North Carolina Highway 133

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NC 133 marker

NC 133
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 47.4 mi[1] (76.3 km)
Existed: 1962 – present
Major junctions
South end: Oak Island Drive in Oak Island
North end: NC 210 in Bells Crossroads
Counties: Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender
Highway system
NC 132 NC 134

North Carolina Highway 133 (NC 133) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The road goes through historic downtown Wilmington and near Sunny Point Military base.

Route description[edit]

Oak Island to downtown Wilmington[edit]

NC 133 starts at the intersection of E Oak Island Dr and Country Club Dr in downtown Oak Island. The start of the road is just about half a mile from the Oak Island lighthouse, a tourist attraction in the area.

The Oak Island Lighthouse, located near the NC 133 southern terminus

The road then goes north. NC 133 crosses the Intercostal Waterway shortly after its southern terminus and crosses the waterway of an elevated road bridge. The road then turns into Long Beach Road SE and passes the Cape Fear Regional Jetport. The road then has a short concurrency with NC 211 (Southport-Supply Rd SE). After about 3/4 mile NC 133 turns left back onto its own road named Dosher Cutoff SE. Half a mile later NC 133 runs another concurrency this time with NC 87 (River Rd SE). Near Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 133 bears right from NC 87 and goes toward Wilmington. Sunny Point Military Base coincides on the right side of the road (heading north). NC 133 goes along the side of Boiling Spring Lakes but never goes into the town. Past Boiling Spring Lakes the road goes through a lot of marshy grassland alongside of the Cape Fear River. The road passes over Town Creek. Passing through Belville, NC  encounters a historic marker dedicated to Robert Howe.[2] In Leland the road merges with US 17, US 74, and US 76 to go over a waterway (not Memorial Bridge yet).

Wilmington to Castle Hayne[edit]

A view of The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. On the left you can see the US 17, 74, 421, NC 133 freeway and the bridge in the background is the Isabel Holmes Bridge

After going over the bridge NC 133 heads north again along with US 17, US 74, and US 421. NC 133 then exits off and crosses the Cape Fear River via. the Isabel Holmes Bridge. The road then runs another concurrency with US 74 (Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway) until NC 133 exits off the freeway at Castle Hayne Rd. The road goes through Wrightsboro a small town north of downtown Wilmington. NC 133 then meets I-140 and US 17. The highway has an interchange with on and off ramps going to the freeway. NC 133 meets up with US 117 and NC 132 near Skippers Corner also a small township north of Wilmington. NC 132 ends to the right of the intersection and NC 133 turns left to run with US 117. NC 133 and US 117 both run through downtown Castle Hayne, North Carolina. NC 133 turns left at Old Blossom Ferry road (even though the road is called NC-133 N). NC 133 ends at a right turn of NC 210 near Castle Hayne.


Established in 1962 as a renumbering of NC 40, from Oak Island to NC 210, at Bells Crossroads. The route has been adjusted over the years as various sections from Belville to and through Wilmington onto freeways. Its biggest adjustment was in December, 2005 when NC 133 was deleted from a section North Front Street, North Fourth Street and Cornelius Harnett Street, creating a gap in the route; it was reestablished in February, 2008 via Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

North Carolina Highway 40[edit]

NC 40
Location: Oak Island-Bells Crossroads, NC
Length: 47.9 mi[9] (77.1 km)
Existed: 1957–1962

The third and final NC 40 that appeared in North Carolina was established in 1957 as a new primary routing, with several multiplexes, from near Southport to Bells Crossroads. By 1960, it was extended southeast to Yaupon Beach, on Oak Island. By 1962, because of the establishment of I-40, NC 40 was renumbered to NC 133.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Brunswick Oak Island 0.0 0.0 Oak Island Drive Southern terminus of NC 133
Intracoastal Waterway 0.3 0.5 Oak Island Bridge
  3.5 5.6 NC 211 north (Southport-Supply Road) – Supply North end of NC 211 overlap
  4.3 6.9 NC 211 south (Southport-Supply Road) – Southport South end of NC 211 overlap
  4.9 7.9 NC 87 south (River Road) – Southport South end of NC 87 overlap
  6.9 11.1 NC 87 north (George II Highway) – Boiling Spring Lakes North end of NC 87 overlap
Leland 26.4 42.5 US 17 south / US 74 / US 76 west – Shallotte, Myrtle Beach, Whiteville South end of US 17 and west end of US 74/US 76 overlap
  27.4 44.1
US 17 Bus. north / US 76 east / US 421 south – Wilmington, Carolina Beach
East end of US 76 and south end of US 421 overlap
New Hanover   28.5 45.9 U.S.S. North Carolina Road/Battleship Road To the N.C. Battleship
Cape Fear River 29.7 47.8 S. Thomas Rhodes Bridge
  30.9 49.7 US 17 / US 421 north to I‑140 – Jacksonville, Clinton North end of US 17/ US 421 overlap
Wilmington 31.3 50.4 Isabel Stellings Holmes Bridge over the Northeast Cape Fear River
31.5 50.7 North Third Street – Wilmington Downtown Left exit
32.1 51.7 McRae Street Northbound exit and southbound entrance
32.7 52.6 US 74 east (Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway) – Wrightsville Beach East end of US 74 overlap
  37.0 59.5 I‑140 / US 17 – Jacksonville, Shallotte, Myrtle Beach I-140 Exit 17
Castle Hayne 39.6 63.7 US 117 / NC 132 south – Carolina Beach South end of US 117 overlap
Pender   42.5 68.4 US 117 north – Burgaw North end of US 117 overlap
Bells Crossroads 47.4 76.3 NC 210 – Elizabethtown, Rocky Point Northern terminus of NC 133
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


Route map: Google / Bing

  1. ^ a b Google, Inc. "North Carolina Highway 133". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-77.9242112+to:NC-133+N&hl=en&ll=34.1209,-77.667847&spn=0.994763,1.783905&sll=34.407264,-77.926884&sspn=0.061962,0.111494&geocode=FQZoBQIdT7BY-w%3BFesMCwIdjfha-ykZs9PupoqpiTE73-U-NguqmQ%3BFe9NDQIdkGda-w&mra=dme&mrsp=2&sz=14&via=1&t=p&z=10. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Marker: D-24 – ROBERT HOWE". North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program. North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "NC 133 Route Change (1969-09-11)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 11, 1969. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "NC 133 Route Change (1978-01-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. January 1, 1978. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "NC 133 Route Change (1980-06-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. June 1, 1980. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "NC 133 Route Change (1984-12-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. December 1, 1984. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "NC 133 Route Change (2005-12-30)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. December 30, 2005. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "NC 133 Route Change (2008-02-05)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. February 5, 2008. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ Google, Inc. "North Carolina Highway 40". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-77.9488012+to:34.2447319,-77.9495089+to:34.2618479,-77.9350638+to:NC-133+N&hl=en&ll=34.111805,-77.987823&spn=0.980095,1.783905&sll=33.904687,-78.066101&sspn=0.030703,0.055747&geocode=FQZoBQIdT7BY-w%3BFYdmCgIdf5ha-yklyuQFxx-qiTHMM1NS50bItw%3BFXuICgIdvJVa-yn7y9KW6h-qiTHfaVt6x9DTBw%3BFVfLCgIdKc5a-yk9_xvO-B-qiTGJkKXkQY7cTA%3BFRRODQIdT2da-w&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=15&via=1,2,3&t=p&z=10. Retrieved June 28, 2014.

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