US 15 in North Carolina

US 15 in North Carolina


US 15
Begin Laurinburg
End Bullock
Length 158 mi
Length 254 km
South Carolina






Chapel Hill





According to Existingcountries, US 15 is a US Highway in the US state of North Carolina. The road forms a north-south route through the east of the state, from the South Carolina border at Laurinburg through Durham to the Virginia border. The route is partially double -numbered with other roads, most prominently US 501. The road is 254 kilometers long.

Travel directions

US 15 at Durham.

Near Laurinburg in Scotland County, US 15 in South Carolina enters North Carolina from Sumter and then runs to the town of Laurinburg, where it crosses US 74, the highway from Charlotte to Wilmington. The road then runs downtown, and US 401 branches off to the town of Fayetteville just to the east. US 15 and US 501 then run north together as a single-lane main road in each direction. This area is quite densely wooded, and you pass Fort Bragg, an important military site. At Southern Pines, you cross US 1, a semi – highwayfrom Rockingham to Raleigh. The US 15 and US 501 then form an alternative route, because both roads come together again later. The road runs through Moore County via Pinehurst, and rejoins US 1 at Lemon Springs. The road then becomes a highway of sorts to Sanford, where it intersects US 421, a 2×2 trunk road from Greensboro to Wilmington. US 15 and US 501 then turn off and continue north through Chatham County as a secondary thoroughfare. At the town of Pittsboro, a little further north, one crosses the 2×2 US 64, which comes from Lexington and to Raleighruns. From Pittsboro, US 15 and US 501 are a 2×2 trunk road to Chapel Hill, a larger suburb of Durham with a population of 54,000. Through Chapel Hill, US 15 and US 501 are a 2×2 main road with intersections.

One then crosses Interstate 40, the highway from Greensboro to Raleigh, and enters the city of Durham, which has a population of 218,000. US 15 continues along the west side of town as a freeway. The road then merges with Interstate 85, before continuing along the north side of Durham. US 501 then exits to Roxboro and South Boston in Virginia. They also cross the US 70, which forms a main road to Raleigh. After Falls Lake, just outside Durham, US 15 exits for a short parallel route east of I-85. At Oxford one crosses I-85 for the last time, and the road heads north. It then crosses US 158, an east-west route from Roxboro to Henderson and Roanoke Rapids to the east. The border with Virginia follows a little later. US 15 in Virginia then continues to Frederick.


US 15 was created in 1926. The southern terminus at the time was Rockingham. In 1935 this was extended to South Carolina. US 15 originally ran a little more east through Raleigh, but was later routed via Pinehurst on a more secondary route. There are several alternate routes and business routes of US 15 in North Carolina. Remarkable about US 15 is that the route is largely double-numbered with US 501, through almost the entire state from Laurinburg to Durham.

A number of upgrades have been made to the US 15. In the early 1960s, US 15 was rerouted at Laurinburg, originally a single-lane bypass that was widened to 2×2 lanes in the 1990s. Past Sanford, US 15 rides on the bypass of US 1. This bypass was opened around 1957.

The most significant upgrade to US 15 has been in the urban area around Chapel Hill and Durham, where US 15 has been rerouted over bypasses. The diversion of Chapel Hill was already realized in 1953. The old route between Chapel Hill and Durham was widened to 2×2 lanes as early as the 1950s. In 2010, this section was further widened to 2×3 lanes. The Durham freeway diversion was completed in the 1960s, possibly at the same time as the construction of I-85.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 8,000 vehicles drive on the South Carolina border and 12,000 vehicles on the Laurinburg bypass. After that, 6,000 vehicles will run between Laurinburg and Southern Pines and 2,000 to 7,000 vehicles between Southern Pines, Carthage and US 1 at Sanford.

After that, 8,000 vehicles drive north of Sanford, rising to 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles south of Chapel Hill. The busiest stretch is between Chapel Hill and Durham with 42,000 to 56,000 vehicles per day. Farther north, 4,000 to 6,000 vehicles per day parallel I-85, then drop from 6,000 at Oxford to 2,500 on the Virginia border.

Rodanthe Bridge

Rodanthe Bridge
Spans Pamlico Sound
Lanes 1×2
Total length ~3,860 meters
Main span 36.5 meters
Bridge deck height 5 meters
Opening 28-07-2022
Traffic intensity 4,500 mvt/day
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According to Anycountyprivateschools, the Rodanthe Bridge is a bridge in the U.S. state of North Carolina, part of State Route 12 over the Outer Banks. The bridge is approximately 3.9 kilometers long.


The Rodanthe Bridge is a low concrete girder bridge with a whole series of short spans from 33.5 to 36.5 meters. The total bridge length is listed as 2.4 miles (3,860 meters). The bridge will have a 12 meter wide bridge deck with two lanes. The bridge is on State Route 12, the only road across the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The bridge spans part of the Pamlico Sound, a very large lagoon of the Atlantic Ocean. The bridge deck is 5 meters above mean sea level.


The Outer Banks are very narrow in some parts, near Rodanthe only 300 to 400 meters wide. State Route 12 is an unreliable connection due to coastal erosion and the frequent drifting of land during hurricanes. This problem was already recognized in the 1980s, after which the first planning studies were started in the early 1990s. In 1993 the first draft decision was published. This was subsequently amended several times, in 2005 and 2007, which led to a final environmental assessment in 2008 and a record of decision in 2013. Due to coastal damage after Hurricane Irene in 2011, it was decided to amend the plan again, which led to a new record of decision on December 15, 2016.

The work was awarded for $145 million and construction started in January 2018. The bridge will open on July 28, 2022.

US 15 in North Carolina