U.S. Route 401

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For former routes named U.S. Route 401, see U.S. Route 401 (1925) and U.S. Route 401 (1927).

U.S. Route 401 marker

U.S. Route 401
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 1
Length: 251.0 mi[1][2][3] (403.9 km)
Existed: 1957 – present
Major junctions
South end:
US 76 Bus. / US 521 in Sumter, SC
 

I‑20 near Lamar, SC
US 52 in Darlington, SC
I‑74 / US 15 / US 74 / US 501 in Laurinburg, NC
NC 211 in Raeford, NC
I‑295 in Fayetteville, NC
US 70 / NC 50 in Garner, NC

I‑40 / US 64 in Raleigh, NC
North end: I‑85 / US 1 near Wise, NC
Highway system

SC 400 SC SC 402
NC 400 NC NC 403

U.S. Route 401 (US 401) is a north–south United States highway, a spur of U.S. Route 1, that traverses along the fall line from Sumter, South Carolina to Interstate 85 near Wise, North Carolina.

Route description[edit]

Starting in Sumter, South Carolina, US 401 goes northeast through mostly swamp and farmland, as it connect the cities of Darlington and Bennettsville before crossing the state line into North Carolina. Traversing the state for 77.2 miles (124.2 km), it is mostly a two-lane rural road, which is likely to only have local traffic along it thanks to nearby Interstate 95.[2]

In North Carolina, the highway becomes more utilized, as it connect to several mid-size and large cities in the state. In the sandhills region, it connects the cities of Laurinburg, Raeford, and Fayetteville, all three of which have business routes connecting the downtown areas. The road is typically two-lane still, but expands to four-lane (or more) in each city. The road takes a pause in the lime-light as it straddles nearby Interstate 95 again; from Fayetteville, through Lillington, to Fuquay-Varina.

In Wake County, US 401 is center-stage again as a major north-south corridor, connecting bedroom communities to downtown Raleigh. Once it leaves the county, it reverts to a rural road connecting the small cities of Louisburg and Warrenton. US 401 finally ends at Interstate 85, just north from the community of Wise; competing a 173.8-mile (279.7 km) thru the state.[3]

Overall, the route goes through endless fields of farmland broken now and then by cities and small towns. With exceptions to both the sandhills region and Wake County, most travelers would be better served using Interstate 95.

History[edit]

The north end of US 401 at I-85.

The route is the third highway to bear the name, which included renaming the stretch of U.S. Route 15A from Sumter to Raleigh, and former N.C. Highway 59 from Raleigh to Norlina.

The first US 401 was assigned to a route from South Hill to South Boston in Virginia from 1926 to 1932. Parts of this route were renumbered as US 58. The second US 401 ran from Raleigh to Waterboro in North Carolina from 1933 to 1934. Parts of this route were replaced by US 15.

In 2001, the northern terminus of US 401 was extended north 7.05 miles (11.35 km), along US 1, from Norlina to its current northern terminus at I-85.[4]

Future[edit]

Considered an important link between Fayetteville, Lillington and Raleigh, NCDOT has set up the US 401 Corridor Study. The purpose of the study is to identify deficiencies in the existing corridor and develop alternatives for accommodating future growth in traffic volumes (i.e. widen to multi-lanes). The corridor study also includes NC 55 and NC 210. Estimated costs for all road improvements along the corridor is around $193–222.6 million. Property acquisition and construction is unfunded at this time.[5][6][7]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[2][3] km Destinations Notes
Sumter Sumter 0.0 0.0
US 76 Bus. (Washington Street)
0.5 0.8 US 15 (Lafayette Drive) – Summerton, Bishopville
1.9 3.1 US 76 / US 378 (Robert E. Graham Freeway) – Conway, Columbia
Lee Saint Charles 12.6 20.3 SC 154 (Saint Charles Highway) – Mayesville, Bishopville
Elliott 17.1 27.5 SC 527 (Elliott Highway) – Kingstree, Bishopville
  18.6 29.9 SC 341 (Lynchburg Highway) – Lynchburg, Bishopville
Darlington Lamar 24.5 39.4 Main Street / Lee State Park Road – Lee State Park
  27.4 44.1 SC 403 (Oates Highway) – Timmonsville, Hartsville
  28.0 45.1 I‑20 – Florence, Columbia
Darlington 37.8 60.8 US 52 south (Governor Williams Highway) – Florence South end of US 52 overlap
38.2 61.5 SC 34 / SC 151 (Harry Byrd Highway) – Hartsville
  41.1 66.1
US 52 Bus. south (Main Street) – Darlington
  52.3 84.2 US 15 south (Hartsville Highway) – Hartsville South end of US 15 overlap
Society Hill 54.3 87.4 US 52 north (Cheraw Highway) – Cheraw North end of US 52 overlap
Marlboro   61.3 98.7 SC 912 (Willamette Road)
Bennettsville 64.6 104.0 SC 385 north (Main Street) – Bennettsville
65.6 105.6 SC 9 north / SC 38 north (Cottingham Boulevard) – Cheraw North end of SC 9/38 overlap
66.5 107.0
SC 38 south / SC 9 Bus. north / SC 38 Bus. north (Broad Street) – Blenheim
South end of SC 38 overlap
67.6 108.8 SC 9 south (Tyson Avenue) – Dillon South end of SC 9 overlap
  I‑73 Proposed interchange[8][9]
McColl 75.6 121.7 SC 381 (Main Street) – Clio, Blenheim, Hamlet
  77.2
0.0
124.2
0.0
South CarolinaNorth Carolina state line
Scotland Laurinburg 5.2 8.4
US 15 Bus. north / US 401 Bus. north (Main Street)
5.8 9.3 I‑74 / US 74 / US 501 south – Rockingham, Lumberton, Wilmington South end of US 501 overlap
7.0 11.3
US 74 Bus. (Church Street)
8.8 14.2
US 15 Bus. south / US 501 Bus. south (Aberdeen Road)
US 15 north / US 501 north (Aberdeen Road) – Aberdeen, Sanford
North end of US 15/US 501 overlap
9.8 15.8
US 401 Bus. south (Wagram Road)
Wagram 16.8 27.0 NC 144 west (Old Wire Road) To John Charles McNeill House
Hoke Raeford 26.9 43.3
US 401 Bus. north (Harris Avenue)
27.2 43.8 To NC 211 (Teal Drive)
  31.4 50.5
US 401 Bus. south – Raeford
Cumberland Fayetteville 43.8 70.5
US 401 Bus. north (Raeford Road)
46.3 74.5 All American Expressway – Fort Bragg, Pope Army Airfield
47.1 75.8 NC 24 / NC 87 (Bragg Boulevard)
49.4 79.5 NC 210
51.7 83.2
US 401 Bus. south (Ramsey Street)
55.2 88.8
Future I‑295 north to I‑95 to US 13
  64.3 103.5 NC 217 north (Linden Road) – Linden
Harnett Lillington 74.9 120.5 NC 210 south – Spring Lake, Fort Bragg South end of NC 210 overlap
75.0 120.7 NC 27 west (Old Road) – Cameron, Carthage West end of NC 27 overlap
75.4 121.3 US 421 north (Front Street) – Sanford North end of US 421 overlap; to Raven Rock State Park
77.0 123.9 US 421 south / NC 27 east / NC 210 north – Erwin, Dunn, Angier South end of US 421, east end of NC 27, and north end of NC 210 overlap
Wake Fuquay Varina 89.7 144.4 NC 42 west (Academy Street) – Sanford West end of NC 42 overlap
90.5 145.6 NC 55 west (Ennis Street) – Holly Springs West end of NC 55 overlap
92.5 148.9 NC 42 east / NC 55 east – Angier, Clayton East end of NC 42/NC 55 overlap
Garner 103.8 167.0 US 70 east / NC 50 south – Garner, Smithfield, Goldsboro East end of US 70 and south end of NC 50 overlap
Raleigh 104.8 168.7 Wilmington Street – Downtown Raleigh
105.5 169.8 I‑40 / US 64 – Cary, Durham, Benson
106.7 171.7 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard / Western Boulevard
108.2 174.1 Peace Street
108.7 174.9 US 70 west / NC 50 north (Wade Avenue) – RDU Airport, Research Triangle Park West end of US 70 and north end of NC 50 overlap
108.8 175.1 Fairview Avenue Northbound left exit, no northbound entrance
109.5 176.2 North Wake Forest Road No southbound exit
109.7 176.5 South Wake Forest Road / Atlantic Avenue
111.2 179.0 I‑440 / US 1 south – Sanford, Rocky Mount South end of US 1 overlap
113.5 182.7 US 1 north (Capital Boulevard) – Wake Forest, Henderson North end of US 1 overlap
115.9 186.5 I‑540 – Rocky Mount, Wilson, Durham SPUI
  125.5 202.0 NC 96 (Zebulon Road) – Zebulon, Youngsville
Franklin   127.4 205.0 NC 98 – Bunn, Wake Forest
Louisburg 136.9 220.3 NC 56 west – Franklinton West end of NC 56 overlap
137.6 221.4 NC 39 south – Bunn South end of NC 39 overlap
138.5 222.9 NC 56 east / NC 581 south (Nash Street) – Rocky Mount East end of NC 56 overlap
139.1 223.9 NC 561 east – Centerville
Ingleside 144.0 231.7 NC 39 north – Henderson North end of NC 39 overlap
Warren Warrenton 162.3 261.2
US 158 Bus. east / NC 58 south (Macon Street) – Macon, Centerville
East end of US 158 Business overlap
Norlina 165.5 266.3 US 158 east – Macon, Roanoke Rapids East end of US 158 and west end of US 158 Business overlap
166.7 268.3 US 1 south / US 158 west – Middleburg, Henderson South end of US 1 and west end of US 158 overlap
  173.8 279.7 I‑85 / US 1 north – Henderson, Richmond Continuation as US 1
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert V. Droz (14 November 2006). "Termini and Lengths in Miles". U. S Highways: From US 1 to (US 830). Robert V. Droz. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c Google Inc. "US 401 in South Carolina". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=W+Calhoun+St&daddr=34.2742941,-79.9169725+to:US-15+N%2FUS-401+N&hl=en&ll=34.323024,-79.900818&spn=0.922062,1.783905&sll=34.67677,-79.524879&sspn=0.057386,0.111494&geocode=FXalBQIdUAs2-w%3BFfb7CgIdVJA8-ynF37kn_m9ViDGbOlypXahNBA%3BFQZNEQId621C-w&mra=dme&mrsp=2&sz=14&via=1&t=p&z=10. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Google Inc. "US 401 in North Carolina". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-15+N%2FUS-401+N%2FMcColl+Rd&daddr=35.00837,-79.16721+to:35.339961,-78.7871449+to:35.78398,-78.64154+to:36.28864,-78.22832+to:US-1+S%2FUS-401+S&hl=en&ll=35.737595,-79.255371&spn=3.731596,7.13562&sll=35.800551,-78.54744&sspn=0.466131,0.891953&geocode=FUpNEQIdSm5C-w%3BFXIvFgIdFgFI-ykR7R4-kTmriTFfZJluISWfLw%3BFbk-GwIduM1N-ykR3CYzV3yriTHkkukCxYzYOQ%3BFSwFIgIdfAZQ-yl9XZ7Lbl-siTEfS-auHv4M0A%3BFYC4KQIdoFRW-ylrcZZYNMGtiTGSCPr895I9KQ%3BFYJ2LQIdF-lW-w&vpsrc=6&mra=dpe&mrsp=3&sz=11&via=1,2,3,4&t=p&z=8. Retrieved November 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Report of the Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering to the Standing Committee on Highways, Saturday, May 19, 2001, Wichita, Kansas" (PDF). AASHTO. May 19, 2001. p. 3. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "NCDOT: US 401 Corridor Study". Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "NCDOT: US 401 Corridor Study Project Map". Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "NCDOT: Project R-2609". Retrieved November 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ Staff. "Project Status: Northern Project". I-73 Environmental Impact Study. South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ South Carolina Department of Transportation (PDF). I-73 Northern Map (Map). Bennettsvile inset. http://www.i73insc.com/download/northernpage/bennettsville.pdf. Retrieved February 26, 2013.

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