Interstate 74

"I-74" redirects here. For the Kaidai class submarine operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy, see Japanese submarine I-74.

Interstate 74 marker

Interstate 74

Regional map of Interstate Highways with I-74 highlighted in red.
Route information
Length: 428.81 mi[1] (690.10 km)
As of October 31, 2002
Major junctions
West end: I-80 in Davenport, IA
East end: NC 41 near Lumberton, NC
States: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina
Highway system

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. I-74 also exists as several disconnected sections of highways in North Carolina.

Route description

IA 5.36 8.63
IL 220.34 354.60
IN 171.54 276.07
OH 19.47 31.33
NC 75.10 120.86
Total 491.81 791.49


Main article: Interstate 74 in Iowa

In the state of Iowa, Interstate 74 runs south from Interstate 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, Interstate 74 runs south from Moline to Galesburg; from this point it runs southeast through Peoria to the Bloomington-Normal area and Interstate 55. I-74 continues southeast to the Champaign-Urbana area, intersecting with Interstate 57. The interstate then runs east past Danville at the Illinois-Indiana state line. U.S. Route 150 parallels Interstate 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 1), where it parallels U.S. Route 136.


In the state of Indiana, Interstate 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 Interstate 465. Once I-74 reaches the southeast side of Indianapolis it diverges from I-465 and continues to the southeast. It then enters Ohio in Harrison, Ohio.


Main article: Interstate 74 in Ohio

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

North Carolina

In the state of North Carolina, as of May 2015 I-74 exists in several segments, starting with a concurrency with I-77 at the Virginia border. This includes the most western portion from Interstate 77 to US 52 just south of Mount Airy, a segment co-signed as US 311, first opened to traffic as a bypass of High Point bypass then extended west to I-40 east of Winston-Salem and east to Interstate 73 near Randleman, then another along the southern segment of Interstate 73 and U.S. Route 220 from just north of Asheboro to south of Ellerbe, and finally a more eastern segment that runs from Laurinburg to an end at NC 41 near Lumberton.[2] 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 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.[3]


Southeast Extension

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

It was estimated that improving US 52 to interstate standards in West Virginia would cost $2 billion.[7] 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.[8]

The Ohio Turnpike Commission proposed that the extension run along Ohio State Route 32;[9] 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.[10]

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 along U.S. Route 311 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 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018[11] and the first segment of the Eastern Half of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway which is constructing 4 miles (6.4 km) of the future I-74 freeway between Business 40/US 421 and U.S. 158, this project should also be completed by 2018.[12]

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.[13]

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

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 U.S. Route 17.

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.[14] A similar situation occurred more recently in June 2015 when Wisconsin started routing Interstate 41 along the route of U.S. 41.

Junction list

I80 in Davenport
US 6 on the Davenport–Bettendorf city line. The highways travel concurrently to Moline, Illinois.
US 67 in Bettendorf
I280 / US 6 in Moline. I-74/I-280 travels concurrently to Colona.
I80 / I280 in Colona
US 34 in Galesburg
US 150 east of Knoxville
I474 in Peoria
US 150 in Peoria
US 150 in East Peoria
I474 in East Peoria
I155 in Morton
US 150 north-northwest of Yuton
I55 / 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
I57 in Champaign
US 45 in Urbana
US 150 east-northeast of Oakwood
US 150 in Tilton
US 41 in Veedersburg
US 231 in Crawfordsville
I465 / 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.
I70 in Indianapolis
I69 in Indianapolis. I-69/I-74 travel concurrently until I-74 leaves I-465.
US 31 in Indianapolis. The highways travel concurrently through Indianapolis.
I65 in Indianapolis
I465 / I69 / US 31 / US 36 / US 40 / US 421 in Indianapolis. I-74/US 421 travels concurrently to northwest of Greensburg.
US 52 west-northwest of West Harrison. The highways travel concurrently to Cincinnati, Ohio.
I275 west-northwest of Miamitown. The highways travel concurrently to northwest of Dent.
US 27 in Cincinnati
US 27 / US 127 in Cincinnati
I75 / US 52 in Cincinnati
Gap in route
North Carolina
I77 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
I40 / US 311 in Winston-Salem. I-74/US 311 travel concurrently to Sophia.
US 29 / US 70 in High Point
I85 east-northeast of Archdale
I73 / US 220 in Randleman. I-73/I-74 travels concurrently to south-southwest of Ellerbe. I-74/US 220 travels concurrently to Emery.
I73 / 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 .
I95 / US 301 west-southwest of Lumberton
NC 41 in Lumberton
Gap in route

Auxiliary routes

See also


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  2. I-74 in North Carolina Progress Page , Accessed 5/30/2015
  3. Young, Wesley (August 29, 2014). "Mistaken Identity". Winston-Salem Journal.
  4. Hunter, Ginny (March 28, 1991). "I-73 Plan Would Link I-74 with Ohio 32". The Cincinnati Post. p. 1.
  5. Condo, Adam (November 30, 1991). "Congress Puts I-74 on Fast Lane to Coast". The Cincinnati Post. p. 7A.
  6. Penix, Len (September 17, 1992). "Linkup May Take Toll". The Cincinnati Post. p. 1.
  7. "Police Close to Arrest in N. Limestone Slaying". Lexington Herald-Leader. June 10, 1991. p. B2.
  8. Harris, Sheryl (April 18, 1994). "Interstate System in Ohio to Grow". Akron Beacon Journal. p. A1.
  9. Penix, Len (September 21, 1995). "State: No new I-74 leg Project could use Ohio 32 instead". The Cincinnati Post. p. 1.
  10. Dias, Monica (March 26, 1998). "I-74 extension through N. Kentucky is still alive". The Cincinnati Post. p. 6A.
  11. Malme, Robert H. (2015). "I-73 Segment 11". Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  12. Malme, Robert H. (2015). "I-74 Segment 4". Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  13. Malme, Robert H. (2015). "I-74 Segment 17". Self-published. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  14. Malme, Robert H. (2009). "I-74 Segment 16". Retrieved November 26, 2011.
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