North Carolina Highway 42

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NC 42 marker

NC 42
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 223.3 mi (359.4 km)
Existed: 1922[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑73 / I‑74 / US 220 in Asheboro
  US 64 in Asheboro
US 1 / US 15 / US 501 in Sanford
US 421 in Sanford
US 401 in Fuquay-Varina
I‑40 near Cleveland, Johnston County
US 70 in Clayton
I‑95 near Wilson
US 264 near Wilson
US 301 in Wilson
US 258 near Pinetops
US 64 near Bethel
US 13 in Ahoskie
East end: NC 45 in Colerain
Location
Counties: Randolph, Chatham, Lee, Wake, Johnston, Wilson, Edgecombe, Bertie, Martin, Hertford
Highway system
NC 41 NC 43

NC 42 is a winding country state highway that bypasses many of the larger cities in the eastern/central part of North Carolina. Despite its long length (223.3 miles), it is not noted for being convenient for long-distance travel; US 64 often provides a shorter, faster alternative routing for a large part of NC 42's length. Because it is well connected to many other major Interstate and US routes, NC 42 is a local connector for smaller communities along its route.

Route description[edit]

History[edit]

NC 42 was first dedicated in 1922 as a modest 19-mile (31 km) connector from Wilson to Pinetops. In the 1930s & 40s it was extended west to Clayton, and by 1950 it reached Fuquay-Varina. In the late 50s, early 60s it was extended in both directions to Conetoe in the east and Asheboro to the west. The last extension came in 1990 to meet with the I 73/74/US 220 freeway in Asheboro.[1]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile Destinations Notes
Randolph Asheboro 0.0 I‑73 / I‑74 / US 220 – Star, Greensboro Western terminus
0.9
US 220 Bus. (Fayetteville Street)
2.6 US 64 (Dixie Drive) / NC 49 – Lexington, Richfield, Ramseur
Coleridge 15.6 NC 22 north – Ramseur, Climax West end of concurrency with NC 22
Chatham Bennett 23.7 NC 902 east – Bear Creek, Pittsboro Western terminus of NC 902
25.1 NC 22 south – Carthage, Southern Pines East end of concurrency with NC 22
Lee Sanford 45.6
US 1 / US 15 / US 501 (Jefferson Davis Highway) / US 1 Bus. – Tramway, Moncure, Pittsboro
West end of concurrency with Business US 1; Diamond interchange
47.2
US 421 north / NC 87 north (Horner Boulevard) / US 1 Bus. north (Carthage Street) – Goldston, Pittsboro
West end of concurrency with US 421 and NC 87; East end of concurrency with Business US 1
49.8 US 421 south / NC 87 south (Horner Boulevard) / NC 78 west (Main Street) – Lillington, Spring Lake East end of concurrency with US 421 and NC 87; Western terminus of NC 78
51.6
NC 87 Byp. (Oscar Keller Jr. Highway) – Raleigh, Pittsboro, Lillington, Fayetteville
Chatham No major intersections
Harnett No major intersections
Wake Fuquay-Varina 76.5 US 401 south (Main Street) – Buies Creek West end of concurrency with US 401
77.3 NC 55 west (Broad Street) – Holly Springs, Apex West end of concurrency with NC 55
79.2 US 401 north (Main Street) – Raleigh East end of concurrency with US 401
79.3 NC 55 east – Angier East end of concurrency with NC 55
Johnston 88.7 NC 50 – Benson, Garner, Raleigh
90.8 I‑40 – Raleigh, Benson Diamond interchange; Exit 312
Clayton 94.1 US 70 – Raleigh, Princeton Diamond interchange
97.3
US 70 Bus. west
West end of concurrency with Business US 70
98.6
US 70 Bus. east
East end of concurrency with Business US 70
108.0 NC 96 – Selma, Zebulon
109.7 NC 39 – Selma, Emit
Stancils Chapel 112.3 NC 222 – Kenly, Emit
Wilson 118.5 NC 581 – Goldsboro, Bailey
Rock Ridge 122.5 I‑95 – Kenly, Rocky Mount Diamond interchange; Exit 116
Wilson 125.2 I‑795 / US 264 – Bailey, Fremont, Saratoga Partial cloverleaf interchange
129.4
US 264 Alt. east (Ward Boulevard)
West end of concurrency with Alternate US 64
130.2
US 264 Alt. west (Raleigh Road)
East end of concurrency with Alternate US 64
131.6 NC 58 north (Nash Street) – Nashville West end of concurrency with NC 58
134.6 NC 58 south (Ward Boulevard) – Stantonsburg East end of concurrency with NC 58
135.7 US 301 – Lucama, Elm City Partial cloverleaf interchange
Edgecombe 144.9 NC 124 east – Macclesfield Western terminus of NC 124
Pinetops 148.6 NC 111 (Saratoga Road) – Saratoga, Tarboro
150.5 NC 43 north (3rd Street) – Rocky Mount West end of concurrency with NC 43
150.7 NC 122 (2nd Street) – Macclesfield, Tarboro
152.6 US 258 – Fountain, Tarboro
153.8 NC 124 west – Macclesfield Eastern terminus of NC 124
153.9 NC 43 south – Greenville East end of concurrency with NC 43
Old Sparta 156.7 NC 33 – Princeville, Greenville
Conetoe 161.8
US 64 Alt. (Canal Street)
165.0 US 64 – Princeville, Tarboro, Robersonville, Everetts Diamond interchange
Martin 171.3 NC 142 west West end of concurrency with NC 142
Hassell 172.5 NC 11 south / NC 142 east – Bethel West end of concurrency with NC 11; East end of concurrency with NC 142
Oak City 176.6 NC 111 – Tarboro Northern terminus of NC 111
177.2 NC 125 (Cherry Street) – Hamilton, Hobgood
181.1 NC 903 – Hamilton, Robersonville, Scotland Neck
Bertie Lewiston 191.5 NC 308 (Church Street & Governors Road) – Windsor, Kelford
196.3
NC 11 Bus. north
Southern terminus of Business NC 11
Aulander 199.1 NC 305 (Commerce Street) – Rich Square
Hertford 201.9
NC 11 Bus. south
Northern terminus of Business NC 11
Poor Town 204.5 NC 11 north – Murfreesboro East end of concurrency with NC 11
Ahoskie 207.8 US 13 north (Academy Street) / NC 561 west – Winton, Rich Square West end of concurrency with US 13 and NC 561
209.4 NC 561 east – Harrellsville East end of concurrency with NC 561
Bertie Powellsville 212.9 US 13 south – Windsor East end of concurrency with US 13
Colerain 223.3 NC 45 (Main Street) – Plymouth, Harrellsville, Cofield Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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