Stretch of I-74 opens in Robeson County

Posted September 26, 2008

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— The state Department of Transportation on Friday officially opened a $100 million section of Interstate 74 in Robeson County.

The 13-mile stretch links N.C. Highway 710 near Pembroke to N.C. Highway 41 in Lumberton.

I-74, which will eventually connect Michigan to South Carolina, serves as one of DOT’s Strategic Highway Corridors, which were identified in 2004 for the key role they play in mobility and connectivity, economic development and environmental quality.

“We have reached a major milestone in our efforts to improve mobility for our citizens and economic opportunities for businesses and the Wilmington port,” DOT Chief Operating Officer Dan DeVane said in a statement. “Not only does this work complete a four-lane link between Charlotte and Wilmington, it also brings us one step closer to finishing the I-74 corridor through North Carolina.”

General contractor Rea Contracting began construction on the 13-mile section in November 2004. It includes an interchange with Interstate 95 and connects to a six-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 74 from the U.S. 74 Bypass in Maxton to N.C. 710 that opened last November.


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  • pbjbeach Sep 29, 2008

    T arheelsdontlikeedwards

    you should come down east an try driving on these rural area roads along with the roads within the coporate limits of some of the townships an you will see what bad roads are. all of the highway dollars have gone west for the last past fifty years basicaly. i say it is time for the eastern parts of this state to begain to receive some update roads for our contributions to the nc state highway trust fund dollars to be returned to the east for a change

  • pbjbeach Sep 29, 2008

    Will this be just another case of pavement failures within five or six years that will have to again be fixed at taxpayers expense

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Sep 26, 2008

    Another 4 lane highway to nowhere done east. Quit wasting money on these unused highways to nowhere and spend the money in the Triangle, Triad, and Charlotte where it's needed.