U.S. Route 15 in North Carolina
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||159 mi (256 km)|
|Existed:||1927 – present|
|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|
|Counties:||Scotland, Hoke, Moore, Lee, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Person|
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. 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.
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|
US 74 Bus. (Church Street)
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|
US 1 Bus. north / NC 42 – Asheboro, Fuquay-Varina
|65.5||69A||US 421 / NC 87 south – Dunn, Greensboro||South end of NC 87 overlap|
|66.5||70||Oscar Keller Jr Highway – Fuquay-Varina||Future US 421|
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|
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|
|Durham||Durham||103||I‑40 – Greensboro, Raleigh|
US 15 Bus. north / US 501 Bus. north (Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard)
|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|
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|
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|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- 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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to U.S. Route 15 in North Carolina.|
- Google Inc. "US 15 in NC". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=US-15+N%2FUS-401+N%2FMcColl+Rd&daddr=35.27027,-79.43576+to:35.677381,-79.1777952+to:35.9785681,-78.9584266+to:36.167,-78.67386+to:US-15+N&hl=en&geocode=FUpNEQIdSm5C-w%3BFX4uGgIdEOhD-ylN_fSDerJUiDE-pYiTTrtQPQ%3BFcVkIAIdvddH-ylh6OgDGLqsiTHHW4MpmHyJDA%3BFUj9JAIdpjBL-yn1J_W_8easiTHq-778EoO_iQ%3BFVjdJwIdPIhP-ynjGNQ6SQetiTH_G8VXNDFhHA%3BFZiSLQIdaJZR-w&mra=dpe&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=11&via=1,2,3,4&sll=35.279819,-79.338455&sspn=0.418719,0.891953&ie=UTF8&ll=35.429344,-77.827148&spn=3.343245,7.13562&z=8. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
- "NCDOT: Super Street". Retrieved 2011-02-01.
- "NCRoads.com: U.S. 15". Retrieved 2012-08-19.
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