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Route descriptionEdit

US 178 has a length of 6.35 miles (10.22 km) in North Carolina and spans 234.14 miles (376.81 km) in South Carolina.[1][2] The U.S. Highway is a part of the National Highway System from I-85 near Anderson to US 378 in Saluda.[3]

US 178 begins at an intersection with US 64 just west of the town of Rosman within Pisgah National Forest in southern Transylvania County, North Carolina. The two-lane road, which is named Pickens Highway, heads east into the town parallel to the French Broad River. US 178 turns south onto Chestnut Street, crosses the river to leave the town, and turns east again to parallel the river. The highway veers away from the mainstem of the French Broad to follow its Middle Fork south then east, then turns south and climbs to the Eastern Continental Divide at Eastatoe Gap between Burnt Mountain and Indian Camp Mountain.[4][5] US 178 enters Pickens County, South Carolina, and its name changes to Moorefield Memorial Highway shortly after it begins its curvaceous and steep descent along Eastatoe Creek to Rocky Bottom. There, the U.S. Highway meets the western end of F. Van Clayton Memorial Highway, which leads to the highest point in South Carolina, Sassafras Mountain.[4][6]

US 178 crosses another ridge into the valley of Reedy Cove Creek, then climbs again to Beasley Gap between Rich Mountain and Horse Mountain. From there, the highway has a sharp and curvy descent to the valley of the Oolenoy River, which it follows east to near its junction with SC 11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway) at the hamlet of Holly Springs. US 178 curves south at its intersection with SC 288 (Table Rock Road), has a short climb to Mosley Gap between Mosley Mountain and Walnut Cove Mountain, and follows several different creeks through the foothills, which the highway exits as it enters the town of Pickens. The highway expands to four lanes and enters the town on Ann Street and has a very brief concurrency with SC 183 (Main Street) in the center of town; SC 183 connects US 178 with SC 8. US 178 leaves the town along Pendleton Street and drops to two lanes again south of town. The highway passes Pickens County Airport on its way to Liberty. The U.S. Highway, which enters the town along Pickens Drive, intersects SC 93 (Main Street) in the center of the town and has a grade crossing of Norfolk Southern Railway's Greenville District as it leaves town along Anderson Drive. Just south of the town limits, US 178 has a diamond interchange with US 123 (Calhoun Memorial Highway).[4][6]

US 178 meets the southern end of SC 135 shortly before entering Anderson County, where the highway becomes Liberty Highway and intersects SC 88 (Old Greenville Highway). The highway crosses the Six and Twenty Creek arm of Lake Hartwell and temporarily expands to four lanes around its intersection with US 176 Connector, which feeds into SC 28's western bypass of Anderson, Pearman Dairy Road. US 178 gradually approaches US 76 and SC 28 Business (Clemson Boulevard) as it enters a commercial area before meeting and joining those highways at an oblique intersection. The three highways follow an undivided highway with three southbound lanes, two northbound lanes, and a center turn lane into the city of Anderson, where the road's name changes to Main Street and passes to the east of the Civic Center of Anderson. South of Anderson Mall, SC 28 Business continues on Main Street while US 178 and US 76 veer onto four-lane North Avenue, which parallels Main Street on the west. Shortly after North Avenue splits into one-way carriageways split by a wide parked median, the avenue veers east toward Main Street and the U.S. Highways continue along Club Drive and Park Drive, which have several sports field in their wide median.

US 178 and US 76 enter downtown Anderson along four-lane Murray Avenue, which runs one block to the west of Main Street.

US 178 is signed north–south in North Carolina and east–west in South Carolina; which is why it is listed as having a northern and eastern terminus.

FutureEdit

NCDOT plans to modernize a 5.85-mile (9.41 km) section of US 178, between Rosman and the South Carolina state line. The project includes widening lanes to 12 feet (3.7 m), from the current 9 feet (2.7 m), adjust its alignment and add a climbing lane. At an estimated cost of $14.1 million, it is currently unfunded.[7]

Junction listEdit

StateCountyLocationmi
[1][2]
kmDestinationsNotes
North CarolinaTransylvaniaRosman0.000.00  US 64 – Brevard, CashiersWestern terminus
 6.35
0.00
10.22
0.00
North CarolinaSouth Carolina state line
South CarolinaPickensRocky Bottom3.315.33F. Van Clayton Memorial Highway – Sassafras Mountain
10.4616.83  SC 11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway) – Cleveland, Salem
10.6917.20  SC 288 east (Table Rock Road) – Pumpkintown
Pickens19.1430.80  SC 183 west (Main Street) – WalhallaWest end of concurrency with SC 183
19.1630.84   SC 183 east (Main Street) to SC 8 – Greenville, Easley, PumpkintownEast end of concurrency with SC 183
Liberty26.0241.88  SC 93 (Main Street) – Easley, Norris
27.5744.37  US 123 (Calhoun Memorial Highway) – Greenville, ClemsonDiamond interchange
30.1748.55  SC 135 north (Anderson Highway) – Easley
Anderson33.1453.33  SC 88 (Old Greenville Highway) – Pendleton, Powdersville
Northlake43.1569.44  I-85 – Greenville, AtlantaI-85 Exit 21
44.4971.60    
   US 178 Conn. west to SC 28 south (Pearman Dairy Road) – Abbeville
Anderson45.2872.87    
   US 76 west / SC 28 Bus. north (Clemson Boulevard) – Clemson
West end of concurrencies with US 76 and SC 28 Business
46.5274.87   
  SC 28 Bus. south (Main Street)
East end of concurrency with SC 28 Business
48.8078.54  
   US 29 Bus. / SC 81 north (Greenville Street) – Greenville
West end of concurrency with US 29 Business and SC 81
49.1879.15  SC 24 west (Whitner Street) – Westminster
49.4379.55  
   US 29 Bus. / SC 81 south (Murray Avenue) – Homeland Park
East end of concurrency with US 29 Business and SC 81
49.5179.68   
  SC 28 Bus. – Main Street
50.8581.84  US 29 south (Shockley Ferry Road) – Homeland ParkWest end of concurrency with US 29
51.4382.77  US 29 north – GreenvilleEast end of concurrency with US 29
54.7888.16  SC 252 east (Honea Path Highway) – Honea PathEastbound exit, westbound entrance
58.0193.36  SC 413 south – Iva
Belton60.4597.28  SC 20 south (Brown Avenue) – Due WestWest end of concurrency with SC 20
60.5297.40   SC 20 north (Main Street) to SC 247 – Williamston, Ware PlaceEast end of concurrency with SC 20
Honea Path68.73110.61  SC 252 west (Greer Street) – AndersonWest end of concurrency with SC 252
68.79110.71   US 76 / SC 252 east (Greer Street) – Laurens, Ware ShoalsEast end of concurrencies with US 76 and SC 252
AbbevilleDonalds74.39119.72  SC 184 east (East Main Street) – Ware ShoalsWest end of concurrency with SC 184
74.44119.80  SC 184 west (West Main Street) – Due WestEast end of concurrency with SC 184
Greenwood77.42124.60  SC 420 east – Ware Shoals
Hodges83.57134.49  SC 246 east (Emerson Street) – Cokesbury
84.14135.41  SC 185 west (Main Street) – Due West
84.18135.47  US 25 north – GreenvilleWest end of concurrency with US 25
Greenwood90.23145.21     
    US 25 Bus. south / US 178 Bus. east (Montague Avenue) / SC 72 west – Abbeville
West end of concurrency with SC 72
90.87146.24  SC 254 (Cokesbury Road/Grace Street) – Cokesbury
92.39148.69     
    US 221 north / SC 72 east / SC 72 Bus. west (Reynolds Avenue) – Laurens, Clinton
East end of concurrency with SC 72; west end of concurrency with US 221
95.89154.32  SC 34 (Ninety Six Highway/Main Street West) – Ninety SixPartial cloverleaf interchange
97.12156.30     
    US 221 south / US 25 Bus. north / US 178 Bus. west (Main Street north) – McCormick
East end of concurrency with US 221
98.29158.18  SC 225 north – Abbeville
98.83159.05  SC 67 south (Callison Highway)
99.97160.89  US 25 south – EdgefieldEast end of concurrency with US 25
104.41168.03  SC 248 north – Ninety Six
110.65178.07  SC 246 north – Ninety Six
SaludaSaluda121.93196.23  SC 39 north (Jefferson Street) – Cross HillWest end of concurrency with SC 39
122.02196.37    
   US 178 Conn. east (Travis Avenue) / SC 121 north (Main Street) – Newberry, Lexington
West end of concurrency with SC 121
122.37196.94  US 378 (Church Street) – McCormick
122.57197.26  SC 121 south (Main Street) – JohnstonEast end of concurrency with SC 121
124.04199.62  SC 39 south (Ridge Spring Highway) – Ridge SpringEast end of concurrency with SC 121
LexingtonBatesburg-Leesville137.50221.28  SC 23 west (Church Street) – MonettaWest end of concurrency with SC 23
137.61221.46   SC 23 east (Church Street) / SC 391 north (Line Street) – Lexington, ProsperityEast end of concurrency with SC 23; west end of concurrency with SC 391
137.89221.91  US 1 (Columbia Avenue) – Columbia, Aiken
138.27222.52  SC 391 south (Willis Street) – WagenerEast end of concurrency with SC 391
140.78226.56  SC 245 north (Lee Street)
146.13235.17  I-20 – Columbia, AugustaI-20 Exit 39
152.72245.78  SC 113 south (Wagener Highway) – Wagener
Pelion160.38258.11  SC 302 (Pine Street) – South Congaree, Wagener
168.93271.87  SC 3 (Whetstone Road) – Swansea, Springfield
OrangeburgNorth174.03280.07  SC 394 west (Salley Road) – Salley
174.80281.31  US 321 (Main Street) – Woodford, Livingston, Neeses
178.24286.85   SC 172 east (Bull Swamp Road) to SC 692 north – St. Matthews, Swansea
Orangeburg190.67306.85   
  US 178 Bus. east (Broughton Street)
191.75308.59  
   US 21 north / US 21 Bus. south (Columbia Road) – Columbia
West end of concurrency with US 21
192.84310.35  US 601 (Magnolia Street) – St. Matthews, Bamberg
193.69311.71  SC 33 (Russell Street) – Cameron
194.79313.48  US 301 (Five Chop Road) – Santee, Bamberg
196.11315.61      
     US 21 south (Chestnut Street) / US 178 Bus. west (Charleston Highway) to US 21 Bus. / SC 4 – Rowesville, Neeses
East end of concurrency with US 21
Bowman209.55337.24  SC 210 south (Bowman Branch Highway) – BranchvilleWest end of concurrency with SC 210
209.67337.43  SC 210 north (Vance Road) – VanceEast end of concurrency with SC 210
Dorchester218.29351.30  I-95 – Florence, SavannahI-95 Exit 82
220.95355.58  US 15 – St. George, Santee
Harleyville226.11363.89  SC 453 north (Judge Street) – Holly Hill
234.14376.81  US 78 – Summerville, St. GeorgeEastern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routesEdit

Northlake connectorEdit

 

 

U.S. Route 178 Connector
LocationNorthlake, South Carolina

Greenwood business loopEdit

 

 

U.S. Route 178 Business
LocationGreenwood, South Carolina
Length4.84 mi[2] (7.79 km)

U.S. Route 178 Business is a business route of U.S. Route 178 in Greenwood and its western terminus of SC 34 along with US 25.[6][8]

Saluda connectorEdit

 

 

U.S. Route 178 Connector
LocationSaluda, South Carolina

Orangeburg business loopEdit

 

 

U.S. Route 178 Business
LocationOrangeburg, South Carolina
Length4.40 mi[2] (7.08 km)

U.S. Route 178 Business is a business route of U.S. Route 178 in the city of Orangeburg.[6][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Statewide Primary & Secondary Road Arcs (ESRI shapefile) (Map). North Carolina Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e Highways - Zipped Shapefile of roads maintained by SCDOT - Statewide (ESRI shapefile) (Map). South Carolina Department of Transportation. 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ National Highway System: South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Federal Highway Administration. December 2003. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Google (June 11, 2012). "U.S. Route 178" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "NCDOT: State Mapping Resources". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d "General County Highway Maps". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on June 13, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "SPOT ID: H090858" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. May 30, 2014. Retrieved July 10, 2014.
  8. ^ Google (June 11, 2012). "U.S. Route 178 Business (Greenwood, South Carolina)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  9. ^ Google (June 11, 2012). "U.S. Route 178 Business (Orangeburg, South Carolina)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 11, 2012.

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