U.S. Route 158

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U.S. Route 158 marker

U.S. Route 158
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 58
Maintained by NCDOT
Length 350 mi[1] (563 km)
Existed 1932 – present
Major junctions
West end US 64 / US 601 in Mocksville
 

I-40 in Winston-Salem
I-85 near Oxford
I-85 / US 1 in Henderson
I-95 near Roanoke Rapids
US 258 near Murfreesboro
US 17 in Elizabeth City

NC 168 in Barco
East end US 64 / NC 12 at Whalebone Junction
Location
Counties Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham, Caswell, Person, Granville, Vance, Warren, Halifax, Northampton, Hertford, Gates, Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck, Dare
Highway system
NC 157NC 159

U.S. Route 158 is an east–west United States highway that runs for 350 miles (560 km) from Mocksville to Whalebone Junction in Nags Head, entirely in the state of North Carolina.

Route description[edit]

US 17 northbound/US 158 westbound past the northern termini of US 17 Bus. and US 17 Bus. Truck in Elizabeth City

U.S. Route 158 is a parallel of U.S. Route 58. The route does not intersect its parent, instead intersecting its sibling, US 258. It currently runs for 350 miles (560 km) from Mocksville, at US 64/US 601 to Whalebone Junction in the town of Nags Head, North Carolina. A 10 miles (16 km) stretch skirts the Great Dismal Swamp.

From Mocksville, it parallels I-40 into Winston-Salem, where it merges with I-40 Business/US 421 freeway through the downtown area. Going northeast, it goes through Stokesdale then goes north around Reidsville with US 29 Business. From Reidsville, US 158 connects the northern counties of North Carolina, going through the cities and towns of Yanceyville, Roxboro, Oxford, Henderson, Roanoke Rapids, Murfreesboro, and Elizabeth City.

From NC 168 eastward, it carries traffic from the Norfolk region to the Outer Banks. Normally, the route is a four-lane undivided highway with a speed limit of 50 miles an hour in Dare County, from its eastern terminus to the Wright Memorial Bridge. Most of the route is otherwise a four-lane divided highway with a 55 miles per hour speed limit until NC 168 (which carries traffic to Chesapeake, Virginia), where it turns left at an at-grade intersection. It then returns to being undivided.

In Dare County, the highway runs in a north–south direction, although it is signed west–east. It acts as a bypass route for the Virginia Dare Trail (NC 12), which runs parallel to U.S. 158 to the east. For the entire length of the Outer Banks, US 158 is known as Croatan Highway.

History[edit]

US 158 was established in 1932, as a concurrency with NC 48 from Mocksville to Murfreesboro and NC 12, from Murfreesboro to Virginia state line. US 158 also replaced US 117 routing between Murfreesboro to Franklin, Virginia. In 1934, NC 48 and NC 12 were removed from its routing. In 1937 or 1938, US 158's western terminus moved from Depot Street to Main Street in Mocksville.[2][not in citation given] In 1941, US 158 swapped routes with NC 65 between Stokesdale and Reidsville. Also in same year, US 158 was rerouted east at Murfreesboro, replacing NC 30 to Camden and NC 34 crossing the Croatan Sound and ending at NC 345, near Manteo; its old alignment north of Murfreesboro became part of US 258. Between 1945-1949, US 158's western terminus moved to its current location at Main and Lexington Streets, in Mocksville; also in same time period, US 158 was moved onto new routing through Roxboro; its old alignment along Main Street became US 501A. In 1946, US 158 bypassed north of Gatesville, with its old alignment became US 158A.

Around 1951, US 158 was removed from Roanoke Island and was truncated at its current eastern terminus at Whalebone Junction, on Bodie Island; its former routing was replaced by US 64/US 264. In 1951, US 158 was placed on new bypass north of Henderson, leaving behind US 158A along its old alignment.[3] Around 1954, US 158 was placed on one-way streets in downtown Winston-Salem: westbound via Clover Dale Street, Glade Street and fifth street; eastbound via first and fourth streets. In 1955, US 158 was bypassed north of Warrenton, leaving behind US 158A along its former alignment.[4]

In 1959, US 158 was moved onto new expressway between Stratford to Marshall and Cherry Streets, in Winston-Salem. In 1960, US 158 was moved onto its current routing in Bodie Island, leaving behind US 158 Business.[5]

In 1962, US 158 was completed its transition onto the expressway in Winston-Salem, leaving behind US 158 Business. Between 1963-1967, US 158 was routed onto one-way streets in Weldon.[6] In 1968, US 158 was rerouted in Elizabeth City.[7]

In 1971, US 158 was placed onto the Yanceyville bypass; its old routing through the downtown area was partly replaced by NC 62, with Main Street downgraded to secondary road.[8] In 1973, US 13/US 158 was placed on new western bypass of Winton, its old alignment became part of NC 45.[9] In 1979, US 158 was placed on bypass north of Reidsville, via US 29 Bus. and NC 14; its old alignment became mostly secondary roads, with just part remaining as NC 87.[10] In 1984, US 17/US 158 was rerouted again in Elizabeth City.[11] In 1995, US 158 was rerouted onto new bypass south of Murfreesboro, leaving behind US 158 Business.[12]

In May 2016, NCDOT's applied to AASHTO to change US 158's route in the Reidsville area. Instead of following Bus. US 29 and NC 87 to the north to NC 14 and then east along that route to US 29, the route would take US 158 south along Bus. US 29/NC 87 to where they split and then following NC 87 to US 29. US 158 would then run concurrent with US 29 to the NC 14 exit where it would resume its old alignment. AASHTO approved the change on May 24 at the meeting of the Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering in Waterloo, Iowa. NCDOT passed its ordinance approving the change on March 5, 2018. It is unknown when the signs will be changed along the old and new routings.[13]

U.S. Route 117[edit]

U.S. Route 117
Location Norlina, NC –Virginia Beach, VA
Length 159 mi[citation needed] (256 km)
Existed 1926–1932

U.S. Route 117 (US 117) was established in 1926 to run for 159 miles (256 km) from Norlina, through the towns of Warrenton, Roanoke Rapids, and Murfreesboro; from there it went north into Virginia through Franklin, Suffolk, Portsmouth, and Norfolk to Virginia Beach. It was cut back to Franklin in 1931 or 1932, being replaced by US 58 east of there, and soon afterwards the remainder was renumbered US 158.[14][15]

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
DavieMocksville0.00.0 US 64 / US 601 – Statesville, Lexington, Cooleemee, Salisbury
4.87.7 To I-40 / Farmington Road – Farmington
Hillsdale11.318.2 NC 801 – Farmington, Cooleemee
ForsythWinston-Salem20.733.3 I-40 – Statesville, Greensboro
21.734.9 NC 67 (Silas Creek Parkway)
23.337.53B I-40 Bus. west / US 421 north – Statesville, YadkinvilleWest end of I-40 business and north end of US 421 overlap
23.437.73CNorth Stratford Road
23.838.34ACloverdale AvenueSigned as exit 4 eastbound
24.238.94BWest First Street / Hawthorne RoadWestbound exit and eastbound entrance
24.639.65A NC 150 west (Peters Creek Parkway)West end of NC 150 overlap
25.040.25BBroad Street – BB&T Ballpark
25.240.65CCherry Street – Convention Center
25.440.95DMain Street / First Street – Old Salem, Salem College
26.041.86 US 52 / US 311 / NC 8 – Lexington, High Point, Mount Airy, Smith Reynolds AirportSigned as exits 6A (south) and 6B (north)
26.442.56CMartin Luther King Jr. DriveTo Winston-Salem State University
27.444.17Lowery Street / Fifth StreetEastbound Lowery Street, westbound Fifth Street
28.345.58 I-40 Bus. east / US 421 south / NC 150 east – Kernersville, GreensboroEast end of I-40 business/NC 150 and south end of US 421 overlap
Eastbound exit and westbound entrance
Walkertown I-74Future interchange (under construction)[16]
33.854.4 NC 66 (Old Hollow Road) – Kernersville
GuilfordStokesdale43.970.7 NC 65 (Belews Creek Road) – Walnut Cove
44.771.9 NC 68 – High Point
48.277.6 I-73 / US 220 – Greensboro, Madison
RockinghamReidsville63.5102.2
US 29 Bus. south / NC 87 south / Richardson Drive – Greensboro, Burlington
South end of US 29 Business and NC 87 overlap
65.5105.4 NC 65 west / NC 87 north (Harrison Street) – Wentworth, EdenNorth end of NC 87 overlap
67.4108.5Scales Street
67.7109.0
US 29 Bus. north / NC 14 north – Eden, Danville
North end of US 29 Business/NC 14 overlap
68.3109.9Market Street
70.2113.0 US 29 – Greensboro, DanvilleSouth end of NC 14 overlap; future I-785
Caswell82.6132.9 NC 150 west – Williamsburg
Yanceyville89.0143.2 NC 86 north – DanvilleNorth end of NC 86 overlap
91.0146.5 NC 62 south (Main Street) – BurlingtonSouth end of NC 62 overlap
91.2146.8 NC 62 north – MiltonNorth end of NC 62 overlap
94.3151.8 NC 86 south – HillsboroughSouth end of NC 86 overlap
98.0157.7 NC 119 – Mebane, Semora
PersonRoxboro110.7178.2 NC 49 south – Haw RiverSouth end of NC 49 overlap
111.2179.0 NC 57 north – Semora, MiltonNorth end of NC 57 overlap
111.6179.6 US 501 north / NC 49 north – South Boston, VirgilinaNorth end of US 501/NC 49 overlap
112.2180.6 NC 157 south (Hurdle Mills Road) – Hurdle Mills
112.6181.2 US 501 south / NC 57 south (Durham Road) – DurhamSouth end of US 501/NC 57 overlap
GranvilleOxford135.3217.7
US 158 Bus. east (Roxboro Road) – Oxford
135.8218.5 NC 96 (Little Batterwhite Road) – Virgilina
136.9220.3 US 15 (College Street) – Clarksville
139.8225.0
US 158 Bus. west (Williamsboro Street)
140.4226.0 I-85 – Durham, Petersburg
142.1228.7
US 158 Bus. east – Henderson
VanceHenderson147.0236.6213 I-85 south – Oxford, DurhamSouth end of I-85 overlap
148.2238.5214 NC 39 – Downtown Henderson
149.0239.8215
I-85 north / US 1 Bus. south / US 158 Bus. west – Petersburg
North end of I-85 and south end of US 1 business overlap
151.5243.8 US 1 south – Wake Forest, RaleighSouth end of US 1 and north end of US 1 business overlap
Middleburg154.0247.8 I-85 / Flemingtown Road – Henderson, Durham, Petersburg
WarrenNorlina162.6261.7 US 1 north / US 401 north – South Hill, RichmondNorth end of US 1/401 overlap
163.9263.8
US 401 south / US 158 Bus. east – Warrenton
South end of US 401 overlap
Macon168.8271.7
US 158 Bus. west – Warrenton
HalifaxLittleton179.8289.4 NC 4 south / NC 903 north – WarrentonNorth end of NC 903 overlap
186.4300.0 NC 903 south – HalifaxSouth end of NC 903 overlap
Roanoke Rapids194.4312.9 NC 48 (Roanoke Avenue) – Brinkleyville
195.8315.1 NC 125 (Smith Church Road) – Halifax
196.8316.7 I-95 – Rocky Mount, Emporia, Richmond
Weldon199.0320.3 US 301 south – Halifax, Rocky MountSouth end of US 301 overlap
NorthamptonGarysburg201.4324.1 US 301 north – EmporiaNorth end of US 301 overlap
Jackson211.1339.7 NC 305 north (Church Street) – SeaboardNorth end of NC 305 overlap
212.0341.2 NC 305 south – Rich SquareSouth end of NC 305 overlap
Conway224.1360.7 NC 35 – Severn, Woodland
229.4369.2
US 258 south / US 158 Bus. east – Murfreesboro, Woodland, Scotland Neck
South end of US 258 overlap
Hertford232.0373.4 US 258 north / NC 11 – MurfreesboroNorth end of US 258 overlap
233.3375.5
US 158 Bus. west – Murfreesboro
Winton241.2388.2 US 13 south / NC 45 south (Mulberry Street) – Ahoskie, WintonSouth end of US 13 overlap
Gates245.2394.6 NC 137 east – GatesvilleWestern terminus of NC 137
Tarheel247.8398.8 US 13 north – SuffolkNorth end of US 13 overlap
253.0407.2
US 158 Bus. east – Gatesville
253.9408.6 NC 37 – Gatesville, Gates, Suffolk
255.6411.3
US 158 Bus. west – Gatesville
Sunbury262.6422.6 NC 32 – Edenton, Suffolk
PasquotankMorgans Corner278.1447.6 US 17 north – NorfolkNorth end of US 17 overlap
281.0452.2264
US 17 Byp. south – Hertford, Edenton
Elizabeth City288.4464.1
US 17 Bus. south (Road Street)
289.3465.6 US 17 south (Hughes Boulevard) – HertfordSouth end of US 17 overlap
289.9466.5
US 17 Bus. (Road Street)
CamdenCamden293.7472.7 NC 343 – South Mills, Old Trap
Belcross295.6475.7 NC 34 north – NorfolkSouthern terminus of NC 34
CurrituckBarco306.2492.8 NC 168 north – Norfolk
315.0506.9 NC 136 east – Poplar Branch
DareKitty Hawk335.2539.5 NC 12 – Southern Shores, Duck, Corolla, Beaches
Nags Head350.2563.6 US 64 west to US 264 – Manteo, Wanchese, Roanoke Island
NC 12 – Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Nags Head Beaches, Hatteras Island, Ocracoke Island
Whalebone Junction
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

Winston-Salem business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 158 Business
Location Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Existed 1962–1970

U.S. Route 158 Business, was established in 1962 as a renumbering of mainline US 158 in downtown Winston-Salem. The business loop traversed on one-way streets: eastbound used Cherry Street, 4th Street, and Dunleith Street; westbound used Marshall Street and 5th Street. In 1970, it was decommissioned.[17]

Oxford alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 158A
Location Oxford, North Carolina
Length 4.7 mi[18] (7.6 km)
Existed 1954–1971

U.S. Route 158 Alternate (US 158A), was established in 1954 as a partial bypass of Oxford. As an alternate spur route, it did not reconnect with US 158, instead going southwest to US 15. In 1971, US 158A was eliminated when Interstate 85 was built over it.[19]

Oxford business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 158 Business
Location Oxford, North Carolina
Length 4.2 mi[20] (6.8 km)
Existed 1994–present

U.S. Route 158 Business, established in 1994, is a 4.2-mile (6.8 km) business loop that followed the original US 158 route through downtown Oxford, via Roxboro Road, College Street, and Williamsboro Street.[17]

The entire route is in Oxford, Granville County.

mi[20]kmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0 US 158 – Roxboro, Henderson
0.71.1 NC 96 north (Goshen Street), VirgilinaNorth end of NC 96 overlap
1.21.9 US 15 north (College Street), ClarksvilleNorth end of US 15 overlap
2.03.2 US 15 south / NC 96 south (Hillsboro Street) – Creedmoor, WiltonSouth end of US 15 and NC 96 overlap
4.26.8 US 158 – Roxboro, Henderson
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Henderson alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 158A
Location Henderson, North Carolina
Length 8.5 mi[21] (13.7 km)
Existed 1951–1960

U.S. Route 158 Alternate (US 158A), was established in 1951, when mainline US 158 bypassed north of Henderson. US 158A followed the original route through downtown Henderson until 1960, when it was renumbered to US 158 Business.[19]

Henderson business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 158 Business
Location Henderson, North Carolina
Length 8.5 mi[21] (13.7 km)
Existed 1960–present

U.S. Route 158 Business, established in 1960, is a 8.5-mile (13.7 km) business loop through downtown Henderson, via Oxford Road, Danbney Drive, and Garnett Street.[17]


CountyLocationmi[21]kmDestinationsNotes
Granville0.00.0 US 158 – Oxford, Henderson
VanceHenderson6.410.3
US 1 Bus. south (Raleigh Road) – Louisburg
South end of US 1 business overlap
8.513.7
US 158 / US 1 Bus. north – Middleburg
North end of US 1 business overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Warrenton alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 158A
Location Warrenton, North Carolina
Length 7.5 mi[22] (12.1 km)
Existed 1950–1960

U.S. Route 158 Alternate (US 158A), was established in 1950, when mainline US 158 bypassed north of Gatesville. US 158A followed the original route through downtown Warrenton until 1960, when it was renumbered to US 158 Business.[19]

Warrenton business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 158 Business
Location Warrenton, North Carolina
Length 7.5 mi[22] (12.1 km)
Existed 1960–present

U.S. Route 158 Business, established in 1960, is a 7.5-mile (12.1 km) business loop through downtown Warrenton.[17]

The entire route is in Warren County.

Locationmi[22]kmDestinationsNotes
Norlina0.00.0 US 158 / US 401 north – Norlina, MaconNorth end of US 401 overlap
Warrenton3.15.0 US 401 south / NC 58 (Main Street) – LouisburgSouth end of US 401 and north end of NC 58 overlap
3.76.0 NC 58 south – CentervilleSouth end of NC 58 overlap
Macon7.512.1 US 158 – Norlina, Macon
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Murfreesboro business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 158 Business
Location Murfreesboro, North Carolina
Length 4.4 mi[23] (7.1 km)
Existed 1996–present

U.S. Route 158 Business, established in 1996, is a 4.4-mile (7.1 km) business loop that followed the original US 158 route through downtown Murfreesboro, via Main Street.[17]


CountyLocationmi[23]kmDestinationsNotes
Northampton0.00.0 US 158 / US 258 – Conway, Winton, Scotland Neck
HertfordMurfreesboro2.84.5 US 258 / NC 11 south – Como, Oak City
4.47.1 US 158 – Conway, Winton
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Gatesville alternate route[edit]

U.S. Route 158A
Location Gatesville, North Carolina
Length 4.9 mi[24] (7.9 km)
Existed 1948–1960

U.S. Route 158 Alternate (US 158A), was established in 1948, two years after mainline US 158 bypassed north of Gatesville. It followed the original route through downtown Gatesville. In 1960, it was renumbered to US 158 Business.[19]

Gatesville business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 158 Business
Location Gatesville, North Carolina
Length 4.9 mi[24] (7.9 km)
Existed 1960–present

U.S. Route 158 Business, established in 1960, is a 4.9-mile (7.9 km) business loop through downtown Gatesville.[17]

The entire route is in Gates County.

Locationmi[24]kmDestinationsNotes
0.00.0 US 158 – Winton, Sunbury
1.32.1 NC 37 north – Gates, SuffolkNorth end of NC 37 overlap
Gatesville2.54.0 NC 37 south (Main Street)South end of NC 37 overlap
4.97.9 US 158 – Winton, Sunbury
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Kill Devil Hills business loop[edit]


U.S. Route 158 Business
Location Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Length 15.2 mi[25] (24.5 km)
Existed 1960–1988

U.S. Route 158 Business, was established in 1960 as a renumbering of mainline US 158 on Bodie Island. In 1988, US 158 Business was decommissioned, replaced by a northern extension of NC 12.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (2011-02-13). "US 158" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  2. ^ North Carolina Primary Highway System (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1940. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ North Carolina Primary Highway System (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1951. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  4. ^ North Carolina County Maps (PDF) (Map). North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1957. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ North Carolina Primary Highway System (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1960. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ North Carolina County Maps (PDF) (Map). North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1968. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Route Change (1968-12-06)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. December 6, 1968. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Route Change (1971-09-02)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 2, 1971. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Route Change (1973-05-02)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. May 2, 1973. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Route Change (1979-07-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. July 1, 1979. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Route Change (1984-11-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. November 1, 1984. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Route Change (1995-03-20)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. March 20, 1995. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Route Change (2008-04-05)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. April 5, 2018. Retrieved June 4, 2018. 
  14. ^ "NCRoads.com: U.S. 117". Retrieved July 14, 2013. [unreliable source]
  15. ^ Virginia Highways Page: US 117[unreliable source?]
  16. ^ Staff. "Winston-Salem Northern Beltway". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 4, 2018. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "NCRoads.com: U.S. 158-B". Retrieved January 24, 2013. [unreliable source]
  18. ^ Google (January 24, 2013). "US 158 Alt - Oxford" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c d "NCRoads.com: U.S. 158-A". Retrieved January 24, 2013. [unreliable source]
  20. ^ a b Google (February 13, 2011). "US 158 Bus - Oxford" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  21. ^ a b c Google (January 24, 2013). "US 158 Bus - Henderson" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  22. ^ a b c Google (February 13, 2011). "US 158 Bus - Warrenton" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  23. ^ a b Google (February 13, 2011). "US 158 Bus - Murfreesboro" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  24. ^ a b c Google (February 13, 2011). "US 158 Bus - Gatesville" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 
  25. ^ Google (January 24, 2013). "US 158 Bus - Kill Devil Hills" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 

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