U.S. Route 501 in North Carolina

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U.S. Route 501 marker

U.S. Route 501
Route of US 501 in North Carolina highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 1
Maintained by NCDOT
Length170 mi[1] (274 km)
Existed1927[citation needed]–present
Major junctions
South end US 301 / US 501 at the South Carolina line near Dillon, SC
 
North end US 501 at the Virginia line near South Boston, VA
Location
CountiesRobeson, Scotland, Hoke, Moore, Lee, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Person
Highway system
I-485US 521

U.S. Route 501 (US 501) is a north–south United States highway that traverses the majority of North Carolina in concurrency with US 15, known as "15-501" ("Fifteen Five-o-one").

Route description[edit]

US 15-501 turns left in Durham

US 501 enters North Carolina at the South Carolina state line with an intersection of Interstate 95 (I-95) while overlapping US 301, near South of the Border. It goes northwest through Rowland where the overlap with US 301 terminates, and then travels through Raemon to Laurinburg. Once at Laurinburg, it overlaps briefly with I-74/US 74 before connecting with US 15. The majority of the route, to this point, is a two-lane rural road.[1]

Merging with US 15, it becomes what is known by local residents as "15-501" ("Fifteen Five-o-one"), a concurrency that extends for 106 miles (171 km) across central North Carolina. After Laurinburg it goes north to Aberdeen, linking briefly with US 1 before continuing to Pinehurst. In Pinehurst, 15-501 goes through a roundabout then continues north through Carthage, then back to US 1. After traveling through Sanford on another brief concurrency with US 1, it exits off the freeway and goes due north to Pittsboro. After Pittsboro, 15-501 goes through Chapel Hill and then into Durham. NCDOT has been trying to remedy traffic problems by making the route a superstreet for better traffic flow.[2] In Durham, 15-501 upgrades to an urban freeway, allowing for quick access from south Durham to north; the freeway ends merging into I-85. At exit 176B on I-85, US 501 splits off towards Roxboro, while US 15 continues with I-85 towards Oxford.[1]

After Durham, US 501 goes north to Roxboro, then into South Boston, Virginia after crossing the state line; the majority of this section is a four-lane expressway.[1]

History[edit]

When US 501 was established in 1927, it was aligned along North Carolina Highway 13 (NC 13) from Durham north through Roxboro to the Virginia state line.

In 1934, it was overlapped with US 15 from Durham south to Laurinburg. From there, it went southeast to Rowland and then to the South Carolina border. This extension south replaced NC 22, NC 71, and NC 241.

In 1953, US 501 was bypassed around Chapel Hill. In 1956 or 1957, US 501 was bypassed west of Sanford. Between 1960-1962, US 501 was bypassed around Laurinburg.[3]

North Carolina Highway 13 (1921-1930)[edit]

North Carolina Highway 13
LocationDurhamVirginia State Line
Length43 mi[4] (69 km)
Existed1921–1930

North Carolina Highway 13 was an original state highway running from Durham, north through Rougemont and Roxboro ending at SR 18 at the Virginia State Line. The highway's routing appeared on the 1916 Highway Map by the North Carolina State Highway Commission for the five year federal aid program.[5] However NC 13 was not officially marked on any state highway maps until 1924; where it was routed from NC 10/NC 75 in Durham north through Rougemont and Timberlake to NC 57 east of Roxboro. NC 13 turned toward the west into Roxboro, before intersecting NC 144 and turning north.[6] The highway had its northern terminus at the Virginia State Line near South Boston. By 1926 the routing of NC 13 was shifted slightly to the west between Timberlake and Roxboro, providing a direct link between the cities.[7] The route was deleted in 1930, with US 501/NC 55 taking over the entirety of the routing.[4][8]

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Robeson0.00.0 US 301 south / US 501 south – South of the Border
I-95 – Lumberton, Fayetteville, Florence
South Carolina state line; exits 1A–1B (I-95)
Rowland2.74.3 US 301 north / NC 130 east – Lumberton, FairmontNorth end of US 301 and east end of NC 130 overlap
4.06.4 NC 710 west – Pembroke
Raemon10.216.4 NC 130 west – MaxtonWest end of NC 130 overlap
14.022.5 NC 83 – Maxton, Clio
ScotlandLaurinburg21.033.8
US 501 Bus. north (Johns Road)
21.734.9 I-74 east / US 74 east – Lumberton, WilmingtonEast end of I-74/US 74 overlap
US 501 overlaps with Interstate 74 (exits 185 to 183).
Laurinburg23.237.3 I-74 west / US 15 south / US 74 west / US 401 south – Hamlet, Rockingham, McCollSouth end of US 15/US 401 overlap
24.238.9
US 74 Bus. (Church Street) – Hamlet
26.142.0
US 401 north / US 15 Bus. south / US 501 Bus. south – Fayetteville
North end of US 401 overlap
29.347.2 NC 144 (Old Wire Road) – Wagram
Hoke
No major junctions
MooreAberdeen49.179.0 NC 211 east – RaefordEast end of NC 211 overlap
49.579.7 US 1 south – RockinghamSouth end of US 1 overlap
49.780.0 NC 5 – Pinehurst
51.482.7 US 1 north – Southern PinesNorth end of US 1 overlap
Pinehurst55.288.8 NC 2 / NC 211 west – Southern Pines, West EndRoundabout, west end of NC 211 overlap
59.095.0 NC 73 west – West End
Carthage62.5100.6 NC 22 south – Southern PinesSouth end of NC 22 overlap
63.6102.4 NC 22 north (McNiell Street)North end of NC 22 overlap
65.7105.7 NC 24 east / NC 27 east (Monroe Street)East end of NC 24/NC 27 overlap
67.5108.6 NC 24 east / NC 27 east – CameronWest end of NC 24/NC 27 overlap
Lee76.0122.3 US 1 south – Cameron, Southern PinesSouth end of US 1 overlap
Tramway78.6126.5 NC 78 east (Tramway Road) – Cameron
Sanford81.0130.4
US 1 Bus. north / NC 42 – Asheboro, Fuquay-Varina
82.3132.4Spring Lane
82.8133.369A US 421 / NC 87 south – Dunn, GreensboroSouth end of NC 87 overlap
83.5134.469BBurns Drive
84.0135.270Oscar Keller Jr Highway – Fuquay-VarinaFuture US 421
85.0136.871
US 1 north / US 1 Bus. south – Apex, Raleigh
North end of US 1 overlap
ChathamPittsboro98.2158.0 NC 87 north – Graham, BurlingtonNorth end of NC 87 overlap
99.2159.6
US 64 Bus.
101.8163.8 US 64 – Siler City, Apex
OrangeChapel Hill115.0185.1 NC 54 west – GrahamSouth end of NC 54 overlap
117.2188.6 NC 54 east (Raleigh Road)North end of NC 54 overlap
119.2191.8Franklin Street
DurhamDurham121.0194.7 I-40 – Greensboro, Raleigh
123.0197.9105
US 15 Bus. north / US 501 Bus. north (Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard)
124.5200.4106Cornwallis Road
125.5202.0107 NC 751 (Cameron Boulevard)
126.2203.1108
US 70 Bus. (Hillsborough Road) / NC 147 (Durham Freeway)
Signed as exits 108A (NC 147 south), 108B (NC 147 north), 108C (Hillsbrough Road)
127.4205.0109 I-85 south – GreensboroSouth end of I-85 overlap; southbound exit and northbound entrance
US 501 overlaps with Interstate 85 (exits 174A to 176B).
130.0209.2 I-85 north / US 15 north / US 70 east – Henderson, PetersburgNorth end of I-85/US 15 and east end of US 70 overlap
132.5213.2
US 501 Bus. (Roxboro Street)
Person146.0235.0 NC 57 south – HillsboroughSouth end of NC 57 overlap
Roxboro156.5251.9 US 158 east – OxfordEast end of US 158 overlap
157.0252.7 NC 157 south – Durham
158.0254.3 US 158 west / NC 49 south / NC 57 north – Yanceyville, Milton, Haw RiverWest end of US 158, south end of NC 49, and north end of NC 57 overlap
159.0255.9 NC 49 north (Virgilina Road) – VirgilinaNorth end of NC 49 overlap
170.0273.6 US 501 northVirginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Google (February 1, 2011). "US 501 in NC" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  2. ^ "NCDOT: Super Street" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 28, 2010. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
  3. ^ "NCRoads.com: U.S. 15 and 501". Retrieved August 19, 2012.[self-published source]
  4. ^ a b North Carolina State Highway Commission (1929). State Highway System of North Carolina (Map). Bynum Publishing Company. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  5. ^ North Carolina State Highway Commission (1916). Highway Map of North Carolina (Map). North Carolina State Highway Commission. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  6. ^ North Carolina State Highway Commission (1924). State Highway System of North Carolina (Map). North Carolina State Highway Commission. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  7. ^ North Carolina State Highway Commission (1926). State Highway System of North Carolina (Map). North Carolina State Highway Commission. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  8. ^ North Carolina State Highway Commission (1930). State Highway System of North Carolina (Map). Bynum Publishing Company. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

External links[edit]

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U.S. Route 501
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South Carolina
North Carolina Next state:
Virginia