Post by SP Cook Post by H.B. Elkins Post by Larry Sheldon
I don't remember of first hand knowledge using that route, but it
looks to me like if I had to go from Winston-Salem to Charleston,
that US 52 is probably the way I would do it, at least to Mt. Airy.
You forget about the new section of I-74, that provides a full
freeway link between I-77 and US 52. It's faster than US 52 because
of the traffic lights along the Mt. Airy bypass, and is a better
road than getting off I-77 at either US 58/221 or VA 148 and taking
US 52 south to the state line.
You are correct. This is just another part of the disservice that
motorists receive from the whole "I-74 73" stupidity. A motorist
trying to get to Winston-Salem from Charleston has to take 77 south,
until 74 east, then US 52. But will come upon US 52 directly 25 miles
Not as bad as the US 71 corridor in AR, MO and LA. Going north from the end
of I-49, the main route is I-20, then US 71, then AR 549, then AR 245, then
I-30, then US 71, then I-540, then US 71 all the way to KC. And the non-US
71 parts of the trip cross 71 several times, and there are even US 71 signs
on I-540 at exits that lead to 71, not 71 itself. It is very confusing.
Wish they'd go ahead and sign all the freeway segments as I-49 and the
non-freeway segments as either FUTURE I-49 or TO I-49.
Post by SP Cook
How much better if "I-74" were "I-177" from I-77 to I-40 and the whole
rest of the idea were simply scrapped and kept their US numbers.
If NCDOT is so hell-bent on the 73-74 numbering, they should go ahead and
sign I-74 along the US 52 freeway to I-40 and along I-40 to the other
section of I-74. The road is a freeway, and to 99.9% of motorists (and even
a high percentage of road enthusiasts) don't care that the shoulders aren't
wide enough or whatever the deficiency is on US 52 that causes it to not
meet I-standards. And if AASHTO doesn't approve, then pull a 'US 377' and
sign it anyway. Or at least "TO I-74" or "FUTURE I-74" which NC is so fond
of. The road is eventually going to be I-74, so why not go ahead and change
the name of the road now? Get the confusion out of the way sooner rather
Post by SP Cook
Also it seems to me that many truckers (and others) are simply
following GPS devices without paying any attention to signage. The
recent construction of US 35 in my area has convinced me of this.
About 1/2 of the truckers and many motorists still use the old route,
which is grossly inferior and dangerous, despite brand new signage
telling them the route.
I'm starting to believe that GPS units are turning the country into
navigational idiots. It was bad enough before these damn boxes came along.
Sometimes somebody will be coming over and instead of directions, they just
ask for my address. When often times it would be much easier to just give