North Carolina Highway 24
North Carolina Highway 24 (NC 24) is the longest primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Traveling east–west between the Charlotte metropolitan area and the Crystal Coast, connecting the cities of Charlotte, Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Morehead City.
Route of NC 24 highlighted in red
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length||279.4 mi (449.7 km)|
| Pee Dee Valley Drive|
Sandhills Scenic Drive
|West end||I-485 in Charlotte|
|East end||US 70 in Morehead City|
|Counties||Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Stanly, Montgomery, Moore, Harnett, Cumberland, Sampson, Duplin, Onslow, Carteret|
Prior to the western terminus of NC 24 at I-485, the road begins as an unmarked street named W.T. Harris Boulevard at Mount Holly-Huntersville Road. The road was named for W.T. Harris, better known as one of the founders of Harris Teeter. Along the way NC 24 provides access to I-77, US 21, NC 115, I-85, US 29, and NC 49. At NC 27 (Albemarle Road) NC 24 makes a sharp left turn and joins that route in a concurrency, while W.T. Harris Boulevard continues further south unmarked towards US 74.
NC 24 is both one of the longest and most concurrent routes in the state. Besides the approximately 100-mile (160 km) concurrency with NC 27 between Johnsonville and Charlotte, this route also shares long stretches of pavement with:
- US 258 between Richlands and Jacksonville (16.5 miles)
- NC 50 between Kenansville and Warsaw (7.5 miles)
- NC 87 between Fayetteville and Spout Springs (18 miles)
- Shorter concurrencies with I-40, NC 903, US 421, US 701, US 17, NC 210 (twice), NC 22, NC 109, and NC 73. It also runs briefly concurrent with US 15/US 501 in Carthage.
All told, about half of the total length of NC 24 runs concurrent with other routes.
As a route, it is designated as a "High Priority Corridor" for North Carolina, and much of it is highly traveled, providing the most direct access between Charlotte, Fayetteville and Jacksonville. It passes near or through three major Military installations (Fort Bragg, Pope Army Airfield, and Camp Lejeune), as well as Morrow Mountain State Park, Lake Tillery and the Uwharrie National Forest. Most of the route east of I-40 is at least four lanes, with sections at or near freeway grade.
Along its eastern portions, NC 24 is known as Lejeune Boulevard thru Jacksonville, Freedom Way from the Camp Lejeune Main Gate to Swansboro, Corbett Avenue through Swansboro, Cedar Point Boulevard through Cedar Point, the W. B. McLean Highway through much of central Carteret County from JCT NC 58 to its terminus in Mansfield at US 70.
- 1922: NC 24 runs from Warsaw to Laurinburg, through Fayetteville. Most of this routing west of Fayetteville is now US 401.
- 1925: NC 24's western terminus is extended to the South Carolina line and its eastern terminus is extended to Kenansville.
- 1930: The route is extended east to Swansboro, using part of US 17. Also, NC 24 is rerouted through Kenansville, Beaulaville, Richlands, and Jacksonville; NC 24 still uses most of this route today. Furthermore, NC 24 is given a more direct route from Laurinburg to Wagram.
- 1930s: NC 24 is rerouted numerous times after the introduction of new U.S. Highways to North Carolina.
- 1941: NC 24 west of Fayetteville is truncated; NC 87 and NC 78 take control of the truncated route.
- 1963: The western terminus of NC 24 is moved and extended to Charlotte; this produced the 106-mile (171 km) concurrency with NC 27.
- Mid 1960s: NC 24 is routed around Clinton and its routing through Fayetteville changed.
- Early 1970s: The construction of the Cape Fear River bridge at Fayetteville removed many zigzags of NC 24 in Fayetteville.
- 1982: NC 24 is routed along a four-lane bypass around Vander to access the newly built I-95.
- 2000: NC 24 is routed onto I-40 for a segment between exits 364 and 373 and onto NC 11 around Kenansville and Warsaw. The old route was signed as Business NC 24.
- 2003: NC 24 splits from NC 27 in eastern Charlotte to follow Harris Boulevard to a new western terminus at I-77.
- 2006: NC 24 is rerouted onto the Jacksonville Bypass US 17 for 4 miles (6.4 km). The old route is signed as Business Route 24.
- 2008: NC 24 western terminus is extended from I-77 to I-485 on December 8, 2008. The extension added 1 mile (1.6 km) to the route.
In March 2003, The state DOT rerouted the west end of NC 24 from US 74 to I-77 (Exit 18). This was facilitated by following Harris Boulevard in east Charlotte instead of following NC 27. This added nearly 15 miles (24 km) onto the highway's length. On December 8, 2008, Interstate 485 opened in Northwest Mecklenburg County; at that same time NC 24 was extended again by 1 mile (1.6 km) to the new freeway (Exit 21) along West WT Harris Boulevard.
Before this rerouting, NC 24 was extraneous west of Johnsonville. It was concurrent with NC 27 over its entire length to its terminus at US 74, at which point NC 27 continued while NC 24 did not.
North Carolina Highway 243Edit
|Length||6.5 mi (10.5 km)|
North Carolina Highway 243 (NC 243) appeared in 1931 as a renumbering of NC 24 from Hubert to Swansboro; which NC 24 went northeast to Stella then east towards Morehead City. In 1934, NC 243 was reverted to NC 24 when the White River bridge was completed in Swansboro.
North Carolina Highway 605Edit
|Length||4.0 mi (6.4 km)|
North Carolina Highway 605 (NC 605) was established in 1932 as a new primary route between US 1/US 15/NC 50/NC 75, in Tramway, and US 421/NC 60, in Jonesboro. In 1936, NC 24 was extended northwest from Fayetteville to Tramway, replacing NC 605.
|Mecklenburg||Charlotte||0.0||0.0||I-485 – Pineville, Huntersville||Western terminus; Exit 21 (I-485)|
|1.1||1.8||I-77 – Charlotte, Statesville||Exit 18 (I-77)|
|1.5||2.4||US 21 (Statesville Road)|
|2.8||4.5||NC 115 (Old Statesville Road)|
|7.3||11.7||I-85 – Charlotte, Concord||Exit 45 (I-85)|
|8.0||12.9||US 29 (North Tryon Street)|
|8.6||13.8||NC 49 (University City Boulevard)||To UNC Charlotte|
|9.6||15.4||Old Concord Road|
|16.3||26.2||NC 27 west (Albemarle Road)||West end of NC 27 overlap|
|Mint Hill||21.1||34.0||I-485 – Pineville, Huntersville||Exit 41 (I-485)|
|22.3||35.9||NC 51 south (Blair Road)|
|Cabarrus||Midland||30.2||48.6||US 601 – Monroe, Concord|
|Stanly||Locust||34.6||55.7||NC 200 – Stanfield, Monroe, Concord|
|Red Cross||38.8||62.4||NC 205 south – Oakboro|
|Albemarle||49.4||79.5||US 52 / NC 73 west (Aquadale Road) to NC 138 – Wadesboro, Salisbury||West end of NC 73 overlap|
US 52 Bus. (Second Street)
|51.5||82.9||NC 740 north – Badin|
|Pee Dee River||57.5||92.5||James B. Garrison Bridge|
|Montgomery||||57.7||92.9||NC 73 east – Mount Gilead||East end of NC 73 overlap|
|||65.7||105.7||NC 109 south – Mount Gilead||South end of NC 109 overlap|
NC 109 north / NC 109 Bus. begin – Denton
|North end of NC 109 and south end of NC 109 Bus overlap|
NC 134 / NC 109 Bus. north (Main Street)
|North end of NC 109 Bus overlap|
US 220 Alt. (Main Street)
|77.0||123.9||I-73 / I-74 / US 220 – Rockingham, Asheboro||Exit 49 (I-73)|
|Moore||||88.8||142.9||NC 705 – Robbins|
|||94.0||151.3||NC 22 north – Ramseur, Greensboro||North end of NC 22 overlap|
|Carthage||99.0||159.3||NC 22 south (McNeill Street)||South end of NC 22 overlap|
|100.1||161.1||US 15 / US 501 south – Pinehurst, Aberdeen||South end of US 15/US 501 overlap|
|||102.1||164.3||US 15 / US 501 north – Sanford||North end of US 15/US 501 overlap|
US 1 Bus.
|||110.5||177.8||US 1 – Southern Pines, Sanford|
|Harnett||Johnsonville||118.9||191.4||NC 27 east – Lillington||East end of NC 27 overlap|
|Spout Springs||122.0||196.3||NC 87 north – Sanford||North end of NC 87 overlap|
|Cumberland||Spring Lake||128.6||207.0||NC 690 west (Vass Road) – Vass|
|130.8||210.5||NC 210 north (Lillington Highway) – Lillington||North end of NC 210 overlap|
|131.3||211.3||Bragg Boulevard – Fort Bragg||Civilian traffic to close May 2016|
|Fayetteville||132.9||213.9||Honeycutt Road – Simmons AAF|
|134.7||216.8||NC 210 south (Murchison Road) / NC 295 begin||South end of NC 210 and north end of NC 295 overlap; exit 23 (NC 295)|
|136.0||218.9||NC 295 end / Bragg Boulevard – Fort Bragg||South end of NC 295 overlap; exit 21C (NC 295)|
|138.4||222.7||US 401 (Skibo Road / Pamalee Drive) – Raeford, Lillington|
US 401 Bus. / NC 87 south (MLK Jr. Highway)
|South end of NC 87 overlap|
|142.6||229.5||NC 210 north (Murchison Road)||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; north end of NC 210 overlap|
|143.9||231.6||I-95 Bus. / US 301 (Eastern Boulevard)|
|144.6||232.7||NC 53 east / NC 210 south (Ceder Creek Road) – White Lake||South end of NC 210 overlap|
|Vander||147.4||237.2||I-95 – Lumberton, Benson||Exit 52AB (I-95); cloverleaf interchange|
|Sampson||Roseboro||165.4||266.2||NC 242 (East Street) – Elizabethtown, Salemburg|
|Clinton||176.1||283.4||US 421 / US 701 north (Faircloth Freeway) – Dunn, Newton Grove||North end of US 421 / US 701 overlap|
|177.0||284.9||US 421 / US 701 south (Faircloth Freeway) – Wilmington, Elizabethtown||South end of US 421 / US 701 overlap|
US 701 Bus. south (Southeast Boulevard)
|South end of US 701 Bus overlap|
US 701 Bus. north (Southeast Boulevard)
|North end of US 701 Bus overlap|
I-40 west / NC 24 Bus. east – Benson, Warsaw
|West end of I-40 overlap; exit 364 (I-40)|
|||193.7||311.7||US 117 – Warsaw||Exit 369 (I-40)|
|||197.1||317.2||I-40 east / NC 903 south – Wilmington, Magnolia||East end of I-40 and south end of NC 903 overlap; exit 373 (I-40)|
|||200.0||321.9||NC 11 – Kenansville|
|Kenansville||202.2||325.4||NC 50 – Kenansville, Chinquapin|
NC 903 north / NC 24 Bus. east – Pink Hill, Benson, Kenansville
|North end of NC 903 overlap|
|Beulaville||213.1||343.0||NC 41 / NC 111 (Jackson Street) – Trenton, Wallace|
|Onslow||||223.7||360.0||US 258 north (Kinston Highway) – Kinston||North end of US 258 overlap|
|Catherine Lake||232.3||373.9||NC 111 north (Catherine Lake Road) – Chinquapin, Wallace||Southern terminus of NC 111|
|Jacksonville||237.3||381.9||US 258 south (NC 24 Bus.) / NC 53 west – Burgaw, Jacksonville Downtown||South end of US 258 and west end of NC 53 (hidden) overlap|
|238.4||383.7||US 17 south (US 17 Bus.) – Wilmington||South end of US 17 overlap|
|241.9||389.3||Montford Landing Road||Eastbound entrance and westbound exit|
|242.5||390.3||US 17 north (NC 24 Bus.) – New Bern, Jacksonville Downtown||North end of US 17 overlap|
|243.2||391.4||Wilson Boulevard – Camp Lejeune|
|233.9||376.4||NC 53 east (Western Boulevard)||East end of NC 53 (hidden) overlap|
|246.2||396.2||Camp Lejeune Main Gate|
|Hubert||252.8||406.8||NC 172 south||Northern terminus of NC 172|
|Carteret||Cape Carteret||263.2||423.6||NC 58 – Emerald Isle, Trenton|
|Morehead City||279.4||449.7||US 70 (Arendell Street) – Havelock, Beaufort||Eastern terminus|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
Warsaw–Kenansville business loopEdit
|Length||11.8 mi (19.0 km)|
North Carolina Highway 24 Business (NC 24 Bus) was established in March, 1999 when mainline NC 24 was rerouted overlapping I-40 and NC 903 (Kenansville Bypass); the old alignment through downtown Warsaw and Kenansville was redesignated as a business loop.
Jacksonville business loopEdit
|Location||Jacksonville, North Carolina|
|Length||4.3 mi (6.9 km)|
North Carolina Highway 24 Business (NC 24 Bus) was established in January 2008 when mainline NC 24 was placed on new bypass south of Jacksonville. The business loop follows the old alignment through downtown Jacksonville, via Richlands Highway (in concurrency with US 258), Marine Boulevard (in concurrency with US 17 Business), Johnson Boulevard and Lejeune Boulevard.
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