U.S. Route 13 in North Carolina
Route of US 13 in red
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||189.1 mi (304.3 km)|
|Existed:||1952 – present|
|South end:||I‑95 / NC 295 in Eastover|
| US 421 in Spivey's Corner
US 701 in Newton Grove
US 117 / US 70 in Goldsboro
US 258 in Snow Hill
US 264 in Greenville
US 64 near Bethel
US 17 near Windsor
US 158 in Winton
|North end:||US 13 at the VA state line|
|Counties:||Cumberland, Sampson, Wayne, Greene, Pitt, Edgecombe, Martin, Bertie, Hertford, Gates|
The section of U.S. Route 13 (US 13) in North Carolina is the largest, home to 185.52 miles (298.57 km) of its length. It runs southwest to northeast through eastern North Carolina, beginning at Interstate 95. Most of the routing is rural, serving only three cities of considerable size along the entire route; the rest passes through forests and farmland. US 13 is usually only two lanes wide unless it is co-signed with other highways, usually near cities as bypasses.
Interstate 95 to Newton Grove
US 13 begins at a hybrid interchange incorporating elements of a cloverleaf, a directional-T, and a diamond, consisting of a junction with Interstate 95 (exit 38) and the Fayetteville Outer Loop near Fayetteville in Cumberland County. It quickly reduces its lane count from the four of the I-295 freeway to two lanes with dirt shoulders. It bears eastward, passing through sparsely developed forest and farm lands, quickly crossing the county border and entering Sampson County. The route turns slightly northeast and passes through Spivey's Corner, where the road intersects US 421, otherwise known as Spivey's Corner Highway.
Nearing Newton Grove, US 13 flies over Interstate 40 with no direct access. The route then enters the small town and is interrupted by a large roundabout which brings three routes—itself; North Carolina Highway 50, Raleigh Street west and Mount Olive Drive east; and US 701, Main Street north and Clinton Street south—to a central point in the city.
Newton Grove to Goldsboro
Continuing north from Newton Grove, US 13 enters Wayne County, traveling more easterly through more farmland and forests. After several miles, it curves northeast and meets US 117 at an intersection. Here, it turns north on the four-lane, divided highway and begins to travel around the west side of Goldsboro, the beginning of a partial beltway around the city. Before turning east again, US 13 leaves US 117 at an at-grade intersection, the latter of which upgrades into a freeway. US 117 Bypass travels along with US 13.
US 13 circles around the city on a four-lane, divided freeway alignment after another at-grade intersection, immediately interchanging with NC 581. Shortly after, it meets US 70 at a partial cloverleaf interchange, and US 70 joins the other two routes on its path east. The next interchange sends US 117 Alternate north at a partial trumpet interchange; US 117 continues north to the east of its parent until they both intersect US 264. US 13 and US 70 continue east, next interchanging NC 111. The road interchanges Wayne Memorial Drive and Spence Avenue before curving southward. The freeway then interchanges with Berkeley Boulevard, where US 13 leaves. US 70 continues on the freeway, while US 13 turns northeast on Berkeley Boulevard, leaving the Goldsboro area.
Goldsboro to US 64
US 13 continues northeast, passing through one last community of Goldsboro before entering open fields and forests once again and entering Greene County. Outside Snow Hill, NC 58 joins US 13 and becomes Kingold Boulevard. US 13 leaves Kingold Boulevard once in the center of town, continuing northeast via Contentnea Boulevard.
Contentnea Boulevard outside the city meets an intersection with US 258 and NC 903, which join US 13. The other side of the four way intersection continues as NC 91. NC 903 leaves after two curves of the road, leaving US 13 and 258 to continue northeast through farmland. US 13 leaves US 258 after a stretch, turning east to meet and run concurrent with US 264, Dickinson Avenue. This arrangement continues until Greenville, where US 264 leaves, and US 13 bisects the city on Memorial Drive, forming concurrencies with NC 43, NC 903 and NC 11. The concurrency eventually drops NC 43, and later picks up NC 33 and drops it, also dropping NC 903 before it heads northward. Still a four-lane divided road, it bypasses the town of Bethel before it meets a diamond interchange with the US 64 freeway in the corner of Edgecombe County. US 13 turns east onto this freeway, while NC 11 continues northward.
US 64 to Virginia
US 13 and US 64 travel eastward to Williamston. The roadway curves around the south and east sides of the city, where US 17 joins and US 64 leaves. US 13/17 continue north on a four lane alignment until Williamston, where it bypasses the town to the west. On the north side, though, US 13 leaves at an interchange on North King Street, traveling north on a two-lane road, while US 17 carries the freeway east towards the ocean.
The road continues through the farm and forest medium until it enters Ahoskie on city streets, forming concurrencies with NC 42 and NC 561. These leave in the city before US 13 exits, finally crossing into Gates County along with US 158. The concurrency travels for a few miles, the roads separating before the Virginia state border. Here, US 13 continues into Virginia as Whaleyville Boulevard.
Blue-Gray Scenic Byway is an 82-mile (132 km) byway from Four Oaks to Trenton. US 13 overlap a short 4-mile (6.4 km) section of the byway, from Bentonville Road to Grantham School Road, northeast of Newton Grove. The byway is noted for its Civil War history.
Edenton-Windsor Loop is an 87-mile (140 km) is a double loop byway connecting the cities of Edenton and Windsor. US 13 and US 13 Business together form a short 2.7-mile (4.3 km) section of the loop, in Windsor. The byway is noted for historical homes in Edenton, the Sans Souci Ferry, the scenic river and coastal views, and history.
Lafayette's Tour is an 173-mile (278 km) byway from Halifax to Lynch's Corner, in the Great Dismal Swamp. US 13 overlap a short 4-mile (6.4 km) section of the byway; from US 258, near Winton, to NC 137. The byway is noted and named after the French General Marquis de Lafayette, who visited the area in 1825. It is also noted for the Parker Island Cable Ferry, swamps/bogs, and history.
Around 1956, US 13 was extended south to Goldsboro; following: US 17 to Williamston, US 64 to Bethel, NC 11 to Greenville, US 264 to Farmville, US 258 to Snow Hill, NC 102 to Goldsboro. Following west on US 70, it ended at the US 117 interchange.
In 1957, Windsor was bypassed, creating US 13 Business following the old downtown route. By 1960, US 13 was extended southwest again, replacing NC 102, to its current southern terminus at Interstate 95. In 1970, US 13 moved onto cutoff road between US 258 and US 264, removing Farmville completely from the route. In 1974, Winton was bypassed, the old alignment became part of NC 45 and NC 461.
By 2000, US 13 was placed on new freeway from Bethel to Robersonville, with US 64; the old alignment became US 64 Alternate. In 2002, it was extended to Williamston. In 2004, Bethel was bypassed, creating US 13 Business following the old main street route.
|Cumberland||Eastover||0.0||0.0||I‑95 / NC 295 south – Fayetteville, Lumberton, Benson|
|0.2||0.32||To US 301 / Pembroke Lane|
|||7.0||11.3||NC 82 west (Herb Farm Road) – Falcon|
|Sampson||Spivey's Corner||16.6||26.7||US 421 / NC 242 (Plain View Highway / Spiveys Corner Highway) – Dunn, Clinton|
|Newton Grove||25.0||40.2||US 701 / NC 50 / NC 55 (Weeks Circle) to I‑40 – Clinton, Mount Olive, Smithfield, Raleigh||Roundabout|
|Wayne||Mar-Mac||45.0||72.4||US 117 south (R.B. Nelson Highway) – Mount Olive||South end of US 117 overlap|
|Goldsboro||47.0||75.6||NC 581 south (Arlington Bridge Road)||South end of NC 581 overlap|
US 117 Bus. north (George Street)
|49.4||79.5||NC 581 north to I‑795 north to US 70 west – Wilson, Raleigh||North end of NC 581 overlap|
|49.8||80.1||To NC 581 / Ash Street|
US 70 west / US 70 Bus. east (Grantham Street) – Raleigh
|West end of US 70 overlap|
|51.1||82.2||US 117 north – Wilson||North end of US 117 overlap|
US 117 Bus. / NC 111 north (William Street)
|North end of NC 111 overlap|
|52.5||84.5||Wayne Memorial Drive|
|53.8||86.6||Cuyler Best Road / Spence Avenue|
|54.7||88.0||US 70 east / NC 111 south – Kinston||East end of US 70 and south end of NC 111 overlap|
US 70 Byp.
|Greene||||70.1||112.8||NC 58 north – Wilson||North end of NC 58 overlap|
|Snow Hill||70.1||112.8||NC 58 south / NC 903 south (Kingold Boulevard) – Kinston||South end of NC 58/903 overlap|
|72.5||116.7||US 258 south / NC 91 north – Walstonburg||South end of US 258 overlap|
|||72.5||116.7||NC 903 north – Maury, Ayden||North end of NC 903 overlap|
|Lizzie||76.9||123.8||NC 123 south (Vandiford Thomas Road) – Maury|
|||79.0||127.1||US 258 north – Farmville||North end of US 258 overlap|
US 264 Alt. west – Farmville
|West end of US 264 Alt overlap|
|||NC 11||Proposed interchange (unfunded).|
US 264 Alt. east (Greenville Boulevard) – Washington
|East end of US 264 Alt overlap|
|92.1||148.2||NC 11 south / NC 43 south / NC 903 south (Memorial Drive) – Kinston||South end of NC 11/43/903 overlap|
|93.1||149.8||NC 43 north (5th Street) – Rocky Mount||North end of NC 43 overlap|
|93.1||149.8||NC 43 north (5th Street) – Rocky Mount||North end of NC 43 overlap|
|95.9||154.3||NC 33 east (Greene Street)||East end of NC 33 overlap|
|96.3||155.0||NC 33 west (Belvoir Highway) – Tarboro||West end of NC 33 overlap|
|96.7||155.6||US 264 (Martin Luther King Jr Highway) – Washington, Wilson|
|97.5||156.9||NC 903 north (Briley Road) – Stokes, Robersonville||North end of NC 903 overlap|
|||105.8||170.3||NC 30 east – Stokes, Washington|
US 13 Bus. north / NC 11 Bus. north (Main Street) – Bethel
US 64 Alt. – Bethel, Parmele
US 13 Bus. south / NC 11 Bus. south (Main Street) – Bethel
|||109.3||175.9||496||US 64 west / NC 11 north – Tarboro, Oak City||West end of US 64 and north end of NC 11 overlap|
|Martin||Robersonville||116.0||186.7||502||NC 903 (Main Street) – Robersonville, Hamilton|
|||118.8||191.2||505||Robersonville Products Road||To Martin County Airport|
US 64 Alt. (Main Street) – Everetts
|||125.0||201.2||512||NC 125 (Prison Camp Road) – Williamston|
US 17 south / US 17 Bus. north – Williamston, Washington
|South end of US 17 overlap|
|Williamston||128.9||207.4||515||US 64 east – Plymouth, Manteo||East end of US 64 overlap|
US 64 Alt. (Jamesville Road)
US 17 Bus. south (Main Street)
US 17 / US 13 Bus. north – Windsor
|North end of US 17 and south end of US 17 Bypass overlap|
|142.9||230.0||NC 308 (Sterlingworth Street) – Lewiston Woodville|
US 17 Byp. north / US 13 Bus. south (King Street) – Edenton, Windsor
|North end of US 17 Bypass overlap|
|||149.0||239.8||NC 305 north – Aulander|
|Powellsville||160.1||257.7||NC 42 east (Main Street) – Aulander||East end of NC 42 overlap|
|Hertford||Ahoskie||163.6||263.3||NC 561 east – Harrellsville||East end of NC 561 overlap|
|165.2||265.9||NC 42 west (Academy Street) – Aulander||West end of NC 42 overlap|
|165.6||266.5||NC 561 west (1st Street) – Rich Square||West end of NC 561 overlap|
|||169.0||272.0||To NC 11 / Short Cut Road – Murfreesboro, Greenville|
|||171.1||275.4||NC 461 west – Rich Square, Halifax||West end of NC 461 overlap|
|||171.8||276.5||NC 461 east (Old Highway 13) – Winton||East end of NC 461 overlap|
|Winton||173.7||279.5||US 158 west / NC 45 east (Mulberry Street) – Murfreesboro, Winton||West end of US 158 overlap|
|Gates||||177.8||286.1||NC 137 east – Gatesville|
|Tarheel||180.3||290.2||US 158 east – Elizabeth City||East end of US 158 overlap; to Merchants Millpond State Park|
|Drum Hill||188.1||302.7||NC 37 south – Gatesville|
|||189.1||304.3||US 13 north – Suffolk||Continuation into Virginia|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- North Carolina Bicycle Route 4 - Concurrent with US 13 from Winton to Eure
- Google (January 23, 2013). "US 13" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
- "NCDOT: Scenic Byways". Retrieved February 9, 2011.
- "NCRoads.com: U.S. 13". Retrieved January 24, 2013.[unreliable source]
- Staff. "NCDOT Project R-2250". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
- Staff. "NCDOT: Greenville Southwest Bypass". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
- Media related to U.S. Route 13 in North Carolina at Wikimedia Commons
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