South Carolina Highway 56

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South Carolina Highway 56 marker

South Carolina Highway 56
Route of SC 56 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length63.3 mi[1] (101.9 km)
Existed1928–present
Major junctions
West end SC 39 near Chappells
 
East end US 176 near Spartanburg
Location
CountiesNewberry, Laurens, Union, Spartanburg
Highway system
SC 55SC 57

South Carolina Highway 56 (SC 56) is a primary state highway in the state of South Carolina. The highway provides a back country alternative to Interstate 26 (I-26) from Clinton to Spartanburg.

Route description[edit]

SC 56 is generally a two-lane rural highway that expands to a four-lane urban highway in Clinton and Spartanburg. It travels 63.3 miles (101.9 km) in a north-south direction, though it is signed east-west; to make it more confusing, signage in Spartanburg reverse the directions.[clarification needed] SC 56 has a roundabout interchange, known as Hearon Circle, with I-85 Business. In Clinton, signage that bypasses the downtown area use "TRUCK" instead of normal or bypass banners; though SC 56 Business is signed through the downtown area.[2]

History[edit]

SC 56 was established in 1928 as a new primary route from SC 392 (today SC 39) to U.S. Route 176 (US 176) in Pauline. In 1949, SC 56 was extended north, replacing US 176 to US 29 in Spartanburg. In 1959, SC 56 was extended north, replacing US 176 along Asheville Highway to its current terminus at US 176. Sometime after 1990, SC 56 was bypassed southeast of downtown Clinton, leaving a business loop.[3]

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Newberry0.00.0 SC 39 – Saluda, Cross Hill, Laurens
8.313.4Belfast Road – Newberry
Laurens9.715.6 SC 560 (Milton Road) – Cross Hill, Kinards
14.423.2 SC 66 east (Milton Road) – Joanna
Clinton18.730.1
SC 72 west (Springdale Road) / SC 56 Bus. east (Jacobs Highway)
West end of SC 72 overlap
20.132.3 US 76 (Carolina Avenue) – Newberry
21.835.1
SC 72 east / SC 72 Bus. west (Willard Road) – Whitmire
East end of SC 72 overlap
22.636.4
SC 56 Bus. west (Musgrove Street)
23.638.0 I-26 – Greenville, Spartanburg, ColumbiaI-26 exit 52.
Union
No major junctions
SpartanburgCross Anchor33.553.9 SC 49 (Union Highway) – Laurens, Union
33.954.6 SC 146 west (Cross Anchor Highway) – Woodruff
44.972.3 SC 150 north (Glenn Springs Road) – Pacolet
Pauline47.776.8 SC 215 south – West Springs, UnionSouth end of SC 215 overlap
48.778.4 SC 215 north (Stone Station Road) – RoebuckNorth end of SC 215 overlap
Spartanburg54.687.9 SC 295 (Southport Road) – Roebuck, Pacolet
57.893.0 US 221 south (Church Street) – ColumbiaSouth end of US 221 overlap
58.293.7 US 29 (Saint John Street)
58.494.0 SC 296 (Daniel Morgan Avenue) – Roebuck
59.195.1 US 221 north (Church Street) – Chesnee, CharlotteNorth end of US 221 overlap
61.498.8 I-85 Bus. – Greenville, CharlotteRoundabout interchange
63.3101.9 US 176 south (Pine Street) to I-85 – Inman, Spartanburg
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

Clinton business loop[edit]


South Carolina Highway 56 Business
LocationClinton, South Carolina
Length3.1 mi[4] (5.0 km)

South Carolina Highway 56 Business traverses through downtown Clinton, in concurrency with SC 72 Business along Broad Street and Willard Road.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (February 8, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 56" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Clinton City (PDF) (Map). South Carolina Department of Transportation. June 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page". Retrieved February 8, 2013.[unreliable source]
  4. ^ Google (February 8, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 56 Business - Loris" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 8, 2013.

External links[edit]

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