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U.S. 74 may become interstate highway from I-26 to I-85

U.S. 74, from I-26 in Columbus to I-85 in Kings Mountain would become an interstate highway if Congress enacts a bill sponsored by U.S. Reps. Chuck Edwards and Patrick McHenry.

Edwards said in a news release Tuesday that he had filed a bill that would designate the four-lane highway as a future interstate. McHenry is an original cosponsor of the legislation. The bill is the first step toward adding US 74 to the interstate highway system.

A future-interstate designation would allow the North Carolina Department of Transportation to place corresponding signs along the corridor that runs through Polk, Rutherford, Cleveland and Gaston counties, while the road is brought up to interstate standards. Currently Rutherford County has no interstate within its boundaries.

"U.S. 74 is vital to keeping the region and the state running, and I’m pleased to sponsor this bill to designate the corridor from Polk County to Gaston County as a future interstate,” Edwards said. “Having an interstate within county lines significantly increases companies’ interests in locating to these areas, opening the door to even greater economic opportunities in Western North Carolina.”

“I am proud to join Congressman Chuck Edwards in sponsoring legislation to designate Highway 74 as a future interstate,” McHenry said. “This action would create potential funding opportunities to improve this highway for my constituents in Cleveland and Rutherford Counties. Highway 74 is vital to existing and future industry in the Tenth District, and this change will help provide enhanced transportation in the region.”