U.S. Route 276

U.S. Route 276 (US 276) is a United States highway that runs for 106.4 miles (171.2 km) from Mauldin, South Carolina to Cove Creek, North Carolina. It is known both as a busy urban highway in Greenville, South Carolina and a scenic back-road in Western North Carolina.

U.S. Route 276 marker
U.S. Route 276
US 276 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 76
Length106.4 mi[citation needed] (171.2 km)
Existed1932[citation needed]–present
Tourist
routes
Forest Heritage Scenic Byway
Major junctions
East end I-185 / I-385 near Mauldin, SC
 
North end I-40 in Cove Creek, NC
Location
StatesSouth Carolina, North Carolina
CountiesSC: Greenville
NC: Transylvania, Haywood
Highway system

South Carolina 274.svg SC 274SCSouth Carolina 277.svg SC 277
NC 275.svg NC 275NCI-277.svg I-277

Route descriptionEdit

In South Carolina, US 276 only runs in Greenville County, for a total of 43.3 miles (69.7 km); beginning at the I-385/I-185 junction in Mauldin. The US Highway then runs north to the City of Greenville, then to Travelers Rest, and then Marietta before climbing into North Carolina. A two-mile portion of US 276 between Greenville and Travelers Rest is an expressway complete with shoulders, exits, a grass median, and a speed limit of 55 miles per hour.

In Travelers Rest, a Downtown Revitalization Plan has reduced US 276 from four lanes down to two; added trees, on-street parking, a new park, and other improvements.

After Marietta, US 276 climbs about 2,000 feet (610 m) to Caesars Head State Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains, 3 miles (4.8 km) from the North Carolina border. At the border, the US Highway crosses the Eastern Continental Divide at 2,910 feet (890 m) above sea level.[1]

In North Carolina, US 276 traverses through Transylvania and Haywood counties, for a total of 63 miles (101 km). Between the towns of Brevard and Waynesville in North Carolina, US 276 travels through the Pisgah National Forest and is a route heavily traveled by recreationalists. The road follows the Davidson River and a tributary upstream before climbing the Pisgah Ridge and crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway at its top, then descending by the Pigeon River and the Shining Rock Wilderness. Many trailheads used for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding lie along US 276 in this area and roads connecting to it. Drivers will also find roadside campgrounds, picnic areas, waterfalls, and two museums — the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the Cradle of Forestry in America — along the road or within a short distance of it. North of Waynesville, US 276 continues through Lake Junaluska, where it joins US 19 to Maggie Valley, then runs north to I-40 at Cove Creek.

US 276 is signed east–west in South Carolina and north–south in North Carolina; which is why it is listed as having an eastern and northern terminus.

US 276 overlaps with the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway, which is a North Carolina Scenic Byway, National Forest Scenic Byway and National Scenic Byway, that traverses between Pisgah Forest and Woodrow.[2]

HistoryEdit

 
Northbound US 276, in Brevard

US 276 was established in 1932, traversing from Laurens, South Carolina to Brevard, North Carolina; it replaced US 76 between Laurens to Greenville, overlapped with US 25 to Travelers Rest, replaced SC 284/NC 284 to Brevard.[3][4]

Around 1939, US 276 was extended north from Brevard, via Pisgah Forest along the old Pisgah Motor Road, to Waynesville, ending at Main Street. In the 1940s, US 276 was changed to its current routing around the downtown area of Greenville, which established US 276 Business by 1948; the business route would be later replaced by I-85 Business by 1968-70.[3][4]

In 1957 or 1958, US 276 was moved onto new freeway south of Mauldin to just south of Fountain Inn; its old route was replaced by SC 417 between Mauldin-Simpsonville and SC 14 to Fountain Inn. Between 1959-61, US 276's realignment onto new freeway was complete with a connection with I-26 in Clinton, the remainder of its former route to Laurens was replaced by SC 14.[4]

Also around 1959, US 276 was extended north again to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, replacing another section of NC 284. By 1968, a widened 4-lane road was completed between Dellwood and Cove Creek, completing a temporary connection between two completed sections of I-40. This section became the final extension north of US 276, replacing the last remaining section NC 284; temporary I-40 lasted till 1974 (when the section between exits 20-27 was completed).[3]

Around 1985, the Mauldin-Clinton freeway was renumbered to I-385; truncating US 276 to its current eastern terminus in Mauldin.[4]

North Carolina Highway 284Edit

 

North Carolina Highway 284
LocationCove Creek, North Carolina
Existed1930–1969

NC 284 was a former state highway in the Mountains Region of the state of North Carolina. Its routing through the Great Smoky Mountains was demoted to Old NC 284 (Cove Creek Road) and today remains primitive road; it is thus unpaved and is maintained by the National Park Service.[5] The rest of the old route, which lies to the south, was replaced segment by segment by U.S. Highway 276 from 1939 to 1968, when the last section from Maggie Valley north to the newly constructed Interstate 40 in Cove Creek was replaced by the U.S. highway.

Junction listEdit

Mileposts reset at state line crossings.
StateCountyLocationmi[6]kmDestinationsNotes
South CarolinaGreenville00.0   I-185 / I-385 – Simpsonville, Columbia, AtlantaI-385 exit 30; southern terminus.
Mauldin1.42.3  SC 417 (Main Street) – Simpsonville
Greenville58.0  I-85 – Spartanburg, AtlantaI-85 exits 48A-B.
6.310.1  SC 146 (Woodruff Road) – Woodruff
7.612.2  SC 291 (Pleasantburg Drive)
914  I-385 south / I-385 Bus. north – Columbia, Downtown Greenville, Fluor Field, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Falls Park, Heritage Green, Peace CenterNorthern terminus of I-385; southern terminus of I-385 Bus.; I-385 exit 42
9.515.3Wade Hampton Boulevard north (US 29 Conn. north)Southern terminus of US 29 Conn. and Wade Hampton Boulevard
  Column Street south (US 29 Spur south) to US 29 – AndersonNorthern terminus of US 29 Spur and Column Street
10.516.9  SC 183 south (Rutherford Road)
12.420.0   SC 253 / SC 291 south (Blue Ridge Drive/Pleasantburg Drive)Northern terminus of SC 291
14.623.5Old Buncombe Roadto Timmons Arena
15.324.6Furman University
Travelers Rest17.528.2  US 25 – Hendersonville, AshevilleBrief overlap with US 25
22.235.7  SC 414 (Bates Crossing Road)
Slater-Marietta23.437.7  SC 186 (Dacusville Road) – Dacusville, Pickens
23.738.1  SC 288 (Pumpkintown Road) – Pumpkintown
Cleveland27.844.7   SC 11 east to US 25 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway)South end of SC 11 overlap; to Pleasant Ridge County Park
33.353.6  SC 11 west (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway)North end of SC 11 overlap; to Table Rock State Park
34.255.0  SC 8 south (Caesars Head Highway) – PickensNorthern terminus of SC 8; to Table Rock State Park
 South Carolina–North Carolina state line
North CarolinaTransylvaniaCedar Mountain1.62.6Cascade Lake Roadto DuPont State Forest
Brevard12.520.1  US 64 west (Broad Street) – Highlands, FranklinSouth end of US 64 overlap
13.321.4 
  US 64 Bus. west (Caldwell Street)
Brevard College at intersection
Pisgah Forest15.925.6   US 64 east / NC 280 east – Asheville, HendersonvilleNorth end of US 64 overlap; South end of Forest Heritage Scenic Byway overlap; East end of NC Bike 8
3150Blue Ridge ParkwayWest end of NC Bike 8
HaywoodWoodrow45.372.9   NC 110 north / NC 215 south – Canton, RosmanSouth end of NC 215 overlap; North end of Forest Heritage Scenic Byway overlap
Bethel4674  NC 215 north – CantonNorth end of NC 215 overlap
Waynesville5284 
  US 23 Bus. (Main Street)
Brief .4 miles (0.64 km) overlap
53.185.5   US 23 / US 74 (Great Smoky Mtn. Expressway) – Asheville, Sylva
Lake Junaluska54.587.7  US 19 north (Dellwood Road) – AshevilleNorth end of US 19 overlap
Dellwood56.991.6  US 19 south (Soco Road) – Maggie Valley, CherokeeSouth end of US 19 overlap
Cove Creek62.9101.2  I-40 – Asheville, KnoxvilleI-40 exit 20; northern terminus.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routesEdit

Greenville business loop 1Edit

 

 

U.S. Highway 276 Business
LocationGreenville, South Carolina
Existedc.1947–1970

Greenville business loop 2Edit

 

 

U.S. Highway 276 Business
LocationGreenville, South Carolina
Existed1983–1984

Travelers Rest connectorEdit

 

 

U.S. Highway 276 Connector
LocationTravelers Rest, South Carolina
Length1.100 mi[7] (1.770 km)

U.S. Route 276 Connector (US 276 Conn.) is a 1.0 mile (1.6 km) connector route, in concurrency with US 25 Conn., along Poinsett Highway. It connects US 276 with US 25, in downtown Travelers Rest.[8] Not only is the highway unisgned, it is not even shown on SCDOT's Greenville metro area map, so the highway may be decommissioned.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "North Carolina Highway Guide". Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  2. ^ "NCDOT: Scenic Byways". Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "NCRoads.com: U.S. 276". Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011.[self-published source]
  4. ^ a b c d "Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page - US 276". Retrieved February 25, 2011.[self-published source]
  5. ^ "N.C. 284". NCRoads.com. Retrieved 2010-01-28.[self-published source]
  6. ^ Google (February 20, 2014). "U.S. Route 276" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  8. ^ Google (June 23, 2013). "Overview map of US 25 Conn. (Travelers Rest, South Carolina)" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
  9. ^ Greenville–Spartanburg Urban Area (PDF) (Map). South Carolina Department of Transportation. September 2013. p. Sheet 5. § C4. Retrieved December 10, 2020.

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