North Carolina Highway 49
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||177.8 mi (286.1 km)|
|Existed:||1934 – present|
|South end:||SC 49 at Lake Wylie, SC|
| I-485 in Charlotte
I-77 / US 21 in Charlotte
I-485 near Harrisburg
I-73 / I-74 / US 220 in Asheboro
US 421 near Liberty
I-40 / I-85 in Burlington
|North end:||SR 49 / SR 96 at Virgilina, VA|
|Counties:||Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Stanly, Rowan, Davidson, Randolph, Alamance, Orange, Caswell, Person, Granville|
The route is an important corridor for traffic as it forms a part of the shortest route between Charlotte, the largest city in the Carolinas, and the North Carolina state capital of Raleigh. NC 49 meets US 64 in Asheboro, which forms the majority of the Charlotte-Raleigh link.
From its southern terminus, the highway passes through Charlotte and after crossing the more suburban portions of western Cabarrus County, heads north east into Stanly County. From uptown Charlotte to University City NC 49 is concurrent with US 29. After passing Mount Pleasant in eastern Cabarrus County, the road becomes a designated North Carolina Scenic Byway. The road passes close to Pfeiffer University in Stanly County before crossing the Yadkin River near the Tuckertown Reservoir. After crossing the river, the road skirts the northern foothills of the ancient Uwharrie Mountains and then drops down into the Asheboro area.
In western Asheboro, NC 49 joins US 64 for a 12-mile (19 km) stretch through Asheboro and the outskirts of Franklinville. In Ramseur, the two routes split; NC 49 voyages north through the towns of Liberty and Alamance and into Burlington, where it meets I-40/I-85. A concurrency of NC 49 and US 70 winds through Burlington and Haw River, where NC 49 splits to the north. In northern Alamance County, NC 49 meets a 4-way at-grade junction with NC 62. The two routes switch directions at this point; NC 49 darts east toward Roxboro. After passing through Roxboro and a short concurrency with US 158 and US 501, NC 49 continues on its final leg to the Virginia state line.
One unique fact about the route is that NC 49 is one of limited number of state highways that maintain their numbers in more than two consecutive states, which in this case is Virginia (SR 49) and South Carolina (SC 49), with an entire length over 325-mile (523 km).
Established in late 1934 as a renumbering of NC 15, it traversed from Lake Wylie to Morehead and Tryon Street, in Charlotte, where it connected with US 21/US 29/US 74/NC 27. In 1940, NC 49 was extended northeast from Charlotte to the Virginia state line, near Virgilina; its routing went as followed: In Charlotte, it was overlapped with US 29 along Tryon Street and Old Concord Road. Traveling through Concord, via Old Charlotte Road, it then overlaps with NC 73 to Mount Pleasant. Replacing NC 62, it travels northeast, through Richfield and Farmer, to Asheboro. With a brief overlap with US 220 (Fayetteville Street), it continues its northeasterly along Old Liberty road, replacing NC 62, through Liberty, Graham, Haw River, to Pleasant Grove. Going east from Pleasant Grove, NC 49 replaced NC 144, through Roxboro, to the Virginia state line, near Virgilina.
In or by 1947, NC 49 was rerouted in Richfield, removing a concurrency with US 52. And in Asheboro, NC 49 was rerouted onto US 64 to Ramseur, then northeast to Liberty; its old alignment becoming NC 49A.
In 1949, NC 49 was rerouted in Roxboro from Main Street onto newly constructed Madison Boulevard. In 1953, NC 49 was given its modern routing bypassing Concord and a concurrency with NC 73; that same year, in the Charlotte area, it was moved from Old Concord Road to University City Boulevard. Around 1960, NC 49 was given a new alignment south of Farmer, in Randolph County. By 1962, in Roxboro, NC 49 was removed along Morgan Street and Concord Road to an overlap with US 158 on Leasburg Road.
In 1982, NC 49, in concurrency with US 29, was rerouted in Uptown Charlotte from Tryon Street onto Morehead and Graham Streets, cutting back onto Tryon Street via Dalton Avenue. By 1993, NC 49 was adjusted in Pleasant Grove to intersect with NC 62; before it would turn nearby without connecting. In 2004, NC 49/NC 57 was rerouted from a section of Leasburg Road onto Long Avenue, in Roxboro.
North Carolina Highway 15
|Location:||SC state line-Salisbury, NC|
|Length:||60.3 mi (97.0 km)|
North Carolina Highway 15 (NC 15) was an original state highway, established in 1921. It began at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Street in Charlotte, connecting with NC 20/NC 27, traversing northeast along Tryon Street and Old Concord Road to Harrisburg and Concord. From Concord, it went north through Kannapolis and Landis before ending in Salisbury at Main and Innes Street, connecting with NC 10/NC 80. In 1927, US 170 was assigned on all of NC 15. By 1930, NC 15 was extended south on Tryon Street/York Road to SC 163, at Lake Wylie. In 1932, US 170 was renumbered as an extension of US 29. In 1934, because of US 15 establishing in the state, NC 15 was removed on all sections overlapping with US 29 and the remaining section was renumbered to NC 49.
|South Carolina state line||0.0||SC 49 south (Charlotte Highway) – York||Southern terminus|
|Mecklenburg||Charlotte||3.5||NC 160 (Steele Creek Road)|
|7.7||I-485 (Seddon Rusty Goode Jr. Freeway) to I-85 / I-77 – Greensboro, Columbia, SC||Diamond interchange; I-485 exit 1|
|11.6||Route 4 (Billy Graham Parkway) to I-77 south / US 21 south – Columbia, SC||Access to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport; Access to I-77/US 21 south|
|11.8||I-77 north / US 21 north – Statesville||I-77 exit 6; Partial cloverleaf interchange; northbound exit only|
|14.4||NC 160 south (West Boulevard)||Northern terminus of NC 160|
|15.2||NC 27 east (Morehead Street) – Albemarle||South end of concurrency with NC 27|
|15.3||I-277 / US 74 east – Monroe||Eastbound access only|
|15.4||US 29 south / NC 27 west (Morehead Street) – Gastonia, Lincolnton||South end of concurrency with US 29; North end of concurrency with NC 27|
|16.8||I-277 / NC 16 north (Brookshire Freeway) to I-77 / I-85 – Columbia, Gastonia, Greensboro, Lowesville||I-277 outer loop and NC 16 northbound exit only via W. 12th Street|
|19.9||Route 4 (Sugar Creek Road) to I-85 – Gastonia, Salisbury||I-85 exit 41|
|23.4||US 29 north (Tryon Street) – Concord||North end of concurrency with US 29|
|24.1||NC 24 (W.T. Harris Boulevard) – Albemarle||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|26.4||I-485 to I-85 / I-77 – Greensboro, Statesville||I-485 exit 33; Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|Cabarrus||Concord||37.0||US 601 – Monroe, Salisbury||Partial cloverleaf interchange|
|Mt. Pleasant||42.9||NC 73 – Concord, Albemarle||Full interchange|
|Stanly||Richfield||54.7||US 52 (Church Street) – Albemarle, Lexington|
|58.6||NC 8 south – New London||South end of concurrency with NC 8|
|Davidson||Newsom||62.4||NC 8 north – Lexington||North end of concurrency with NC 8|
|Handy||66.5||NC 109 – Troy, Denton||Diamond interchange|
|Randolph||71.0||NC 47 west – Denton, Lexington||Eastern terminus of NC 47|
|Asheboro||84.2||US 64 west (Dixie Drive) – Lexington||South end of concurrency with US 64|
|84.4||Future I-73 / Future I-74 / US 220 – Rockingham, Greensboro||Cloverleaf interchange|
US 220 Bus. (Fayetteville Street)
|85.7||NC 159 south (Zoo Parkway) – Seagrove||Access to North Carolina Zoo|
|87.1||NC 42 – Coleridge|
|Ramseur||95.0||NC 22 north – Climax||South end of wrong-way concurrency with NC 22|
|95.3||NC 22 south (Colridge Road) – Carthage||North end of wrong-way concurrency with NC 22|
|95.9||US 64 east (Jordan Road) – Siler City, Pittsboro||North end of concurrency with US 64|
|Liberty||103.1||US 421 – Greensboro, Sanford||Diamond interchange|
|Alamance||Burlington||123.1||I-85 / I-40 – Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Durham, Raleigh||I-85 exit 145; Diamond interchange|
|123.5||NC 54 west (Chapel Hill Road) / NC 100 west (Maple Avenue) – Whitsett||South end of concurrency with NC 54; Eastern terminus of NC 100|
|Graham||124.5||NC 87 north (Elm Street) – Reidsville||South end of wrong-way concurrency with NC 87|
|125.1||NC 87 south (Main Street) – Fayetteville||North end of wrong-way concurrency with NC 87|
|125.4||NC 54 east (Harden Street) – Raleigh||North end of concurrency with NC 54|
|Haw River||127.2||US 70 west (Main Street) – Greensboro||South end of concurrency with US 70|
|128.2||US 70 east (Main Street) – Durham||North end of concurrency with US 70|
|Pleasant Grove||135.2||NC 62 – Archdale, Yanceyville|
|137.8||NC 119 – Swepsonville, Hightowers|
|Orange||144.3||NC 86 south – Chapel Hill||South end of concurrency with NC 86|
|Caswell||Prospect Hill||144.7||NC 86 north – Hillsborough||North end of concurrency with NC 86|
|Person||Roxboro||159.8||US 158 west (Leasburg Road) – Yanceyville||South end of concurrency with US 158|
|160.3||NC 57 (Concord Road) – Milton||South end of wrong-way concurrency with NC 57|
|160.6||US 158 east / US 501 south / NC 57 south (S. Madison Boulevard) – Oxford, Durham, Hillsborough||North end of concurrency with US 158; South end of concurrency with US 501; North End of wrong-way concurrency with NC 57|
|162.2||US 501 north (Main Street) – South Boston||North end of concurrency with US 501|
|Granville||177.6||NC 96 south (Little Batterwhite Road) – Oxford||South end of concurrency with NC 96|
|Virginia state line||177.8||SR 49 / SR 96 (Florence Avenue) – Virgilina, Clarksville||Northern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
New London alternate route
|Location:||New London, North Carolina|
|Length:||3.8 mi (6.1 km)|
North Carolina Highway 49A (NC 49A) was established as a renumbering of NC 62A. A spur route of NC 49, it went south near the Tuckertown Reservoir to New London, connecting with US 52/NC 740 on Gold Street. In 1948, it was renumbered to NC 6; it later became part of NC 8 in 1953.
Asheboro–Liberty alternate route
|Location:||Asheboro–Liberty, North Carolina|
|Length:||22.0 mi (35.4 km)|
North Carolina Highway 49A (NC 49A) was established after mainline NC 49 was rerouted onto US 64 from Asheboro to Ramseur, then northeast to Liberty; NC 49A continued the old alignment through Asheboro via Albermarle Avenue, Park Street, Salisbury Street, and Fayetteville Street. North of Asheboro it followed Old Liberty Road to Liberty. On November, 1967, NC 49A was decommissioned, most of which (except for Fayetteville Street) becoming secondary roads.
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- "NC 49 Route Change (1982-01-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. January 1, 1982. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- "NC 57 Route Change (2004-03-15)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. March 15, 2004. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- Google Inc. "North Carolina Highway 15". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=NC-49+N%2FYork+Rd&daddr=35.167627,-80.9076039+to:35.2267308,-80.8437526+to:35.2632684,-80.7602621+to:35.352534,-80.6038731+to:35.4123552,-80.5814253+to:35.4672444,-80.6230447+to:35.5341733,-80.6168218+to:35.5939108,-80.5486117+to:E+Innes+St&hl=en&ll=35.386811,-80.564117&spn=0.937086,1.783905&sll=35.224517,-80.836887&sspn=0.029343,0.055747&geocode=FUqcFwIdPG0r-w%3BFYudGAIdrXIt-yljJSZjMJlWiDGkJNJQKvn6Nw%3BFWqEGQIdGGwu-yl_lMt-L6BWiDGXKExF4dJMsw%3BFSQTGgIdOrIv-ym9ixZp-R5UiDEs2zL6rZqZ0g%3BFdZvGwIdHxUy-ymvlhpPRxBUiDElla0OJPGspQ%3BFYNZHAIdz2wy-ykxRMfBVg5UiDEGgolLIdKkqw%3BFewvHQIdPMox-ynvgsedrQhUiDGzBUUchS2T6w%3BFV01HgIdi-Ix-ylD9aasFghUiDEc3K8Hz3w2mw%3BFbYeHwId_ewy-ynTP_fwg_ZTiDEq9Nj9kpc6RA%3BFcE9IAIdeSA0-w&mra=dpe&mrsp=2&sz=15&via=1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8&t=p&z=10. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
- Google Inc. "North Carolina Highway 49A - New London". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=N+Main+St%2FOld+U.S.+52+N&daddr=NC-8+N&hl=en&ll=35.470667,-80.197706&spn=0.058508,0.111494&sll=35.444869,-80.211868&sspn=0.029263,0.055747&geocode=Fc_YHAIdH_E3-w%3BFcecHQIdZCo4-w&t=p&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=15&z=14. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- Google Inc. "North Carolina Highway 49A - Asheboro-Liberty". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Albemarle+Rd&daddr=35.696482,-79.8203726+to:35.7083645,-79.8182199+to:35.7610769,-79.779712+to:S+Fayetteville+St&hl=en&ll=35.760165,-79.715424&spn=0.233185,0.445976&sll=35.683967,-79.830265&sspn=0.029176,0.055747&geocode=FRmEIAIdEMk9-w%3BFWKvIAIdrAk--ymVsX4812hTiDE9zOlJhlvoOQ%3BFczdIAIdFRI--ykZiSqFJWlTiDFMcBi4ChWbYw%3BFbSrIQIdgKg--ym9Hz5KNGpTiDETxEwxli6KjA%3BFT4VIwIdgtlB-w&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=15&via=1,2,3&t=p&z=12. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- "NC 49A Route Change (1967-11-03)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. November 3, 1967. Retrieved July 13, 2013.