U.S. Route 15 in North Carolina

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U.S. Highway 15 marker
U.S. Highway 15
US 15 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length159 mi[1] (256 km)
Existed1927–present
Major junctions
South end US 15 / US 401 at the South Carolina line near McColl, SC
Major intersections I-74 / US 74 in Laurinburg
US 421 in Sanford
I-40 in Durham
NC 147 in Durham
I-85 / US 70 in Durham
North end US 15 at the Virginia line near Clarksville, VA
Location
CountiesScotland, Hoke, Moore, Lee, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Granville
Highway system
NC 14 NC 16

U.S. Route 15 (US 15) is a north–south U.S. Highway running from Walterboro, South Carolina to Painted Post, New York. In the U.S. state of North Carolina the highway runs for 159 miles (256 km) from the South Carolina state line to the south of Laurinburg, North Carolina to the Virginia state line north of Bullock, North Carolina. US 15 travels in concurrency with U.S. Route 501 for 106 miles (171 km) between Laurinburg and Durham.[2]

Route description[edit]

US 15-501 turns left in Durham

From the South Carolina state line, US 15 is in concurrency with US 401 to Laurinburg. Merging with US 501, it becomes what is known as "15-501" ("Fifteen Five-o-one"), a concurrency that extends for 106 miles (171 km) across central North Carolina; US 15 also the dominant partner, using its mile markers along the route. After Laurinburg it goes north to Aberdeen, linking briefly with US 1 before continuing to Pinehurst. In Pinehurst, 15-501 goes through a rare roundabout, then continues north, through Carthage, back to US 1. After another brief concurrency with US 1 through Sanford, it exits off the freeway and goes due north to Pittsboro. After Pittsboro, 15-501 becomes an expressway, connecting the cities of Chapel Hill and Durham; this section of the route is famous because of the two universities it connects: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Though the road is a symbol of the separation of the Carolina-Duke rivalry, NCDOT has been trying to remedy that by making the route a superstreet for better traffic flow.[3] In Durham, 15-501 upgrades to an urban freeway, allowing for quick access from south Durham to north; the freeway ends merging into Interstate 85. At exit 176B (on I-85), US 501 splits off towards Roxboro, while US 15 continues with I-85 towards Oxford.

After Durham, US 15 continues to follow I-85 till exit 186A, where it goes first to Creedmoor, then on into Oxford. After going through downtown Oxford, it continues north, near Mayo Lake, to Clarksville, Virginia.

History[edit]

Established in 1927, it was aligned along NC 75 from the South Carolina state line, through Rockingham, Pinehurst and Durham, to the Virginia state line.[4]

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Scotland0.000.00 US 15 / US 401 south – BennettsvilleContinuation into South Carolina
Laurinburg5.08.0

US 15 Bus. / US 401 Bus.
6.09.7 US 501 south / US 74 (I-74) – Rockingham, Lumberton, Myrtle BeachSouthern end of US 501 concurrency; I-74 exit 183
7.011.3
US 74 Bus. (Church Street)
9.014.5

US 401 / US 15 Bus. / US 501 Bus. – Fayetteville
Northern end of US 401 concurrency
12.019.3 NC 144 (Old Wire Road) – Wagram, Laurel Hill
Drowning CreekScotland-Hoke county line
MooreAberdeen31.851.2 NC 211 – RaefordSouthern end of NC 211 concurrency
32.051.5 US 1 – RockinghamSouthern end of US 1 concurrency
32.251.8 NC 5 – Pinehurst
34.054.7 US 1 – Southern PinesNorthern end of US 1 concurrency
Pinehurst38.061.2 NC 2 / NC 211 – Southern Pines, West EndRoundabout; northern end of NC 211 concurrency
41.566.8 NC 73 – West End
Carthage45.072.4 NC 22 – Southern PinesSouthern end of NC 22 concurrency
46.074.0 NC 22 (McNeill Street)Northern end of NC 22 concurrency
48.077.2 NC 24 / NC 27 (Monroe Street)Southern end of NC 24 / NC 27 concurrency
50.080.5 NC 24 / NC 27 – CameronNorthern end of NC 24 / NC 27 concurrency
Lee59.095.0 US 1 – Cameron, Southern PinesSouthern end of US 1 concurrency
Tramway61.098.2 NC 78 (Tramway Road) – Cameron
Sanford63.5102.266
NC 42 / US 1 Bus. – Asheboro, Fuquay-Varina
South end of freeway; exit numbers follow US 1
65.0104.668Spring Lane
65.5105.469A
NC 87 / US 421 Bus. – Olivia, Pineview, Spout Springs
Southern end of NC 87 concurrency
66.0106.269BBurns Drive / Canterbury Road
66.5107.070 US 421 – Fuquay-Varina, Dunn, Greensboro
67.5108.6
US 1 north (Claude E. Pope Memorial Highway north) / US 1 Bus. south – Sanford
Roundabout interchange; north end of freeway section; northern end of US 1 concurrency; US 1 exit 71
Deep RiverBridge
ChathamPittsboro81.0130.4 NC 87 – Graham, BurlingtonNorthern end of NC 87 concurrency
82.0132.0
US 64 Bus.
84.0135.2 US 64 – Siler City, RaleighUS 64 exit 383
OrangeChapel Hill97.0156.1 NC 54 west (Fordham Boulevard South west) / NC 86 north – Carrboro, UNC Chapel HillInterchange; southern end of NC 54 concurrency
99.0159.3 NC 54 (Raleigh Road) – Raleigh, UNC Chapel HillCloverleaf interchange; northern end of NC 54 concurrency
102.0164.2Franklin StreetInterchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
DurhamDurham103.0165.8 I-40 – Greensboro, RaleighI-40 exit 270
105.0169.0105A-B

US 15 Bus. / US 501 Bus. (Chapel Hill Boulevard) / Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway – South Square
South end of freeway; signed as exit 105A (US 15 Bus./US 501 Bus.) and 105B (MLK Pkwy.)
106.0170.6106Cornwallis Road
107.0172.2107 NC 751 (Cameron Boulevard)
108.0–
108.5
173.8–
174.6
108AMorreene RoadSouthbound exit and northbound entrance ramps use C/D lanes
108B-C

NC 147 (Durham Freeway) to I-85 south / US 70 west
Access via C/D lanes; signed as exits 108B (south) and 108C (north)
108D
US 70 Bus. (Hillsborough Road)
Northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps use C/D lanes
109.0175.4 I-85 south / US 70 west – Burlington, GreensboroSouthern end of I-85 / US 70 concurrency; I-85 exit 174A; southbound left exit and northbound left entrance
174BHillandale RoadExit numbers follow I-85
175 NC 157 (Guess Road)To NC School of Science & Math and Duke Homestead
111.5179.4176 US 501 north (Duke Street) / Gregson Street – NorthgateNorth end of US 501 overlap; signed northbound as exits 176A (Gregson St.) and 176B (US 501)
177

US 15 Bus. south / US 501 Bus. (Roxboro Street) / NC 55 east (Avondale Drive)
To North Carolina Central University
112.5181.1178 US 70 – RDU Airport, RaleighNorthern end of US 70 concurrency; US 70 exit 285
179East Club Boulevard
180Glenn School Road
Gorman182Red Mill Road
183Redwood Road
Falls LakeBridge
Granville122.0196.3 I-85 north – PetersburgNorthern end of I-85 concurrency; north end of freeway section; I-85 exit 186A
Creedmoor127.0204.4 NC 56 – Butner, Wilton, Franklinton
139.0223.7 I-85 – Durham, PetersburgI-85 exit 202
Oxford142.0228.5 NC 96 (MLK Jr. Avenue) – HendersonSouthern end of NC 96 concurrency
142.3229.0
US 158 Bus. (Williamsboro Street)
Southern end of US 158 Bus. concurrency
143.0230.1
NC 96 (Roxboro Road) / US 158 Bus. – Roxboro
Northern terminus of NC 96 / US 158 Bus. concurrency
144.0231.7 US 158 (Oxford Loop Road) – Roxboro, Henderson
159.0255.9 US 15 north – ClarksvilleContinuation into Virginia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (2011-02-01). "US 15 in NC" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  2. ^ Google (2021-08-26). "U.S. Route 15 in North Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  3. ^ "NCDOT: Super Street" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-02-01.
  4. ^ "NCRoads.com: U.S. 15". Retrieved 2012-08-19.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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U.S. Route 15
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South Carolina
North Carolina Next state:
Virginia