U.S. Route 15 in North Carolina

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U.S. Route 15 marker

U.S. Route 15
Route of US 15 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length 159 mi[1] (256 km)
Existed 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end US 15 / US 401 at the SC line near McColl, SC
  I-74 / US 74 in Laurinburg
US 421 in Sanford
I-40 in Durham
NC 147 in Durham
I-85 / US 70 in Durham
North end US 15 at the VA line near Clarksville, VA
Location
Counties Scotland, Hoke, Moore, Lee, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Granville
Highway system
NC 14NC 16

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

Route description[edit]

US 15-501 turns left in Durham

From the South Carolina state line, US 15 is in concurrency with US 401 to Laurinburg. Merging with US 501, it becomes what is known as "15-501" ("Fifteen Five-o-one"), a concurrency that extends for 106 miles (171 km) across central North Carolina; US 15 also the dominant partner, using its mile markers along the route. After Laurinburg it goes north to Aberdeen, linking briefly with US 1 before continuing to Pinehurst. In Pinehurst, 15-501 goes through a rare roundabout, then continues north, through Carthage, back to US 1. After another brief concurrency with US 1 through Sanford, it exits off the freeway and goes due north to Pittsboro. After Pittsboro, 15-501 becomes an expressway, connecting the cities of Chapel Hill and Durham; this section of the route is famous because of the two universities it connects: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Though the road is a symbol of the separation of the Carolina-Duke rivalry, NCDOT has been trying to remedy that 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 Interstate 85. At exit 176B (on I-85), US 501 splits off towards Roxboro, while US 15 continues with I-85 towards Oxford.

After Durham, US 15 continues to follow I-85 till exit 186A, where it goes first to Creedmoor, then on into Oxford. After going through downtown Oxford, it continues north, near Mayo Lake, to Clarksville, Virginia.

History[edit]

Established in 1927, it was aligned along NC 75 from the South Carolina state line, through Rockingham, Pinehurst and Durham, to the Virginia state line.[3]

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
Scotland0.00.0 US 15 south / US 401 south – BennettsvilleSouth Carolina state line
Laurinburg5.08.0
US 15 Bus. / US 401 Bus.
6.09.7 I-74 / US 74 / US 501 – Rockingham, Lumberton, WilmingtonSouthern terminus of US 501 concurrency; I-74 exit 183
7.011.3
US 74 Bus. (Church Street)
9.014.5
US 401 / US 15 Bus. / US 501 Bus. – Fayetteville
Northern terminus of US 401 concurrency
Laurel Hill Township12.019.3 NC 144 (Old Wire Road) – Wagram, Laurel Hill
Hoke
No major junctions
MooreAberdeen31.851.2 NC 211 – RaefordSouthern terminus of NC 211 concurrency
32.051.5 US 1 – RockinghamSouthern terminus of US 1 concurrency
32.251.8 NC 5 – Pinehurst
34.054.7 US 1 – Southern PinesNorthern terminus of US 1 concurrency
Pinehurst38.061.2 NC 2 / NC 211 – Southern Pines, West EndRoundabout; northern terminus of NC 211 concurrency
41.566.8 NC 73 – West End
Carthage45.072.4 NC 22 – Southern PinesSouthern terminus of NC 22 concurrency
46.074.0 NC 22 (McNeill Street)Northern terminus of NC 22 concurrency
48.077.2 NC 24 / NC 27 (Monroe Street)Southern terminus of NC 24 / NC 27 concurrency
50.080.5 NC 24 / NC 27 – CameronNorthern terminus of NC 24 / NC 27 concurrency
Lee59.095.0 US 1 – Cameron, Southern PinesSouthern terminus of US 1 concurrency
Tramway61.098.2 NC 78 (Tramway Road) – Cameron
Sanford63.5102.266
NC 42 / US 1 Bus. – Asheboro, Fuquay-Varina
Interchange; south end of freeway
65.0104.668Spring Lane
65.5105.469A
NC 87 / US 421 Bus. – Olivia, Pineview, Spout Springs
Southern terminus of NC 87 concurrency
66.0106.269BBurns Drive / Canterbury Road
66.5107.070 US 421 – Fuquay-Varina, Dunn, Greensboro
67.5108.671
US 1 / US 1 Bus. – Cary, Raleigh
Roundabout interchange; north end of freeway; northern terminus of US 1 concurrency
ChathamPittsboro81.0130.4 NC 87 – Graham, BurlingtonNorthern terminus of NC 87 concurrency
82.0132.0
US 64 Bus.
84.0135.2 US 64 – Siler City, ApexUS 64 exit 383
OrangeChapel Hill97.0156.1 NC 54 / NC 86 – Graham, Blackwood, HillsboroughInterchange; southern terminus of NC 54 concurrency
99.0159.3 NC 54 (Raleigh Road) – DurhamInterchange; northern terminus of NC 54 concurrency
102.0164.2Franklin StreetInterchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
DurhamDurham103.0165.8 I-40 – Greensboro, RaleighI-40 exit 270
105.0169.0105A
105B

US 15 Bus. / US 501 Bus. / Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Interchange; south end of freeway
106.0170.6106Cornwallis Road
107.0172.2107 NC 751 (Cameron Boulevard)
108.0–
108.5
173.8–
174.6
108A
108B
108C
108D

NC 147 (Durham Freeway) / US 70 Bus. (Hillsborough Road) / Morreene Road
Signed as exits 108A (Morreene Road), 108B & 108C (NC 147), and 108D (US 70 Bus.)
109.0175.4 I-85 / US 70 – GreensboroSouthern terminus of I-85 / US 70 concurrency; I-85 exit 174A; southbound exit and northbound entrance
See I-85
111.5179.4 US 501 (Duke Street) / Gregson Street – RoxboroNorthern terminus of US 501 concurrency; I-85 exit 176
See I-85
112.5181.1 US 70 – RDU Airport, RaleighNorthern terminus of US 70 concurrency; I-85 exit 178
See I-85
GranvilleDutchville122.0196.3 I-85 – PetersburgNorthern terminus of I-85 concurrency; north end of freeway, I-85 exit 186
Creedmoor127.0204.4 NC 56 – Butner, Wilton, Franklinton
139.0223.7 I-85 – Durham, PetersburgI-85 exit 202
Oxford142.0228.5 NC 96 (MLK Jr. Avenue) – HendersonSouthern terminus of NC 96 concurrency
142.3229.0
US 158 Bus. (Williamsboro Street)
Southern terminus of US 158 Bus. concurrency
143.0230.1
NC 96 (Roxboro Road) / US 158 Bus. – Roxboro
Northern terminus of NC 96 / US 158 Bus. concurrency
144.0231.7 US 158 (Oxford Loop Road) – Roxboro, Henderson
159.0255.9 US 15 north – ClarksvilleVirginia state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (2011-02-01). "US 15 in NC" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  2. ^ "NCDOT: Super Street" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  3. ^ "NCRoads.com: U.S. 15". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

KML is from Wikidata


U.S. Route 15
Previous state:
South Carolina
North Carolina Next state:
Virginia