U.S. Route 601

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U.S. Route 601 marker

U.S. Route 601
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 1
Length: 316.3 mi[1][2] (509.0 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 321 near Tarboro, SC
  US 78 in Bamberg, SC
I‑26 near Orangeburg, SC
I‑20 near Lugoff, SC
US 1 in Camden, SC
US 74 in Monroe, NC
I‑85 near Salisbury, NC
I‑40 near Mocksville, NC
US 421 near Yadkinville, NC
I‑74 near Mount Airy, NC
North end: US 52 in Mount Airy, NC
Highway system

I‑585 SC SC 602
NC 581 NC NC 610

U.S. Route 601 (US 601) is a north–south United States highway that runs for 316.3 miles (509.0 km) from U.S. Route 321, near Tarboro, South Carolina, to U.S. Route 52, in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

Route description[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

US 601 begins at US 321 near Tarboro, SC and intersects with such highways as US 278 in Hampton, US 301 between Bamberg and Orangeburg, US 78 in Bamberg, Interstate 26 near Orangeburg Interstate 20 near Lugoff, US 1 in Camden, US 521 between Camden and Kershaw, and SC 9 in Pageland.

North Carolina[edit]

After crossing the north–South Carolina border, US 601 intersects with such highways as US 74 in Monroe, NC 24/NC 27 in Midland, NC 49 south of Concord, Interstate 85 near Salisbury, Interstate 40 near Mocksville, US 421 in Yadkinville, Interstate 74 near White Plains, and US 52 in Mount Airy.

History[edit]

Established in 1927 as an original US Highway; the original routing was from US 1, in Cheraw, to US 17/US 76, in Florence.

In 1932, US 601 was extended north into North Carolina, replacing SC 96. In North Carolina US 601 was placed on concurrency with almost all of NC 80, from the South Carolina state line, near McFarlan, to downtown Mount Airy. In 1934, NC 80 was expunged from US 601.

In 1935, most of US 601 was replaced by the arrival of US 52. From Salisbury, North Carolina to Florence, South Carolina, the route was converted to US 52; which marked its departure from South Carolina.

Around 1952, US 601 was extended south from Salisbury. Starting with a concurrency with US 29 to Kannapolis, from there it followed US 29A to downtown Concord. Replacing NC 151, it continues south through Monroe and to the state line. In South Carolina, US 601 returns by replacing SC 151 from the border to Pageland. From there it replaced SC 902 and part of SC 265 to Kershaw. Between Kershaw and Camden, it overlaps with US 521. Replacing SC 26 from Camden to Orangeburg, then in concurrency with US 301 to Bamberg. Then finally replacing SC 36 to US 321, where it continues and ends with US 321 in Hardeeville.

In 1965, US 601 was realigned on new road bypassing west of downtown Concord, leaving a business loop.[3] In 1970, US 601 was realigned on new road bypassing east of Dobson, leaving a business loop.[4] In 1974, US 601 was extended to Interstate 95 in Hardeeville; however, by 1977, US 601 was truncated to its current southern terminus at US 321, near Tarboro. In 1979, US 601 was rerouted west of Salisbury, with concurrency with US 70; Innis Street was downgraded to secondary status. In the late 1980s, US 601 was rerouted onto Interstate 85, in Salisbury from exit 68 to exit 74; which was extended in the late 1990s, going south to exit 58 in Concord.[5][6]

In 1999, US 601 was truncated to its current northern terminus at US 52 in Mount Airy.[7]

Junction list[edit]

South Carolina[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Jasper Tarboro 0.0 0.0 US 321 (Cotton Hill Road) – Hardeeville, Estill
  3.3 5.3 SC 652 east (Calf Pen Bay Road)
Pineland 3.7 6.0 SC 462 (Gillison Branch) – Robertville, Grays
Hampton Furman 9.2 14.8 SC 333 west (Scotia-Furman Highway) – Scotia
  14.0 22.5 SC 3 (Browning Gate Road) – Estill, Grays
Hampton 23.6 38.0 US 278 east / SC 363 east (Elm Street) – Varnville East end of US 278 and SC 363 overlap
24.2 38.9 US 278 west / SC 363 west (Elm Street) – Brunson West end of US 278 and SC 363 overlap
Colleton   36.7 59.1 SC 641 (Confederate Highway) – Walterboro To Rivers Bridge State Park
Bamberg Ehrhardt 41.8 67.3 SC 64 (Low Country Highway) – Barnwell, Walterboro, Charleston
Bamberg 55.2 88.8 US 301 (Main Highway) – Allendale South end of US 301 overlap
56.1 90.3 US 78 (Railroad Avenue) – Denmark, Summerville
Orangeburg   61.7 99.3 SC 332 west (Slab Landing Road) – Cope, Norway
  68.2 109.8 SC 70 west (Binnicker Bridge Road) – Denmark, Barnwell
Edisto 71.4 114.9 SC 4 west (Neeses Road) – Neeses West end of SC 4 overlap
Orangeburg 73.3 118.0 SC 33 east (Russell Street)
73.4 118.1 SC 4 east (Stonewall Jackson Boulevard) East end of SC 4 overlap
73.9 118.9
US 178 Bus. (Broughton Street) – North, Bowman
74.4 119.7
US 301 north / US 21 Bus. south (Magnolia Street) – Santee, Branchville
North end of US 301 and south end of US 21 business overlap
74.6 120.1 SC 33 (Russell Street) – Cameron
75.6 121.7 US 21 / US 178 (Chestnut Street) – North, Columbia, Bowman North end of US 21 business overlap
79.5 127.9 I‑26 – Columbia, Charleston
Calhoun Wertz Crossroads 85.7 137.9 US 176 (Old State Road) – Columbia, Cameron
St. Matthews 87.5 140.8 SC 6 (Old State Road) – Swansea, Santee
Wiles Crossroads 95.0 152.9 SC 419 (Fort Motte Road) – Fort Motte, Lone Star, Elloree
  96.4 155.1 SC 267 south (McCords Ferry Road) – Lone Star, Elloree
Richland Wateree 102.6 165.1 SC 48 west (Bluff Road) – Gadsden To Congaree National Park
  106.8 171.9 SC 764 west (Old Eastover Road) – Eastover
  109.5 176.2 SC 263 (Vanboklen Road) – Eastover, Sumter
  112.3 180.7 US 76 / US 278 (Garners Ferry Road) – Columbia, Sumter
Leesburg 112.3 180.7 SC 262 west – Columbia
Kershaw Lugoff 129.8 208.9 I‑20 / SC 12 west (Fort Jackson Road) – Columbia, Florence
132.2 212.8 US 1 south (Jefferson Davis Highway) – Elgin South end of US 1 overlap
132.6 213.4 SC 34 west (Ridgeway Road) – Ridgeway West end of SC 34 overlap
Camden 137.3 221.0 US 1 north / US 521 south / SC 34 east – Sumter, Bishopville, McBee North end of US 1, south end of US 521, and east end of SC 34 overlap
139.4 224.3 SC 97 north (Liberty Hill Road) – Great Falls
Lancaster Kershaw 158.2 254.6
US 521 Bus. north / US 601 Bus. north (Hampton Street)
158.9 255.7 US 521 north (Matson Street) – Heath Springs, Lancaster North end of US 521 overlap
159.1 256.0
US 521 Bus. / US 601 Bus. south (Hampton Street)
  164.4 264.6 SC 265 east (Old Jefferson Highway) – Jefferson, Chesterfield
Midway 166.0 267.2 SC 903 north (Flat Creek Road) – Lancaster North end of SC 903 overlap
166.2 267.5 SC 903 south (Flat Creek Road) – McBee South end of SC 903 overlap
Chesterfield   175.9 283.1 SC 9 north – Lancaster North end of SC 9 overlap
Pageland 178.9 287.9 SC 207 north (Elm Street) – Monroe
179.3 288.6
SC 9 south (McGregor Street) / SC 151 Bus. south (Pearl Street) – Chesterfield, Jefferson
South end of SC 9 and SC 151 business overlap
180.3 290.2 SC 151 south (Van Lingle Mungo Boulevard) – Jefferson, Darlington North end of SC 151 business overlap
State line 182.7 294.0 US 601
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

North Carolina[edit]

County Location Mile[2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Union State line 0.0 0.0 US 601
Monroe 12.4 20.0 US 74 east (Roosevelt Boulevard) East end of US 74 overlap
13.7 22.0 NC 200 north (Morgan Mill Road) – Stanfield, Locust North end of NC 200 overlap
14.9 24.0 US 74 west / NC 200 south (Roosevelt Boulevard) – Charlotte
NC 207 south (Skyway Drive) – Monroe Business District
West end of US 74 and south end of NC 200 overlap
Fairview 24.8 39.9 NC 218 – Mint Hill, New Salem
Cabarrus   33.3 53.6 NC 24 / NC 27 – Charlotte, Locust, Albemarle To Reed Gold Mine Historic Site
  39.1 62.9 NC 200 south – Locust, Stanfield
Concord 42.7 68.7 NC 49 – Charlotte, Richfield
42.9 69.0 NC 3 north (Union Street)
46.9 75.5 US 29 south (Concord Parkway) – Charlotte South end of US 29 overlap
49.1 79.0 NC 73 west (Davidson Highway) – Huntersville West end of NC 73 overlap
49.5 79.7 NC 73 east (Davidson Drive) East end of NC 73 overlap
50.5 81.3 58 I‑85 south / US 29 north (Cannon Boulevard) – Charlotte, Kannapolis South end of I-85 and north end of US 29 overlap
Kannapolis 52.3 84.2 60 Dale Earnhardt Boulevard / Copperfield Boulevard
55.0 88.5 63 Lane Street – Kannapolis
Rowan China Grove 60.5 97.4 68 US 29 / NC 152 – China Grove, Rockwell
  62.8 101.1 70 Webb Road
  64.0 103.0 71 Peeler Road
  64.7 104.1 72 Peach Orchard Road
Salisbury 66.1 106.4 74 Julian Road
67.0 107.8 75 I‑85 north – Lexington, Greensboro North end of I-85 overlap
68.3 109.9 US 29 / US 70 east (Main Street) – Salisbury, China Grove East end of US 70 overlap
69.0 111.0 NC 150 (Mooresville Road) – Salisbury, Mooresville
71.4 114.9 US 70 west (Statesville Boulevard) – Statesville West end of US 70 overlap
73.2 117.8 To US 52 / Innes Street To Catawba College
Davie   82.6 132.9 NC 801 – Cooleemee, Advance
Mocksville 87.2 140.3 US 64 east (Lexington Road) / US 158 east (Main Street) – Lexington East end of US 64 overlap
88.4 142.3 US 64 west (Wilkesboro Street) – Statesville West end of US 64 overlap
90.1 145.0 I‑40 – Winston-Salem, Statesville
  97.9 157.6 NC 801 south – Farmington
Yadkin Yadkinville 104.8 168.7 US 421 – Winston-Salem, Wilkesboro
Boonville 113.5 182.7 NC 67 (Main Street) – East Bend, Jonesville
Surry   120.7 194.2 NC 268 – Pilot Mountain, Elkin
Dobson 124.0 199.6
US 601 Bus. north (Main Street) – Dobson
125.2 201.5 Atkins Street / Turkey Ford Road – Dobson
  126.7 203.9
US 601 Bus. south (Main Street) – Dobson
Mount Airy 131.2 211.1 I‑74 – Winston-Salem, Wytheville
133.6 215.0 US 52 (Andy Griffith Parkway) – Winston-Salem, Hillsville
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 January 8, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c Google Inc. "US 601". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-601+N%2FCypress+Branch+Rd&daddr=33.5894565,-80.8121772+to:34.2463299,-80.608415+to:34.7740473,-80.3922094+to:35.4210225,-80.6153789+to:36.046916,-80.6288904+to:Rockford+St&hl=en&ll=34.379713,-79.815674&spn=7.875634,14.27124&sll=34.786246,-80.40031&sspn=0.029501,0.055747&geocode=Fbi68AEdcXYp-w%3BFdCIAAIdb-cu-ykFTgh71dL4iDEY9hSzTUIM7A%3BFbmOCgIdYQMy-ylj-i1oyPBViDENQNPgkOlF9w%3BFR-cEgId7081-ym7ZcRgQbRViDEr7BdCixhG5Q%3BFV57HAIdLugx-ylZ0QjDdQ9UiDFaW6KPWpx9Ow%3BFUQIJgIdZrMx-ykdgvmUNcVTiDEjVew0B5CcgA%3BFcC2LAIdJvMx-w&mra=dvme&mrsp=3&sz=15&via=1,2,3,4,5&t=p&z=7. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "US 601 Route Change (1965-10-08)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. October 8, 1965. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "US 601 Route Change (1970-09-03)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 3, 1970. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page: US 601". Retrieved January 28, 2013. [unreliable source]
  6. ^ "NCRoads.com: U.S. 601". Retrieved January 28, 2013. [unreliable source]
  7. ^ "US 601 Route Change (1999-06-30)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. June 30, 1999. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 

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