U.S. Route 23 in North Carolina
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length:||106.2 mi (170.9 km)|
|Existed:||1930 – present|
|South end:||US 23 / US 441 / SR 15 at the GA line|
|North end:||I-26 / US 23 at the TN line|
|Counties:||Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Buncombe, Madison|
From the Georgia state line, with US 441, it goes through the communities of Norton and Otto before reaching Franklin, where it bypasses the city to its east. Continuing north into Jackson County, it reaches the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway in Dillsboro, where it switches partners from US 441 to US 74. Going east, it bypasses Sylva and Waynesville; in Clyde, it switches partners again from US 74 to US 19 as it goes through downtown Clyde and Canton, parallel to I-40/US 74.
In Asheville, it connects with I-26/I-240 while crossing the French Broad River; it then continues northbound with I-26/US 19/US 70. US 23 stays in concurrency with I-26 to the Tennessee state line. Almost the entire route is four-lane, the exception being between Canton and Candler.
US 23 also make up part of Corridor A and Corridor B in the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS). Corridor A connects I-285, in Sandy Springs, Georgia, to I-40, near Clyde, North Carolina, it overlaps 46 miles (74 km) of US 23. Corridor B connects I-40, in Asheville, North Carolina, with US 23, near Lucasville, Ohio, it overlaps 28 miles (45 km) of US 23. ADHS provides additional funds, as authorized by the U.S. Congress, which have enabled US 23 to benefit from the successive improvements along its routing in both corridors. The white-on-blue banner "Appalachian Highway" is used to mark the ADHS corridor.
Dedicated and memorial names
US 23 in North Carolina has three dedicated or memorialized sections of highway.
- Great Smoky Mountains Expressway – official name of US 23, on sections that overlap with US 74 in Haywood and Jackson counties (approved on September 16, 1983).
- Liston B. Ramsey Freeway – official name of US 23, on the section that overlaps with Interstate 26 in Madison.
- Morris L. McGough Freeway – official name of I-26/US 19/US 23 from I-240 to the Buncombe/Madison county line (approved on April 4, 2002).
US 23 is part of one scenic byway in the state (indicated by a Scenic Byways sign).
I-26 Scenic Byway is an 9-mile (14 km) byway from the Tennessee state line to exit 9 (US 19/US 23A), near Mars Hill. US 23, in concurrency with I-26, traverses the entire length, known for its unspoiled views of the North Carolina Mountains.
Established in 1930, it entered from Georgia and followed a similar route as the route today to Enka. In Asheville, it went along route Haywood St across the French Broad River to Jefferson Dr to Patton Dr to Broadway then finally Merrimon north and out of the city. Going through Weaverville, it continued its concurrency with US 19 till Bald Creek, where it went north with US 19W into Tennessee.
By 1932, US 23 was rerouted in Asheville to use Haywood to Clingman to Hilliard to Biltmore which turns into Broadway. By 1937, US 23 was rerouted again, using Clingman to Patton to College to Biltmore. Between 1939-44, US 23 was rerouted in Waynesville to use US 276 Russ St to Walnut St back to US 23 Bus. The old Main St routing became US 19A-23A. In 1949, US 23 was moved west onto new bypass (Patton Avenue) around western Asheville, leaving US 23 Alternate (later US 23 Business). In 1952, US 23 was rerouted north of Mars Hill, replacing NC 36 into Tennessee. In 1961, US 23 was removed from downtown Asheville and placed on the East-West Expressway, however continuing north on Merrimon Avenue. In 1966, it was placed on new freeway east, bypassing Weaverville; then in 1973, it was removed from Merrimon Avenue onto freeway.
In 1968, US 23 was placed on new freeway bypass west of Waynesville, leaving US 23 Business through town. In 1974, US 23 bypassed Franklin to the east, its old route is signed today as US 441 Business. Also in same year, Sylva was bypassed to the north, leaving US 23 Business following the old route through town.
US 23, in concurrency with Interstate 26 and US 19, is planned to be realigned onto a new interchange at Interstate 240 and freeway improvements north from it. Right-of-way purchases is to begin in 2023, however project is unfunded.
|Macon||State line||0.0||0.0||US 23 south / US 441 south / SR 15 south – Dillard||Continuation into Georgia|
US 64 west / US 441 Bus. north – Franklin, Murphy
|West end of US 64 overlap|
|14.4||23.2||US 64 east / NC 28 (Highlands Road) – Franklin, Highlands||East end of US 64 overlap|
US 441 Bus. west (Main Street) – Franklin
|Jackson||29.1||46.8||NC 116 east (Webster Road) – Webster||Superstreet intersection, southbound must u-turn first|
US 23 Bus. north (Haywood Road) – Dillsboro, Sylva
|32.4||52.1||81||US 74 west / US 441 north (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) – Cherokee, Bryson City||West end of US 74 and north end of US 441 overlap|
|Sylva||34.4||55.4||83||Grindstaff Cove Road – Sylva|
US 23 Bus. to NC 107 – Sylva
|To Western Carolina University|
|Haywood||Balsam||45.3||72.9||Blue Ridge Parkway|
US 23 Bus. – Waynesville
|52.8||85.0||102||US 276 – Waynesville, Brevard, Maggie Valley||Northbound signed exits 102A (south) and 102B (north)|
|Lake Junaluska||54.5||87.7||103||US 19 south – Maggie Valley, Cherokee||South end of US 19 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance|
US 23 Bus. / NC 209 – Lake Junaluska, Waynesville, Hot Springs
|56.4||90.8||105||West Jones Cove||No southbound entrance|
|Clyde||57.1||91.9||106||US 74 east (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) to I‑40 – Asheville, Knoxville||East end of US 74 overlap|
|Canton||61.3||98.7||NC 215 north (Blackwell Drive)||North end of NC 215 overlap|
|61.8||99.5||NC 215 south (Reed Street)||South end of NC 215 overlap|
|62.0||99.8||NC 110 south (Pisgah Drive)|
|Buncombe||Candler||71.0||114.3||NC 151 south (Pisgah Highway)|
|Enka||72.4||116.5||NC 112 east (Sand Hills Road)|
|Asheville||74.0||119.1||I‑40 / US 74 / US 74A – Statesville, Knoxville||West end of US 74A overlap|
US 19 Bus. north / US 23 Bus. north (Haywood Road)
|77.0||123.9||NC 63 north (Leicester Highway) – Leicester|
Future I‑26 east / I‑240 west / US 19 Bus. south / US 23 Bus. south
|East end of Future I-26 overlap, west end of I-240 overlap; business routes hidden at intersection|
|78.3||126.0||3B||Westgate / Resort Drive|
|78.7||126.7||I‑240 east / US 70 east / US 74A east / Patton Avenue||East end of I-240/US 70/US 74A overlap|
|79.0||127.1||Hill Street||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
|80.5||129.6||25||NC 251 – University of North Carolina at Asheville|
|Woodfin||81.8||131.6||24||Elk Mountain Road Woodfin|
US 25 south / US 19 Bus. north (Merrimon Avenue) – Woodfin, North Asheville
|South end of US 25 overlap|
|Weaverville||84.8||136.5||21||New Stock Road – Weaverville|
|87.0||140.0||19||US 25 north / US 70 west – Marshall, Weaverville||North end of US 25 and west end of US 70 overlap|
US 19 Bus. south / Monticello Road – Weaverville
|Stocksville||88.8||142.9||17||Old Mars Hill Highway – Flat Creek|
|Flat Creek||91.3||146.9||15||NC 197 – Jupiter, Barnardsville|
|93.0||149.7||13||Stockton Road – Forks of Ivy|
|Madison||Mars Hill||95.3||153.4||11||NC 213 – Mars Hill, Marshall|
|97.1||156.3||9||US 19 north / US 23A north – Burnsville, Spruce Pine||North end of US 19 overlap; east end of I-26 and west end of Future I-26|
|102.9||165.6||3||US 23A south – Wolf Laurel|
|State line||106.2||170.9||I-26 west / US 23 north – Johnson City||Crosses through Sam's Gap; continuation into Tennessee|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
- Bannered routes of U.S. Route 23
- Nantahala National Forest
- North Carolina Bicycle Route 2
- Pisgah National Forest
- Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
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- "Status of Corridors in North Carolina" (PDF). Appalachian Regional Commission. September 30, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
- "North Carolina Memorial Highways and other Named Facilities" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- "North Carolina Scenic Byways" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- "NCRoads.com: U.S. 23". Retrieved 2011-02-17.
- Staff. "Project #B-3656". Project Details. North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- Staff. "Project #R-4406". Project Details. North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- Staff. "Project #A-0010". Project Details. North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
- Staff. "Project #I-2513". Project Details. North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 2, 2012.
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