North Carolina Highway 131

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North Carolina Highway 131

Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length24.5 mi[1] (39.4 km)
Major junctions
South end US 701 near Whiteville
North end NC 87 in Tar Heel
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountiesColumbus, Bladen
Highway system
NC 130 NC 132

North Carolina Highway 131 (NC 131) is a primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It connects the city of Bladenboro to Fayetteville, via NC 87, and Whiteville, via US 701.

Route description

NC 131 is a two-lane rural highway that begins at US 701 north of Whiteville. In Bladenboro, it shares concurrencies with NC 242 and NC 410 along its Main Street crossing NC 211 Business at Seaboard Street. It soon splits from NC 242, which continues north to Elizabethtown, followed by crossing NC 211 By-Pass, before leaving Bladenboro. Five miles (8.0 km) later, it splits from NC 410, which continues north to Dublin. At NC 41, NC 131 has a brief .1-mile (0.16 km) overlap; it is noticeable that the routing here was reconfigured to slowdown NC 131 at this location. At the end of its journey, NC 131 meets with NC 87, in Tar Heel; where travelers can continue on to Fayetteville or Elizabethtown.

NC 131 goes through predominantly forested or farmlands in the area, with Bladenboro being the only urban location along its route.


NC 131 was established in 1949 as a new primary routing from US 701 north of Whiteville to NC 87 in Tar Heel.[2] In 1970, NC 131 was rerouted onto a new road east of downtown Tar Heel.[3] In 2015, NC 131 was realigned on new road and brief overlap with NC 41, eliminating an intersection; old alignment was downgraded to secondary roads, with some partial removal of roadway.[4]

Junction list

Columbus0.00.0 US 701 (James B. White Highway) – Clarkton, Whiteville
NC 242 / NC 410 south (Main Street) – Chadbourn, Evergreen, Boardman
South end of NC 242/NC 410 overlap
NC 211 Bus. (Seaboard Street)
NC 242 north – Elizabethtown
North end of NC 242 overlap
10.717.2 NC 211 – Clarkton, Lumberton
NC 410 north – Dublin
North end of NC 410 overlap
NC 41 west – Lumberton
West end of NC 41 overlap
NC 41 east – Elizabethtown
East end of NC 41 overlap
Tar Heel24.539.4 NC 87 – Elizabethtown, Fayetteville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Google (June 11, 2014). "North Carolina Highway 131" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  2. ^ North Carolina Official Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1951. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "Route Change (1970-10-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. October 1, 1970. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  4. ^ "Route Change (2015-08-20)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. August 20, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2016.

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