U.S. Route 301 in North Carolina

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U.S. Route 301 marker

U.S. Route 301
Route of US 301 in North Carolina highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 1
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 193.7 mi[1] (311.7 km)
Existed: 1932 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 301 / US 501 at the South Carolina line near Rowland
 

I‑95 (multiple times)
I‑74 / US 74 near Lumberton
I‑795 near Wilson
US 264 near Wilson

US 64 in Rocky Mount
North end: US 301 at the Virginia line near Pleasant Hill
Location
Counties: Robeson, Cumberland, Harnett, Harnett, Johnston, Wilson, Nash, Edgecombe, Halifax, Northampton
Highway system
NC 295 NC 304

U.S. Route 301 (US 301) is a north–south United States highway that runs for 194 miles (312 km) in North Carolina from the South Carolina state line near Rowland to the Virginia state line near Pleasant Hill.

Route description[edit]

US 301 generally follows the same route as Interstate 95 (I-95) through North Carolina; they both enter the state near the South of the Border attraction in South Carolina, overlap together around Lumberton, and share multiple interchanges before reaching Virginia.

Starting at the South Carolina border concurrent with US 501, it goes northwest through Rowland before merging with I-95 from exit 10 to exit 22. North of Lumberton, it crosses I-95 twice before entering Fayetteville, overlapped with I-95 Business along Eastern Boulevard. North of Eastover, it crosses under North Carolina Highway 295 (NC 295), also known as Future I-295, as it parallels I-95 to its immediate west. Traversing through the cities of Wade, Godwin, Dunn, and Benson, where it crosses over I-40 without an interchange; it continues on through Smithfield, Selma, and Micro. At Kenly, US 301 goes away from I-95 into the cities of Wilson and Rocky Mount, before returning to a more easterly parallel to the Interstate. US 301 continues north through the towns of Enfield, Halifax, Weldon, and Garysburg before crossing into Virginia.[1]

History[edit]

US 301 was established in 1932, replacing US 217 from the South Carolina state line to Wilson, and US 17-1 from Wilson to the Virginia state line. In 1934, NC 22 and NC 40 were dropped along the route.[2][3]

Route changes along US 301 started in the early-1950s with a new bypass (Eastern Boulevard) around central Fayetteville and a new bypass west of Halifax. In 1955 or 1956, a new bypass (Ward Boulevard) was built east of Wilson. By 1958, US 301 was widen to a four-lane road around Lumberton, Fayetteville, and between Kenly and Rocky Mount; it was also at this time that Elm City was bypassed. In 1961, I-95 was overlapped with US 301 on the Lumberton bypass. By 1984, US 301 was extended south along I-95 to exit 10, keeping its routing through Rowland.[2]

U.S. Route 217[edit]

U.S. Route 217
Location: SC state line-Wilson, NC
Length: 126.7 mi[4] (203.9 km)
Existed: 1926–1932

U.S. Route 217 (US 217) was an original U.S. Highway, established in 1926, and was completely overlapped with NC 22. The original highway continued south into South Carolina to end in Pee Dee. US 217 entered from South Carolina south of Rowland where it went north through Rowland and into Lumberton via Hilly Branch Road and 5th Street. Going north on Pine Street and Fayetteville Road, it connected with Fayetteville where it went north on Gillespie Street, then east on Person Street, before it went north again on Dunn Road. Entering Dunn on Clinton Street, it went west on Cumberland Street (NC 60), then north on Ellis Avenue. It entered Smithfield on 3rd Street, and went east on Market Street then north again on 8th Street. As it approached Wilson from the south, it ended at US 17-1/NC 40 (Dixie Inn Road). In 1932, the entire route was renumbered as part of US 301.[citation needed]

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Robeson 0.0 0.0 US 301 south / US 501 south – South of the Border, Dillon
I‑95 – Lumberton, Fayetteville, Florence
South Carolina state line; exits 1A–1B (I-95)
Rowland 2.7 4.3 US 501 north / NC 130 – Laurinburg, Fairmont North end of US 501 overlap
11.8 19.0 10 I‑95 south – Florence South end of I-95 overlap
Lumberton 14.5 23.3 13 I‑74 / US 74 – Whiteville, Wilmington, Laurinburg, Rockingham Signed as exits 13A (east) and 13B (west)
18.5 29.8 17 NC 72 / NC 711 north – Lumberton, Pembroke, Red Springs Southern terminus of NC 711
20.2 32.5 19 Carthage Road
21.4 34.4 20 NC 211 to NC 41 – Lumberton, Red Springs, Fairmont
23.0 37.0 22 I‑95 north – Fayetteville North end of I-95 overlap
27.0 43.5 I‑95 – Lumberton, Fayetteville Exit 25 (I-95)
Saint Pauls 33.2 53.4 NC 20 (Broad Street) – Lumber Bridge, Elizabethtown
35.5 57.1 I‑95 – Lumberton, Fayetteville Exit 33 (I-95)
40.2 64.7 NC 71 south – Parkton, Lumber Bridge, Red Springs
Cumberland 43.0 69.2 I‑95 Bus. south to I‑95 south – Lumberton South end of I-95 Business overlap; interchange; northbound US 301 to northbound BL 95 and southbound BL 95 to southbound US 301 access only
Hope Mills 43.6 70.2 NC 59 to I‑95 – Hope Mills Interchange
45.6 73.4 NC 162 west (Elk Road) Eastern terminus of NC 162
Fayetteville 50.6 81.4 NC 87 (Martin Luther King Jr Freeway) – Elizabethtown Exit 102 (NC 87)
52.4 84.3 NC 24 / NC 210 to US 401 (Grove Street) – Roseboro
53.8 86.6 Middle Road Interchange
55.6 89.5 Dobbins Holmes Road Interchange
Eastover 57.3 92.2 I‑95 Bus. north to I‑95 north – Benson North end of I-95 Business overlap; interchange
60.2 96.9 To I‑95 to US 13 / Pembroke Lane – Newton Grove
Godwin 68.5 110.2 NC 82 (Main Street) – Erwin, Falcon
Harnett Dunn 76.4 123.0 US 421 / NC 55 (Cumberland Street) – Erwin, Lillington, Clinton
Johnston Benson 83.2 133.9 NC 27 west / NC 50 / NC 242 south (Main Street) – Coats, Newton Grove South end of NC 242 overlap
83.7 134.7 NC 242 north to I‑40 North end of NC 242 overlap
93.9 151.1 I‑95 / US 701 south / NC 96 south – Benson, Rocky Mount, Newton Grove Exit 90 (I-95); northern terminus of US 701; south end of NC 96 overlap
Smithfield 98.4 158.4
US 70 Bus. / NC 210 (Market Street) – Goldsboro, Clayton
Selma 101.0 162.5 US 70 / NC 39 south – Clayton, Goldsboro South end of NC 39 overlap
102.5 165.0 NC 96 north (Richardson Street) – Zebulon North end of NC 96 overlap
103.4 166.4 NC 39 north – Bunn North end of NC 39 overlap
Kenly 112.0 180.2 I‑95 – Smithfield, Rocky Mount Exit 107 (I-95)
112.5 181.1 NC 222 (Second Street) – Fremont
Wilson 114.7 184.6 NC 581 – Bailey, Goldsboro
123.2 198.3 I‑795 – Goldsboro, Raleigh Exit 5 (I-795)
123.6 198.9 US 117 south – Fremont, Pikeville Northern terminus of US 117
Wilson 123.9 199.4 US 264 – Greenville, Raleigh Exit 43 (US 264)
126.6 203.7
US 264 Alt. west (Ward Boulevard)
West end of US 264 Alternate overlap
128.2 206.3
US 264 Alt. east / NC 58 south (Martin Luther King Jr Parkway) – Stantonsburg, Saratoga
East end of US 264 Alternate overlap, south end of NC 58 overlap
128.7 207.1 NC 58 north (Lipscomb Road) North end of NC 58 overlap
129.9 209.1 NC 42 (Herring Avenue) – Pinetops, Wilson Interchange
132.4 213.1 Rosebud Church Road Interchange
135.0 217.3 Langley Road – Elm City Interchange
Nash 141.5 227.7
US 301 Bus. north (Tarboro Road)
Southern terminus of US 301 Bus.
Rocky Mount 143.4 230.8 NC 97 (Tarboro Road) – Raleigh Interchange; to Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport
146.6 235.9
US 64 Bus. (Sunset Avenue) / May Drive
Interchange; northbound exit via May Drive
147.2 236.9 US 64 – Tarboro, Raleigh Exit 468A (US 64)
148.2 238.5 NC 43 / NC 48 (Benvenue Road) – Red Oak, Gold Rock Interchange
150.0 241.4
US 301 Bus. south (Church Road)
Northern terminus of US 301 Bus.
Battleboro 153.5 247.0 NC 4 north to I‑95 Interchange; northbound US 301 to northbound NC 4 and southbound NC 4 to southbound US 301 only; other access via Red Oak-Battleboro Road
Whitakers 159.1 256.0 NC 33 west (Nash Street) – Red Oak West end of NC 33 overlap
159.3 256.4 NC 33 east (Main Street) – Tarboro East end of NC 33 overlap
Halifax Enfield 164.0 263.9 NC 481 west – Glenview West end of NC 481 overlap
165.3 266.0
NC 481 Bus. west (Whitaker Street)
Eastern terminus of NC 481 Bus.
167.1 268.9 NC 481 east – Tillery East end of NC 481 overlap
173.4 279.1 NC 125 south / NC 903 south – Scotland Neck South end of NC 125/NC 903 overlap
175.6 282.6 NC 561 east – Tillery East end of NC 561 overlap
176.0 283.2 NC 561 west – Brinkleyville, Louisburg West end of NC 561 overlap
Halifax 176.5 284.0
US 301 Bus. north (King Street)
Southern terminus of US 301 Bus.
177.1 285.0 NC 125 north / NC 903 north – Roanoke Rapids North end of NC 125/NC 903 overlap
177.4 285.5
US 301 Bus. south (David Street)
Northern terminus of US 301 Bus.
Weldon 184.0 296.1 US 158 west (Second Street) – Roanoke Rapids West end of US 158 overlap
Northampton Garysburg 186.4 300.0 US 158 east – Jackson, Murfreesboro East end of US 158 overlap
186.8 300.6 NC 46 west / NC 186 west – Gaston Eastern terminus of NC 46; south end of NC 186 overlap
187.0 300.9 NC 186 east – Seaboard North end of NC 186 overlap
Pleasant Hill 193.0 310.6 NC 48 south – Gaston Northern terminus of NC 48
193.7 311.7 US 301 north – Emporia Virginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Google (2011-03-06). "US 301" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  2. ^ a b "NCRoads.com Annex: U.S. 301". Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-06. [self-published source]
  3. ^ Staff (6 May 1935). "Route 301 Has Been Restored To 5th Street". The Robesonian. Lumberton, North Carolina. Retrieved 2016-07-10 – via Newspapers.com. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ Google (July 14, 2013). "U.S. Route 217" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 

External links[edit]

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U.S. Route 301
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North Carolina Next state:
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