratch, while there's no drawbridge here anymore, there was one here over 200 years ago when this was still British land. In fact, they destroyed their own drawbridge as a military tactic (or just in frustration).
More NB white signs, mostly illegible, but I was able to place the George Burrington one near Burgaw.
From west of Goldsboro, through Faison at NC 403, to Warsaw. NCDOT's policy of signing the through route without a straight arrow can lead to misleading assemblies like that. That's right, US 117 SB does not turn right toward I-40.
In Fremont, courtesy Adam Prince. There's nothing unusual about this assembly, but this is now Business US 117. Well, maybe. See the next caption.
NB at the end of US 117 while multiplexed with US 264, courtesy Adam Prince. As of late 2007, the US 117 freeway south to Goldsboro became I-795, including the short US 264 multiplex. It also gets one of those awful white-background shields. NCDOT wants to move US 117 back to the Business route, and in fact has already made the change internally, but the FHWA is fighting back and claiming that US highways cannot be moved back to a lesser route once they have been improved. Obviously, this is a modern-day policy having nothing to do with the era of Interstate construction that lasted into the 1980's, and I disagree with it because people don't get a choice of which road to follow. Two routes running parallel are twice as interesting.
Heading back to the other end of I-795 for a moment, poorly designed signs on US 13/117 NB. (Or just US 13, if you ask FHWA). I wonder if "Goldsboro" was removed from the right sign because the next several US 70 exits and prior cross streets all led there as well. (In fact, I'm in city limits right here.)
No sign of US 117 in the southbound direction. At least NCDOT is consistent with their own policy this time - well, except for all the US 117 shields that I'm not showing you.
Onto NC 24
Onto US 13
Onto US 70
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