North Carolina Highway 16
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||143.8 mi (231.4 km)|
|Existed:||early 1920s – present|
|South end:||NC 75 in Waxhaw|
| I‑485 in Charlotte
I‑277 / US 74 in Charlotte
I‑77 / US 21 in Charlotte
I‑85 in Charlotte
I‑40 in Conover
US 70 in Conover
|North end:||SR 16 at the VA line near Grassy Creek|
|Counties:||Union, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln, Catawba, Alexander, Wilkes, Ashe|
Starting in the heart of Waxhaw, NC 16 goes north through Weddington and into Charlotte as Providence Road. In Uptown Charlotte, NC 16 briefly overlaps 3rd Street, then merges with I-277, goes north around Uptown and then exits the city in a northwest direction as Brookshire Boulevard (Note - Southbound travelers exiting I-277 (exit 2A) must make a u-turn at the end of the exit ramp to the left, then take another left onto 3rd Street, to stay on NC 16).
After passing the Catawba River, NC 16 becomes a rural freeway through Gaston, Lincoln, and most of Catawba counties (currently an 8.5-mile (13.7 km) gap between freeway's end and Newton). After passing Conover, NC 16 become a two-lane rural road through Alexander and Wilkes counties (with exception in Wilkesboro).
Entering Ashe County, it connects with the Blue Ridge Parkway and then travels, on a somewhat curvy-road, to Jefferson. From Jefferson, it goes north, as a relatively straight mountain road, into the Commonwealth of Virginia near Grassy Creek. Though changed as Virginia State Route 16, it continues through the state then entering West Virginia as West Virginia Route 16, ending in St. Marys, West Virginia (a three-state grand total of 474.3 miles (763.3 km)).
||This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (October 2012)|
- Before 1928: NC 16 was one of the original North Carolina state highways. It ran due south from NC 10 in Newton to the South Carolina border, following mostly what is today US 321 Business.
- 1928: The route was extended north all the way to the Tennessee border; from Newton to Wilkesboro it was cosigned with NC 18.
- 1933: NC 16 south of Conover was truncated in favor of US 321.
- 1937: NC 16 dropped its former routing along SR 1562 in the foothills of North Carolina for a more direct route.
- 1939: The route's northern terminus was moved to the Virginia border and its southern terminus was extended southward through Charlotte.
- 1954: NC 16 was rerouted away from North Wilkesboro.
- 1958: NC 16 was slightly diverted for an interchange with the newly constructed Interstate 85.
- 1959: NC 16 gained its own unshared route from US 221 to the Virginia border.
- Late 1950s and early 1960s: NC 16's routing through Charlotte changed numerous times.
- 1963: A zigzag routing in southern Charlotte was removed for NC 16.
- 1988: NC 16 follows the newly built Brookshire Boulevard in northern Charlotte; it used to follow parts of Bellhaven Boulevard and Rozzelles Ferry Road, which still exist.
- 1990: NC 16 is rerouted along a newly built 4-lane bypass through Catawba, Lincoln, and Gaston counties. The old route was designated as NC 16 Business.
- Late 1990s and early 2000s: Numerous road widenings are made along NC 16 in the Charlotte area.
- 2008: A new 4 lane divided portion of NC 16 is opened. This new four lane section of NC 16 had dead ended and exited on NC 73 near Denver, NC in Southeastern Lincoln County. It is expected the 4 lane portion will be extended to NC 150 by 2012.
On Thursday, July 30, 2009 The four-lane divided NC16 opened to traffic to Optimist Club Rd. in the Triangle community, south of Denver in eastern Lincoln County, with the next section to open in October, 2009 which will extend to St. James Church Rd. just west of Denver, NC in eastern Lincoln County, NC. Northbound drivers on NC16 will need to exit at St. James Church Rd. and travel east app. 1 mile to intersect with present-day NC16 and then turn left to continue north on NC16 toward Conover, NC.
North Carolina Highway 262
|Length:||22.4 mi (36.0 km)|
North Carolina Highway 262 (NC 262) appeared in 1930 as new primary routing from NC 25, in Waxhaw, to US 74/NC 20 (7th Street), in Charlotte. In 1940, it was entirely replaced by an extension of NC 16.
North Carolina Highway 271
North Carolina Highway 271 (NC 271) appeared in 1926 running from Thrift to NC 20 near Charlotte. In 1931 the road was extended north to NC 10 in Newton. The next year the original section of NC 271 was renumbered as part NC 27A. Two years later NC 271 was truncated to Triangle with the routing from Triangle to Newton becoming a part of NC 73. In 1940 the rest of the road was renumbered as part of NC 16.
NC 16 is expected to be rerouted onto a new bypass route in northwestern Mecklenburg, eastern Gaston, eastern Lincoln, and southeastern Catawba counties. When completed, this will become the second limited-access stretch of NC 16 (as such, I-277 shares part of the one existing portion). The new bypass is expected to be completed by 2010. In 2008, widening began on the fast-growing part of the road in Union County, which consists of the southernmost part of the highway. The road will be widened from I-485 to Rea RD, south of Weddington. Construction of a new 4-lane "Superstreet" design portion of NC 16 is underway starting in Conover at the Wal-Mart at I-40 and will end in Charlotte.
|Union||Waxhaw||0||0||NC 75 (Main Street) – Monroe, Lancaster||NC 16 begins|
|7||11||NC 84 east (Weddington Road) – Monroe|
|Mecklenburg||Charlotte||10||16||I‑485 (Governor James G. Martin Freeway) – Pineville, Concord|
|13||21||NC 51 (Pineville-Matthews Road)|
|22||35||I‑277 south / US 74 west to NC 27 (John Belk Freeway)||End I-277 south and US 74 west overlaps|
|NC 16 overlaps with Interstate 277 (exits 2A to 5)|
|24.5||39.4||I‑77 / I‑277 / US 21 (Bill Lee Freeway) – Statesville, Columbia||North end of I-277 overlap|
|25||40||Beatties Ford Road–– Johnson C. Smith University|
|26.5||42.6||I‑85 – Greensboro, Spartanburg|
|32||51||I‑485 (Craig Lawing Freeway) – Pineville, Huntersville|
|Gaston||Lucia||35||56||To NC 273 (Lucia Riverbend Highway)|
NC 16 Bus. north (Lucia Riverbend Highway)
|Lincoln||Lowesville||42||68||NC 73 – Lincolnton, Huntersville|
|Catawba||51||82||NC 150 – Lincolnton, Mooresville|
NC 16 Bus. south – Denver
NC 16 Bus. north (Charlotte Highway)
|62.5||100.6||NC 10 – Catawba|
|Conover||65.5||105.4||US 70 (Conover Boulevard East) – Conover, Claremont|
|67||108||I‑40 – Conover, Hickory, Statesville|
NC 16 Bus. south (1st Avenue North and 1st Avenue South)
|Alexander||Taylorsville||81||130||US 64 – Lenoir, Statesville|
|82.5||132.8||NC 90 (Main Street)||Brief .5-mile (0.80 km) concurrency|
|Wilkes||Moravian Falls||96||154||NC 18 south – Lenoir||South end of NC 18 overlap|
|Wilkesboro||99.5||160.1||US 421 south / NC 18 north – Winston-Salem||South end of US 421 and north end of NC 18 overlaps|
|NC 16 overlaps with US 421 (mile markers 283–287)|
|104||167||US 421 north – Boone||North end of US 421 overlap|
|Ashe||120||193||Blue Ridge Parkway|
|120.5||193.9||NC 163 west – West Jefferson|
|127||204||NC 88 east – Laurel Springs, Sparta||East end of NC 88 overlap|
|Jefferson||130||209||US 421 south / NC 88 west – Jefferson, West Jefferson||South end of US 221 and west end of NC 88 overlaps|
|132||212||US 221 north – Twin Oaks||North end of US 221 overlap|
|136||219||Old Highway 16 – Crumpler|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Lowesville–Denver business loop
|Location:||Lucia–Killian Crossroads, NC|
|Length:||16.2 mi (26.1 km)|
North Carolina Highway 16 Business (NC 16 Bus) was established in December, 2007 when NC 16 was placed on new construction between Lucia and Lowesville, its old alignment becoming a business loop. In March, 2012, NC 16 Bus was extended north to its current terminus at Anderson Mountain, north of Killian Crossroads, after mainline NC 16 was moved onto new construction bypassing Denver. NC 16 Bus also connects the communities of Triangle and Westport, along the western banks of Lake Norman.
Newton–Conover business loop
|Length:||6.6 mi (10.6 km)|
North Carolina Highway 16 Business (NC 16 Bus) was established in January, 2008 when NC 16 was placed on new construction east Newton and Conover, its old alignment becoming a business loop. In Newton, it traverses along Charlotte Highway, D Street, College Street (northbound only) and Main Street. In Conover, it traverses completely on 1st Avenue. In November, 2012, a new overpass was built over I-40; the old overpass was originally connected to the I-40 (exit 131) before exit 132 was built.
Newton truck route
|Location:||Newton, North Carolina|
|Length:||2.7 mi (4.3 km)|
North Carolina Highway 16 Truck (NC 16 Truck) provides a different routing along NC 16 Bus for truck drivers, bypassing downtown Newton. The route begins west on D and C Streets (overlap with NC 10), then north on Southwest Boulevard (overlap with US 321 Bus) and finally east on 20th Avenue, reconnecting with NC 16 Bus.
Taylorsville truck route
|Location:||Taylorsville, North Carolina|
|Length:||2.0 mi (3.2 km)|
North Carolina Highway 16 Truck (NC 16 Truck) provides truck drivers, that are passing through, a different route that bypasses the downtown area of Taylorsville, via US 64 and Liledoun Road.
- Lake Norman
- Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
- Mountain Island Lake
- New River
- New River State Park
- Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest
- U.S. National Whitewater Center
- W. Kerr Scott Reservoir
- Yadkin River
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to North Carolina Highway 16.|
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- "NCRoads.com: N.C. 16". Retrieved 2011-01-05.
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- "NC Route Change (2008-01-23)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. January 23, 2008. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
- "Closures Scheduled for I-40 West Near Conover". Hickory, NC: WHKY-TV. August 17, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
- Google Inc. "NC 16 Truck - Newton, North Carolina". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=S+College+Ave&daddr=35.665666,-81.2305195+to:W+20th+St&hl=en&ll=35.67058,-81.214585&spn=0.030366,0.055747&sll=35.663294,-81.218619&sspn=0.030369,0.055747&geocode=FfcgIAIdwaQo-w%3BFQI3IAIdSYUo-ynBmlP7FTRRiDF3zQKtzTqPBA%3BFVV4IAId07Mo-w&t=p&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=15&via=1&z=15. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
- Google Inc. "NC 16 Truck - Taylorsville, North Carolina". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-64+W&daddr=Liledoun+Rd&hl=en&ll=35.913384,-81.178665&spn=0.029961,0.055747&sll=35.906641,-81.177303&sspn=0.007491,0.013937&geocode=FSvkIwIdSFMp-w%3BFZIgJAId8TEp-w&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=17&t=p&z=15. Retrieved May 13, 2014.