U.S. Route 64 in North Carolina
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|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||604 mi (972 km)|
|Existed:||1932 – present|
|West end:||US-64 / US-74 / SR-40 at the TN line near Ducktown, TN|
| I-26 / US 25 / US 74 in Hendersonville
I-40 (numerous times)
US 52 in Lexington
I-85 near Lexington
I-73 / I-74 / US 220 in Asheboro
US 421 in Siler City
I-40 / I-440 / US 1 in Cary
I-440 / US 264 / US 64 Bus. in Raleigh
I-540 near Knightdale
I-95 near Rocky Mount
|East end:||US 158 / NC 12 in Nags Head|
|Counties:||Cherokee, Clay, Macon, Jackson, Transylvania, Henderson, Rutherford, McDowell, Burke, Caldwell, Alexander, Iredell, Davie, Davidson, Randolph, Chatham, Wake, Franklin, Nash, Edgecombe, Martin, Washington, Tyrell, Dare|
U.S. Route 64 is the longest numbered route in the U.S. state of North Carolina, running 604 miles (972 km) from the Tennessee state line to the Outer Banks. The route passes through the westernmost municipality in the state, Murphy, and one of the most easternmost municipalities, Manteo, making US 64 a symbolic representation of the phrase "from Murphy to Manteo" which is used to refer to the expanse of the state. The highway is a major east-west route through the central and eastern portion of the state.
US 64 enters North Carolina in Cherokee County, west of Murphy. The highway serves the cities of Hendersonville, Brevard, Rutherfordton, Morganton, Lenoir, Statesville, Lexington, Asheboro, Siler City, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Williamston, and Manteo.
Within the Raleigh city limits US 64 follows the southern section of the I-40. In 2006 a major section known as the Knightdale Bypass opened to ease traffic. After it was completed, US 64 became a divided freeway between Cary and Williamston, and carries at least four lanes between Asheboro and Columbia.
The highway, in concurrency with US 74, is the western most primary route in the state.
US 64 is part of four scenic byways in the state (indicated by a Scenic Byways sign).
Waterfall Byway is an 98-mile (158 km) byway from Murphy to Rosman; it is known for its more than 200 waterfalls that surround the route. US 64 overlaps almost the entire route, except near Murphy, continues along Brasstown Road and Harshaw Road. This byway also connects to the Nantahala Byway (North of Murphy via US 19), Whitewater Way (NC 281 at Sapphire), and Forest Heritage Scenic Byway (NC 215 at Rosman). Tractor-Trailers are prohibited on this road and it is also not recommended for recreational vehicles or buses.
Black Mountain Rag is an 31-mile (50 km) byway centered at Bat Cave that goes north to Black Mountain via NC 9, south to Edneyville via US 64, and east to Lake Lure via US 64/US 74A. It is named after old fiddle tune, the Black Mountain Rag, for its full of twists, turns, ups and downs. Chimney Rock State Park and Hickory Nut Falls are also located along the byway. This byway also connects to Drovers Road byway by taking west on US 74A at Bat Cave. This byway is not recommended for recreational vehicles or buses.
Alligator River Route is an 71-mile (114 km) byway from New Holland to Manteo; it is known for its expansive wetlands, open farmlands, and Lake Mattamuskeet. US 64 overlaps 36 miles (58 km), from Columbia to Manteo. This byway also connects to the Pamlico Scenic Byway on US 264 in Manns Harbor.
Roanoke Voyages Corridor is an 9-mile (14 km) byway on Roanoke Island; it is known for Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (site of the first English settlement in North America), the North Carolina Aquarium, and Roanoke Island Festival Park. US 64 and US 64 Business overlaps the entire route. This byway also connects to the Outer Banks Scenic Byway in Nags Head.
US 64 was established in 1932; from Tennessee, following NC 28 to Old Fort, overlapping with US 70/NC 10 to Statesville, then finally NC 90 to end at Fort Landing, in Tyrrell County. In late 1934, NC 28, NC 10, and NC 90 were dropped along the route. From the 1970s to the early 2000s, US 64 was made a freeway from east of Knightdale to WIlliamston. Most of the original highway became U.S. 64 Alternate. In the early 2000s, it was also placed on a freeway from Plymouth to Columbia.
Originally, US 64 followed Salem Road, north of Apex; near Cary, it followed Chatham Street and Hillsborough Street before meeting NC 54 on Western Boulevard, after which both go into Raleigh via Hillsborough Street. In central Raleigh, US 64 used Salisbury Street, Edenton Street, East Street, and finally New Bern Avenue. The final section followed the current US 64 Business to Wendell and Zebulon. Between 1950-53, US 64 was removed from central Raleigh and followed then US 70 Alternate via Western Boulevard (in Cary) east to Boylan Avenue, then northeast to South Street before ending back on New Bern Avenue.
In 1960, US 64 was placed on a (non-freeway) bypass around Wendell; the old route became US 64 Business. A second (freeway) bypass in the Wendell/Lizard Lick area was added in 1975, the first bypass was added on to the western end of North Carolina Highway 97. In 1965, US 64 was given its modern routing from Apex to US 1; after concurrency, US 64 followed US 1 north around Raleigh to New Bern Avenue. In 1984, US 64 was removed from the northern arc of the beltline, migrating south to the completed southern arc.
The Knightdale Bypass is a six-lane freeway in Wake County, North Carolina that was finished in July 2005. It is also frequently called the "64 Bypass", although it is only signed as such at the intersection of old US-64 (current US-64 business) and I-440. The 11-mile (18 km) freeway bypasses the town of Knightdale, North Carolina, allowing traffic to flow easier in and out of the Raleigh metropolitan area. U.S. Highway 64 and U.S. Highway 264 have been rerouted onto the Knightdale Bypass which traverses from Raleigh's Inner Loop (Interstate 440) to the US 64/264 freeway in Wendell, North Carolina. An interchange with the eastern segment of Raleigh's Outer Loop (Interstate 540) opened in January 2007. This interchange makes the Knightdale Bypass a key connector between Raleigh's two loops.
US 64 and US 264's previous alignment has been given the designation Business US 64; a business route of US 264 was not included. It travels from I-440 in Raleigh eastward through the town of Knightdale, crossing US 64 in Wendell and rejoining it at the business route's eastern terminus in Zebulon. In order for the business route to be a complete loop, it must share a short one-mile (1.6 km) segment with I-440; however, there are no signs that indicate this concurrency.
In Asheboro, a new US 64 By-Pass is planned that will go south around the city, with a new connector (an extension of NC 159 Spur) to the North Carolina Zoo. The proposed 13.7-mile (22.0 km) route will cost an estimated $370 million, scheduled to begin construction in 2014.
|Length:||44.99 mi (72.40 km)|
On February 20, 2013, NCDOT has submitted a request, to AASHTO, to established a new auxiliary route of Interstate 95, bannered Interstate 495. The proposed 44.99-mile (72.40 km) route will begin at I-440/US 64 Business, in Raleigh, and end at I-95, in Rocky Mount, completely overlapping with US 64. On March 15, 2013, AASHTO received a modified request from NCDOT requesting the establishment of I-495 from I-440/US 64 Business to I-540 (4.09 miles (6.58 km)) and Future I-495 from I-540 to I-95 (40.90 miles (65.82 km)). In the official request, it also requested a waiver to not renumber I-540 because it would be connecting to another interstate and the reason for the future designation is because that section will require improvement to pavement, shoulders, and in one spot roadway width (near Nashville).
||State line||0.0||0.0||US-64 west / US-74 west / SR-40 west – Cleveland|
|12.2||19.6||NC 294 west – Hiwassee||To Hiwassee Dam|
|14.0||22.5||NC 60 south – Blue Ridge|
|14.7||23.7||US 19 south / US 129 south (Blairsville Highway) – Blairsville||South end of US 19/US 129 overlap|
US 19 Bus. north (Hiwassee Street)
|20.3||32.7||US 19 north / US 74 east / US 129 north – Andrews, Bryson City||North end of US 19/US 129 and east end of US 74 overlap|
|24.3||39.1||NC 141 north – Marble|
US 64 Bus. east – Hayesville
|33.7||54.2||NC 69 – Hiawassee|
US 64 Bus. west – Hayesville
|Elf||38.4||61.8||NC 175 south – Hiawassee|
||62.9||101.2||Patton Road||To Nantahala Lake|
US 23 south / US 441 south / US 441 Bus. north – Clayton, Atlanta
|South end of US 23/US 441 overlap|
|68.8||110.7||US 23 north / US 441 north / NC 28 north – Sylva||North end of US 23/US 441/NC 28 overlap|
|Highlands||85.6||137.8||NC 106 south (Dillard Road) – Dillard|
|85.9||138.2||NC 28 south – Walhalla||South end of NC 28 overlap|
||Cashiers||96.2||154.8||NC 107 – Glenville, Sylva, Walhalla||To Western Carolina University|
||106.3||171.1||NC 281 south||South end of NC 281 overlap; to Whitewater Falls|
|108.9||175.3||NC 281 north – Lake Toxaway||North end of NC 281 overlap|
|115.7||186.2||NC 215 north|
|116.3||187.2||US 178 east – Rosman, Pickens|
US 64 Bus. east (Caldwell Street)
|124.6||200.5||US 276 south (Main Street)||South end of US 276 overlap|
US 64 Bus. west (Caldwell Street)
|Brevard College at intersection|
|Pisgah Forest||128.0||206.0||US 276 north / NC 280 east – Asheville, Waynesville||North end of US 276 overlap|
US 25 Bus. (Church Street/King Street)
|147.0||236.6||I-26 / US 25 / US 74 – Asheville, Columbus, Spartanburg||Cloverleaf interchange|
|Bat Cave||159.6||256.9||US 74A / NC 9 (Gerton Highway) – Asheville, Gerton||West end of US 74A and north end of NC 9 overlap|
||Lake Lure||166.8||268.4||NC 9 south – Mill Spring||South end of NC 9 overlap|
|Rutherfordton||182.7||294.0||US 221 (Main Street) – Marion|
|Ruth||183.2||294.8||US 74A east – Spindale||East end of US 74A overlap|
||198.7||319.8||NC 226 – Marion, Shelby|
||Morganton||212.3||341.7||I-40 – Asheville, Hickory|
US 70 east (Fleming Drive) / US 64 Bus. east (Burkemont Avenue)
|East end of US 70 overlap|
US 70 west / US 70 Bus. east (Union Street) – Marion
|West end of US 70 overlap|
|215.3||346.5||NC 181 (Green Street) – Linville, Newland|
US 64 Bus. west / NC 18 south
|South end of NC 18 overlap|
||Lenoir||228.6||367.9||To US 321 south / Southwest Boulevard – Hickory|
|231.5||372.6||US 321 / NC 90 west – Blowing Rock, Boone, Hickory||West end of NC 90 overlap|
|232.9||374.8||NC 18 north – Wilkesboro||North end of NC 18 overlap|
||247.4||398.2||NC 127 south – Hickory|
|Taylorsville||250.6||403.3||NC 90 east||East end of NC 90 overlap|
|252.5||406.4||254||NC 16 – Taylorsville, Conover|
||Statesville||268.6||432.3||NC 90 west (Taylorsville Highway) – Stony Point, Taylorsville||West end of NC 90 overlap|
|269.3||433.4||I-40 – Hickory, Winston-Salem|
|270.6||435.5||US 70 – Conover, Hickory, Salisbury|
|271.4||436.8||NC 90 east (West End Avenue)||East end of NC 90 overlap|
|272.5||438.5||US 21 south / NC 115 (Center Street) – Troutman||South end of US 21 overlap|
|272.9||439.2||NC 90 west|
|273.8||440.6||US 21 north (Sullivan Avenue) – Harmony||North end of US 21 overlap|
|275.9||444.0||I-40 west – Statesville||Permanently closed as of October 1, 2012; was an westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|276.5||445.0||To I-40 / Old Mocksville Road – Statesville, Winston-Salem|
|285.3||459.1||I-40 – Statesville, Winston-Salem|
||288.0||463.5||NC 901 north – Harmony, Union Grove|
|293.0||471.5||I-40 – Statesville, Winston-Salem|
|Mocksville||295.4||475.4||US 601 north (Valley Road) – Yadkinville||North end of US 601 overlap|
|296.6||477.3||US 158 east / US 601 south – Clemmons, Winston-Salem, Cooleemee, Salisbury||South end of US 601 overlap|
|Fork||304.0||489.2||NC 801 – Advance, Cooleemee|
||Reeds Crossroads||310.9||500.3||NC 150 – Salisbury, Winston-Salem|
|Lexington||313.6||504.7||US 52 – Salisbury, Winston-Salem|
|314.4||506.0||I-85 Bus. south / US 29 south / US 70 west – Salisbury||South end of I-85 Business/US 29 and west end of US 70 overlap|
|315.5||507.7||NC 8 (Winston Road) – Lexington, Winston-Salem|
|316.3||509.0||I-85 Bus. north / US 29 north / US 70 east – Thomasville, High Point||North end of I-85 Business/US 29 and east end of US 70 overlap|
|319.9||514.8||I-85 – Greensboro, Salisbury, Charlotte|
|325.1||523.2||NC 109 – Thomasville, Denton|
||Asheboro||341.4||549.4||NC 49 – Richfield, Mount Pleasant||South end of NC 49 overlap|
|341.7||549.9||I-73 / I-74 / US 220 – Greensboro, High Point, Rockingham||Cloverleaf interchange|
US 220 Bus. (Fayetteville Street)
|342.9||551.8||NC 159 south (Zoo Parkway)||To North Carolina Zoo|
|344.3||554.1||NC 42 – Coleridge|
|Ramseur||352.1||566.7||NC 22 north – Franklinville||North end of NC 22 overlap|
|352.5||567.3||NC 22 south (Coleridge Road) – Coleridge||South end of NC 22 overlap|
|353.0||568.1||NC 49 north – Liberty, Burlington||North end of NC 49 overlap|
||Siler City||365.5||588.2||US 421 – Greensboro, Sanford|
US 64 Bus. east – Pittsboro
|No westbound exit|
|378.5||609.1||381||NC 87 – Pittsboro, Eli Whitney|
|Pittsboro||381.1||613.3||383||US 15 / US 501 – Chapel Hill, Sanford, Carthage|
US 64 Bus. west – Pittsboro
|394.2||634.4||NC 751 north – Durham|
NC 540 (Triangle Expressway) – RDU Airport, Durham, Holly Springs
|398.4||641.2||NC 55 (Williams Street) – Apex, Durham|
|399.8||643.4||Salem Street – Apex Downtown|
|Cary||399.8||643.4||404||US 1 south / Tryon Road – Sanford||South end of US 1 overlap; westbound signed as exit 98B|
|404.7||651.3||99||Cary Parkway||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|406.5||654.2||101||Walnut Street, Buck Jones Road, Crossroads Boulevard||Westbound signed as exit 101A (Walnut Street) and 101B (Buck Jones Road, Crossroads Boulevard|
|Raleigh||407.1||655.2||1A|| I-40 west – RDU Airport, Durham
I-440 east / US 1 north – Raleigh, Wake Forest
|West end of I-40 and north end of US 1 overlap
Westbound signed as exit 293A (north) and exit 293B (south); cloverleaf interchange
|411.4||662.1||297||Lake Wheeler Road|
|412.4||663.7||298||US 70 east / US 401 south / NC 50 south (South Saunders Street) – Fayetteville, Downtown Raleigh, Garner||Signed as exits 298A (east/south) and 298B (west/north)|
|413.1||664.8||299||Hammond Road, Person Street|
|414.5||667.1||300||Rock Quarry Road|
|415.5||668.7||301||I-40 east – Benson, Wilmington||East end of I-40 and west end of I-440 overlap; westbound signed as exit 16|
I-440 west / US 64 Bus. east – Wake Forest
|East end of I-440 and west end of US 264 overlap; westbound signed as exit 419|
|419.0||674.3||420||New Hope Road|
|422.2||679.5||423||I-540 west – Wake Forest, RDU Airport|
US 64 Bus. (Wendell Boulevard) – Knightdale
|428.4||689.4||430||Rolesville Road – Rolesville||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|431.3||694.1||432||Lizard Lick Road – Wendell|
US 64 Bus. west / NC 96 – Zebulon, Oxford
|435.5||700.9||436||US 264 east to NC 97 – Wilson, Greenville||East end of US 264 overlap|
||438.2||705.2||439||NC 39 – Louisburg|
|441.0||709.7||442||SR 1737 (Tant Road)|
US 64 Alt. east / NC 231 to NC 98 – Spring Hope, Middlesex, Wake Forest
|449.3||723.1||NC 581 – Spring Hope, Bailey|
|451.8||727.1||Old Franklin Road – Momeyer|
US 64 Alt. west / US 64 Bus. east – Nashville, Momeyer
|457.2||735.8||459||NC 58 – Nashville, Castalia|
US 64 Bus. west (Red Oak Road) – Nashville, Red Oak
|461.8||743.2||463||Old Carriage Road – Red Oak|
|Rocky Mount||463.0||745.1||464||I-95 – Wilson, Fayetteville, Richmond||Signed as exits 464A (south) and 464B (north); cloverleaf interchange|
US 64 Bus. east (Buck Leonard Boulevard) / Sunset Avenue
|466.6||750.9||468A||US 301 (Wesleyan Boulevard) – Wilson|
|467.3||752.0||468B||NC 43 north (Benvenue Road) to NC 48 / Peachtree Street||North end of NC 43 overlap|
US 301 Bus. (Church Street)
||468.6||754.1||470||NC 97 (Atlantic Avenue)|
US 64 Alt. east / US 64 Bus. west / NC 43 south – Rocky Mount
|South end of NC 43 overlap|
|Tarboro||481.4||774.7||484||NC 122 (McNair Road) – Edgecombe Community College|
US 258 south / US 64 Alt. west / NC 111 south / NC 122 south – Tarboro, Farmville
|South end of US 258/NC 111/NC 122 overlap|
US 258 north / US 64 Alt. east / NC 111 north / NC 122 north – Princeville, Scotland Neck
|North end of US 258/NC 111/NC 122 overlap; eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|487.2||784.1||488||Shiloh Farm Road|
|489.8||788.3||491||SR 1524 (Chinquapin Road)|
|493.0||793.4||494||NC 42 – Ahoskie, Wilson|
|495.0||796.6||496||US 13 south / NC 11 – Bethel, Greenville||South end of US 13 overlap|
||501.8||807.6||502||NC 903 – Robersonville, Hamilton|
|504.5||811.9||505||Robersonville Products Road|
US 64 Alt. – Everetts
|510.8||822.1||512||NC 125 (Prison Camp Road) – Williamston|
US 17 south / US 17 Bus. north – Williamston, Washington
|South end of US 17 overlap|
US 13 north / US 17 north / US 64 Alt. west – Williamston, Windsor
|North end of US 13/US 17 overlap; ramp to stay on US 64 is signed as exit 515 in both directions|
US 64 Bus. east
|Jamesville||524.1||843.5||NC 171 – Washington|
US 64 Bus. west
||Plymouth||532.3||856.7||NC 149 north (Ken Trowbridge Road)|
|534.3||859.9||NC 32 south (Washington Street) – Washington||South end of NC 32 overlap|
|537.2||864.5||NC 45 south||South end of NC 45 overlap|
|537.4||864.9||NC 45 north – Colerain||North end of NC 45 overlap|
|538.2||866.1||NC 32 north – Roper||North end of NC 32 overlap|
|542.4||872.9||544||Mill Pond Road – Roper|
|553.2||890.3||554||To NC 94 – Edenton|
|Creswell||555.4||893.8||557||Old US 64 – Creswell||Eastbound exit only|
|556.3||895.3||558||Alligood Road – Creswell|
|563.6||907.0||NC 94 north||North end of NC 94 overlap|
US 64 Bus. east / NC 94 south – Fairfield
|South end of NC 94 overlap|
US 64 Bus. west
||Manns Harbor||592.8||954.0||US 264 west – Stumpy Point, Engelhard|
US 64 Bus. east – Manns Harbor
US 64 Bus. west / NC 345 south – Manteo, Wanchese
|To Roanoke Island Festival Park|
|Nags Head||604.0||972.0|| US 158 west – Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Duck
NC 12 – Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Nags Head Beaches, Hatteras Island, Ocracoke Island
|US 64 ends at Whalebone Junction|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, United States Numbered Highways, 1989 Edition
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