North Carolina Highway 49

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North Carolina Highway 49

Route of NC 49 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length177.8 mi[1] (286.1 km)
Uwharrie Scenic Road
Major junctions
South end SC 49 at the South Carolina state line
Major intersections
North end SR 49 / SR 96 at the Virginia state line
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountiesMecklenburg, Cabarrus, Stanly, Rowan, Davidson, Randolph, Alamance, Orange, Caswell, Person, Granville
Highway system
NC 48 NC 50

North Carolina Highway 49 (NC 49) is a 177.8-mile (286.1 km) primary state highway in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It traverses much of the Piedmont region, connecting the cities of Charlotte, Asheboro, and Burlington.

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, Virginia 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 (where it follows most of Tryon Street and the uptown portion of Graham Street) 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, Virginia; its routing went as follows: 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 Randolph County. By 1962, in Roxboro, NC 49 was removed along Morgan Street and Concord Road to an overlap with 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

North Carolina Highway 15

LocationSC state lineSalisbury
Length60.3 mi[4] (97.0 km)

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.

Major intersections

Catawba River /
Lake Wylie
SC 49 south (Charlotte Highway) – York
Southern terminus
Buster Boyd Bridge; South Carolina–North Carolina state line
MecklenburgCharlotte3.55.6 NC 160 (Steele Creek Road)
I-485 to I-77 – Columbia
Exit 1 (I-485)
11.518.5 I-77 / US 21 / Charlotte Route 4 / Billy Graham Parkway – Rock Hill, CharlotteExit 6B (I-77)
NC 160 south (West Boulevard)
Northern terminus of NC 160

Morehead Street / Tryon Street to I-277 / US 74 / NC 27
Former south end of NC 27 overlap

I-277 north / US 74 east / NC 27 east to I-77 / I-85
Northbound I-277 entrance only
US 29 south (Morehead Street) / Mint Street
Former north end of NC 27 overlap and south end of US 29 overlap

I-277 / NC 16 to I-77 / US 21 / 10th Street / 12th Street
Exit 3B (I-277)

To I-85 south / Sandy Avenue – Gastonia
Exit 42 (I-85)

US 29 north (Tryon Street) to University Boulevard north / I-85 – Concord
North end of US 29 overlap
NC 24 (W.T. Harris Boulevard) to I-485 / Chancellor Park Drive – CPCC Cato Campus
26.342.3 I-485 – Pineville, ConcordExit 33 (I-485)
CabarrusConcord36.658.9 US 601 (Warren Coleman Boulevard) – Concord, MonroeInterchange; south end of NC 73 Truck overlap
Mount Pleasant42.768.7 NC 73 – Albemarle, ConcordInterchange; north end of NC 73 Truck overlap
StanlyRichfield54.687.9 US 52 (Church Street) – Salisbury, Albemarle, Pfeiffer University
NC 8 south – New London
South end of NC 8 overlap
RowanNo major intersections
NC 8 north / Badin Lake Road – Lexington
North end of NC 8 overlap
Handy66.3106.7 NC 109 – Troy, DentonInterchange
NC 47 west / Bombay School Road – Denton
Eastern terminus of NC 47
82.4132.6 US 64 – Lexington, RaleighExit 341 (US 64)
Asheboro83.4134.2Old N.C. Highway 49 – FarmerInterchange; northbound entrance/southbound exit only

US 64 Bus. west (Dixie Drive) / Albemarle Road – Lexington
Interchange; west end of US 64 Bus. overlap
84.2135.5 I-73 / I-74 / US 220 – Rockingham, Randleman, GreensboroExit 72A (I-73)
US 220 Bus. (Fayetteville Street)
NC 159 south (Zoo Parkway) / Cox Road – North Carolina Zoo
Northern terminus of NC 159
87.0140.0 NC 42 – Coleridge, Bennett

US 64 west / US 64 Bus. end – Lexington
Exit 352 (US 64); trumpet interchange; east end of US 64 Bus. and west end of US 64 overlap
NC 22 north (East Main Street) – Greensboro
north end of NC 22 overlap
NC 22 south (Coleridge Road)
South end of NC 22 overlap
US 64 east (Jordan Road) / Columbia Avenue – Siler City, Raleigh
East end of US 64 overlap
102.9165.6 US 421 – Siler City, GreensboroInterchange
AlamanceBurlington122.8197.6 I-40 / I-85 – Durham, GreensboroExit 145 (I-85)

NC 54 west (Chapel Hill Road) / NC 100 west (Maple Avenue)
West end of NC 54 overlap; eastern terminus of NC 100
NC 87 north (Elm Street)
North end of NC 87 overlap
NC 87 south (Main Street)
South end of NC 87 overlap

NC 54 east (Harden Street) to Elm Street / I-85
East end of NC 54 overlap
Haw River127.9205.8 US 70 (Main Street) – Burlington
Pleasant Grove134.8216.9
To NC 62 – Yanceyville, Burlington
137.5221.3 NC 119 – Semora, Mebane
NC 86 south – Hillsborough
South end of NC 86 overlap
CaswellProspect Hill144.4232.4
NC 86 north – Yanceyville
North end of NC 86 overlap
US 158 west (Leasburg Road) / Morgan Street – Yanceyville
West end of US 158 overlap
NC 57 north (Semora Road)
North end of NC 57 overlap

US 158 east / US 501 south / NC 57 south (Durham Pike) – Durham, Oxford
East end of US 158 and south end of US 501/NC 57 overlap
US 501 north (Main Street) – South Boston, VA
North end of US 501 overlap
NC 96 south – Oxford
South end of NC 96 overlap

SR 49 north / SR 96 west (Florence Avenue) – Virgilina
Northern terminus; Virginia state line; north end of NC 96 overlap
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes

New London alternate route

North Carolina Highway 49A

LocationNew London, North Carolina
Length3.8 mi[5] (6.1 km)

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

North Carolina Highway 49A

LocationAsheboroLiberty, North Carolina
Length22.0 mi[6] (35.4 km)

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 Albemarle 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]


  1. ^ a b Google (May 14, 2015). "North Carolina Highway 49" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "NC 49 Route Change (1982-01-01)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. January 1, 1982. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "NC 57 Route Change (2004-03-15)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. March 15, 2004. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  4. ^ Google (July 12, 2013). "North Carolina Highway 15" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 12, 2013.
  5. ^ Google (July 13, 2013). "North Carolina Highway 49A - New London" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  6. ^ Google (July 13, 2013). "North Carolina Highway 49A - Asheboro-Liberty" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
  7. ^ "NC 49A Route Change (1967-11-03)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. November 3, 1967. Retrieved July 13, 2013.

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