North Carolina Highway 22
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||59.4 mi (95.6 km)|
|Existed:||1934 – present|
|North end:||NC 62 in Climax|
| US 64 in Ramseur
US 15 / US 501 in Carthage
|South end:||NC 2 in Southern Pines|
|Counties:||Guilford, Randolph, Chatham, Moore|
North Carolina Highway 22 (or NC 22) is a North Carolina state highway that runs in the central-north part of the state. It runs between Southern Pines and Climax. The route is signed north–south, and is 59 miles (95 km) in length.
||This article or section is written in the wrong direction. U.S. road articles are generally written in a south-to-north and west-to-east direction in order to follow the order of their mileposts.|
The route's northern terminus is in the community of Climax at NC 62 in Guilford County. Shortly after beginning, the route crosses into Randolph County. Running southward as a two-lane road, NC 22 goes through the town of Franklinville and enters Ramseur, where it meets US 64/NC 49. Continuing south out of Ramseur, NC 22 joins NC 42 in the small community of Coleridge. The dual numbered road then continues southeasterly through the community of Bennett in Chatham County where it meets a terminus of NC 902. Shortly after, NC 22 splits from NC 42 and runs south into Moore County.
After crossing the Deep River, NC 22 meets NC 24/NC 27. From that intersection, the three routes become cosigned for a five-mile (8 km) stretch into Carthage. NC 22 splits from NC 24 and NC 27 in Carthage after looping around the Moore County courthouse. Exiting Carthage as McNeill Street, NC 22 joins US 15/501 for a one-mile (1.6 km) stretch before running independently to its southern terminus at NC 2 in Southern Pines. The route ends just shy of NC 2's interchange with U.S. 1.
Original NC 22
- The original NC 22 appeared in 1922, running from NC 20 in Whiteville northward toward Fayetteville where it ended at NC 40.
- 1925: NC 22 is realigned coming out of Fayetteville, now going straight southward through Lumberton and then to the South Carolina state border, where it becomes SC 23.
- 1927: US 217's new routing makes the entire NC 22 route also part of that highway.
- 1932: US 301 replaces US 217 on NC 22.
- 2004: A seven-mile (11 km) segment of NC 22 north of Climax is truncated as a result of the construction of the I-85 Greensboro Bypass. NC 22's former northern terminus at US 421 was eliminated. This truncated segment of NC 22 went through the town Pleasant Garden.
- 1934: With US 301's entire route being NC 22, the number could be better assigned elsewhere. With the arrival of US 64, NC 22 was reassigned to NC 64. It was then a much shorter highway, running from NC 27 in Carthage to US 421 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
- 1952: NC 22's southern end is aligned to its current ending in Southern Pines.
- 2004: NC 22 is shortened just east of 421 to NC 62 in Climax. Apparently, I-85's reconstruction in the Greensboro highway cut off the road from US 421.
|Moore||Southern Pines||0.0||NC 2 (Midland Road) – Pinehurst||Southern terminus|
|Carthage||8.3||US 15 south / US 501 south – Pinehurst, Aberdeen||South end of concurency with US 15/501|
|9.2||US 15 north / US 501 north – Sanford||North end of concurrency with US 15/501|
|11.3||NC 24 east / NC 27 east (Monroe Street) – Cameron||South end of concurrency with NC 24/27|
|Parkwood||16.4||NC 24 west / NC 27 west – Biscoe||North end of concurrency with NC 24/27|
|Chatham||27.2||NC 42 east – Sanford||South end of concurrency with NC 42|
|Bennett||28.5||NC 902 east – Bear Creek, Pittsboro||Western terminus of NC 902|
|Randolph||Coleridge||36.6||NC 42 west – Asheboro||North end of concurrency with NC 42|
|Ramseur||44.3||US 64 east / NC 49 north (Jordan Road) – Siler City, Liberty||South end of concurrency with US 64 and NC 49|
|44.5||US 64 west / NC 49 south (Jordan Road) – Asheboro||North end of concurrency with US 64 and NC 49|
|Guilford||Climax||59.4||NC 62 – High Point, Archdale, Julian||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi