U.S. Route 441 in North Carolina

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 441 in North Carolina. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 441.

U.S. Route 441 marker

U.S. Route 441
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 64.5 mi[1] (103.8 km)
Existed: 1951 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 23 / US 441 / SR 15 at the GA line
 
North end: US 441 / SR 71 at the TN line
Location
Counties: Macon, Jackson, Swain
Highway system
I‑440 NC 461

U.S. Route 441 is a north–south United States highway that runs for 64.5 miles (103.8 km) from the Georgia state line, near Dillard, to the Tennessee state line, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Route description[edit]

Upon crossing the state line, US 23/US 441 enter the Nantahala National Forest. The concurrent routes head north through a pair of small communities before intersecting US 64 in Franklin. US 23/US 441 turn east, briefly overlapping US 64 southeast of Franklin before separating from the route and continuing to the northeast through the Cowee Mountains. After passing Dillsboro, US 23/US 441 intersect US 74 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway); US 23 splits east towards Waynesville, while US 441 joins US 74 westbound towards Bryson City. After traversing 7 miles (11 km) along the northern banks of the Tuckasegee River, US 441 splits from US 74 and continues north into the Qualla Boundary. In Cherokee, US 441 shares a short half mile concurrency with US 19, then continues north along the west bank of the Oconaluftee. After entering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, US 441 connects to the southern terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Known officially in the park as Newfound Gap Road, US 441 traverses northwesterly through park until it reaches Newfound Gap, at the Tennessee state line.

US 441 within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is maintained by the National Park Service and no commercial traffic is allowed. During the winter season, the road in the high elevation may be temporary closed due to inclement weather; signs after the park entrance and/or at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center will notify travelers/visitors on any closings or condition changes.

US 441 also make up part of Corridor A and Corridor K in the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS). Corridor A connects I-285, in Sandy Springs, Georgia, to I-40, near Clyde, North Carolina, it overlaps 20 miles (32 km) of US 441. Corridor K connects I-75, in Cleveland, Tennessee, with US 23, in Dillsboro, North Carolina, it overlaps 7 miles (11 km) of US 441. ADHS provides additional funds, as authorized by the U.S. Congress, which have enabled US 441 to benefit from the successive improvements along its routing in both corridors. The white-on-blue banner "Appalachian Highway" is used to mark the ADHS corridor.[2]

History[edit]

Established in 1951, US 441 was placed on existing highways through the region: concurrency with US 23, from the Georgia state line, through Franklin, to Dillsboro; and concurrency with NC 107, from Dillsboro, through the Qualla Boundary and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, to the Tennessee state line. In 1956, NC 107 was removed from the route. In 1970, the National Park Service requested, and subsequently approved, that US 441 shields be discontinued through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.[3]

In 1974, US 23/US 441 was placed on new bypass east of Franklin; its old alignment through Franklin became US 441 Business.[4] In Dillsboro, US 441 was placed on new alignment continuing north from Haywood Road onto new interchange with US 19A/US 23; its old alignment along Haywood Road was downgraded to secondary road.[5][6]

No major changes since the mid-1970s, however modernizing improvements have been made including multi-laning and full interchanges at major intersections along its route.

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Macon State line 0.0 0.0 US 23 south / US 441 south / SR 15 south – Dillard Continuation into Georgia
Franklin 12.3 19.8
US 64 west / US 441 Bus. north – Franklin, Murphy
West end of US 64 overlap
14.4 23.2 US 64 east / NC 28 (Highlands Road) – Franklin, Highlands East end of US 64 overlap
15.7 25.3
US 441 Bus. west (Main Street) – Franklin
Jackson   29.1 46.8 NC 116 east (Webster Road) – Webster Superstreet intersection, southbound must u-turn first
Dillsboro 31.8 51.2
US 23 Bus. north (Haywood Road) – Dillsboro, Sylva
32.4 52.1 81 US 23 north / US 74 east (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) – Waynesville, Asheville North end of US 23 and east end of US 74 overlap
  40.1 64.5 74 US 74 west (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) – Bryson City West end of US 74 overlap
Indian Hills 43.7 70.3
US 441 Bus. north (Casino Trail) – Cherokee
Swain Cherokee 45.0 72.4 US 19 south (Tsalagi Road) – Bryson City, Murphy South end of US 19 overlap
45.5 73.2
US 19 north / US 441 Bus. south (Tsalagi Road) – Maggie Valley, Asheville
North end of US 19 overlap
Ravensford 48.3 77.7 Blue Ridge Parkway
State line 64.5 103.8 US 441 north / SR 71 north – Gatlinburg Crosses through Newfound Gap into Tennessee
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Franklin business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 441 Business
Location: Franklin, North Carolina
Length: 2.8 mi[7] (4.5 km)
Existed: 1974–present[8][9]

U.S. Route 441 Business (US 441 Bus), established in 1974, is a 2.7 miles (4.3 km) business route that traverses through downtown Franklin, via Porter Street, Palmer Street and Main Street. A couple of months after its initial establishment, it was adjusted in the downtown area along the one-way streets.[10]

The entire route is in Franklin, Macon County.

Mile[7] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 US 23 / US 64 / US 441 – Sylva, Murphy, Clayton, Atlanta
1.1 1.8 NC 28 north (Porter Street) – Bryson City North end of NC 28 overlap
2.1 3.4 NC 28 south (Highlands Road) – Highlands South end of NC 28 overlap
2.8 4.5 US 23 / US 441 – Sylva, Clayton
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Cherokee business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 441 Business
Location: Cherokee, North Carolina
Length: 1.9 mi[11] (3.1 km)
Existed: 1988–present[12][13]

U.S. Route 441 Business (US 441 Bus), established in 1988, is a 1.9 miles (3.1 km) business route that traverses through downtown Cherokee, via Casino Trail, Paint Town Road and Tsalagi Road. The business route was established as a new routing through the downtown area; today it provides a direct route to Harrah's Cherokee.


County Location Mile[11] km Destinations Notes
Jackson Indian Hills 0.0 0.0 US 441 – Sylva, Bryson City
Cherokee 4.5 7.2 US 19 north (Paint Town Road) – Maggie Valley, Asheville North end of US 19 overlap
Swain 5.5 8.9 US 19 south / US 441 – Bryson City, Murphy, Great Smoky Mts National Park South end of US 19 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google Inc. "US 441". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=US-23+N%2FUS-441+N%2FGeorgia+Rd&daddr=US-441+N&hl=en&geocode=FUj6FQIdnLEH-w%3BFTZgHwIdVP0G-w&mra=me&mrcr=0&mrsp=1,0&sz=19&sll=35.610671,-83.42752&sspn=0.001629,0.003484&ie=UTF8&ll=35.342015,-83.301086&spn=0.836789,1.783905&z=10. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Status of Corridors in North Carolina" (PDF). Appalachian Regional Commission. September 30, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee (November 6, 1970) (PDF). U.S. Route Numbering Subcommittee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee (Report). Houston, TX: American Association of State Highway Officials. p. 7. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AASHO_USRN_1970-11-06.pdf. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Route Change (1974-03-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. March 1, 1974. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Route Change (1974-09-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 1, 1974. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (June 17, 1975) (PDF). Route Numbering Committee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee (Report). White Sulphur Springs, WV: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 3. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AASHTO_USRN_1975-06-17.pdf. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Google Inc. "US 441 Business - Franklin". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-23+S%2FUS-441+S&daddr=35.1862031,-83.3719882+to:Hunnicut+Ln%2FE+Main+St%2FU.S.+441+Bus&hl=en&ll=35.178649,-83.365374&spn=0.060473,0.111494&sll=35.172931,-83.372583&sspn=0.030239,0.055747&geocode=FU-ZGAIdMI4H-w%3BFRvmGAIdLNgH-ylH-nJr5yRZiDGsIN0EvhU47w%3BFfoEGQIdIQAI-w&t=p&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=15&via=1&z=14. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  8. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (June 17, 1975) (PDF). Route Numbering Committee Agenda Showing Action Taken by the Executive Committee (Report). White Sulphur Springs, WV: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 3. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AASHTO_USRN_1975-06-17.pdf. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "Route Change (1974-03-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. March 1, 1974. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Route Change (1974-05-29)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. May 29, 1974. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Google Inc. "US 441 Business - Cherokee". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=US-441+N&daddr=35.4702603,-83.3080523+to:US-19+N%2FUS-441+N&hl=en&geocode=FZIXHQId7LUI-w%3BFbQ7HQId7NEI-yknZWrn2ENZiDHc_pPMJhq0Jw%3BFTpWHQIdJKEI-w&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=18&sll=35.461378,-83.313612&sspn=0.003264,0.006968&ie=UTF8&ll=35.469513,-83.313146&spn=0.026109,0.055747&z=15&via=1. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
  12. ^ Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (December 4, 1987) (PDF). Route Numbering Committee Agenda (Report). San Diego, CA: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 3. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AASHTO_USRN_1987-12-04.pdf. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  13. ^ "Route Change (1988-01-18)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. January 18, 1988. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 

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