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North Carolina Highway 49

NC Highway 49 marker

NC Highway 49
Route of NC 49 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 177.8 mi[1] (286.1 km)
Existed: 1934 – present
Major junctions
South end: SC 49 at Lake Wylie, SC
  I‑485 in Charlotte
I‑77 / US 21 in Charlotte
I‑485 near Harrisburg
I‑73 / I‑74 / US 220 in Asheboro
US 421 near Liberty
I‑40 / I‑85 in Burlington
North end: SR 49 / SR 96 at Virgilina, VA
Counties: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Stanly, Rowan, Davidson, Randolph, Alamance, Orange, Caswell, Person, Granville
Highway system
NC 48 NC 50

North Carolina Highway 49 (NC 49) is a state highway in the North Carolina Highway System that traverses much of the Piedmont region of North Carolina.

Route description

The highway is part of a three-state highway 49 system, entering North Carolina near Lake Wylie, south of Charlotte, and exiting the state near Virgilina on the Virginia state line.

The route is an important corridor for traffic as it forms a part of the shortest route between the two largest cities in the Carolinas: Charlotte, and the North Carolina state capital of Raleigh. in Asheboro, NC 49 meets US 64, which forms the majority of the Charlotte-Raleigh link.

From where it enters the state, the highway passes through Charlotte and after crossing the more suburban portions of western Cabarrus County, heads northeast into Stanly County. From uptown Charlotte to University City NC 49 is concurrent with US 29. After passing Mount Pleasant in eastern Cabarrus County, the road becomes a designated North Carolina Scenic Byway. The route passes close to Pfeiffer University in Stanly County before crossing the Yadkin River near the Tuckertown Reservoir. After crossing the river, the road skirts the northern foothills of the ancient Uwharrie Mountains and then drops down into the Asheboro area.

In western Asheboro, NC 49 joins US 64 for a 12-mile (19 km) stretch through Asheboro and the outskirts of Franklinville. In Ramseur, the two routes split; NC 49 goes north through the towns of Liberty and Alamance and into Burlington, where it meets I-40/I-85. A concurrency of NC 49 and US 70 winds through Burlington before the two routes diverge at Haw River, where NC 49 heads north. In northern Alamance County, NC 49 meets NC 62 at a 4-way at-grade junction. The two routes switch directions at this point; NC 49 turns east toward Roxboro. After passing through Roxboro and a short interval of concurrency with US 158 and US 501, NC 49 continues on toward the Virginia state line.

One unique fact about the route is that NC 49 is one of limited number of state highways that maintain their numbers in more than two contiguous states, in this case Virginia (SR 49) and South Carolina (SC 49), with an aggregate length in the three states of more than 325 miles (523 km).


Established in late 1934 as a renumbering of NC 15, it traversed from Lake Wylie to Morehead and Tryon Street, in Charlotte, where it connected with US 21/US 29/US 74/NC 27. In 1940, NC 49 was extended northeast from Charlotte to the Virginia state line, near Virgilina; its routing went as followed: In Charlotte, it was overlapped with US 29 along Tryon Street and Old Concord Road. Traveling through Concord, via Old Charlotte Road, it then overlaps with NC 73 to Mount Pleasant. Replacing NC 62, it travels northeast, through Richfield and Farmer, to Asheboro. With a brief overlap with US 220 (Fayetteville Street), it continues its northeasterly along Old Liberty road, replacing NC 62, through Liberty, Graham, Haw River, to Pleasant Grove. Going east from Pleasant Grove, NC 49 replaced NC 144, through Roxboro, to the Virginia state line, near Virgilina.

In or by 1947, NC 49 was rerouted in Richfield, removing a concurrency with US 52. And in Asheboro, NC 49 was rerouted onto US 64 to Ramseur, then northeast to Liberty; its old alignment becoming NC 49A.

In 1949, NC 49 was rerouted in Roxboro from Main Street onto newly constructed Madison Boulevard. In 1953, NC 49 was given its modern routing bypassing Concord and a concurrency with NC 73; that same year, in the Charlotte area, it was moved from Old Concord Road to University City Boulevard. Around 1960, NC 49 was given a new alignment south of Farmer, in US 158 on Leasburg Road.

In 1982, NC 49, in concurrency with US 29, was rerouted in Uptown Charlotte from Tryon Street onto Morehead and Graham Streets, cutting back onto Tryon Street via Dalton Avenue.[2] By 1993, NC 49 was adjusted in Pleasant Grove to intersect with NC 62; before it would turn nearby without connecting. In 2004, NC 49/NC 57 was rerouted from a section of Leasburg Road onto Long Avenue, in Roxboro.[3]

North Carolina Highway 15

NC Highway 15
Location: SC state line-Salisbury, NC
Length: 60.3 mi[4] (97.0 km)
Existed: 1921–1934

North Carolina Highway 15 (NC 15) was an original state highway, established in 1921. It began at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Street in Charlotte, connecting with NC 20/NC 27, traversing northeast along Tryon Street and Old Concord Road to Harrisburg and Concord. From Concord, it went north through Kannapolis and Landis before ending in Salisbury at Main and Innes Street, connecting with NC 10/NC 80. In 1927, US 170 was assigned on all of NC 15. By 1930, NC 15 was extended south on Tryon Street/York Road to SC 163, at Lake Wylie. In 1932, US 170 was renumbered as an extension of US 29. In 1934, because of US 15 establishing in the state, NC 15 was removed on all sections overlapping with US 29 and the remaining section was renumbered to NC 49.

Junction list

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Mecklenburg   0.0 0.0 SC 49 south (Charlotte Highway) – York South Carolina state line
Charlotte 3.5 5.6 NC 160 (Steele Creek Road)
I‑485 to I‑77 – Columbia, SC Exit 1 (I-485)
I‑77 / US 21 / Charlotte Route 4 / Billy Graham Parkway – Rock Hill, SC, Charlotte Exit 6B (I-77)
14.4 23.2 NC 160 south (West Boulevard) Northern terminus of NC 160
15.1 24.3 NC 27 east (Morehead Street) to I‑277 / US 74 / Tryon Street Southern end of NC 27 concurrency
15.3 24.6 I‑277 north / US 74 east to I‑77 / I‑85 Northbound I-277 entrance only
15.4 24.8 US 29 south / NC 27 west (Morehead Street) / Mint Street Northern end of NC 27 concurrency; southern end of US 29 concurrency
I‑277 / NC 16 to I‑77 / US 21 / 10th Street / 12th Street Exit 3B (I-277)
22.7 36.5 To I‑85 south / Sandy Avenue – Gastonia Exit 42 (I-85)
23.3 37.5 US 29 north (Tryon Street) to I‑85 north / University Boulevard – Concord Northern end of US 29 concurrency
NC 24 (W.T. Harris Boulevard) to I‑485 / Chancellor Park Drive – CPCC Cato Campus Interchange
I‑485 – Pineville, Concord Exit 33 (I-485)
Cabarrus Concord 36.6–
US 601 / NC 73 Truck west (Warren Coleman Boulevard) – Concord, Monroe Interchange; southern end of NC 73 Truck concurrency
Mount Pleasant 42.7–
NC 73 / NC 73 Truck – Albemarle, Concord Interchange; northern end of NC 73 Truck concurrency
Stanly Richfield 54.6 87.9 US 52 (Church Street) – Salisbury, Albemarle, Pfeiffer University
  58.4 94.0 NC 8 south – New London Southern end of NC 8 concurrency
No major junctions
Davidson Newsom 62.3 100.3 NC 8 north / Badin Lake Road – Lexington Northern end of NC 8 concurrency
Handy 66.3–
NC 109 – Troy, Denton Interchange
Randolph   70.9 114.1 NC 47 west / Bombay School Road – Denton Eastern terminus of NC 47
Asheboro 83.4 134.2 Old N.C. Highway 49 – Farmer Interchange; northbound entrance / southbound exit only
US 64 west (Dixie Drive) / Albemarle Road – Lexington Interchange; southern end of US 64 concurrency
I‑73 / I‑74 / US 220 – Rockingham, Randleman, Greensboro Exit 72A (I-73/I-74)
US 220 Bus. (Fayetteville Street) Interchange
85.5 137.6 NC 159 south (Zoo Parkway) / Cox Road – North Carolina Zoo Northern terminus of NC 159
87.0 140.0 NC 42 – Coleridge, Bennett
Ramseur 94.8 152.6 NC 22 north (East Main Street) – Greensboro Southern end of NC 22 concurrency
95.1 153.0 NC 22 south (Coleridge Road) Northern end of NC 22 concurrency
95.6 153.9 US 64 east (Jordan Road) / Columbia Avenue – Siler City, Raleigh Northern end of US 64 concurrency
US 421 – Siler City, Greensboro Interchange
Alamance Burlington 122.8–
I‑40 / I‑85 – Durham, Greensboro Exit 145 (I-40/I-85)
123.2 198.3 NC 54 west (Chapel Hill Road) / NC 100 west (Maple Avenue) Southern end of NC 54 concurrency; eastern terminus of NC 100
Graham 124.3 200.0 NC 87 north (Elm Street) Southern end of NC 87 concurrency
124.8 200.8 NC 87 south (Main Street) Northern end of NC 87 concurrency
125.2 201.5 NC 54 east (Harden Street) to I‑85 / Elm Street Northern end of NC 54 concurrency
Haw River 127.9 205.8 US 70 (Main Street) – Burlington
Pleasant Grove 134.8–
To NC 62 – Yanceyville, Burlington
  137.5 221.3 NC 119 – Semora, Mebane
Orange   144.0 231.7 NC 86 south – Hillsborough Southern end of NC 86 concurrency
Caswell Prospect Hill 144.4 232.4 NC 86 north – Yanceyville Northern end of NC 86 concurrency
Person Roxboro 159.5 256.7 Yanceyville Southern end of US 158 concurrency
160.0 257.5 NC 57 north (Semora Road) Southern end of NC 57 concurrency
160.3 258.0 US 158 east / US 501 south / NC 57 south (Durham Pike) – Durham, Oxford Northern end of US 158 / NC 57 concurrencies; southern end of US 501 concurrency
161.9 260.6 US 501 north (Main Street) – South Boston, VA Northern end of US 501 concurrency
Granville   177.3 285.3 NC 96 south – Oxford Southern end of NC 96 concurrency
  177.4 285.5 SR 49 north / SR 96 west (Florence Avenue) – Virgilina Virginia state line; northern end of NC 96 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Bannered routes

New London alternate route

NC Highway 49A
Location: New London, North Carolina
Length: 3.8 mi[5] (6.1 km)
Existed: 1940–1948

North Carolina Highway 49A (NC 49A) was established as a renumbering of NC 62A. A spur route of NC 49, it went south near the Tuckertown Reservoir to New London, connecting with US 52/NC 740 on Gold Street. In 1948, it was renumbered to NC 6; it later became part of NC 8 in 1953.

Asheboro–Liberty alternate route

NC Highway 49A
Location: AsheboroLiberty, North Carolina
Length: 22.0 mi[6] (35.4 km)
Existed: 1947–1967

North Carolina Highway 49A (NC 49A) was established after mainline NC 49 was rerouted onto US 64 from Asheboro to Ramseur, then northeast to Liberty; NC 49A continued the old alignment through Asheboro via Albermarle Avenue, Park Street, Salisbury Street, and Fayetteville Street. North of Asheboro it followed Old Liberty Road to Liberty. On November, 1967, NC 49A was decommissioned, most of which (except for Fayetteville Street) becoming secondary roads.[7]


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External links

  • Media related to North Carolina Highway 49 at Wikimedia Commons
  • N.C. 15
  • N.C. 49
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