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Interstate 85 Business (commonly known as just "Business 85") is a business loop of the Interstate Highway System, running from Interstate 85 southwest of Lexington, North Carolinamarker through Lexington, Thomasvillemarker, High Pointmarker and Greensboromarker to I-85 east of Greensboro. It consists of two sections, separated by a 2-mile (3 km) hiatus along I-85. The southern section, the longer of the two, was once part of I-85 and later Temporary I-85; it includes several large non-freeway stretches. The northern section is a freeway, though not built to Interstate standards, and was I-85 until 2004, when that road was shifted to the Greensboro Bypass. Most of the northern section was still part of Interstate 40 until February 2008, when the southwestern section of the Greensboro Urban Loop opened and the old route became Interstate 40 Business (which has since been decommissioned, making the road I-40 once again). Except for the northernmost bit near Greensboro, the whole length is concurrent with U.S. Route 29 and U.S. Route 70. The southernmost 4 miles (6 km) are also part of U.S. Route 52, planned to become Interstate 285 in that area.

Business 85's junction with I-40 in Greensboro is commonly nicknamed "Death Valley" for its unusual design and high rate of traffic incidents. One of the main reasons I-85 was rerouted along the Greensboro Bypass (as was I-40 when the southern portion was completed) was to lighten traffic at the Death Valley interchange area.

The northern Greensboro segment of Business 85 was given the street name Preddy Boulevard after the Preddy Brothers (one of which is George Preddy) for their outstanding service in World War II.

In September 2008, the FHWA granted the NCDOT permission to return I-40 back to its former route through Greensboro after residents and motorists complained about the apparent confusion between green (Business I-40) and blue (I-40) signage, as well as increased traffic on the I-40 portion of the loop. As a result, Business I-40 has been truncated to its original endpoint in Kernersville, North Carolinamarker, east of Winston-Salemmarker. In its place, U.S. Route 421 has been rerouted onto the former alignment of I-40, which is also signed as Interstate 73. The restoration of I-40 on its original routing through the city re-creates the rare instance of a regular and Business Interstate sharing the same highway.

Exit list

Mile # Destinations Notes
Southbound exit and northbound entrance
84 Linwoodmarker
85 Green Needles Road
87 North end of US 52 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
88 Old US 64
89 South end of US 64 overlap
90 West Center Street
North end of US 64 overlap
North end of freeway
Thomasvillemarker Interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
South end of freeway
Old Thomasville Road – High Pointmarker
Prospect Street
West Green Drive
Surrett Drive
South end of US 311 overlap
Brentwood Street
North end of US 311 overlap
North end of freeway
Baker Road Interchange
Kivett Drive – East High Point Interchange
South end of freeway
Vickrey Chapel Road – Jamestownmarker, Sedgefield
South end of I-85 overlap
120 33 Groometown Road to Grandover Parkway Signed as exit 119 northbound
North end of I-85 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
33 Signed as exit 120B northbound
121 34 Holden Road
122A 35A
122B 35B
 – Coliseummarker Area
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
122C 35C Rehobeth Church Road, Vandalia Road
South end of I-40 overlap; no northbound exit
Randleman Road Once signed as exit 36 northbound on I-85 Bus.; now Exit 219 eastbound on I-40
South Elm-Eugene Street – Downtown Greensboromarker
Sanford Formerly US 421 south
North end of US 29/US 70/US 220 overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
McConnell Road
44B 227B
Northbound exit and southbound entrance
Northbound exit and southbound entrance

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