North Carolina Highway 53

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North Carolina Highway 53 marker

North Carolina Highway 53
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length126.5 mi[1] (203.6 km)
Existed1923–present
Major junctions
West end NC 24 / NC 210 in Fayetteville
  I-95 in Fayetteville
US 701 in White Lake
US 421 in Currie
US 117 in Burgaw
I-40 in Burgaw
East endGum Branch Road in Jacksonville
Location
CountiesCumberland, Bladen, Pender, Onslow
Highway system
US 52NC 54

North Carolina Highway 53 (NC 53) is a 126-mile-long (203 km) primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina that mainly runs west–east in the eastern part of the state.

Route description[edit]

The highway begins near Fayetteville in Cumberland County. It runs through mostly rural areas in Bladen County, Pender County, and Onslow County before emerging near Jacksonville.[2]

The NCDOT extended the highway in August 2010 along the NC 24 bypass around the southern side of the city, then continuing onto Western Boulevard. This thoroughfare consists of the most commercially used area in the city. It was done to facilitate ease of obtaining future funding to maintain the roadway there.[3]

History[edit]

NC 53 was created in 1923 as a new state route. It ran from NC 50 (where the old US 1, US 15/US 501/NC 87 split is) to Pittsboro. In 1924 NC 53 was extended to Sanford then replaced NC 241 then went down current NC 24 into Fayetteville. In 1928 NC 53 was truncated to Sanford. In 1933 NC 53 was extended to US 701, NC 41, NC 201 in Elizabethtown. In 1934 NC 53 was extended along the entire routing of NC 201 to Jacksonville. Also in 1934 NC 53 was truncated to NC 24 in Fayetteville. In 2010 NC 53 was extended around the NC 24 bypass in Jacksonville to Gum Branch Road where its current terminus is.[4]

North Carolina Highway 601[edit]

North Carolina Highway 601
LocationJacksonvilleAtkinson, NC
Existed1929–1932

NC 601 originally ran from NC 60 (current US 421) to NC 40 in Burgaw. In 1930 NC 601 was extended west to Atkinson. The same year NC 601 was extended to NC 24 in Jacksonville. In 1932 NC 601 was renumbered as part of NC 201. Today it is part of NC 53.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

CountyLocationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
CumberlandFayetteville0.00.0 NC 24 / NC 210 north (Grove Street)Western end of NC 210 concurrency
3.5–
3.7
5.6–
6.0
I-95 – Lumberton, BensonExit 49 (I-95)
6.710.8 NC 210 south – Moores CreekEastern end of NC 210 concurrency
Bladen34.555.5 NC 242 north – Jones Lake State ParkWestern end of NC 242 concurrency
Sutton's Corner34.655.7 US 701 south / NC 41 south / NC 242 south – ElizabethtownEastern end of NC 242 concurrency; Western end of US 701 / NC 41 concurrency
White Lake38.662.1 US 701 north / NC 41 northEastern end of US 701 / NC 41 concurrency
60.096.6 NC 210 north – FayettevilleWestern end of NC 210 concurrency
Colly60.797.7 NC 210 south – Moores Creek, Hampstead, AcmeEastern end of NC 210 concurrency
64.3103.5 NC 11 south – FreemanWestern end of NC 11 concurrency
PenderWard's Corner74.5119.9 US 421 / NC 11 north – Wilmington, ClintonEastern end of NC 11 concurrency
Burgaw83.1133.7
US 117 Bus. south (Walker Street) / Wilmington Street
Western end of US 117 Bus. concurrency
83.5134.4
US 117 Bus. north (Timerly Lane)
Eastern end of US 117 Bus. concurrency
83.8134.9 US 117 – Wallace, Wilmington
85.3–
85.5
137.3–
137.6
I-40 – Wilmington, BensonExit 398 (I-40)
Maple Hill98.6158.7 NC 50 – Chinquapin, Holly Ridge, Topsail Island
Onslow114.0183.5
US 258 / NC 24 west / NC 24 Bus. east (Richlands Highway) – Richlands, Kinston, Jacksonville
Western end of NC 24 concurrency; Western terminus of NC 24 Bus.
Jacksonville114.7–
115.1
184.6–
185.2

US 17 Bus. (Wilmington Highway) to US 17 south – Jacksonville, Wilmington
Interchange
115.6186.0 US 17 south – WilmingtonInterchange; Western end of US 17 concurrency; eastbound entrance / westbound exit only
118.3190.4Montford Point RoadInterchange; eastbound exit / westbound entrance only
118.7191.0 US 17 north – New BernInterchange; Eastern end of US 17 concurrency; eastbound exit / westbound entrance only
119.3–
119.6
192.0–
192.5

NC 24 Bus. west (Lejeune Boulevard) to US 17 north – New Bern, Jacksonville
Interchange; Eastern terminus of NC 24 Bus.; eastbound entrance / westbound exit only
119.7–
120.0
192.6–
193.1
Camp LejeuneInterchange
120.6194.1 NC 24 east (Lejeune Boulevard) / Tarawa Boulevard – Morehead City, Camp LejeuneEastern end of NC 24 concurrency
123.1198.1 US 17 (Marine Boulevard) – Wilmington, New Bern
126.5203.6Gum Branch Road / Western Boulevard
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (May 15, 2015). "North Carolina Highway 53" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  2. ^ NCRoads.com index[self-published source] Archived November 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Kay, Lindell (7 August 2010). "Western Boulevard to become N.C. 53". Jacksonville Daily News. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.vahighways.com/ncannex/route-log/nc053.html [self-published source]
  5. ^ http://www.vahighways.com/ncannex/route-log/nc601.html [self-published source]

External links[edit]

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