U.S. Route 1 in South Carolina

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 1 in South Carolina. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 1.

U.S. Route 1 marker

U.S. Route 1
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length: 170.1 mi[1] (273.7 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 1 / US 25 / US 78 / US 278 in North Augusta
  I‑520 in North Augusta
I‑20 near Aiken
US 178 / SC 391 in Batesburg-Leesville
I‑20 in Lexington
I‑26 in West Columbia
US 21 / US 176 / US 321 in Columbia
I‑20 / I‑77 near Columbia
US 601 in Lugoff
US 521 in Camden
US 52 near Cheraw
North end: US 1 near Wallace
Location
Counties: Marlboro, Chesterfield, Kershaw, Richland, Lexington, Saluda, Aiken
Highway system
SC 917 SC 2

U.S. Route 1 (US 1) is a north–south United States highway that traverses along through the South Carolina sandhills region; it connects the cities of North Augusta, Aiken, Lexington, Columbia, Camden, and Cheraw.

Route description[edit]

Gervais Street Bridge over the Congaree River

US 1 enters South Carolina in North Augusta. From North Augusta to Aiken, US 1 is a divided four-lane highway. It goes through the historic district of Aiken, heading north through Batesburg-Leesville, Lexington, into Columbia up to Camden. US 1 parallels I-20, crossing it three times until it branches northeast at Camden. It also has junctions with I-26 and I-77 in Columbia. In Richland County, it goes through downtown Columbia along Gervais Street, passing directly in front of the State Capitol building; connecting via Millwood Avenue, it continues northeast along Two Notch Road, named for when the road was marked by posts with two notches carved. From Camden, it continues northeast as a two-lane road to the town of Cheraw and Cheraw State Park before entering the state of North Carolina.

The entire route is part of the Jefferson Davis Highway, named after Civil War Confederate leader Jefferson Davis; with exception between North Augusta and Aiken, where US 1 was realigned, leaving SC 421 its section of the highway name. Markers of the highway dot all along the route, though most sections do have other road names too.

Though US 1 connects to several urban areas in the state, it has fallen out of favor with most travelers, replaced by I-20 and I-95. Most urban areas are multi-lane with some sections divided, while the rural areas continue to be two-lane.

History[edit]

US 1 was established in 1927 as an original US route. It traveled generally as it does now, overlapping with SC 12, from North Augusta to West Columbia, SC 2, from West Columbia to Columbia, and SC 50, from Columbia to the North Carolina border. The following year, both SC 12 and SC 50 were dropped along the route. The entire route was paved by 1932.

Around 1938, US 1 was rerouted between Cheraw and Wallace, going further north along its now current alignment, leaving behind Hickson Road (S-35-52) and Brickyard Road (S-35-36). The first section widen to four-lane was a 2-mile (3.2 km) section north of Columbia, in 1940. Between 1940-1946, US 1 was rerouted in Columbia; originally using Gervais Street, Assembly Street, Taylor Street, and Two Notch Road, switching to Gervais Street, Harden Street, Taylor Street, and Two Notch Road. By 1952, US 1 was rerouted again in Columbia, switching to Gervais Street, Millwood Avenue, and Two Notch. Also by 1952, US 1/US 78 were given new alignment bypassing Clearwater, Bath, Langley, and Gloverville; the old alignment became SC 421. By 1957, US 1/US 78 was rerouted from Fifth Street Bridge to its current alignment over the Savannah River.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
Aiken State line 0.0 0.0 US 1 south / US 25 south / SR 121 south – Augusta
US 78 west / US 278 west / SR 10 west
Crosses the Savannah River
North Augusta 0.2 0.3 5th Street Bridge / River North Drive
0.7 1.1 US 25 north / SC 121 north – North Augusta, Edgefield North end of US 25 and SC 121 overlap
1.5 2.4 I‑520 (Palmetto Parkway) – Augusta, Columbia, Atlanta
Clearwater 2.3 3.7 US 278 east / SC 125 (Atomic Road) – Beech Island, Savannah River Site
SC 421 north (Augusta Road) – Clearwater
East end of US 278 overlap
Burnettown 4.0 6.4 SC 126 (Belvedere-Clearwater Road) – Belvedere
Graniteville 10.2 16.4 SC 191 (Main Street) – Graniteville, Vaucluse, Warrenville
Aiken 12.2 19.6 SC 118 (Robert M Bell Parkway / Hitchcock Parkway) To USC Aiken
12.4 20.0 SC 421 south (Augusta Road)
15.5 24.9 SC 19 (Laurens Street) – Eureka, Edgefield
15.7 25.3
SC 19 Conn. (Chesterfield Street) – Savannah River Site
Signed also as SC 19
15.8 25.4 US 78 south (Richland Avenue) – Montmorenci, Wagener East end of US 78 overlap
17.3 27.8 SC 118 (Rudy Mason Parkway)
  23.9 38.5 I‑20 – Columbia, Augusta
  33.6 54.1 SC 392 (Engineer Road) – Ridge Spring
Monetta 37.3 60.0 SC 39 (Main Street / Old Ninety-Six Indian Trail) – Wagener, Orangeburg, Ridge Spring
Saluda
No major junctions
Lexington Batesburg-Leesville 43.1 69.4 US 178 / SC 391 (Pine Street) – Orangeburg, Saluda
45.2 72.7 SC 245 (Lee Street) – Orangeburg, Newberry
46.5 74.8 SC 23 west (Leesville Avenue) – Ridge Spring
Lexington 61.1 98.3 US 378 west – Saluda West end of US 378 overlap
61.7 99.3 US 378 east (Columbia Avenue) – Columbia East end of US 378 overlap
62.4 100.4 SC 6 (Lake Drive) – Irmo, Red Bank
64.9 104.4 I‑20 – Augusta, Florence
West Columbia 70.1 112.8 I‑26 – Charleston, Spartanburg
70.8 113.9 SC 12 east (Jarvis Klapman Boulevard) – Columbia
72.2 116.2 SC 35 (12th Street)
73.3 118.0 SC 2 (State Street)
73.4 118.1 US 378 west (Sunset Boulevard) – Lexington West end of US 378 overlap
Richland Columbia 73.9 118.9 US 21 / US 176 / US 321 (Huger Street)
74.5 119.9 SC 48 (Assembly Street)
74.9 120.5 US 76 west (Bull Street) West end of US 76 overlap
75.9 122.1 US 76 east / US 378 east (Millwood Avenue) East end of US 76/US 378 overlap
76.3 122.8 SC 12 (Taylor Street / Forest Drive)
78.0 125.5 SC 16 (Beltline Boulevard)
Dentsville 82.3 132.4 I‑20 – Florence, Augusta
83.0 133.6 I‑77 – Charleston, Charlotte
Pontiac 88.4 142.3 Clemson Road
Kershaw Lugoff 101.2 162.9 US 601 south – St. Matthews South end of US 601 overlap
101.7 163.7 SC 34 west (Ridgeway Road) – Ridgeway West end of SC 34 overlap
Camden 104.2 167.7 Springdale Drive
106.5 171.4 US 521 / US 601 north (Broad Street) – Sumter, Kershaw North end of US 601 overlap
107.9 173.6 SC 34 east (Bishopville Highway) – Bishopville East end of SC 34 overlap
Bethune 126.7 203.9 SC 341 (Main Street) – Bishopville, Kershaw
Chesterfield McBee 133.5 214.8 SC 151 (Pine Avenue) – Hartsville, Jefferson
  135.4 217.9 SC 145 north – Chesterfield To Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
Patrick 148.3 238.7 SC 102 (Poison Street / Turnage Street) – Hartsville, Chesterfield
  158.1 254.4 US 52 south – Society Hill, Darlington South end of US 52 overlap; to Cheraw State Park
Cheraw 160.5 258.3 SC 9 north (Market Street) – Chesterfield North end of SC 9 overlap
161.8 260.4 US 52 north (2nd Street) – Morven, Wadesboro North end of US 52 overlap
Marlboro Wallace 163.6 263.3 SC 9 south to SC 177 – Bennettsville, Hamlet South end of SC 9 overlap
State line 170.1 273.7 US 1 north – Rockingham
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing


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