U.S. Route 501 in South Carolina
Route of US 501 in South Carolina highlighted in red
|Auxiliary route of US 1|
|Maintained by SCDOT|
|Length||73.8 mi (118.8 km)|
|Existed||1935 – present|
US 17 Bus. in Myrtle Beach
|North end||I-95 / US 301 / US 501 at the NC line near Dillon|
|Counties||Horry, Marion, Dillon|
US 501 begins at US 17 Bus. in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From Myrtle Beach to Marion, US 501 is a multilane highway, some sections divided, some undivided, mostly with at-grade intersections but having a number of interchanges along the length. It passes through the city of Conway before reaching Marion, where US 501 bypasses the town to the east. North of Marion, US 501 meets SC 38, a connector to Interstate 95. From SC 38, US 501 heads to the northeast, meeting US 301 in Latta. US 301 merges with US 501, forming a concurrency through Dillon to the North Carolina border, where it passes South of the Border prior to simultaneously exiting South Carolina and interchanging with Interstate 95 near Hamer in Dillon County.
Established in 1935 as in extension from North Carolina. US 501 replaced part of US 117 between Myrtle Beach to Socastee, then from there through Conway, Marion, and Latta on what was SC 38. North of Latta, it overlapped with US 301, through Dillon, and into North Carolina.
During the 1940s, because of the need for a more direct route to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base from Conway, 2-lane US 501 was built through the Buist Tract owned by Southern Kraft Company (later part of International Paper), replacing SC 503, its old alignment was renumbered to SC 544. In 1950, US 501 was moved onto new construction between Conway and Aynor, its old alignment renumbered to SC 319. By 1964, US 501 was moved to its current southern bypass from downtown Conway, creating US 501 Bus. By 1990, US 501 was moved to its current eastern bypass from downtown Marion, creating another US 501 Bus.
US 17 Bus. – North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach
|Southern terminus of US 501|
|1.3||2.1||Robert M. Grissom Parkway||To Myrtle Beach International Airport|
|2.1||3.4||US 17 – North Myrtle Beach, Georgetown||Cloverleaf interchange|
|Bridge over Intracoastal Waterway|
|||5.1||8.2||SC 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to SC 9 – North Myrtle Beach, Georgetown||Hybrid interchange similar to a cloverstack, except that two flyover ramps from SC 31 to US 501 exit left from SC 31 and wrap around the interchange's loop ramps.|
US 501 Bus. – Conway
|11.3||18.2||SC 544 – Socastee, Surfside Beach, Garden City, Murrells Inlet|
|14.3||23.0||US 378 (Wright Boulevard) / US 701 south (Church Street) to SC 905 – Lake City, Georgetown||South end of US 701 overlap|
US 701 north / US 501 Bus. south (16th Avenue) – Loris
|North end of US 701 overlap; Begin US 701 Truck overlap|
US 701 Truck north (Mill Pond Road)
|North end of US 701 Truck overlap|
|||22.6||36.4||SC 22 east (Veterans Highway) – Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach||Western terminus of SC 22|
|Aynor||29.2||47.0||SC 319 south (Elm Street)||Northern terminus of SC 319|
|Marion||Ariel Crossroad||37.2||59.9||SC 41 – Mullins, Johnsonville|
US 501 Bus. north to US 76 west – Marion, Florence
|Marion||47.7||76.8||US 76 – Marion, Mullins|
SC 41 Alt. – Marion, Lake View
US 501 Bus. south – Marion
|||56.6||91.1||SC 38 west to I-95 – Bennettsville||Southern terminus of SC 38|
|Latta||59.8||96.2||US 301 south – Florence||South end of US 301 overlap|
|60.3||97.0||SC 917 south (Main Street) – Mullins, Bennettsville|
|Dillon||66.8||107.5||SC 9 south / SC 34 west / SC 57 south (Main Street) – Lake View, North Myrtle Beach||South end of SC 9/SC 57 overlap; Eastern terminus of SC 34|
|67.8||109.1||SC 9 north / SC 57 north (Radford Boulevard) – Bennettsville, Charlotte||North end of SC 9/SC 57 overlap|
|||73.8||118.8||I-95 / US 301 north / US 501 north – Fayetteville, Rowland, Florence||Continuation into North Carolina|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
- Google (June 30, 2013). "U.S. Route 501 in South Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
- Straka, Thomas J.; Dantzler, David W.; Yarrow, Greg K.; Burroughs, J. Benjamin (2006). "History of the 'Infamous Buist Tract' and Its Wildfires". The Independent Republic Quarterly. Horry County Historical Society. pp. 7–8. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
- Staff. "Project Status: Southern Project". I-73 Environmental Impact Study. South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
- I-73 Southern Map (PDF) (Map). South Carolina Department of Transportation. Marion inset. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
- Media related to U.S. Route 501 in South Carolina at Wikimedia Commons
- Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page: US 501
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