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In the U.S. state of North Carolina, U.S. Route 220 (US 220) is a north–south highway that connects the cities of Rockingham, Asheboro and Greensboro, in the central Piedmont.

U.S. Route 220 marker

U.S. Route 220
Route of US 220 in North Carolina in red
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length123.4 mi[1] (198.6 km)
Major junctions
South end US 1 in Rockingham
North end US 220 at the Virginia line near Price
CountiesRichmond, Montgomery, Randolph, Guilford, Rockingham
Highway system
NC 218US 221

Route descriptionEdit

Dedicated and memorial namesEdit

US 220 in North Carolina feature a few dedicated or memorialized stretches of freeway.

  • Governor John Motley Morehead Expressway – official North Carolina name of US 220 from the south Greensboro city limits to Interstate 40 (approved: April 12, 1996).[2]
  • J. Elsie Webb Thoroughfare – official North Carolina name of US 220 from US 1, in Rockingham, to Ellerbe (approved: February 3, 1972).[2]
  • Martha McGee Bell Bridges – official North Carolina name of US 220's twin bridges over the Deep River, near Randleman (approved: August 11, 1978).[2]
  • Rush C. Collins Bridge – official North Carolina name of US 220's bridge over the Dan River (approved: October 2, 1969).[2]
  • Thomas A. Burton Highway – official North Carolina name of US 220 from NC 68 to the Virginia state line (approved: March 4, 1994).[2]


Established in 1935 when US 220 was extended south from Virginia; it replaced: US 311/NC 77 from the state line to Madison, US 411/NC 704 from Madison to Greensboro, US 411/NC 70 from Greensboro to Candor, US 411/NC 170 from Candor to Norman, and US 15/NC 75 from Norman to Rockingham.

By 1939, US 220 was realigned west of Seagrove, leaving Old US Highway 220 and an extension of NC 705. By 1963, US 220 bypassed Madison and Mayodan, the old route through the towns became US 220 Business. Between 1964-1966, Stoneville was bypassed to its west. Between 1967-1968, US 220 we realigned west, onto new freeway, of Asheboro, leaving US 220 Business. In 1970, US 220 was rerouted in Greensboro, from Randleman Road it overlapped with Interstate 85 then onto O. Henry Boulevard (in concurrency with US 29) going north till Wendover Avenue, then west to Battleground Avenue; the original alignment through downtown Greensboro became unnumbered.

In the 1970s, US 220 was continuously moved onto new freeway, bypassing Randleman and Level Cross. Also, at some point during the decade, US 220 was extended south to its current terminus with US 1, leaving behind Ellerbe Road in Rockingham.

In 1980, US 220 was moved onto new freeway between Steeds and Emery, its old alignment became US 220 Alternate. Between 1981-1983, US 220 moved onto new freeway from Level Cross to Interstate 85, leaving an unnumbered Randleman Road.

In 1995, US 220 was moved onto new freeway between Interstate 85 to Interstate 40. In May 1997, US 220 was moved onto new freeway between Ether and NC 134; it not only extended US 220 Alternate over the old alignment, but also became the first section of both Interstate 73 and Interstate 74.[3][4]

On January 7, 2008, US 220 was moved onto new freeway between Emery to south of Ellerbe, leaving its old alignment another extension of US 220 Alternate.[5]

U.S. Route 411Edit


U.S. Route 411
LocationRockinghamMadison, NC
Length112.3 mi[6] (180.7 km)

U.S. Route 411 (US 411) was established in 1932 as the second national US 411, traversed entirely in North Carolina. Starting on Washington Street, in Rockingham, it traveled with US 74 to Ellerbe Road then north through Ellerbe, Norman, Candor, Biscoe, Star, and Seagrove, mostly along what is today US 220 Bus and US 220 Alt. In Asheboro, it went along Fayetteville Street, then continued north on Randleman Road and on Old Randleman Road into Greensboro. Through Greensboro, US 411 was routed along Randleman Road, O'Connor Street, Elm Street, and Battleground Road; in 1934, it was rerouted north of Elm Street to Wendover Avenue, Winstead Place, Northwood Street, and Battleground Road. Going northwest, it continued to Madison, where it ended at US 311. In 1935, US 411 was renumbered as "US 220".

North Carolina Highway 897Edit


North Carolina Highway 897
LocationWinston-SalemVA State Line
Length43.3 mi[7] (69.7 km)

North Carolina Highway 897 (NC 897) was an original state highway that traversed from NC 60/NC 65, in Winston-Salem, to SR 33 at the Virginia state line. Going north on Liberty Street, from 4th Street, in Winston-Salem, it went at a northeasterly route along Old Walkertown Road and Pine Hall Road to Pine Hall. Continuing northeasterly, it connects Madison, Mayodan, Stoneville and Price, North Carolina before reaching the Virginia state line. In 1925, it was renumbered as part of NC 77.[8] Today, all of the Forsyth and Stokes section of NC 897 have been downgraded to secondary roads; while the Pine Hall to Madison section is part of US 311 and the Madison to Stoneville is part of US 220 Business.


The Western Rockingham Bypass, from the US 74/US 74 Bus. interchange to US 220 Alt near Ellerbe. Currently all right-of-way purchases have been completed along the proposed route, with construction beginning in 2012 on upgrading US 220 north of Rockingham. The remaining sections of the new bypass is currently scheduled to begin construction in late 2017; however, it is subject to reprioritization.[9]

Widen US 220 in the northern part of Greensboro (called "Battleground Avenue" at this point) to multi-lanes, from Horse Pen Creek Road, in Greensboro, to Winfree Road, in Summerfield. Funded, with construction expected to be completed in December 2016.[10]

Junction listEdit

CountyLocationmi[1]kmOld exitNew exitDestinationsNotes
RichmondRockingham0.00.0  US 1 south – CherawSouthbound exit and northbound entrance
0.50.80Midway Road
  US 74 Bus. (Broad Avenue) – Wadesboro, Hamlet
5    I-73 south / I-74 east to US 74 – LumbertonFuture interchange (under construction, to be completed by March 2023)[9]
23Dockery Road / Haywood Cemetery Road
8.413.5825   I-73 north / I-74 west – Asheboro
Ellerbe11.819.0  NC 73 west – Mount GileadWest end of NC 73 overlap
16.526.6  NC 73 east – West EndEast end of NC 73 overlap
Norman18.429.6Moore Street
Montgomery22.536.2Tabernacle Church Road
    I-73 south / I-74 east / US 220 Alt. north – Rockingham, Candor
South end of I-73 and east end of I-74 overlap
Candor27.544.344  NC 211 – Candor, Pinehurst
Biscoe32.552.349   NC 24 / NC 27 – Biscoe, Carthage, Troy
Star35.857.652Spies Road – Star, Robbins
  US 220 Alt. – Ether, Steeds
Randolph41.566.84158Black Ankle Road
Seagrove45.072.44561  NC 705 – Seagrove, Robbins
49.179.04966New Hope Church RoadTo North Carolina Zoo
   US 220 Bus. north / NC 134 south – Ulah, Troy
To US 220 Alt
Asheboro54.988.471McDowell Road
A:    US 64 east / NC 49 north – Raleigh
B:    US 64 west / NC 49 south – Lexington, Charlotte
To North Carolina Zoo
57.692.774  NC 42 – AsheboroLeft exit; western terminus of NC 42
58.494.075Presnell Street
  To US 220 Bus. north / North Fayetteville Street / Vision Drive
60.797.777Spero Road
62.099.878Pineview Street
Randleman63.0101.480  I-74 west – High Point, Winston-SalemWest end of I-74 overlap
64.1103.281US Highway 311 Extension  – Randleman
65.8105.982Academy Street  – Randleman
Level Cross69.8112.386   
  US 220 Bus. south – Level Cross
Guilford72.6116.889  NC 62 – Climax, High Point
77.2124.27794Old Randleman Road
Greensboro78.2125.97895    I-73 north / I-85 north / US 421 (Greensboro Urban Loop) – Winston-Salem, Durham, SanfordNorth end of I-73 overlap; signed as 78A (south) and 78B (north)
79.2127.579    US 29 / US 70 to I-85 south – Burlington, High Point, CharlotteSigned as 79A (north) and 79B (south)
80.0128.780Creek Ridge RoadSouthbound signed as 80A (west) and 80B (east)
80.6129.781  I-40 west / Freeman Mill Road – Winston-SalemWest end of I-40 overlap
81.3130.8219   US 29 south / US 70 west – CharlotteSouth end of US 29 and west end of US 70 overlap
81.6131.3220Randleman Road
82.2132.3221South Elm-Eugene Street – Downtown Greensboro
83.3134.1222Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
83.5134.4223  I-40 east – Burlington, Durham, RaleighEast end of I-40 overlap; westbound exit and eastbound entrance
84.0135.2Florida StreetEastbound exit and entrance only
84.5136.0Gate City BoulevardTwo exits signed east and west
85.3137.3Market StreetTo North Carolina A&T State University
85.8138.1Sullivan StreetEastbound exit and entrance only
86.0138.4Bessemer Street
86.3138.9   US 29 north / US 70 east (Wendover Avenue) – McLeansville, BurlingtonNorth end of US 29 and east end of US 70 overlaps, two exits signed east and west
87.0140.0Summit Avenue
87.3140.5Yanceyville StreetNo southbound exit
88.8142.9Battleground Avenue / Wendover Avenue
Summerfield97.8157.4  NC 150 east – Browns SummitEast end of NC 150 overlap
99.0159.3  NC 150 west – Oak RidgeWest end of NC 150 overlap
100.3161.4  I-73 south – PTI Airport, AsheboroUS 220 is Exit 119 on I-73; South end of I-73 overlap
Stokesdale102.2164.5120  US 158 – Stokesdale, Reidsville
Rockingham103.8167.0122  NC 65 – Stokesdale, Reidsville
105.3169.5123  NC 68 south – StokesdaleNorth end of I-73 overlap
    US 311 south / US 220 Bus. north / NC 704 – Madison, Wentworth
South end of US 311 overlap
Mayodan114.3183.9   US 311 north / NC 135 – Mayodan, EdenNorth end of US 311 overlap
  US 220 Bus. south – Stoneville
Stoneville118.0189.9  NC 770 – Stoneville, Eden
Price123.4198.6  US 220 north – MartinsvilleContinuation into Virginia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Google (January 5, 2014). "US 220 in North Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "North Carolina Memorial Highways and other Named Facilities" (PDF). Retrieved August 29, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ " U.S. 220". Retrieved August 29, 2012.[self-published source]
  4. ^ "End of US Highway 220". Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2012.[self-published source]
  5. ^ Malme, Robert H. (2009). "I-73 Segment 10/I-74 Segment 11". Self-published. Archived from the original on September 2, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2012.[unreliable source]
  6. ^ Google (July 14, 2013). "U.S. Route 411" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  7. ^ Google (May 19, 2014). "North Carolina Highway 897" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  8. ^ State Highway System of North Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1930. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Staff. "Project #R-3421". Project Details. North Carolina Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on October 29, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "Project #R-2309". Project Details. North Carolina Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on October 29, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2012.

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