North Carolina Highway 56
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||42.8 mi (68.9 km)|
|Existed:||1921 – present|
|West end:||Central Avenue in Butner|
| I‑85 in Butner
US 15 in Creedmoor
US 1 in Franklinton
US 1A in Franlinton
US 401 in Louisburg
|East end:||NC 58 near Castalia|
|Counties:||Granville, Franklin, Nash|
NC 56 is a predominantly two-lane rural highway connecting the three counties of Granville, Franklin and Nash. Acting as a spur route, it begins at the intersection of Central Avenue/C Street, in Butner, and goes northeast to connect with Interstate 85 (exit 191). Going southeasterly, it enters Creedmoor and does brief concurrency with US 15 and NC 50. Going in an easterly direction, it crosses with NC 96, in Wilton, halfway before reaching Franklinton, where it connects with both US 1 and US 1A. Continuing east for 8.5 miles (13.7 km), it reaches Louisburg, where it does another series of short concurrency with US 401 and NC 39 along Bickett Boulevard. At the intersection of East Nash Street, NC 56 begin its concurrency with NC 581 to Mapleville. Continuing east for another 9.3 miles (15.0 km), it reaches its eastern terminus at NC 58, just over the Franklin/Nash county line and north of Castalia.
Dedicated and memorial names
NC 56 feature one dedicated stretch of highway.
- Clifton L Benson Highway – Official North Carolina name of NC 56, from Louisburg to NC 58, north of Castalia (approved: December 7, 1972).
NC 56 is an original state highway that traversed from NC 50, in Franklinton, to NC 90, in Nashville. In 1923, it was extended west on new primary routing to Wilton, then northwest to NC 75, in Hester. Briefly from 1924-1925, NC 56 was truncated north of Castalia, replaced temporarily by NC 58. In 1929, NC 56 was truncated back to US 1/NC 50, in Franklinton; its routing west becoming secondary roads. In 1930, NC 56 was truncated again and its current eastern terminus at NC 58, north of Castalia; its old alignment was replaced again by NC 58 to Nashville. Also same year, NC 56 was extended west to US 15/NC 75, in Creedmoor.
Between 1947-1949, NC 56 was rerouted onto new bypass east of downtown Louisburg (today Bickett Boulevard), its old alignment along South Main Street and East Nash Street was downgraded to secondary roads (SR 1229 and SR 1231 respectively). In 1974, NC 56 was extended to its current western terminus in Butner, an upgrade to Butner-Creedmoor Road (SR-1111). In 1975, NC 56 was rerouted back through downtown Louisburg, via South Main Street and East Nash Street; it is unknown when it was reverted onto Bickett Boulevard.
|Granville||Butner||0.0||0.0||To I‑85 / Central Avenue|
|2.3||3.7||I‑85 – Durham, Henderson|
|Creedmoor||5.0||8.0||US 15 south (Durham Avenue) – Durham||South end of US 15 overlap|
|5.1||8.2||US 15 north (Durham Avenue) – Oxford||North end of US 15/NC 50 overlap|
|5.3||8.5||NC 50 south (Main Street) – Raleigh||South end of NC 50 overlap|
|Wilton||11.7||18.8||NC 96 – Youngsville, Oxford|
|Franklin||Franklinton||18.6||29.9||US 1 – Raleigh, Henderson||Diamond interchange|
|19.0||30.6||US 1A (Main Street) – Raleigh, Henderson|
|Louisburg||27.6||44.4||US 401 south (Bickett Boulevard) – Raleigh||South end of US 401 overlap|
|28.3||45.5||NC 39 south (Bunn Road) – Bunn||South end of NC 39 overlap|
|29.3||47.2||US 401 / NC 39 north (Bickett Boulevard) – Henderson||North end of US 401/NC 39/NC 581 overlap|
|Mapleville||33.6||54.1||NC 581 south – Spring Hope||South end of NC 581 overlap|
|Nash||42.8||68.9||NC 58 – Nashville, Warrenton|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Google (June 6, 2014). "North Carolina Highway 56". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- "North Carolina Memorial Highways and other Named Facilities" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. July 15, 2004. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- State Highway System of North Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1930. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- North Carolina Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1951. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- "NC Route Change (1974-06-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. June 1, 1974. Retrieved June 6, 2014.
- "NC Route Change (1975-02-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. February 1, 1975. Retrieved June 6, 2014.