South Carolina Highway 56

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SC 56 marker

SC 56
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length: 63.3 mi[1] (101.9 km)
Existed: 1928 – present
Major junctions
West end: SC 39 near Chappells
  US 76 in Clinton
I‑26 in Clinton
US 221 in Spartanburg
US 29 in Spartanburg
I‑85 Bus. near Spartanburg
East end: US 176 near Spartanburg
Location
Counties: Newberry, Laurens, Union, Spartanburg
Highway system
SC 55 SC 57

South Carolina Highway 56 (SC 56) is a primary state highway in the state of South Carolina. The highway provides a back country alternative to Interstate 26 from Clinton to Spartanburg.

Route description[edit]

SC 56 is generally a two-lane rural highway, that expands to a four-lane urban highway in Clinton and Spartanburg. It travels 63.3 miles (101.9 km) in a north-south direction, though it is signed east-west; to make it more confusing, signage in Spartanburg reverse the directions. SC 56 most unique feature is the Roundabout interchange it has with Interstate 85 Business. In Clinton, signage that bypasses the downtown area use "TRUCK" instead of normal or bypass banners; though SC 56 Business is signed through the downtown area (state maps confirm routing).[2]

Most travelers today would take Interstate 26 over SC 56 from Clinton to Spartanburg. As a result, only local traffic use the route.

History[edit]

Established in 1928 as a new primary route from SC 392 (today SC 39) to US 176, in Pauline. In 1949, SC 56 was extended north, replacing US 176, to US 29, in Spartanburg. In 1959, SC 56 was extended north, replacing US 176 along Asheville Highway, to its current terminus at US 176. Sometime after 1990, SC 56 was bypassed southeast of downtown Clinton, leaving a business loop.[3]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Newberry   0.0 0.0 SC 39 – Saluda, Cross Hill, Laurens
  8.3 13.4 Belfast Road – Newberry
Laurens   9.7 15.6 SC 560 (Milton Road) – Cross Hill, Kinards
  14.4 23.2 SC 66 east (Milton Road) – Joanna
Clinton 18.7 30.1
SC 72 west (Springdale Road) / SC 56 Bus. east (Jacobs Highway)
West end of SC 72 overlap
20.1 32.3 US 76 (Carolina Avenue) – Newberry
21.8 35.1
SC 72 east / SC 72 Bus. west (Willard Road) – Whitmire
East end of SC 72 overlap
22.6 36.4
SC 56 Bus. west (Musgrove Street)
23.6 38.0 I‑26 – Greenville, Spartanburg, Columbia
Spartanburg Cross Anchor 33.5 53.9 SC 49 (Union Highway) – Laurens, Union
  33.9 54.6 SC 146 west (Cross Anchor Highway) – Woodruff
  44.9 72.3 SC 150 north (Glenn Springs Road) – Pacolet
Pauline 47.7 76.8 SC 215 south – West Springs, Union South end of SC 215 overlap
  48.7 78.4 SC 215 north (Stone Station Road) – Roebuck North end of SC 215 overlap
Spartanburg 54.6 87.9 SC 295 (Southport Road) – Roebuck, Pacolet
57.8 93.0 US 221 south (Church Street) – Columbia South end of US 221 overlap
58.2 93.7 US 29 (Saint John Street)
58.4 94.0 SC 296 (Daniel Morgan Avenue) – Roebuck
59.1 95.1 US 221 north (Church Street) – Chesnee, Charlotte North end of US 221 overlap
  61.4 98.8 I‑85 Bus. – Greenville, Charlotte Roundabout interchange
  63.3 101.9 US 176 south (Pine Street) to I‑85 – Inman, Spartanburg
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Clinton business loop[edit]


SC 56 Business
Location: Clinton, South Carolina
Length: 3.1 mi[4] (5.0 km)

South Carolina Highway 56 Business traverses through downtown Clinton, in concurrency with SC 72 Business along Broad Street and Willard Road.[2]

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