North Carolina Highway 24

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NC 24 marker

NC 24
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 278 mi[2] (447 km)
Existed: 1922[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: I‑485 in Charlotte
  I‑77 in Charlotte
I‑73 / I‑74 / US 220 in Biscoe
I‑95 near Fayetteville
I‑40 in Warsaw
US 17 in Jacksonville
East end: US 70 in Morehead City
Location
Counties: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Stanly, Montgomery, Moore, Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Duplin, Onslow, Carteret
Highway system
US 23 US 25

North Carolina Highway 24 is a North Carolina state highway. It is one of the longest in the state, running 278 miles (447 km) from Charlotte to Morehead City. About 100 miles (160 km) of NC 24 is cosigned with North Carolina Highway 27.

Route description[edit]

NC 24 is both one of the longest and most concurrent routes in the state. Besides the approximately 100-mile (160 km) concurrency with NC 27 between Johnsonville and Charlotte, this route also shares long stretches of pavement with:

All told, about half of the total length of NC 24 runs concurrent with other routes.

As a route, it is designated as a "High Priority Corridor" for North Carolina, and much of it is highly traveled, providing the most direct access between Charlotte, Fayetteville and Jacksonville. It passes near or through three major Military installations (Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, and Camp Lejeune), as well as Morrow Mountain State Park, Lake Tillery and the Uwharrie National Forest. Most of the route east of I-40 is at least four lanes, with sections at or near freeway grade.

Along its eastern portions, NC 24 is known as Lejeune Boulevard thru Jacksonville, Freedom Way from the Camp Lejeune Main Gate to Swansboro, Corbett Avenue through Swansboro, Cedar Point Boulevard through Cedar Point, the W. B. McLean Highway through much of central Carteret County from JCT NC 58 to its terminus in Mansfield at US 70.

Termini[edit]

In March 2003, The state DOT rerouted the west end of NC 24 from US 74 to Interstate 77 (Exit 18). This was facilitated by following Harris Boulevard in east Charlotte instead of following NC 27. This added nearly 15 miles (24 km) onto the highway's length. On December 8, 2008, Interstate 485 opened in Northwest Mecklenburg County; at that same time NC 24 was extended again by 1 mile (1.6 km) to the new freeway (Exit 21) along West WT Harris Boulevard.

Before this rerouting, NC 24 was extraneous west of Johnsonville. It was concurrent with NC 27 over its entire length to its terminus at U.S. 74, at which point NC 27 continued while NC 24 did not.

NC 24's eastern terminus is at US 70 in Morehead City. This eastern segment leading to the terminus provides access to communities on the mainland side of the Bogue Sound.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Mecklenburg Charlotte 0.00 0.00 I‑485 – Pineville, Huntersville I-485 exit 21; NC 24 begins
1.00 1.61 I‑77 – Charlotte, Statesville I-77 exit 18
2.00 3.22 US 21 (Statesville Road)
3.00 4.83 NC 115 (Old Statesville Road)
7.5 12.1 I‑85 – Charlotte, Concord I-85 Exit 45
8.00 12.87 US 29 (North Tryon Street)
9.00 14.48 NC 49 (University City Boulevard) To UNC Charlotte
10 16 Old Concord Road
16.5 26.6 NC 27 west (Albemarle Road) West end of NC 27 overlap
Mint Hill 21.00 33.80 I‑485 – Pineville, Concord I-485 exit 41
22.5 36.2 NC 51 south (Blair Road)
Cabarrus Midland 30.00 48.28 US 601 – Monroe, Concord
Stanly Locust 35 56 NC 200 – Stanfield, Monroe, Concord
Red Cross 39 63 NC 205 south – Oakboro
Albemarle 49.5 79.7 US 52 north / NC 73 west / NC 138 south North end of US 52 overlap and west end of NC 73 overlap
50 80
US 52 south / US 52 Bus. – Norwood, Wadesboro
South end of US 52 overlap
51.5 82.9 NC 740 north – Badin
Montgomery   58 93 NC 73 east – Mount Gilead East end of NC 73 overlap
  66 106 NC 109 south – Mount Gilead South end of NC 109 overlap
Troy 69 111
NC 109 north / NC 109 Bus. – Denton
North end of NC 109 and south end of NC 109 Bus overlap
70 113
NC 134 north / NC 109 Bus. north (Main Street)
North end of NC 109 Bus overlap
Biscoe 76.5 123.1
US 220 Alt. (Main Street)
77 124 I‑73 / I‑74 / US 220 – Rockingham, Asheboro I-73/I-74/US 220 exit 49
Moore   89 143 NC 705 – Robbins
  94 151 NC 22 north – Ramseur, Greensboro North end of NC 22 overlap
Carthage 99 159 NC 22 south (McNeill Street) South end of NC 22 overlap
100 161 US 15 / US 501 south – Pinehurst, Aberdeen South end of US 15/US 501 overlap
  102 164 US 15 / US 501 north – Sanford North end of US 15/US 501 overlap
Cameron 109 175
To US 1 Bus. south – Southern Pines
  110 177 US 1 – Southern Pines, Sanford
Harnett Johnsonville 119 192 NC 27 east – Lillington East end of NC 27 overlap
Spout Springs 122 196 NC 87 north – Sanford North end of NC 87 overlap
Cumberland Spring Lake 129 208 NC 690 west (Vass Road) – Vass
130 209 NC 210 north (Lillington Highway) – Lillington North end of NC 210 overlap
131 211 NC 210 south (Murchison Road) South end of NC 210 overlap
Fayetteville 137 220 US 401 (Skibo Road/Pamalee Drive) – Raeford, Lillington
140 225
US 401 Bus. / NC 87 south (MLK Jr. Highway)
South end of NC 87 overlap
141 227 NC 210 north (Murchison Road) Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; north end of NC 210 overlap
142 229 I‑95 Bus. / US 301 (Eastern Boulevard)
143 230 NC 53 east (Ceder Creek Road) / NC 210 south South end of NC 210 overlap
Vander 146 235 I‑95 south – Lumberton, Florence
I‑95 north – Dunn, Smithfield
I-95 Exits 52 A-B, Cloverleaf interchange with Collector/distributor lanes
Sampson Roseboro 164 264 NC 242 (East Street) – Elizabethtown, Salemburg
Clinton 174 280 US 421 / US 701 north (Faircloth Freeway) – Dunn, Newton Grove North end of US 421/US 701 overlap
175 282 US 421 / US 701 south (Faircloth Freeway) – Wilmington, Elizabethtown South end of US 421/US 701 overlap
176 283
US 701 Bus. south (Southeast Boulevard)
South end of US 701 Bus overlap
177 285
US 701 Bus. north (Southeast Boulevard)
North end of US 701 Bus overlap
Duplin Warsaw 187 301
I‑40 west / NC 24 Bus. east – Benson
West end of I-40 overlap, exit 364
NC 24 overlaps with Interstate 40 (exits 364 to 373)
  196 315 I‑40 east / NC 903 south – Wilmington, Magnolia East end of I-40 overlap, exit 373; south end of NC 903 overlap
  198 319 NC 11 – Kenansville
Kenansville 200 322 NC 50 – Kenansville, Chinquapin
201 323
NC 903 north / NC 24 Bus. east – Pink Hill, Albertson
North end of NC 903 overlap
Beulaville 211 340 NC 41 / NC 111 (Jackson Street) – Wallace
Onslow   222 357 US 258 west – Kinston West end of US 258 overlap
Catherine Lake 231 372 NC 111 north (Catherine Lake Road) – Chinquapin, Wallace
Jacksonville 236 380 US 258 east (Richlands Highway) / NC 53 west (Burgaw Highway) – Burgaw East end of US 258 overlap
237 381 US 17 south – Wilmington South end of US 17 overlap
240 386 Montford Landing Road Eastbound entrance and westbound exit
241 388 US 17 north – New Bern North end of US 17 overlap
Hubert 251 404 NC 172 south – Sneads Ferry NC 172 restricted - military use only
Carteret Cape Carteret 262 422 NC 58 – Emerald Isle, Trenton
Morehead City 278 447 US 70 (Arendell Street) – Beaufort, Havelock NC 24 ends
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Business routes[edit]

Warsaw–Kenansville[edit]


NC 24 Business
Location: WarsawKenansville, NC
Length: 11.8 mi[3] (19.0 km)
Existed: 1999–present

North Carolina Highway 24 Business (NC 24 Bus) was established in March, 1999 when mainline NC 24 was rerouted overlapping I-40 and NC 903 (Kenansville Bypass); the old alignment through downtown Warsaw and Kenansville was bannered as a business loop.[4]

Jacksonville[edit]


NC 24 Business
Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Length: 3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Existed: 2006–present

History[edit]

  • 1922: NC 24 runs from Warsaw to Laurinburg, through Fayetteville. Most of this routing west of Fayetteville is now US 401.
  • 1925: NC 24's western terminus is extended to the South Carolina line and its eastern terminus is extended to Kenansville.
  • 1930: The route is extended east to Swansboro, using part of US 17. Also, NC 24 is rerouted through Kenansville, Beaulaville, Richlands, and Jacksonville; NC 24 still uses most of this route today. Furthermore, NC 24 is given a more direct route from Laurinburg to Wagram
  • 1930s: NC 24 is rerouted numerous times after the introduction of new U.S. Highways to North Carolina.
  • 1941: NC 24 west of Fayetteville is truncated; NC 87 and NC 78 take control of the truncated route.
  • 1963: The western terminus of NC 24 is moved and extended to Charlotte; this produced the 106-mile (171 km) concurrency with NC 27.
  • Mid 1960s: NC 24 is routed around Clinton and its routing through Fayetteville changed.
  • Early 1970s: The construction of the Cape Fear River bridge at Fayetteville removed many zigzags of NC 24 in Fayetteville.
  • 1982: NC 24 is routed along a four-lane bypass around Vander to access the newly built I-95.
  • 2000: NC 24 is routed onto I-40 for a segment between exits 364 and 373 and onto NC 11 around Kenansville and Warsaw. The old route was signed as Business NC 24.
  • 2003: NC 24 splits from NC 27 in eastern Charlotte to follow Harris Boulevard to its current western terminus at I-77.
  • 2006: NC 24 is rerouted unto the Jacksonville Bypass US 17 for 4 miles (6.4 km). The old route is signed as Business Route 24.
  • 2008: NC 24 western terminus is extended from I-77 to I-485 on December 8, 2008. The extension added 1 mile (1.6 km) to the route.

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