North Carolina Highway 87

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NC 87 marker

NC 87
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 236.8 mi (381.1 km)
Existed: 1937 – present
Major junctions
South end: NC 211 in Southport
  NC 133 near Southport
US 17 near Bolivia
US 74 / US 76 in Sandy Creek
US 701 in Elizabethtown
I‑95 / US 301 / I‑95 Bus. in Fayetteville
US 1 / US 15 / US 501 / US 421 in Sanford
US 64 in Pittsboro
I‑40 / I‑85 in Burlington
US 70 / NC 54 in Burlington
US 29 / US 158 in Reidsville
North end: SR 87 at VA line
Location
Counties: Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Lee, Chatham, Alamance, Caswell, Rockingham
Highway system
NC 86 NC 88

North Carolina Highway 87 (NC 87) is a mostly rural highway traversing the eastern half of the U.S. state of North Carolina. NC 87 begins in the Atlantic coastal town of Southport and ends at the Virginia state line five miles (8 km) north of Eden in Rockingham County. At 240 miles (390 km) in length, NC 87 is the second longest state highway in North Carolina.

Route description[edit]

NC 87 is a four-lane, divided highway with at-grade crossings between Tar Heel and Sanford. The section east of Tar Heel to NC 41 near Elizabethtown is currently being upgraded to four lanes. Other sections that are four-lane, divided highways include concurrencies with US 17 and US 74/US 76 in Brunswick County.

North of Sanford, NC 87 runs concurrent with US 15/US 501 to Pittsboro. It then continues towards Graham as a two-lane highway. It returns to four-lanes in southern Graham, returning to two-lane in downtown Graham. The route makes a left turn one block north of the Alamance County Courthouse, where it follows a two-lane road before making a right turn onto a four-lane street. The highway remains four-lane through downtown Burlington, returning to two-lane for the remainder of its route in North Carolina, save for a small section near its intersection with US 29.

History[edit]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Brunswick Southport 0.0 0.0 NC 211 (Howe Street) – Supply Southern terminus
1.3 2.1 NC 133 south (Dosher Cutoff) – Caswell Beach South end of concurrency with NC 133
Boiling Spring Lakes 3.3 5.3 NC 133 north (River Road) – Belville North end of concurrency with NC 133
Winnabow 15.2 24.5 US 17 south (Ocean Highway) – Bolivia, Shallotte South end of concurrency with US 17
Bishop 18.6 29.9 US 17 north (Ocean Highway) to I‑140 – Leland, Wilmington North end of concurrency with US 17
Maco 27.9 44.9 US 74 / US 76 east (Andrew Jackson Highway) – Leland, Wilmington South end of concurrency with US 74/76
Columbus Delco 32.4 52.1 US 74 / US 76 west (Andrew Jackson Highway) – Bolton, Whiteville North end of concurrency with US 74/76
Sandyfield 38.4 61.8 NC 11 (General Howe Highway) – Bolton, Long View
Bladen Elizabethtown 62.7 100.9
NC 87 Bus. north (Broad Street)
Southern terminus of Business NC 87
64.7 104.1 US 701 / NC 242 – Clarkton, Bladenboro, White Lake, Roseboro
69.2 111.4
NC 41 north / NC 87 Bus. south – White Lake, Harrells
South end of concurrency with NC 41; Northern terminus of Business NC 87
Dublin 70.9 114.1 NC 41 south – Lumberton, Fairmont North end of concurrency with NC 41
72.4 116.5 NC 410 south (3rd Street) – Bladenboro Northern terminus of NC 410
Tar Heel 79.2 127.5 NC 131 south – Bladenboro Northern terminus of NC 131
84.2 135.5 NC 20 west – St. Pauls Eastern terminus of NC 20
Cumberland Fayetteville 97.9 157.6 I‑95 north – Benson, Smithfield
I‑95 south – Lumberton, Florence
Cloverleaf interchange with Collector/distributor lanes; Exit 46
100.3 161.4 Owen Drive Diamond interchange
102.0 164.2 I‑95 Bus. / US 301 (Eastern Boulevard) – St. Pauls, Eastover Partial cloverleaf interchange
102.8 165.4 Gillespie Street Partial cloverleaf interchange
103.5 166.6
US 401 Bus. south (Robeson Street) – Raeford
South end of concurrency with Business US 401; Partial cloverleaf interchange
104.2 167.7 Hay Street Diamond interchange
104.7 168.5
US 401 Bus. north (Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway) / NC 24 east (Rowan Street) – Raleigh, Stedman
North end of concurrency with Business US 401; South end of concurrency with NC 24; Diamond interchange
108.6 174.8 US 401 (Skibo Road/Pamalee Drive) – Lumberton, Lillington
Spring Lake 114.1 183.6 NC 210 south (Murchison Road) – Fayetteville South end of concurrency with NC 210
114.5 184.3 NC 210 north (Lillington Highway) – Lillington North end of concurrency with NC 210
116.7 187.8 NC 690 west (Vass Road) – Vass Eastern terminus of NC 690
Harnett Spout Springs 123.1 198.1 NC 24 west – Johnsonville, Cameron North end of concurrency with NC 24; Partial cloverleaf interchange
Pineview 126.5 203.6 NC 27 – Carthage, Lillington Diamond interchange
Lee Sanford 135.5 218.1
NC 87 Byp. north – Raleigh, Pittsboro
137.0 220.5 US 421 south – Lillington South end of concurrency with US 421
138.1 222.3 NC 42 east / NC 78 west (Main Street) – Fuquay-Varina South end of concurrency with NC 42; Eastern terminus of NC 78
140.7 226.4
US 1 Bus. / NC 42 west (Carthage Street) – Carbonton
North end of concurrency with NC 42
141.9 228.4 US 1 south / US 15 south / US 501 south (Jefferson Davis Highway) / US 421 north (Horner Boulevard) – Cameron, Carthage, Goldston South end of concurrency with US 1/15/501; North end of concurrency with US 421; Partial cloverleaf interchange
142.5 229.3 Burns Drive Partial cloverleaf interchange
143.0 230.1
NC 87 Byp. south (Oscar Keller Jr. Highway) – Lillington
Trumpet interchange
144.2 232.1
US 1 north / US 1 Bus. south (Hawkins Avenue) – Moncure, Raleigh
North end of concurrency with US 1; Northern terminus of Business US 1; Partial cloverleaf interchange
Chatham Pittsboro 157.5 253.5 US 15 / US 501 north (Sanford Road) – Fearrington, Chapel Hill North end of concurrency with US 15/501
158.0 254.3 NC 902 west – Bear Creek South end of concurrency with NC 902
158.9 255.7
US 64 Bus. / NC 902 (West Street)
Eastern terminus of NC 902; North end of concurrency with NC 902
160.8 258.8 US 64 – Siler City, Cary Diamond interchange
Alamance Graham 186.5 300.1 I‑40 / I‑85 – Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Hillsborough, Durham Diamond interchange; I-85 Exit 147
187.3 301.4 NC 49 north / NC 54 east (Harden Street) – Haw River, Durham South end of concurrency with NC 49/54
187.8 302.2 NC 49 south / NC 54 west (Harden Street) – Liberty, Burlington North end of concurrency with NC 49/54
Burlington 189.1 304.3 NC 100 east (Anthony Avenue) South end of concurrency with NC 100
190.1–
190.3
305.9–
306.3
US 70 / NC 62 (Fisher and Church Streets) – Greensboro, Haw River, Julian, Pleasant Grove One-way pair]] streets
192.8 310.3 NC 100 west (Haggard Avenue) – Whitsett North end of concurrency with NC 100
Caswell
No major junctions
Rockingham   208.1 334.9 NC 150 east – Yanceyville South end of concurrency with NC 150
Williamsburg 209.2 336.7 NC 150 west – Browns Summit, Summerfield North end of concurrency with NC 150
Reidsville 212.9 342.6 US 29 – Greensboro, Danville, VA Diamond interchange
214.4 345.0
US 29 Bus. south
South end of concurrency with Business US 29
215.8 347.3 Front Street to US 158 west (Richardson Drive) – Monroeton Partial cloverleaf interchange; South end of concurrency with US 158
217.9 350.7
US 29 Bus. north / US 158 east (Freeway Drive) / NC 65 east (Harrison Street) – Yanceyville, Roxboro
North end of concurrency with Business US 29 and US 158; South end of concurrency with NC 65; Diamond interchange
Wentworth 221.8 357.0 NC 65 west – Stokesdale North end of concurrency with NC 65
Eden 229.5 369.3 NC 14 south – Reidsville South end of concurrency with NC 14
231.8 373.0 NC 700 / NC 770 (Meadow Road) – Stoneville, Pelham Partial cloverleaf interchange
Virginia state line 236.8 381.1 SR 87 north (Morehead Avenue) – Ridgeway  NC 14 Northern terminus; North end of concurrency with NC 14; Northern terminus of NC 14
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Elizabethtown business loop[edit]


NC 87 Business
Location: Elizabethtown, North Carolina
Length: 6.4 mi[1] (10.3 km)
Existed: 1998–present

North Carolina Highway 87 Business (NC 87 Bus.), was established in 1997, when mainline NC 87 was moved south to bypass downtown Elizabethtown. NC 87 Bus. follows the original alignment along Broad Street.[2]

The entire route is in Elizabethtown, Bladen County.

Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 NC 87 – Fayetteville, Wilmington
2.0 3.2 US 701 / NC 41 east (Poplar Street) / NC 242 – Clinton, Whiteville East end of NC 41 overlap
6.4 10.3 NC 41 west / NC 87 – Fayetteville, Lumberton, Wilmington West end of NC 41 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Fayetteville alternate route 1[edit]

NC 87A
Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Existed: 1944–1949

North Carolina Highway 87 Alternate (NC 87A), was established between 1940-44 as a new primary routing. It ran from US 15A/NC 87 (Hay Street) north along Robeson Street and then west along Fort Bragg Boulevard, recombining with mainline NC 87 on Fort Bragg Road. Sometime between 1945–49, it switched with mainline NC 87.[3]

Fayetteville alternate route 2[edit]

NC 87A
Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Existed: 1949–1957

North Carolina Highway 87 Alternate (NC 87A), was established between 1945–49, the second NC 87A in Fayetteville followed the original NC 87 alignment along Hay Street, Morganton Road, and Fort Bragg Road. The route was decommissioned between 1955-57.[4]

Sanford bypass[edit]


NC 87 Bypass
Location: Sanford, North Carolina
Length: 8.0 mi[5] (12.9 km)
Existed: 2013–present

North Carolina Highway 87 Bypass (NC 87 By-pass) was established in 2013 as a new primary route along existing sections of the Sanford Bypass (formally SR 9000), from NC 87 to US 1/US 15/US 501. The request to establish a bypass was pushed by the Sanford City Council and Lee County. Typically, the old alignment would become a business loop, but instead the NC 87 mainline remained unchanged. The bypass is built as a freeway; which, in future, will also share designation with US  421.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google Inc. "North Carolina Highway 87 Business - Elizabethtown, NC". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=E+Broad+St&daddr=N+Carolina+41+S%2FN+Carolina+87+N&hl=en&ll=34.625439,-78.630781&spn=0.059116,0.111494&sll=34.615974,-78.601685&sspn=0.118246,0.222988&geocode=FboVEAIdju5Q-w%3BFVqYEAId7oBP-w&mra=me&mrsp=1,0&sz=13&t=p&z=14. Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  2. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation (June 15, 1998) (PDF). Route Change (1998-06-15) (Map). https://connect.ncdot.gov/resources/safety/Route%20Changes/1998_06_15.pdf. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  3. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation (December 1, 1944) (PDF). 1944 County Maps (Map). Cumberland County inset. http://dotw-xfer01.dot.state.nc.us/imgdot/DOTCountyMaps/historic/1944_county_maps.pdf. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  4. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation (June 30, 1949) (PDF). 1949 County Maps (Map). Cumberland Supplement inset. http://dotw-xfer01.dot.state.nc.us/imgdot/DOTCountyMaps/historic/1949_county_maps.pdf. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  5. ^ Google Inc. "North Carolina Highway 87 Bypass - Sanford, NC". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-421+BYP+N&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&ll=35.473253,-79.140358&spn=0.120506,0.222988&sll=35.44403,-79.108858&sspn=0.060275,0.111494&geocode=FbmdHAIdXrBI-w%3BFYzcHQIdjrBH-w&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=14&t=p&z=13. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  6. ^ North Carolina Department of Transportation (August 20, 2013) (PDF). Route Change (2013-08-20) (Map). https://connect.ncdot.gov/resources/safety/Route%20Changes/2013_08_20.pdf. Retrieved June 28, 2014.

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