U.S. Route 15 in North Carolina

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 15 in North Carolina. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 15.

U.S. Route 15 marker

U.S. Route 15
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 159 mi[1] (256 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 15 / US 401 at the SC line near McColl, SC
  I‑74 / US 74 in Laurinburg
US 421 in Sanford
I‑40 in Durham
NC 147 in Durham
I‑85 / US 70 in Durham
North end: US 15 at the VA line near Clarksville, VA
Location
Counties: Scotland, Hoke, Moore, Lee, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Person
Highway system
NC 14 NC 16

U.S. Route 15 is a north–south United States highway that traverses the majority of North Carolina in concurrency with U.S. Route 501, known as the "15-501" ("Fifteen Five-o-one").

Route description[edit]

US 15-501 turns left in Durham

From the South Carolina state line, US 15 is in concurrency with US 401 to Laurinburg. Merging with US 501, it becomes what is known as the "15-501" ("Fifteen Five-o-one"), a concurrency that extends for 106 miles (171 km) across central North Carolina; US 15 also the dominant partner, using its mile markers along the route. After Laurinburg it goes north to Aberdeen, linking briefly with US 1 before continuing to Pinehurst. In Pinehurst, 15-501 goes through a rare roundabout, then continues north, through Carthage, back to US 1. After another brief concurrency with US 1 through Sanford, it exits off the freeway and goes due north to Pittsboro. After Pittsboro, 15-501 becomes an expressway, connecting the cities of Chapel Hill and Durham; this section of the route is famous because of the two universities it connects: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Though the road is a symbol of the separation of the Carolina-Duke rivalry, NCDOT has been trying to remedy that by making the route a superstreet for better traffic flow.[2] In Durham, 15-501 upgrades to an urban freeway, allowing for quick access from south Durham to north; the freeway ends merging into Interstate 85. At exit 176B (on I-85), US 501 splits off towards Roxboro, while US 15 continues with I-85 towards Oxford.

After Durham, US 15 continues to follow I-85 till exit 186A, where it goes first to Creedmoor, then on into Oxford. After going through downtown Oxford, it continues north, near Mayo Lake, to Clarksville, Virginia.

History[edit]

Established in 1927, it was aligned along NC 75 from the South Carolina state line, through Rockingham, Pinehurst and Durham, to the Virginia state line.[3]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] # Destinations Notes
State line US 15 south / US 401 south Continuation into South Carolina
Scotland Laurinburg 5
US 15 Bus. north / US 401 Bus. north
6 I‑74 / US 74 / US 501 south – Rockingham, Lumberton, Wilmington South end of US 501 overlap
7
US 74 Bus. (Church Street)
9
US 401 north / US 15 Bus. south / US 501 Bus. south – Fayetteville
North end of US 401 overlap
12 NC 144 (Old Wire Road) – Wagram
Moore Aberdeen 31.8 NC 211 east – Raeford East end of NC 211 overlap
32 US 1 south – Rockingham South end of US 1 overlap
32.2 NC 5 – Pinehurst
34 US 1 north – Southern Pines North end of US 1 overlap
Pinehurst 38 NC 2 / NC 211 west – Southern Pines, West End Roundabout, west end of NC 211 overlap
41.5 NC 73 west – West End
Carthage 45 NC 22 south – Southern Pines South end of NC 22 overlap
46 NC 22 north (McNiell Street) North end of NC 22 overlap
48 NC 24 east / NC 27 east (Monroe Street) East end of NC 24/NC 27 overlap
50 NC 24 east / NC 27 east – Cameron West end of NC 24/NC 27 overlap
Lee 59 US 1 south – Cameron, Southern Pines South end of US 1 overlap
Tramway 61 NC 78 east (Tramway Road) – Cameron
Sanford 63.5
US 1 Bus. north / NC 42 – Asheboro, Fuquay-Varina
65 Spring Lane
65.5 69A US 421 / NC 87 south – Dunn, Greensboro South end of NC 87 overlap
66 69B* Burns Drive
66.5 70 Oscar Keller Jr Highway – Fuquay-Varina Future US 421
67.5 71
US 1 north / US 1 Bus. south – Cary, Raleigh
North end of US 1 overlap
Chatham Pittsboro 81 NC 87 north – Graham, Burlington North end of NC 87 overlap
82
US 64 Bus.
84 US 64 – Siler City, Apex
Orange Chapel Hill 97 NC 54 west – Graham West end of NC 54 overlap
99 NC 54 east (Raleigh Road) East end of NC 54 overlap
102 Franklin Street
Durham Durham 103 I‑40 – Greensboro, Raleigh
105 105
US 15 Bus. north / US 501 Bus. north (Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard)
106 106 Cornwallis Road
107 107 NC 751 (Cameron Boulevard)
108 108 NC 147 (Durham Freeway) / Hillsborough Road Signed as exits 108A (east), 108B (west), 108C (Hillsbrough Road)
109 I‑85 south – Greensboro South end of I-85 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
US 15 overlaps with Interstate 85 (exits 174A to 186A)
Granville 122 I‑85 north – Petersburg North end of I-85 overlap
Creedmoor 127 NC 56 – Butner, Franklinton
139 I‑85 – Durham, Petersburg
Oxford 142
US 158 Bus. east (Williamsboro Street) / NC 96 south (Linden Avenue) – Henderson
East end of US 158 Business overlap, south end of NC 96 overlap
143
US 158 Bus. west (Roxboro Road) / NC 96 north – Roxboro
West end of US 158 Business overlap, north end of NC 96 overlap
144 US 158 (Oxford Loop Road) – Roxboro, Henderson
State line US 15 north Continuation into Virginia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Popularity[edit]

  • Fifteen501 is a magazine devoted to life in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties, named after the highway that connects these areas. It is published quarterly.
  • The highway is mentioned in The Mountain Goats' song "Wild Sage", from the album Get Lonely.

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References[edit]


U.S. Route 15
Previous state:
South Carolina
North Carolina Next state:
Virginia