North Carolina Highway 43

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North Carolina Highway 43 marker

North Carolina Highway 43
Route of NC 43 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length119.6 mi[1] (192.5 km)
Existed1928–present
Major junctions
South end US 17 / US 70 near New Bern
 
North end NC 58 near Warrenton
Location
CountiesCraven, Pitt, Edgecombe, Nash, Halifax, Warren
Highway system
NC 42NC 45

North Carolina Highway 43 (NC 43) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It connects many towns in the Coastal Plain region.

Route description[edit]

History[edit]

NC 43 was established around 1928 as a new primary routing between US 17-1/NC 40, in Rocky Mount, and NC 58, in Liberia.[2] In 1931, NC 43 was extended southeast on new primary routing, through Pinetops, to Greenville; then replaced NC 301 to US 17/NC 30, in Vanceboro. Around 1936, NC 43 was rerouted onto new roadway at Essex, avoiding Hollister.[3] In 1958, NC 43 was rerouted in the downtown Greenville area, leaving behind: Charles Avenue, 10th Street, Albemarle Street and 5th Street.[4]

In 1987, NC 43 was extended south of Vanceboro along US 17 Business and US 17 to Weyerhaeuser Road. Traveling along Weyerhaeuser Road, it connects and overlap with NC 55 going into New Bern; then with US 70 Business and southward to US 70 and US 17. The resulting new routing made a western rural bypass of New Bern.[5] In 1998, NC 43 was rerouted onto new connector in downtown Rocky Mount.[6] In 2001, NC 43 was rerouted onto northern bypass route around Rocky Mount, leaving behind NC 43 Bus.[7] In 2009, NC 43 was rerouted onto new road between NC 55 and US 17/US 70, eliminating its routing through New Bern.[8]

Junction list[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmExitDestinationsNotes
CravenNew Bern0.0–
0.3
0.0–
0.48
US 17 / US 70 – Morehead City, Kinston, JacksonvilleExit 411 (US 70)
2.13.4 NC 55 (Neuse Boulevard) – Kinston
10.817.4 US 17 south / Macedonia Church Road – New BernSouthern end of US 17 concurrency
14.323.0
US 17 north / US 17 Bus. begins – Washington
Northern end of US 17 concurrency; Southern end of US 17 Bus. Concurrency
Vanceboro16.426.4
US 17 Bus. north (Main Street) – Washington
Northern end of US 17 Bus. Concurrency
16.927.2 NC 118 west / Bailey Lane – GriftonEastern terminus of NC 118
PittCalico26.142.0 NC 102 – Ayden, Edward R. Murrow Transmitting Station
Greenville40.364.9
US 264 Alt. east (Greenville Boulevard) / Charles Boulevard – Washington
Southern end of US 264 Alt. concurrency
42.668.6
US 264 Alt. west (Greenville Boulevard) / NC 11 south / NC 903 south (Memorial Drive) – Farmville, Wilson, Kinston
Northern end of US 264 Alt. concurrency; Southern end of NC 11/NC; 903 concurrency
44.571.6 US 13 south (Dickinson Avenue) – FarmvilleSouthern end of US 13 concurrency
45.573.2 US 13 north / NC 11 north / NC 903 north (Memorial Drive) / 5th Street – BethelNorthern end of US 13/NC 11/NC 903 concurrencies
48.0–
48.2
77.2–
77.6
US 264 – Washington, WilsonExit 75 (US 264)
Bruce52.484.3 NC 121 south – FarmvilleNorthern terminus of NC 121
54.086.9 NC 222 eastSouthern end of NC 222 concurrency
Falkland54.988.4 NC 222 west (West Avenue) / Crisp Street – FountainNorthern end of NC 222 concurrency
Edgecombe61.999.6 NC 42 north – ConetoeWestern end of NC 42 concurrency
62.099.8 NC 124 west – MacclesfieldEastern terminus of NC 124
63.2101.7 US 258 – Tarboro, Princeville, Kinston
Pinetops65.1104.8 NC 122 (2nd Street)
65.3105.1 NC 42 south (Halmet Street) / 3rd StreetNorthern end of NC 42 concurrency
66.9107.7 NC 111
78.0125.5
NC 43 Bus. north
Southern terminus of NC 43 Bus.
Rocky Mount80.1128.9
US 64 Alt. east / Springfield Road
Southern end of US 64 Alt. concurrency
80.4–
80.7
129.4–
129.9
472
US 64 east / US 64 Alt. ends / US 64 Bus. west (Raleigh Boulevard) – Tarboro
Northern end of US 64 Alt. concurrency; Southern end of US 64 concurrency; Eastern terminus of US 64 Bus.
82.2–
82.4
132.3–
132.6
470 NC 97 (Atlantic Avenue)
Nash82.8–
83.0
133.3–
133.6
469
US 301 Bus. (Church Street)
83.4–
83.6
134.2–
134.5
468B
NC 48 south / NC 43 Bus. south (Peachtree Street/Fall Road) – Raleigh
Northern end of US 64 concurrency; Southern end of NC 48 concurrency; Northern terminus of NC 43 Bus.
84.1–
84.3
135.3–
135.7
US 301 (Wesleyan Boulevard) – Weldon, WilsonInterchange
84.8136.5 NC 48 north (Goldrock Road)Northern end of NC 48 concurrency
Dortches88.5–
88.7
142.4–
142.7
I-95 – Roanoke Rapids, WilsonExit 141 (I-95)
Halifax106.0170.6 NC 561 west – LouisburgSouthern end of NC 561 concurrency
Essex108.0173.8 NC 561 east / Evans Road/Lynch Road – HalifaxNorthern end of NC 561 concurrency
WarrenLiberia119.6192.5 NC 58 – Warrenton, Centerville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes[edit]

Rocky Mount business loop[edit]


North Carolina Highway 43 Business
LocationRocky Mount, North Carolina
Length5.0 mi[9] (8.0 km)
Existed2001–present

North Carolina Highway 43 Business (NC 43 Bus) was established in 2001, when NC 43 was rerouted to bypass north of downtown Rocky Mount. The business loop travels along Cokey Road, Fairview Road, Grand Avenue, Grace Street and Falls Road.[7]

Major intersections

CountyLocationmi[9]kmDestinationsNotes
Edgecombe0.00.0 NC 43 (Springfield Road/Cokey Road) – Pinetops, Greenville
Rocky Mount2.74.3
US 64 Bus. (Raleigh Boulevard)
3.55.6 NC 97 (Atlantic Avenue)
Nash3.86.1
US 301 Bus. (Church Street)
3.96.3 NC 48 south (Falls Road/Grace Street)Southern end of NC 48 concurrency (one way pair)
5.08.0 US 64 / NC 43 / NC 48 north (Benvenue Road) – Tarboro, RaleighExit 468B (US 64); Northern end of NC 48 concurrency
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

In popular culture[edit]

North Carolina Highway 43 (NC 43) is used by people travelling to and from Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show. Notable episodes that reference NC 43 are "Andy's English Valet", "Man In a Hurry" and "Gomer Saves the Day[10]".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (May 14, 2015). "North Carolina Highway 43" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  2. ^ State Highway System of North Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1930. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  3. ^ North Carolina Primary Highway System (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1940. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  4. ^ North Carolina Primary Highway System (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1960. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Route Change (1987-08-06)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. August 6, 1987. p. 2. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Route Change (1998-07-31)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. July 31, 1998. p. 2. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Route Change (2001-10-26)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. October 26, 2001. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  8. ^ "Route Change (2009-11-03)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. November 3, 2009. p. 1. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Google (May 14, 2015). "NC 43 Business - Rocky Mount, North Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  10. ^ Newsome, Originally Rick Bock and Gary Harvey...presently Allan. "The Andy Griffith Show - Interactive Storytelling: "Gomer Saves the Day"". www.imayberry.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24.

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