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U.S. Route 601 (US 601) is a north–south United States highway that runs for 316.3 miles (509.0 km) from U.S. Route 321, near Tarboro, South Carolina, to U.S. Route 52, in Mount Airy, North Carolina.

U.S. Route 601 marker

U.S. Route 601
US 601 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 1
Length316.3 mi[citation needed] (509.0 km)
Existed1927–present
Major junctions
South end US 321 near Tarboro, SC
 
North end US 52 in Mount Airy, NC
Location
StatesSouth Carolina, North Carolina
CountiesSC: Jasper, Hampton, Colleton, Bamberg, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Richland, Kershaw, Lancaster, Chesterfield
NC: Union, Cabarrus, Rowan, Davie, Yadkin, Surry
Highway system

I-585SCSC 602
NC 581NCNC 610

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Route descriptionEdit

 
US 601 in Midway, from SC 903

South CarolinaEdit

US 601 begins at US 321 near Tarboro, SC and intersects with such highways as US 278 in Hampton. Beginning in Bamberg US 601 has an overlap with US 301, then intersects US 78. Within the vicinity of Orangeburg, the overlap with US 301 ends at US 21, then it encounters Interstate 26 at Exits 145A and 145B. In the vicinity of Lugoff, US 601 encounters Interstate 20 at exit 92 near then begins another short overlap with US 1 which last until Camden where that concurrency is replaced by US 521 which last slightly longer than the previous one, ending in Kershaw. The route joins SC 9 three miles west of Pageland, then leaves SC 9 when it arrives in downtown Pageland before eventually crossing the North Carolina border.

North CarolinaEdit

After crossing the north–South Carolina border, US 601 intersects with such highways as US 74 in Monroe, which it shares a short concurrency with until the interchange with the northern terminus of NC 207. Just as it leaves the city limits, it runs past the site of a future interchange with the Monroe Bypass. Traveling north along what is now known as "Concord Highway" it encounters another intersection with the NC 24/NC 27 overlap in Midland and later an interchange with NC 49 south of Concord. Also in Concord, it joins US 29 which it overlaps until Interstate 85 at Exit 58 and runs along the interstate until it reaches Salisbury, at exit 75, then joins a brief concurrency with US 70. In Mocksville, the road has a short concurrency with US 64 beginning at the western terminus of US 158, and after leaving that overlap encounters Interstate 40 at exit 170. Further north it has an interchange with US 421 in Yadkinville, Interstate 74 at exit 11 near White Plains, and finally terminates at US 52 in Mount Airy.

HistoryEdit

Established in 1927 as an original US Highway; the original routing was from US 1, in Cheraw, to US 17/US 76, in Florence.

In 1932, US 601 was extended north into North Carolina, replacing SC 96. In North Carolina US 601 was placed on concurrency with almost all of NC 80, from the South Carolina state line, near McFarlan, to downtown Mount Airy. In 1934, NC 80 was expunged from US 601.

In 1935, most of US 601 was replaced by the arrival of US 52. From Salisbury, North Carolina to Florence, South Carolina, the route was converted to US 52; which marked its departure from South Carolina.

Around 1952, US 601 was extended south from Salisbury. Starting with a concurrency with US 29 to Kannapolis, from there it followed US 29A to downtown Concord. Replacing NC 151, it continues south through Monroe and to the state line. In South Carolina, US 601 returns by replacing SC 151 from the border to Pageland. From there it replaced SC 902 and part of SC 265 to Kershaw. Between Kershaw and Camden, it overlaps with US 521, replacing SC 26 (SC 52 before 1935) from Camden to Orangeburg, then in concurrency with US 301 to Bamberg. Then finally replacing SC 36 to US 321, where it continues and ends with US 321 in Hardeeville.

In 1965, US 601 was realigned on new road bypassing west of downtown Concord, leaving a business loop.[1] In 1970, US 601 was realigned on new road bypassing east of Dobson, leaving a business loop.[2] In 1974, US 601 was extended to Interstate 95 in Hardeeville; however, by 1977, US 601 was truncated to its current southern terminus at US 321, near Tarboro. In 1979, US 601 was rerouted west of Salisbury, with concurrency with US 70; Innis Street was downgraded to secondary status. In the late 1980s, US 601 was rerouted onto Interstate 85, in Salisbury from exit 68 to exit 74; which was extended in the late 1990s, going south to exit 58 in Concord.[3][4]

In 1999, US 601 was truncated to its current northern terminus at US 52 in Mount Airy.[5]

Junction listEdit

StateCountyLocationmi[citation needed]kmExitDestinationsNotes
South CarolinaJasperTarboro0.00.0  US 321 (Cotton Hill Road) – Hardeeville, Estill
3.35.3  SC 652 east (Calf Pen Bay Road)
Pineland3.76.0  SC 462 (Gillison Branch) – Robertville, Grays
HamptonFurman9.214.8  SC 333 west (Scotia-Furman Highway) – Scotia
14.022.5  SC 3 (Browning Gate Road) – Estill, Grays
Hampton23.638.0   US 278 east / SC 363 east (Elm Street) – VarnvilleEast end of US 278 and SC 363 overlap
24.238.9   US 278 west / SC 363 west (Elm Street) – BrunsonWest end of US 278 and SC 363 overlap
Colleton36.759.1  SC 641 (Confederate Highway) – WalterboroTo Rivers Bridge State Park
BambergEhrhardt41.867.3  SC 64 (Low Country Highway) – Barnwell, Walterboro, Charleston
Bamberg55.288.8  US 301 (Main Highway) – AllendaleSouth end of US 301 overlap
56.190.3  US 78 (Railroad Avenue) – Denmark, Summerville
Orangeburg61.799.3  SC 332 west (Slab Landing Road) – Cope, Norway
68.2109.8  SC 70 west (Binnicker Bridge Road) – Denmark, Barnwell
Edisto71.4114.9  SC 4 west (Neeses Road) – NeesesWest end of SC 4 overlap
Orangeburg73.3118.0  SC 33 east (Russell Street)
73.4118.1  SC 4 east (Stonewall Jackson Boulevard)East end of SC 4 overlap
73.9118.9   
  US 178 Bus. (Broughton Street) – North, Bowman
74.4119.7  
   US 301 north / US 21 Bus. south (Magnolia Street) – Santee, Branchville
North end of US 301 and south end of US 21 business overlap
74.6120.1  SC 33 (Russell Street) – Cameron
75.6121.7   US 21 / US 178 (Chestnut Street) – North, Columbia, BowmanNorth end of US 21 business overlap
79.5127.9  I-26 – Columbia, Charleston
CalhounWertz Crossroads85.7137.9  US 176 (Old State Road) – Columbia, Cameron
St. Matthews87.5140.8  SC 6 (Old State Road) – Swansea, Columbia, Santee
Wiles Crossroads95.0152.9  SC 419 (Fort Motte Road) – Fort Motte, Lone Star, Elloree
96.4155.1  SC 267 south (McCords Ferry Road) – Lone Star, Elloree
RichlandWateree102.6165.1  SC 48 west (Bluff Road) – GadsdenTo Congaree National Park
106.8171.9  SC 764 west (Old Eastover Road) – Eastover
109.5176.2  SC 263 (Vanboklen Road) – Eastover, Sumter
112.3180.7   US 76 / US 378 (Garners Ferry Road) – Columbia, Sumter
Leesburg112.3180.7  SC 262 west – Columbia
KershawLugoff129.8208.9   I-20 / SC 12 west (Fort Jackson Road) – Columbia, Florence
132.2212.8  US 1 south (Jefferson Davis Highway) – ElginSouth end of US 1 overlap
132.6213.4  SC 34 west (Ridgeway Road) – RidgewayWest end of SC 34 overlap
Camden137.3221.0    US 1 north / US 521 south / SC 34 east – Sumter, Bishopville, McBeeNorth end of US 1, south end of US 521, and east end of SC 34 overlap
139.4224.3  SC 97 north (Liberty Hill Road) – Great Falls
LancasterKershaw158.2254.6      
   US 521 Bus. north / US 601 Bus. north (Hampton Street)
158.9255.7  US 521 north (Matson Street) – Heath Springs, LancasterNorth end of US 521 overlap
159.1256.0      
   US 521 Bus. / US 601 Bus. south (Hampton Street)
164.4264.6  SC 265 east (Old Jefferson Highway) – Jefferson, Chesterfield
Midway166.0267.2  SC 903 north (Flat Creek Road) – LancasterNorth end of SC 903 overlap
166.2267.5  SC 903 south (Flat Creek Road) – McBee, Myrtle BeachSouth end of SC 903 overlap
Chesterfield175.9283.1  SC 9 north – LancasterNorth end of SC 9 overlap
Pageland178.9287.9  SC 207 north (Elm Street) – Monroe
179.3288.6    
   SC 9 south (McGregor Street) / SC 151 Bus. south (Pearl Street) – Chesterfield, Jefferson
South end of SC 9 and SC 151 business overlap
180.3290.2  SC 151 south (Van Lingle Mungo Boulevard) – Jefferson, DarlingtonNorth end of SC 151 business overlap
 182.7
0.0
294.0
0.0
South CarolinaNorth Carolina state line
North CarolinaUnionMonroe12.420.0  US 74 east (Roosevelt Boulevard)East end of US 74 overlap
13.722.0  NC 200 north (Morgan Mill Road) – Stanfield, LocustNorth end of NC 200 overlap
14.924.0   US 74 west / NC 200 south (Roosevelt Boulevard) – Charlotte
  NC 207 south (Skyway Drive) – Monroe Business District
West end of US 74 and south end of NC 200 overlap
17.027.4 
  US 74 Byp. (Monroe Expressway) – Charlotte, Rockingham
All-electronic toll road
Fairview24.839.9  NC 218 – Mint Hill, New Salem
CabarrusMidland33.353.6   NC 24 / NC 27 – Charlotte, Locust, AlbemarleTo Reed Gold Mine Historic Site
39.162.9  NC 200 south – Locust, Stanfield
Concord42.768.7  NC 49 – Charlotte, RichfieldInterchange
42.969.0  NC 3 north (Union Street)
46.975.5  US 29 south (Concord Parkway) – CharlotteSouth end of US 29 overlap
49.179.0  NC 73 west (Davidson Highway) – HuntersvilleWest end of NC 73 overlap
49.579.7  NC 73 east (Davidson Drive)East end of NC 73 overlap
50.581.358   I-85 south / US 29 north (Cannon Boulevard) – Charlotte, KannapolisSouth end of I-85 and north end of US 29 overlap
Kannapolis52.384.260Dale Earnhardt Boulevard / Copperfield Boulevard
55.088.563Lane Street – Kannapolis
RowanChina Grove60.597.468   US 29 / NC 152 – China Grove, Rockwell
62.8101.170Webb Road
64.0103.071Peeler Road
64.7104.172Peach Orchard Road
Salisbury66.1106.474Julian Road
67.0107.875  I-85 north – Lexington, GreensboroNorth end of I-85 overlap
68.3109.9   US 29 / US 70 east (Main Street) – Salisbury, China GroveEast end of US 70 overlap
69.0111.0  NC 150 (Mooresville Road) – Salisbury, Mooresville
71.4114.9  US 70 west (Statesville Boulevard) – StatesvilleWest end of US 70 overlap
73.2117.8  To US 52 / Innes StreetTo Catawba College
Davie82.6132.9  NC 801 – Cooleemee, Advance
Mocksville87.2140.3   US 64 east (Lexington Road) / US 158 east (Main Street) – LexingtonEast end of US 64 overlap
88.4142.3  US 64 west (Wilkesboro Street) – StatesvilleWest end of US 64 overlap
90.1145.0  I-40 – Winston-Salem, Statesville
97.9157.6  NC 801 south – Farmington
YadkinYadkinville104.8168.7  US 421 – Winston-Salem, Wilkesboro
Boonville113.5182.7  NC 67 (Main Street) – East Bend, Jonesville
Surry120.7194.2  NC 268 – Pilot Mountain, Elkin
Dobson124.0199.6   
  US 601 Bus. north (Main Street) – Dobson
125.2201.5Atkins Street / Turkey Ford Road – Dobson
126.7203.9   
  US 601 Bus. south (Main Street) – Dobson
Mount Airy131.2211.1  I-74 – Winston-Salem, Wytheville
133.6215.0  US 52 (Andy Griffith Parkway) – Winston-Salem, Hillsville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "US 601 Route Change (1965-10-08)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. 8 October 1965. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  2. ^ "US 601 Route Change (1970-09-03)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. 3 September 1970. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page: US 601". Retrieved 28 January 2013.[unreliable source]
  4. ^ "NCRoads.com: U.S. 601". Retrieved 28 January 2013.[unreliable source]
  5. ^ "US 601 Route Change (1999-06-30)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. 30 June 1999. Retrieved 28 January 2013.

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