U.S. Route 117

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For the original US 117 from Norlina to Virginia Beach, see U.S. Route 117 (1926).

U.S. Route 117 marker

U.S. Route 117
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 17
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 114 mi[1] (183 km)
Existed: 1932 – present
Major junctions
South end: Port of Wilmington
 

US 421 in Wilmington
I‑40 in Wilmington

US 13 / US 70 in Goldsboro
North end: US 301 near Wilson
Location
Counties: New Hanover, Pender, Duplin, Wayne, Wilson
Highway system

U.S. Route 117 is a north–south United States highway that runs for 114 miles (183 km) from Wilmington to Wilson, entirely in the U.S. state of North Carolina.

Route description[edit]

US 117 begins at the Port of Wilmington. Going east, it overlaps with SR 132 at College Street, then proceeds north. At the intersection of Kings Grant Road, I-40 begins; it has a brief concurrency before exiting off at exit 420. From this point, US 117 parallels I-40 on a mostly two-lane road, going through the towns of Burgaw, Wallace and Warsaw. At Calypso, it highway expands to 4-lane; this is also where a rare connector route is located going back to I-40.

In Goldsboro, US 117 overlaps with US 13 and NC 581; it then splits from SR 581, which connects to I-795. With a brief concurrency with US 70, US 117 splits from both US 13 and US 70 to continue north towards Wilson. US 117 ends at US 301 in Wilson, near exits to both I-795 and US 264.

History[edit]

The second and current US 117 was established in 1932 as a renumbering of several routes in both South and North Carolina. In South Carolina, it replaced SC 38 from Conway to Myrtle Beach and SC 49 from Myrtle Beach to the state line. In North Carolina, it replaced SR 30 from the state line to Wilmington and US 17-1/SR 40 from Wilmington to Wilson.

By 1939, US 17 replaced US 117 south of Wilmington. In the 1950s, bypasses were established in Burgaw and Goldsboro. In the early 1960s, US 117 bypassed Calypso to Mount Olive; which was later extended in 1988 to Brogden.[2]

In 2006, US 117 was moved onto a new freeway between Goldsboro and Wilson, its northern terminus ending at I-95. However, because of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act specifying that trucks over 48 feet (15 m) in length can utilize only Interstate and specific routes approved by the state; larger trucks were not legally allowed to use the new route. As a result, NCDOT decided to get it approved as an interstate as oppose to the longer process of adding it on the STAA system. AASHTO conditionally agreed to this on September 28, 2007; which gave birth to I-795 and moved US 117 back to its original route (briefly renumbered as US 117 Alternate), ending at US 301 near Wilson.[3][4]

Junction list[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
New Hanover Wilmington 0 0 Shipyard Boulevard/River Road – Port of Wilmington US 117 begins
0.8 1.3 US 421 (Carolina Beach Road) – Carolina Beach, Clinton
3.5 5.6 NC 132 south (College Road) – Carolina Beach South end of NC 132 overlap
4 6 US 76 (Oleander Drive) – Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, Whiteville
7 11
US 17 Bus. to US 74 east (Market Street) – Wrightsville Beach, Jacksonville
7.5 12.1 US 74 (Martin Luther King Jr Parkway) – Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington (Downtown), Whiteville
9 14 420 I‑40 west – Benson, Raleigh Brief concurrency with I-40, uses I-40's exit numbers
Castle Hayne 14.5 23.3 NC 133 south (Castle Hayne Road) – Wilmington North end of NC 132 and south end of NC 133 overlap
Pender   17.5 28.2 NC 133 north – Currie North end of NC 133 overlap, to Moores Creek National Battlefield
Rocky Point 21 34 NC 210 (Oleander Drive) – Currie, Hampstead
Burgaw 28.5 45.9
US 117 Bus. north (Walker Street)
29.5 47.5 NC 53 (Jacksonville Highway) – Jacksonville
30 48
US 117 Bus. south (Timberly Lane)
  35 56 Camp Kirkwood Road – Watha
  39 63 I‑40 – Wilmington, Benson, Raleigh I-40 Exit 390
  39.5 63.6 NC 11 south – Willard South end of NC 11 overlap
Duplin Wallace 42 68 NC 11 north – Kenansville North end of NC 11 overlap
4.85 7.81 NC 41 (Main Street) – Harrells, Chinquapin
Rose Hill 50 80 Charity Road – Greenevers
Magnolia 55 89 NC 903 (Main Street) – Delway, Kenansville
59 95 I‑40 / NC 24 – Wilmington, Benson, Raleigh I-40 Exit 369
Warsaw 62.5 100.6
NC 24 Bus. (College Street) – Clinton, Kenansville
63 101 NC 50 south (Memorial Drive) – Kenansville South end of NC 50 overlap
Bowdens 67 108 Bowdens Road To Duplin County Airport
Faison 71 114 NC 50 north / NC 403 (Main Street) – Clinton North end of NC 50 overlap
Calypso 74 119
US 117 Alt. north (Fourth Street)
74.5 119.9
US 117 Conn. south to I‑40 – Clinton
Wayne Mount Olive 79 127 NC 55 – Newton Grove, Kinston
  81 130 Country Club Road
  83 134 Oberry Road
Brogden 87 140
US 117 Alt. south – Brogden
87.5 140.8 US 13 south – Newton Grove South end of US 13 overlap
Goldsboro 89.5 144.0 NC 581 south (Arlington Bridge Road) South end of NC 581 overlap
90 145
US 117 Bus. north (George Street)
92 148 NC 581 north to I‑795 north to US 70 west – Wilson, Raleigh North end of NC 581 overlap
92.5 148.9 To NC 581 / Ash Street
93 150
US 70 west / US 70 Bus. east (Grantham Street) – Raleigh
West end of US 70 overlap
93.5 150.5 US 13 north / US 70 east – Kinston, Greenville North end of US 13 and east end of US 70 overlap
95 153
US 117 Bus. south to NC 111 (William Street)
  96 154 NC 44 (Goldsboro Bypass) – Wilson
Fremont 105 169 NC 222 (Main Street/Carolina Street) Brief concurrency with NC 222
Wilson Wilson 114 183 US 301 to I‑795 to US 264 – Wilson, Smithfield US 117 ends
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes[edit]

Burgaw alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 117A
Location: Burgaw, North Carolina
Length: 2.0 mi[5] (3.2 km)
Existed: 1953–1960

U.S. Route 117 Alternate (US 117A) was established in 1953 when mainline US 117 bypassed Burgaw to its east. It traveled through downtown Burgaw, via Walker Street, Bridges Street, and Timberly Lane. In 1960, the route was rebannered as a business loop.

Burgaw business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 117 Business
Location: Burgaw, North Carolina
Length: 2.0 mi[5] (3.2 km)
Existed: 1960–present

U.S. Route 117 Business (US 117 Bus) was established in the mid-1950s, the 2-mile (3.2 km) route that goes through downtown Burgaw, via Walker Street, Bridgers Street, and Timberly Lane.[2]

The entire route is in Burgaw, Pender County.

Mile[5] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 US 117 – Wallace, Rocky Point
NC 53 east – Jacksonville East end of NC 53 overlap
NC 53 west – Atkinson West end of NC 53 overlap
2.00 3.22 US 117 – Wallace, Rocky Point
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Calypso Connector[edit]


U.S. Route 117 Connector
Location: Calypso, North Carolina
Length: 5.0 mi[6] (8.0 km)
Existed: 2009–present

U.S. Route 117 Connector (US 117 Conn) is a rare 5-mile (8.0 km) spur route connects I-40/NC 403 to US 117 in Calypso. What makes it unique is that this connector route is signed and traverses for several miles; it is also the only confirmed signed connector route in North Carolina.[7]

The entire route is in Calypso, Duplin County.

Mile[6] km Destinations Notes
0.00 0.00 US 117 – Warsaw, Mount Olive
3.00 4.83 NC 50 – Warsaw, Newton Grove
5.00 8.05 NC 403 to I‑40 – Clinton, Seven Springs, Raleigh
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Calypso–Mount Olive business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 117 Business
Location: CalypsoMount Olive, NC
Length: 6.1 mi[8] (9.8 km)
Existed: 1960–1988

U.S. Route 117 Business (US 117 Bus) was established in 1960 as a renumbering of US 117A. It traveled along 4th Street in Calypso and Breazeale Avenue in Mount Olive. In 1988, the entire route was rebannered as an alternate route.[9]

Calypso–Brogden alternate route[edit]


U.S. Route 117 Alternate
Location: CalypsoBrogden, NC
Length: 12.6 mi[10] (20.3 km)
Existed: 1988–present

U.S. Route 117 Alternate (US 117 Alt) was established in 1988, the 12.6-mile (20.3 km) alternate route followed the previous US 117 Business route between Calypso and Mount Olive to Vision of Faith Road, then continuing north replacing mainline US 117 when it was moved onto new freeway just west of it.[2]


County Location Mile[10] km Destinations Notes
Wayne Brogden 0.00 0.00 US 117 / US 13 south – Goldsboro, Newton Grove, Mount Olive
Mount Olive NC 55 – Kinston, Newton Grove
Duplin Calypso 12.6 20.3 US 117 – Mount Olive, Warsaw
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Goldsboro alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 117A
Location: Goldsboro, North Carolina
Length: 2.8 mi[11] (4.5 km)
Existed: 1952–1960

U.S. Route 117 Alternate (US 117A) was established in 1952 when mainline US 117 bypassed Goldsboro to its west. It traveled through downtown Goldsboro, via George Street, Chestnut Street, Center Street, Ash Street, and William Street. In 1949, the US 117A was rerouted and replaced NC 102A on George Street, between Chestnut and Ash Streets. In 1960, the route was rebannered as a business loop.

Goldsboro business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 117 Business
Location: Goldsboro, North Carolina
Length: 2.8 mi[11] (4.5 km)
Existed: mid-1950s–present

U.S. Route 117 Business (US 117 Bus) was established in the mid-1950s, the 2.8-mile (4.5 km) route that goes through downtown Goldsboro via Ash Street and William Street.[2]

The entire route is in Goldsboro, Wayne County.

Mile[11] km Destinations Notes
0.0 0.0 US 117 – Wilson, Mount Olive
NC 111 north – Pateville North end of NC 111 overlap
US 13 / US 70 / NC 111 south – Greenville, Kinston, Seven Springs South end of NC 111 overlap

US 70 Bus. east
East end of US 70 Bus. overlap

US 70 Bus. west
West end of US 70 Bus. overlap
2.8 4.5 US 117 / US 13 / NC 581 – Goldsboro, Newton Grove, Walnut Creek
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Goldsboro–Wilson alternate route[edit]


U.S. Route 117 Alternate
Location: GoldsboroWilson, NC
Length: 23.4 mi[12] (37.7 km)
Existed: 2006–2009

U.S. Route 117 Alternate (US 117 Alt) was established on September, 2006 as a renumbering of mainline US 117 through Goldsboro, Pikeville, and Fremont, before connecting briefly with both US 301 and US 264 and the start of mainline US 117. On April, 2009, nearly the entire alternate route was reverted to mainline US 117 when I-795 was established; overlapping sections of US 301 and US 264 were removed.[13][14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google Inc. "US 117". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Shipyard+Blvd&daddr=34.30319,-77.8767+to:34.51199,-77.90401+to:34.79175,-78.01058+to:35.41638,-77.98224+to:35.50997,-77.98147+to:US-301+N&hl=en&geocode=FVq4CQIdIJla-w%3BFdZsCwIdJLJb-yndetJRB4upiTFychRI9Dkggg%3BFXacDgIddkdb-ymTwpDrOIepiTGnE7i1CDXNXw%3BFUbhEgIdLKdZ-ynNSMeLUNeriTEaEVs2wsWqSQ%3BFTxpHAId4BVa-ylNj2cdzwOsiTHdjaLGraqIuQ%3BFdLWHQId4hha-ynD4Ytl5xysiTGMTR34yWV7Tw%3BFUxaIAIdnn9a-w&mra=mrv&via=1,2,3,4,5&sll=35.38821,-77.978897&sspn=0.05227,0.111494&ie=UTF8&ll=34.978252,-77.634888&spn=1.681044,3.56781&z=9. Retrieved 2011-02-24.
  2. ^ a b c d "NCRoads.com: U.S. 117". Retrieved July 14, 2013. [unreliable source]
  3. ^ "I-795 Goldsboro-Wilson Freeway". Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Big trucks could be banned from new U.S. 117 bypass". Retrieved February 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Google Inc. "US 117 Bus - Burgaw". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=US-117+N&daddr=34.552315,-77.92562+to:US-117+N&hl=en&geocode=FbwQDwIdrjJb-w%3BFfs5DwIdDPNa-ymJ8ZJjnoCpiTHccxF7I4c41A%3BFUBeDwIdYANb-w&mra=me&mrsp=1,0&sz=17&sll=34.561248,-77.920157&sspn=0.0066,0.013937&ie=UTF8&ll=34.552236,-77.914224&spn=0.026403,0.055747&z=15&via=1. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Google Inc. "US 117 Conn - Calypso". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=State+Rd+1783&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&geocode=FUjaFwIdvghX-w%3BFUJ2GAId3h5Y-w&mra=me&mrsp=1,0&sz=18&sll=35.158144,-78.109784&sspn=0.003276,0.006968&ie=UTF8&ll=35.137669,-78.144894&spn=0.052432,0.111494&z=14. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  7. ^ "US 117 Route Change (2009-03-09)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. March 9, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Google Inc. "US 117 Business - Mount Olive". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-117+Alt+N&daddr=US-117+Alt+N&hl=en&ll=35.181385,-78.052711&spn=0.117435,0.222988&sll=35.218803,-78.051853&sspn=0.029345,0.055747&geocode=FTBeGAIdSSdY-w%3BFZeAGQIdQPNY-w&t=p&mra=dme&mrsp=1&sz=15&z=13. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "US 117 Route Change (1988-11-28)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. November 28, 1988. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Google Inc. "US 117 Alt - Calypso to Brogden". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=State+Rd+1783&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&geocode=FUjaFwIdvghX-w%3BFUJ2GAId3h5Y-w&mra=me&mrsp=1,0&sz=18&sll=35.158144,-78.109784&sspn=0.003276,0.006968&ie=UTF8&ll=35.137669,-78.144894&spn=0.052432,0.111494&z=14. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  11. ^ a b c Google Inc. "US 117 Bus - Goldsboro". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Unknown+road&daddr=35.38471,-77.99257+to:US-117+Alt+N&hl=en&geocode=Fdr9GwIdsLRZ-w%3BFYbtGwIdhu1Z-ym3F4zRawGsiTFedboPdbf-Yw%3BFdZRHAIdmBJa-w&mra=dpe&mrsp=1&sz=14&via=1&sll=35.393948,-77.972631&sspn=0.052266,0.111494&ie=UTF8&ll=35.397796,-77.986536&spn=0.052264,0.111494&z=14. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  12. ^ Google Inc. "US 117 Alternate - Goldsboro-Wilson". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=US-117+Alt+N&daddr=35.4304193,-77.9812102+to:35.6107251,-77.9621671+to:US-264+W&hl=en&ll=35.528315,-77.832642&spn=0.467723,0.891953&sll=35.682712,-77.955894&sspn=0.029176,0.055747&geocode=FXLsGwIdPZxZ-w%3BFROgHAId5hla-ylpq3wKsQOsiTHyXmPHWZ70Pw%3BFWVgHwIdSWRa-yn5yHckTR6siTGGUguqXtcBiQ%3BFYuGIAIdmVla-w&mra=dme&mrsp=3&sz=15&via=1,2&t=p&z=11. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  13. ^ "US 117 Route Change (2006-09-07)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 7, 2006. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ "US 117 Route Change (2009-04-22)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. April 22, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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