North Carolina Highway 78

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NC 78 marker

NC 78
Tramway Road / Main Street
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 4.6 mi[1][2] (7.4 km)
Existed: 1940 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 1 / US 15 / US 501 in Tramway
East end: NC 42 / NC 87 / US 421 in Sanford
Counties: Lee
Highway system
I‑77 NC 79

North Carolina Highway 78 (NC 78) is a primary state highway in the state of North Carolina. The highway connects the Tramway community with Sanford's Jonesboro Heights neighborhood.

Route description[edit]

NC 78 is a 4.6-mile (7.4 km) two-lane highway, traversing from US 1/US 15/US 501, in Tramway, to US 421/NC 42/NC 87 in Jonesboro Heights. The routing provides a southern bypass of downtown Sanford.


Established in late 1940, as a renumbering of NC 93; NC 78 went from US 1/US 15/US 501, in Tramway, to US 421, in Jonesboro (today Jonesboro Heights). In 1961, NC 78 was rerouted from its terminus at Main Street and Lee Street (now Lee Avenue), to Woodland Avenue and Lee Street (today Horner Boulevard), in Sanford.[3] By the late-1960s, NC 78 was rerouted again to its current terminus with Horner Boulevard.

Originally, the first NC 78 existed from 1934-1940, traversing from NC 79, in Gibson, to US 74, near Hamlet. Around 1938, it was rerouted from Grace Chapel Road to its current northern terminus. In 1940, it was renumbered as NC 381, which was synched with SC 381, in South Carolina.

Junction list[edit]

The entire route is in Lee County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Tramway 0.0 0.0 US 1 / US 15 / US 501
Sanford 4.6 7.4 US 421 / NC 42 / NC 87 (Horner Boulevard)
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


External Links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing