South Carolina Highway 39

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SC 39 marker

SC 39
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length: 100.7 mi[1] (162.1 km)
Existed: 1922 – present
Major junctions
South end: Savannah River Site
  US 278 near Williston
US 78 in Williston
I-20 near Jones Crossroads
US 1 in Monetta
US 178 near Saluda
US 378 in Saluda
North end: US 221 near Laurens
Location
Counties: Barnwell, Orangeburg, Aiken, Saluda, Newberry, Laurens
Highway system
SC 38 SC 41

South Carolina Highway 39 (SC 39) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The highway connects various rural communities and towns from the southwest to the northwest sections of the state.

Route description[edit]

SC 39 is a two-lane rural highway that travels 100.7 miles (162.1 km) from the Savannah River Site to US 221, south of Laurens.

History[edit]

Established in 1922 as an original state highway, traveling from SC 12, in Monetta, to SC 21, in Edgefield. In 1923, SC 39 was extended in both directions: west to SC 20, in Modoc, and southeast to SC 4, in Springfield. By 1926, it was extended south again to SC 27, in Williston. The first section of SC 39 to be paved was from Johnston to Edgefield, in 1030.

In 1936, SC 39 was rerouted at Ridge Spring north through Saluda and Cross Hill, before ending at US 221, south of Laurens; it replaced a majority of SC 392, while the old alignment became an extension of SC 23. By 1938, SC 39 was extended in both directions again: north to Ware Shoals then west to US 178, in Shoals Junction; and southwest from Williston to SC 64, in Dunbarton.

In 1940, SC 39 was extended south to SC 28/SC 282 (today's SC 125, near Millett. By 1942, SC 39 reached its apex with an extension into Millett, giving it a length of over 145 miles (233 km). By 1946, all of SC 39 was paved, with its last section between SC 391 and US 1.

In 1948, SC 39 was truncated at SC 64, in Dunbarton, leaving behind existing Furse Mill Road (S-30-17) and Rolling Hills Road (S-30-24). Between US 221 and Ware Shoals, that section of SC 39 was downgraded to secondary roads: Indian Mound Road (S-30-6) and Power House Road (S-30-47); this also created a gap as SC 39 was still between Ware Shoals and Shoals Junction. In 1951 or 1952, the discontinuous piece of SC 39 between Ware Shoals and Shoals Junction was renumbered as SC 420. Also in same period, SC 39 was truncated to its current southern terminus at the Savannah River Site boundary near a realigned routing of SC 28 (today's US 278); a majority of its former route now within the Savannah River Site still exist, though sections have been removed or submerge under Par Pond.[2][3]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Barnwell Savannah River Site 0.0 0.0 Savannah Drive Gate entrance, restricted access
  0.3 0.5 US 278 – Barnwell, Augusta
Williston 4.9 7.9 US 78 west (Church Street) – Aiken, Augusta West end of US 78 overlap
5.2 8.4 US 78 east (Main Street) – Blackville, Charleston East end of US 78 overlap
  5.2 8.4 SC 37 south – Elko, Barnwell
Orangeburg Springfield 15.8 25.4 SC 4 west (Surrey Race Road) – Augusta West end of SC 4 overlap
15.9 25.6 SC 4 east (Springfield Road) – Neeses, Orangeburg East end of SC 4 overlap
Aiken Salley 20.9 33.6 SC 394 (Walnut Street) – North, Orangeburg, Aiken
Perry 26.0 41.8 SC 389 east (Walker Street) – Orangeburg
Wagener 28.7 46.2 SC 113 / SC 302 (Main Street) – Columbia, Batesburg-Leesville, Aiken
  41.0 66.0 I-20 – Columbia, Augusta
Jones Crossroads 42.3 68.1 SC 391 north (Wire Road) – Batesburg-Leesville
Monetta 48.9 78.7 US 1 (Columbia Highway) – Aiken, Batesburg-Leesville
Saluda 49.7 80.0 SC 23 east – Batesburg-Leesville East end of SC 23 overlap
Ridge Spring 52.6 84.7 SC 392 south (Green Street) – Aiken
43.4 69.8 SC 23 west – Johnston West end of SC 23 overlap
  64.3 103.5 US 178 east – Batesburg-Leesville East end of US 178 overlap
Saluda 65.8 105.9 SC 121 south (Main Street) – Johnston South end of SC 121 overlap
66.0 106.2 US 378 (Church Street) – Columbia, McCormick
66.4 106.9 SC 121 north (Main Street) – Newberry North end of SC 121 overlap
66.5 107.0 US 178 west (Greenwood Highway) – Greenwood West end of US 178 overlap
  70.3 113.1 SC 702 west – Ninety Six To Greenwood State Park
Newberry Chappells 80.0 128.7 SC 34 – Ninety Six, Newberry To Ninety Six National Historic Site
  81.9 131.8 SC 56 east – Clinton
Laurens Cross Hill 91.3 146.9 SC 560 east – Clinton, Greenwood
92.3 148.5 SC 72 – Kinards
  100.7 162.1 US 221 – Laurens, Waterloo, Greenwood, Abbeville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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