North Carolina Highway 581

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NC 581 marker

NC 581
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 71.8 mi[1] (115.6 km)
Existed: 1933 – present
Major junctions
South end: NC 111 in Goldsboro
  US 13 / US 117 in Goldsboro
US 70 in Goldsboro
US 301 in Kirbys Crossing
US 264 in Bailey

Future I‑495 / US 64 in Spring Hope
North end: US 401 / NC 39 / NC 56 in Louisburg
Location
Counties: Wayne, Wilson, Nash, Franklin
Highway system
NC 561 NC 610

North Carolina Highway 581 (NC 581) is a primary state highway in the state of North Carolina. The highway travels from Goldsboro to Louisburg, connecting various rural communities in between.

Route description[edit]

Dedicated and memorial names[edit]

NC 581 feature two dedicated stretches of highway.

  • George Washington Finch Bridge – Official North Carolina name of the NC 581 overpass of US 264, in Nash County (approved: September 8, 1978).[2]
  • Clifton L Benson Highway – Official North Carolina name of NC 56/NC 581, from Mapleville to Louisburg (approved: December 7, 1972).[2]

History[edit]

Established in 1933 as a new primary routing, NC 581 originally traversed from US 264/NC 91, in Bailey, north to US 64/NC 90, in Spring Hope. In 1937, NC 581 was extended south on new primary routing to US 301, near Lucama. By 1941, NC 581 was also extended north on new primary routing to NC 56, in Mapleville.

By 1950, NC 581 extended again on new primary routing south to US 70, then east replacing NC 111, ending at US 70 Bus/US 117 Bus, in downtown Goldsboro. In 1982, NC 581 was extended north from Mapleville, overlapped with NC 56, to its current northern terminus in Louisburg.[3]

In 1998, NC 581 was removed from downtown Goldsboro and redirected south along US 13/US 117, from Ash Street to Arrington Bridge Road, then southeast to its current southern terminus with NC 111. In 2008, NC 581 was realigned onto new freeway extension with US 117, removing it from part of Ash Street and overlap with US 13/US 117 Alt; a year later US 117 would revert to its former route, leaving NC 581 on the new freeway segment.[4][5]

Junction list[edit]

The Clifton L. Benson Highway
County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Wayne Goldsboro 0.0 0.0 NC 111 – Beulaville, Goldsboro
6.0 9.7 US 13 south / US 117 south South end of US 13/US 117 overlap
6.9 11.1
US 117 Bus. north (George Street)
8.4 13.5 US 13 north / US 117 north – Kinston, Greenville North end of US 13/US 117 overlap
8.9 14.3 To I‑795 north – Wilson
14.6 23.5 US 70 – Goldsboro, Smithfield, Raleigh
  NC 44 Future interchange (under construction)
  24.7 39.8 NC 222 – Fremont, Kenly
Wilson Kirbys Crossing 29.8 48.0 US 301 – Wilson, Kenly
Buckhorn Crossroads 34.7 55.8 NC 42 – Wilson, Clayton
Nash Bailey 42.4 68.2
US 264 Alt. – Wilson, Middlesex
42.9 69.0 US 264 – Wilson, Raleigh
Floods Chapel 48.6 78.2 NC 97 – Rocky Mount, Zebulon
  53.5 86.1
Future I‑495 / US 64 – Rocky Mount, Raleigh
Spring Hope 54.8 88.2
US 64 Alt. west (Nash Street) – Zebulon
West end of US 64 Alt overlap
55.3 89.0
US 64 Alt. east (Nash Street) – Nashville
East end of US 64 Alt overlap
Franklin Mapleville 67.5 108.6 NC 56 east – Castalia, Rocky Mount East end of NC 56 overlap
Louisburg 71.8 115.6 US 401 / NC 39 / NC 56 west – Henderson, Raleigh West end of NC 56 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Goldsboro connector[edit]


NC 581 Connector
Location: Goldsboro, North Carolina
Length: 0.6 mi[6] (1.0 km)
Existed: 2009–present

North Carolina Highway 581 Connector (NC 581 Conn) was established in 2009 as a renumbering of US 117 along a 0.6-mile (0.97 km) of freeway, connecting I-795, at Grantham Street (US 70), and NC 581, at Ash Street.[7]

Bailey truck route[edit]


NC 581 Truck
Location: Bailey, North Carolina
Length: 0.4 mi[8] (0.6 km)

North Carolina Highway 581 Truck (NC 581 Truck) is a detour for all trucks and vehicles that are 8.6 feet (2.6 m) or taller. The route avoids a low railroad overpass bridge on NC 581; travelers who take the route will be using Main Street, Benson Street, and US 264 Alt (Deans Street), in Bailey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google Inc. "North Carolina Highway 581". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Bill+Ln+Blvd&daddr=35.4018252,-78.0504783+to:35.694012,-78.1096219+to:35.9266658,-78.0942983+to:E+Nash+St&hl=en&ll=35.716413,-77.947998&spn=0.937701,1.783905&sll=36.096274,-78.292415&sspn=0.014512,0.027874&geocode=FYbYGgIdHOVa-w%3BFWEwHAIdUgtZ-ylPWSmKmwasiTFJDgXqIPKGdw%3BFbylIAIdSyRY-yk13aFCNT2siTH4q3mtyzLAOw%3BFYkyJAIdJmBY-ym5V1zXCy6siTHKbYBo-FTz5Q%3BFaDRJgIdklBV-w&mra=dme&mrsp=4&sz=16&via=1,2,3&t=p&z=10. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "North Carolina Memorial Highways and other Named Facilities" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. July 15, 2004. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "NC 581 Route Change (1982-11-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. November 1, 1982. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "NC 581 Route Change (1998-01-30)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. January 30, 1998. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ "NC 581 Route Change (2006-09-07)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 7, 2006. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Google Inc. "NC 581 Connector - Goldsboro". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=I-795+N&daddr=I-795+N&hl=en&ll=35.393948,-78.005247&spn=0.029282,0.055747&sll=35.395645,-78.003402&sspn=0.014641,0.027874&geocode=FRkEHAIdHqFZ-w%3BFVojHAIdgrBZ-w&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=16&t=p&z=15. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  7. ^ "NC 581 Route Change (2009-04-22)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. April 22, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ Google Inc. "NC 581 Truck - Bailey". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Main+St&daddr=35.77993,-78.1165272+to:Sanford+St&hl=en&ll=35.778654,-78.113694&spn=0.029141,0.055747&sll=35.779237,-78.117857&sspn=0.003643,0.006968&geocode=FaDyIQIdqfxX-w%3BFVr1IQIdUQlY-ykpjIb1STusiTHPUhzfuz_SYQ%3BFcz3IQId1v5X-w&t=p&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=18&via=1&z=15. Retrieved June 17, 2013.

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