North Carolina Highway 53

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NC 53 marker

NC 53
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 126.7 mi (203.9 km)
Existed: 1923 – present
Major junctions
West end: NC 24 / NC 210 in Fayetteville
  I‑95 in Fayetteville
US 701 in White Lake
US 421 in Currie
US 117 in Burgaw
I‑40 in Burgaw
East end: Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville[1]
Highway system
US 52 NC 54

North Carolina Highway 53 is a state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina that mainly runs west–east in the eastern part of the state.

Route description[edit]

The highway begins near Fayetteville in Cumberland County. It runs through mostly rural areas in Bladen County, Pender County, and Onslow County before emerging near Jacksonville, NC.[2]

The NCDOT extended the highway in August 2010 along the NC 24 bypass around the southern side of the city, then continuing onto Western Boulevard. This thoroughfare consists of the most commercially used area in the city. It was done to facilitate ease of obtaining future funding to maintain the roadway there.[1]

History[edit]

North Carolina Highway 53 was born in 1923 as a new state route. It ran from NC 50 (where the old US 1, US 15/US 501/ NC 87 split is) to Pittsboro. In 1924 NC 53 was extended to Sanford then replaced NC 241 then went down current NC 24 into Fayetteville. In 1928 NC 53 was truncated to Sanford. In 1933 NC 53 was extended to US 701, NC 41, NC 201 in Elizabethtown. In 1934 NC 53 was extended along the entire routing of NC 201 to Jacksonville. Also in 1934 NC 53 was truncated to NC 24 in Fayetteville. In 2010 NC 53 was extended around the NC 24 bypass in Jacksonville to Gum Branch Road where it's current terminus is. [3]

North Carolina Highway 601[edit]

NC 601
Location: Jacksonville-Atkinson
Existed: 1929–1932

North Carolina Highway 601 originally ran from NC 60 (current US 421) to NC 40 in Burgaw. In 1930 NC 601 was extended west to Atkinson, North Carolina. The same year NC 601 was extended to NC 24 in Jacksonville. In 1932 NC 601 was renumbered as part of NC 201. Today it is part of NC 53. [4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile Destinations Notes
Cumberland Fayetteville 0.0 NC 24 / NC 210 north (Grove Street) – Spring Lake, Stedman, Autryville Western terminus; West end of concurrency with NC 210
3.5 I‑95 – St. Pauls, Dunn Partial cloverleaf interchange
6.7 NC 210 south East end of concurrency with NC 210
Bladen Elizabethtown 34.5 US 701 south / NC 41 south / NC 242 – Clarkton, Lumberton West end of concurrency with US 701 and NC 41
White Lake 38.7 US 701 north / NC 41 north – Garland, Harrells East end of concurrency with US 701 and NC 41
Colly 60.1 NC 210 – Hampstead Brief 0.6 mile concurrency with NC 210
Long View 64.3 NC 11 south – Bolton West end of concurrency with NC 11
Pender Wards Corner 74.5 US 421 / NC 11 north – Wilmington, Clinton, Wallace East end of concurrency with NC 11
Burgaw 83.2
US 117 Bus. south (Walker Street)
West end of concurrency with Business US 117
83.5
US 117 Bus. north (Timberly Lane)
East end of concurrency with Business US 117
83.9 US 117 – Wilmington, Wallace
85.3 I‑40 – Wilmington, Benson Partial cloverleaf interchange
Maple Hill 98.7 NC 50 – Holly Ridge, Chinquapin
Onslow Jacksonville 114.1
US 258 / NC 24 west / NC 24 Bus. east (Richlands Highway) – Richlands
West end of concurrency with NC 24; Western terminus of Business NC 24
115.0
US 17 south / US 17 Bus. north (Wilmington Highway) – Holly Ridge
West end of concurrency with US 17; Southern terminus of Business US 17; Partial cloverleaf interchange
118.9
US 17 north (Coretta Scott King and MLK Jr. Highway) / NC 24 Bus. west (Lejeune Boulevard) – Maysville
East end of concurrency with US 17; Eastern terminus of Business NC 24
120.7 NC 24 east (Lejeune Boulevard) – Swansboro East end of concurrency with NC 24
123.2 US 17 (Marine Boulevard) – Wilmington, New Bern
126.7 Gum Branch Road Eastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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