U.S. Route 52 in South Carolina

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 52 in South Carolina. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 52.

U.S. Route 52 marker

U.S. Route 52
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length: 159.7 mi[1] (257.0 km)
Existed: 1935 – present
Major junctions
South end: Line Street in Charleston
  I-26 / US 17 in Charleston
US 78 in Charleston
I-526 in North Charleston

US 17 Alt. in Moncks Corner
US 521 near Greeleyville
US 378 in Lake City
US 301 / SC 341 in Effingham
US 76 in Florence
I-95 in Florence
US 1 / SC 9 in Cheraw
North end: US 52 at the NC line, near Cheraw
Location
Counties: Charleston, Berkeley, Williamsburg, Florence, Darlington, Chesterfield
Highway system
SC 51 SC 53

U.S. Route 52 (US 52) is a North–South U.S. Highway that runs 161 miles (259 km) from Charleston to the North Carolina state line near Cheraw. It serves as a strategic highway through the central South Carolina. Though an even-numbered U.S. Route, it is signed north-south in South Carolina (standard convention being to label even-numbered U.S. Routes with east-west designations). In some other states along its route, it is signed east-west. The South Carolina segment is signed such that U.S. 52 north corresponds to the general westward direction of the highway, and vice versa.

Route description[edit]

US 52 begins at the intersection of Meeting and Line Streets, in Charleston. Going northwest along Meeting Street, it connects with I-26/US 17, followed by Morrison Drive (US 52 Spur hidden); US 52 signage begin to appear north of Morrison Drive. In North Charleston, it shares a concurrency with US 78 for 11 miles (18 km), splitting near Goose Creek. In Moncks Corner it connects with US 17 Alt briefly as it enters and traverses through Francis Marion National Forest. Continuing north, it goes through St. Stephen, Kingstree and Lake City, before joining another short concurrency with US 301 from Effingham to Florence. Through downtown Florence, it goes northwest and bypasses Darlington and joining another concurrency with US 401. At Society Hill, it merges briefly with US 15 before continuing north again solo to Cheraw, where it overlaps briefly with US 1 and SC 9. US 52 crosses the North Carolina state line, after traveling 159.7 miles (257.0 km) through South Carolina, continuing on towards Wadesboro.

US 52 is a major highway between Charleston and Florence, all of which is four-lane or more with some sections signed 60-mile-per-hour (97 km/h). North of Darlington, it becomes mostly a two-lane rural highway through the remainder of its route. Though the majority of its routing and signage is north-south, some sections will also be signed east-west at various parts of the state.

Dedicated and memorial names[edit]

US 52 in South Carolina feature a few dedicated or memorialized stretches of freeway.

History[edit]

US 52 was established in 1935 as a renumbering of US 601 from the North Carolina state line to Florence and US 17 from Florence to Charleston. In 1939, US 52 was rerouted into a concurrency with US 78 in North Charleston, leaving a section of Meeting Street. Also in same year, Cheraw to the North Carolina state line was the last section to be paved; while the first section of US 52 was widen to four-lane from Charleston to Durant Avenue, in North Charleston.

In 1940, US 52 was rerouted onto new alignment west of Lake City. In 1948, US 52 was taken off King Street and placed on Meeting Street to Lee Street, in Charleston. Around 1952-1969, US 52 was split during that period in Florence, with northbound along Irby Street and southboudn along Coit Avenue; before and after it was solely on Irby Street. Also around 1952, US 52 was bypassed west of Kingstree on new primary routing; the old route through town remained part of SC 261 while Academy Street, Kelly Street and Third Avenue were downgraded to secondary roads (all three SC-45-8).

In 1971, US 52 was moved onto new alignment south of Moncks Corner, leaving behind Old Highway 52 (S-8-791). By 1973, US 52 was placed on new primary routing bypassing west around Darlington, leaving behind US 52 Bus.[6][7]

Junction List[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Charleston Charleston 0.0 0.0 Line Street Southern terminus of US 52 (unmarked)
0.6 0.97 I-26 west / US 17 north – Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Columbia National east end of I-26, exit 221B.
1.3 2.1
US 52 Spur south (Morrison Drive) to US 78 / Mount Pleasant Street
No US 52 Spur signage at intersection
North Charleston 3.1 5.0 I-26 west – Columbia I-26 exit 217. Northbound exit, southbound entrance; access to I-26 east via Spruill Avenue.
4.3 6.9 US 78 east (Rivers Avenue) East end of US 78 overlap
4.9 7.9 SC 7 south (Cosgrove Avenue)
5.0 8.0 SC 642 west (Dorchester Road) – Summerville
8.0 12.9 I-526 – Mount Pleasant, Savannah I-526 exits 18A-B.
12.7 20.4 I-26 east – Charleston I-26 exit 209A. No northbound exit.
14.2 22.9 US 78 west (University Avenue) / N.A.D. Road – Summerville West end of US 78 overlap; to Charleston Southern University and Navel Weapons Station
Berkeley Goose Creek 16.0 25.7 US 176 west (St. James Avenue) / Red Bank Road – Holly Hill
Moncks Corner 30.5 49.1 SC 6 west (Main Street) – Holly Hill
31.3 50.4
US 17 Alt. south (Live Oak Drive) – Summerville
South end of US 17 Alt overlap
33.0 53.1 To SC 402 – Cordesville, Huger
33.2 53.4
US 17 Alt. north – Georgetown
North end of US 17 Alt overlap
St. Stephen 46.3 74.5 SC 45 (Ravenell Drive) – Jamestown, Pineville
Williamsburg 56.4 90.8 SC 375 (Gourdin Road) – Gourdin, Greeleyville
61.4 98.8 US 521 – Salters, Greeleyville
68.4 110.1 SC 261 north (Manning Highway) – Manning North end of SC 261 overlap
Kingstree 71.0 114.3 SC 261 south (Main Street) / SC 527 south (Longstreet Street) – Andrews, Hemingway South end of SC 261/SC 527 overlap
71.5 115.1 SC 527 north (Academy Street) – Sumter North end of SC 527 overlap
Cades 80.4 129.4 SC 512 east / Cade Road – Cades, Hebron
Florence Lake City 86.6 139.4
US 378 Bus. / SC 341 (Main Street) – Johnsonville, Olanta, Sumter
87.9 141.5 US 378 – Conway, Sumter
Coward 93.3 150.2 SC 541 west (Salem Road) – Olanta
Effingham 100.0 160.9 US 301 south (Olanta Highway) / SC 327 north (Effingham Highway) – Evergreen, Olanta, Manning South end of US 301 overlap
Florence 106.0 170.6 US 301 north (Freedom Boulevard) – Marion North end of US 301 overlap
107.6 173.2 SC 51 south (Pamplico Highway/Second Loop Road)
109.5 176.2 US 76 (Palmetto Street) – Marion, Timmonsville To Francis Marion University
112.8 181.5 I-95 – Fayetteville, Savannah I-95 exit 164.
Darlington Darlington 117.8 189.6
US 52 Bus. north (Main Street) – Darlington
119.1 191.7 SC 340 – Darlington, Timmonsville
119.7 192.6 US 401 (Lamar Highway) – Sumter South end of US 401 overlap
120.0 193.1 SC 34 / SC 151 (Harry Byrd Highway) – Hartsville
123.0 197.9
US 52 Bus. south (Main Street) – Darlington
134.0 215.7 US 15 south (Hartsville Highway) – Hartsville South end of US 15 overlap
Society Hill 136.2 219.2 US 15 north / US 401 north (Main Street) – Bennettsville North end of US 15/US 401 overlap
Chesterfield 147.2 236.9 US 1 – McBee, Camden South end of US 1 overlap
Cheraw 149.6 240.8 SC 9 north (Market Street) – Chesterfield North end of SC 9 overlap
150.9 242.9 US 1 north / SC 9 south (Power Street) – Wallace, Bennettsville, Rockingham North end of US 1 and south end of SC 9 overlap
State line 159.7 257.0 US 52 north – Wadesboro Continuation into North Carolina
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (November 10, 2013). "U.S. Route 52 in South Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "South Carolina Garden Club - Blue Star Memorial Program". Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Highway dedicated to trooper killed in 1938". Continuous News Desk (Florence, SC: CarolinaLive.com). August 2, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ptl. L. Lawson Rhodes". Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Patrolman L. Lawson Rhodes, South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina". Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ General Highway Map, Darlington County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1971. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ General Highway Map, Darlington County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1973. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 

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