North Carolina Highway 3

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North Carolina Highway 3 marker

North Carolina Highway 3
Dale Earnhardt Boulevard
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length 27.8 mi[2] (44.7 km)
Existed 2002[1] – present
Major junctions
South end US 601 in Concord
  US 29 in Kannapolis
North end NC 150 in Mooresville
Counties Cabarrus, Iredell
Highway system
NC 2NC 4

North Carolina Highway 3 (NC 3) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The road runs from US 601 in southern Concord, north through Mooresville to US 29 in Kannapolis. It is numbered after Dale Earnhardt, the NASCAR driver, who was driving the #3 car when he died at the 2001 Daytona 500.[3] This state highway runs from Kannapolis, Earnhardt's birthplace, to downtown Mooresville, where many NASCAR teams are based. A short section of NC 3 is named Dale Earnhardt Boulevard, a name which was given to the road prior to Earnhardt's death.

Route description[edit]

NC 3's southern terminus is in Concord, at NC 73. From there, NC 3 travels north through Kannapolis and on to Mooresville. After meandering through downtown Mooresville and switching roads multiple times, NC 3 meets its northern terminus at Plaza Drive (NC 150).


The highway is numbered in honor of Dale Earnhardt's car number (pictured at the Michigan International Speedway in 1994)

In 1934, NC 3 was signed as a short 1.5-mile (2.4 km) route on Buck Island traveling from US 158 to the Currituck Sound in Currituck County.[1]

On October 23, 2002, Governor Mike Easley signed into law a bill officially reassigning NC 136 to NC 3's route and vice versa. NC 3 was moved because it was the hometown of the aforementioned Dale Earnhardt who died in the 2001 Daytona 500. Earnhardt drove the #3 Goodwrench Chevrolet and grew up in the Mooresville region. NC 136 now follows the old NC 3 route.[3]

Junction list[edit]

Northbound NC 3, in Concord
CabarrusConcord0.00.0 US 601 (Warren C. Coleman Boulevard) to NC 49 / Woodland Drive – Monroe, Kannapolis
2.94.7 NC 73 (Corban Avenue) – Mount Pleasant
Kannapolis8.613.8 US 29 (Cannon Boulevard)
IredellMooresville27.043.5 NC 152 east (North Main Street)
27.043.5 NC 115 (North Broad Street)
27.844.7 NC 150 (East Plaza Drive) to I-77 / Limerick Road
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b NCRoads Annex - NC 3[self-published source] Archived September 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Google (January 28, 2016). "North Carolina Highway 3" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "SESSION LAW 2002-170 HOUSE BILL 1516" (PDF). General Assembly of North Carolina. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 

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