U.S. Route 501

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U.S. Route 501 marker

U.S. Route 501
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 1
Length: 355 mi (571 km)
Existed: 1935 – present
Major junctions
South end:
US 17 Bus. in Myrtle Beach, SC
  US 17 near Myrtle Beach
I‑95 near South of the Border, SC
I‑74 / US 15 / US 74 / US 401 in Laurinburg, NC
US 1 in Sanford, NC and Aberdeen, NC
I‑40 near Downtown Durham, NC
I‑85 / US 15 in Durham, NC
US 58 / US 360 in South Boston, VA
US 29 / US 460 in Lynchburg, VA
North end: US 60 in Buena Vista, VA
Location
States: South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia
Highway system

U.S. Route 501 (US 501) is a spur of U.S. Route 1. It runs 355 miles (571 km) from Buena Vista, Virginia at U.S. Route 60 to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at U.S. Route 17 Business. It passes through the states of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. From Durham to Laurinburg, a 108-mile (174 km) section of US 501 overlaps U.S. Route 15. Sections of US 15-501 also share routings with U.S. Route 1 in sections near Sanford, North Carolina and Aberdeen, North Carolina.

Route description[edit]

Lengths
  mi km
SC 74 119
NC 211 340
VA 145 233
Total 430 690

South Carolina[edit]

US 501 begins at US 17 Bus. in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From Myrtle Beach to Marion, US 501 is a multilane highway, some sections divided, some undivided, mostly with at-grade intersections but having a number of interchanges along the length. It passes through the city of Conway before reaching Marion, where US 501 bypasses the town to the east. North of Marion, US 501 meets SC 38, a connector to Interstate 95. From SC 38, US 501 heads to the northeast, meeting US 301 in Latta. US 301 merges with US 501, forming a concurrency through Dillon to the North Carolina border, where it passes South of the Border prior to exiting South Carolina and an interchange on Interstate 95 near Hamer in Dillon County.

North Carolina[edit]

James Taylor Bridge, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, part of the US-15/501 route

US 301 and US 501 enter North Carolina south of Rowland. In Rowland, US 501 splits from US 301 and heads northwest to Laurinburg, where it briefly overlaps with US 74 south of the city. Upon departing US 74, US 501 immediately embarks on an overlap with US 15. The routes remain concurrent for 108 miles (174 km) to Durham, passing through Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Sanford, and Chapel Hill in between. North of Durham, US 501 passes through the city of Roxboro prior to entering Virginia.

Virginia[edit]

Northern terminus of US 501 at US 60 in Buena Vista, Virginia

In Virginia, US 501 runs 111.42 miles (179.31 km) from the North Carolina state line near Cluster Springs to its northern terminus at US 60 in Buena Vista. US 501 is the primary highway between Lynchburg and both South Boston in Southside Virginia and Durham in North Carolina's Research Triangle.

Bannered routes[edit]

Major junctions[edit]

South Carolina

US 17 Bus. in Myrtle Beach, SC
US 17 near Myrtle Beach
US 701 / US 378 in Conway, SC
I‑95 near South of the Border, SC
US 301 between Rowland, NC and Hamer
North Carolina
I‑74 / US 15 / US 74 / US 401 in Laurinburg, NC
US 1 in Sanford, NC and Aberdeen, NC
I‑40 near Downtown Durham, NC
I‑85 / US 15 in Durham, NC
Virginia
US 58 / US 360 in South Boston, VA
US 29 / US 460 in Lynchburg, VA

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