North Carolina Highway 2
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||5.49 mi (8.84 km)|
|Existed:||1934 – present|
|West end:||NC 5 in Pinehurst|
| US 15 / US 501 / NC 211 in Pinehurst
NC 22 in Southern Pines
|East end:||US 1 in Southern Pines|
North Carolina Highway 2 is a five-mile (8 km) North Carolina state highway that runs entirely in Moore County. Its primary function is to connect the two Sandhills towns of Southern Pines and Pinehurst.
NC 2's western terminus is at a tree-lined intersection with NC 5, just south of downtown Pinehurst. Traveling in a northeasterly direction (signed east), NC 2 arrives at the Pinehurst Traffic Circle where US 15-501 and NC 211 meet. Exiting the traffic circle on an easterly spur, NC 2 continues east into the city of Southern Pines. After entering the city limits, NC 2 intersects with the southern terminus of NC 22 before arriving at its own terminus at the U.S. 1 freeway. The majority of NC 2 is locally known as Midland Road. In Pinehurst, Midland Road turns into Palmetto Street, Azalea Road and Cherokee Street where it ends at Beulah Hill Road (NC 5).
- 1934 - As North Carolina renumbered most its highways, NC 2 was randomly selected to be the road that ran from Candor to Southern Pines. At this time, the community that is now part of northern Southern Pines was known as Manly.
- 1939 - The section of NC 2 west of NC 5 (Beulah Hill Road) was renumbered to NC 211, drastically shortening the length of the route. The remaining NC 2 was upgraded to a paved, four-lane highway, being one of the first in the state.
The entire route is in Moore County.
|Pinehurst||0.00||0.00||NC 5||Western terminus of NC 2|
|1.57||2.53||US 15 / US 501 / NC 211||Pinehurst Traffic Circle|
|Southern Pines||5.28||8.50||NC 22|
|5.49||8.84||US 1||Eastern Terminus of NC 2|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Historically, NC 2 had spawn one alternate route that has since been decommissioned:
|Location:||Southern Pines, North Carolina|
Southern Pines alternate spur
Established sometime between 1945–49, it connected NC 2 (today Midland Road) as a spur route, along Yadkin Road, to US 1 (today May Street). By 1952, NC 2 replaced NC 2A. By 1967 or 1968, NC 2 was truncated along the new bypass route of US 1, leaving Yadkin Road as a secondary road.
Route map: Bing
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