North Carolina Highway 97

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NC 97 marker

NC 97
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 64.3 mi[1] (103.5 km)
Existed: 1961 – present
Major junctions
West end:
US 64 Bus. in Wendell
 
East end: NC 122 near Hobgood
Location
Counties: Wake, Nash, Franklin, Edgecombe, Halifax
Highway system
NC 96 NC 98

North Carolina Highway 97 (NC 97) is a primary state highway in the state of North Carolina. Connecting the cities of Zebulon and Rocky Mount with the vast rural coastal plains.

Route description[edit]

History[edit]

NC 97 was originally NC 95 in the 1930s. It was renumbered in 1958 or 1959 to avoid conflict with I-95. In 1975, its western terminus was extended to replace the old alignment of US 64 Bus. north of Wendell; a new US 64 Bypass freeway was built farther north of Wendell.

North Carolina Highway 95[edit]

NC 95
Location: ZebulonHobgood, NC
Length: 59.0 mi[2] (95.0 km)
Existed: 1930–1961

North Carolina Highway 95 (NC 95) was established in 1930 as a new primary routing from NC 40, in Rocky Mount, to NC 12, in Lawrence.[3] In 1933, NC 95 was extended south along US 301/NC 40 through Rocky Mount, then west on new routing to US 64/US 264/NC 39/NC 90/NC 91, in Zebulon. In 1935, NC 95 was extended east to NC 122, near Hobgood.[4] In 1961, because of the establishment of I-95, NC 95 was renumbered as NC 97.

North Carolina Highway 95A[edit]

NC 95A
Location: Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Length: 5.2 mi[5] (8.4 km)
Existed: 1932–1940

North Carolina Highway 95A (NC 95A) was an alternate spur route from NC 95 to US 64/NC 90 (Thomas Avenue), via Legget Road, Myrtle Avenue, Grand Avenue and Atlantic Avenue. By around 1940, it was downgraded to secondary road (SR 1243).

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Wake Wendell 0.0 0.0
US 64 Bus. (Wendell Boulevard) – Raleigh
Zebulon 4.8 7.7
US 64 Bus. west (Mack Todd Road)
West end of US 64 Bus. overlap
5.3 8.5
US 64 Bus. east / NC 96 (Arendell Avenue) – Selma, Youngsville
East end of US 64 Bus. overlap
6.7 10.8 US 264 – Wilson, Raleigh
  7.9 12.7 NC 39 – Smithfield, Louisburg
Franklin
No major junctions
Nash Samaria 13.6 21.9 NC 231 – Middlesex, Spring Hope
Stanhope 18.1 29.1 NC 581 – Bailey, Spring Hope
  25.5 41.0 I‑95 – Wilson, Roanoke Rapids
Winstead Crossroads 28.2 45.4 NC 58 – Wilson, Nashville
Rocky Mount 36.0 57.9 US 301 (Weslayan Boulevard) – Wilson, Weldon
38.4 61.8
US 301 Bus. (Franklin Street) – Wilson
One-way street, must take southbound to access northbound
39.1 62.9
US 64 Bus. east (Tarboro Street)
One-way street
39.3 63.2
US 64 Bus. west (Thomas Street)
One-way street
39.7 63.9
NC 43 Bus. (Grand Avenue)
40.3 64.9 US 64 / NC 43 – Tarboro, Raleigh
Edgecombe Leggett 53.6 86.3 NC 33 – Tarboro, Whitakers
Lawrence 58.7 94.5 US 258 – Tarboro, Scotland Neck To Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Halifax   64.3 103.5 NC 122 – Tarboro, Hobgood
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (October 27, 2014). "North Carolina Highway 97". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Google (October 28, 2014). "North Carolina Highway 95". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ State Highway System of North Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1930. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ North Carolina Primary Highway System (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1940. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ Google (October 28, 2014). "North Carolina Highway 95A". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 

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