North Carolina Highway 53

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NC 53 marker

NC 53
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 126.5 mi[1] (203.6 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
Location
Counties: Cumberland, Bladen, Pender, Onslow
Highway system
US 52 NC 54

North Carolina Highway 53 (NC 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.[3]

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.[4]

North Carolina Highway 601[edit]

NC 601
Location: Jacksonville-Atkinson, NC
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.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Cumberland Fayetteville 0.0 0.0 NC 24 / NC 210 north (Grove Street) Western end of NC 210 concurrency
3.5–
3.7
5.6–
6.0
I‑95 – Lumberton, Benson Exit 49 (I-95)
  6.7 10.8 NC 210 south – Moores Creek Eastern end of NC 210 concurrency
Bladen   34.5 55.5 NC 242 north – Jones Lake State Park Western end of NC 242 concurrency
Sutton's Corner 34.6 55.7 US 701 south / NC 41 south / NC 242 south – Elizabethtown Eastern end of NC 242 concurrency; western end of US 701 / NC 41 concurrency
White Lake 38.6 62.1 US 701 north / NC 41 north Eastern end of US 701 / NC 41 concurrency
  60.0 96.6 NC 210 north – Fayetteville Western end of NC 210 concurrency
Colly 60.7 97.7 NC 210 south – Moores Creek, Hampstead, Acme Eastern end of NC 210 concurrency
  64.3 103.5 NC 11 south – Freeman Western end of NC 11 concurrency
Pender Ward's Corner 74.5 119.9 US 421 / NC 11 north – Wilmington, Clinton Eastern end of NC 11 concurrency
Burgaw 83.1 133.7
US 117 Bus. south (Walker Street) / Wilmington Street
Western end of US 117 Bus. concurrency
83.5 134.4
US 117 Bus. north (Timerly Lane)
Eastern end of US 117 Bus. concurrency
83.8 134.9 US 117 – Wallace, Wilmington
  85.3–
85.5
137.3–
137.6
I‑40 – Wilmington, Benson Exit 398 (I-40)
Maple Hill 98.6 158.7 NC 50 – Chinquapin, Holly Ridge, Topsail Island
Onslow   114.0 183.5
US 258 / NC 24 west / NC 24 Bus. east (Richlands Highway) – Richlands, Kinston, Jacksonville
Western end of NC 24 concurrency; western terminus of NC 24 Bus.
Jacksonville 114.7–
115.1
184.6–
185.2

US 17 Bus. (Wilmington Highway) to US 17 south – Jacksonville, Wilmington
Interchange
115.6 186.0 US 17 south – Wilmington Interchange; western end of US 17 concurrency; eastbound entrance / westbound exit only
118.3 190.4 Montford Point Road Interchange; eastbound exit / westbound entrance only
118.7 191.0 US 17 north – New Bern Interchange; eastern end of US 17 concurrency; eastbound exit / westbound entrance only
119.3–
119.6
192.0–
192.5

NC 24 Bus. west (Lejeune Boulevard) to US 17 north – New Bern, Jacksonville
Interchange; eastern terminus of NC 24 Bus.; eastbound entrance / westbound exit only
119.7–
120.0
192.6–
193.1
Camp Lejeune Interchange
120.6 194.1 NC 24 east (Lejeune Boulevard) / Tarawa Boulevard – Morehead City, Camp Lejeune Eastern end of NC 24 concurrency
123.1 198.1 US 17 (Marine Boulevard) – Wilmington, New Bern
126.5 203.6 Gum Branch Road / Western Boulevard
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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