U.S. Route 501 in North Carolina

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 501 in North Carolina. For the entire length of the highway, see U.S. Route 501.

U.S. Route 501 marker

U.S. Route 501
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 170 mi[1] (274 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 301 / US 501 at the SC near Dillon, 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 501 at the VA line near South Boston, VA
Location
Counties: Robeson, Scotland, Hoke, Moore, Lee, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Person
Highway system
I-495 US 521

U.S. Route 501 is a north–south United States highway that traverses the majority of North Carolina in concurrency with U.S. Route 15, known as the "15-501" ("Fifteen Five-o-one").

Route description[edit]

US 15-501 turns left in Durham

US 501 enters North Carolina at the South Carolina state line with an intersection of I-95 while overlapping US 301, nearby South of the Border. It goes northwest, through Rowland where the overlap with US 301 terminates, and Raemon, to Laurinburg. Once at Laurinburg, it overlaps briefly with I-74/US 74 before connecting with US 15. The majority of the route, to this point, is two-lane rural road.

Merging with US 15, 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. 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.[2] 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 501 goes north to Roxboro, then onto South Boston, Virginia; the majority of which is a four-lane expressway.

History[edit]

Established in 1927, it was aligned along NC 13 from Durham north, through Roxboro, to the Virginia state line.

In 1934, it was overlapped with US 15 from Durham south to Laurinburg. From there, it went southeast to Rowland and then to the South Carolina border. This extension south replaced NC 22, NC 71, and NC 241.

In 1953, US 501 was bypassed around Chapel Hill. In 1956 or 1957, US 501 was bypassed west of Sanford. Between 1960-1962, US 501 was bypassed around Laurinburg.[3]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Robeson State line 0.0 0.0 US 301 south / US 501 south
I‑95 – Lumberton, Fayetteville, Florence
Nearby South of the Border
Rowland 2.7 4.3 US 301 north / NC 130 east – Lumberton, Fairmont North end of US 301 and east end of NC 130 overlap
  4.0 6.4 NC 710 west – Pembroke
Raemon 10.2 16.4 NC 130 west – Maxton West end of NC 130 overlap
  14.0 22.5 NC 83 – Maxton, Clio
Scotland Laurinburg 21.0 33.8
US 501 Bus. north (Johns Road)
21.7 34.9 I‑74 east / US 74 east – Lumberton, Wilmington East end of I-74/US 74 overlap
US 501 overlaps with Interstate 74 (exits 185 to 183).
Scotland Laurinburg 23.2 37.3 I‑74 west / US 15 south / US 74 west / US 401 south – Hamlet, Rockingham, McColl South end of US 15/US 401 overlap
24.2 38.9
US 74 Bus. (Church Street) – Hamlet
26.1 42.0
US 401 north / US 15 Bus. south / US 501 Bus. south – Fayetteville
North end of US 401 overlap
  29.3 47.2 NC 144 (Old Wire Road) – Wagram
Moore Aberdeen 49.1 79.0 NC 211 east – Raeford East end of NC 211 overlap
49.5 79.7 US 1 south – Rockingham South end of US 1 overlap
49.7 80.0 NC 5 – Pinehurst
51.4 82.7 US 1 north – Southern Pines North end of US 1 overlap
Pinehurst 55.2 88.8 NC 2 / NC 211 west – Southern Pines, West End Roundabout, west end of NC 211 overlap
  59.0 95.0 NC 73 west – West End
Carthage 62.5 100.6 NC 22 south – Southern Pines South end of NC 22 overlap
63.6 102.4 NC 22 north (McNiell Street) North end of NC 22 overlap
65.7 105.7 NC 24 east / NC 27 east (Monroe Street) East end of NC 24/NC 27 overlap
  67.5 108.6 NC 24 east / NC 27 east – Cameron West end of NC 24/NC 27 overlap
Lee   76.0 122.3 US 1 south – Cameron, Southern Pines South end of US 1 overlap
Tramway 78.6 126.5 NC 78 east (Tramway Road) – Cameron
Sanford 81.0 130.4
US 1 Bus. north / NC 42 – Asheboro, Fuquay-Varina
82.3 132.4 Spring Lane
82.8 133.3 69A US 421 / NC 87 south – Dunn, Greensboro South end of NC 87 overlap
83.5 134.4 69B Burns Drive
84.0 135.2 70 Oscar Keller Jr Highway – Fuquay-Varina Future US 421
85.0 136.8 71
US 1 north / US 1 Bus. south – Apex, Raleigh
North end of US 1 overlap
Chatham Pittsboro 98.2 158.0 NC 87 north – Graham, Burlington North end of NC 87 overlap
99.2 159.6
US 64 Bus.
101.8 163.8 US 64 – Siler City, Apex
Orange Chapel Hill 115.0 185.1 NC 54 west – Graham North end of NC 54 overlap
117.2 188.6 NC 54 east (Raleigh Road) East end of NC 54 overlap
119.2 191.8 Franklin Street
Durham Durham 121.0 194.7 I‑40 – Greensboro, Raleigh
123.0 197.9 105
US 15 Bus. north / US 501 Bus. north (Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard)
124.5 200.4 106 Cornwallis Road
125.5 202.0 107 NC 751 (Cameron Boulevard)
126.2 203.1 108
US 70 Bus. (Hillsborough Road) / NC 147 (Durham Freeway)
Signed as exits 108A (east), 108B (west), 108C (Hillsbrough Road)
127.4 205.0 109 I‑85 south – Greensboro South end of I-85 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
US 501 overlaps with Interstate 85 (exits 174A to 176B).
Durham Durham 130.0 209.2 I‑85 north / US 15 north / US 70 east – Henderson, Petersburg North end of I-85/US 15 and east end of US 70 overlap
132.5 213.2
US 501 Bus. (Roxboro Street)
Person   146.0 235.0 NC 57 south – Hillsborough South end of NC 57 overlap
Roxboro 156.5 251.9 US 158 east – Oxford East end of US 158 overlap
157.0 252.7 NC 157 south – Durham
158.0 254.3 US 158 west / NC 49 south / NC 57 north – Yanceyville, Milton, Haw River West end of US 158, south end of NC 49, and north end of NC 57 overlap
159.0 255.9 NC 49 north (Virgilina Road) – Virgilina North end of NC 49 overlap
State line 170.0 273.6 US 501 north
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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