U.S. Route 13 in North Carolina

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U.S. Highway 13

US 13 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length189.1 mi[1] (304.3 km)
Blue-Gray Scenic Byway
Edenton-Windsor Loop
Lafayette's Tour
Major junctions
South end I-95 / I-295 in Eastover
Major intersections US 421 in Spivey's Corner
US 701 in Newton Grove
US 117 / US 70 in Goldsboro
US 258 in Snow Hill
US 264 in Greenville
US 64 near Bethel
US 17 in Windsor
US 158 in Winton
North end US 13 at the Virginia state line
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountiesCumberland, Sampson, Wayne, Greene, Pitt, Edgecombe, Martin, Bertie, Hertford, Gates
Highway system
NC 12 NC 14

U.S. Route 13 (US 13) is a United States Numbered Highway running from Eastover, North Carolina to Morrisville, Pennsylvania. In North Carolina, it runs along a northeast–southwest alignment for 189.1 miles (304.3 km) connecting the cities of Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Greenville, Williamston, and Ahoskie. The southern terminus is located at Interstate 95 (I-95) and I-295 near Eastover. From the terminus, US 13 travels along a northeastern–southwestern alignment through Newton Grove to US 117 in Mar-Mac. US 13 runs concurrently along US 117 north to Goldsboro, where it also shares a brief concurrency with US 70. The highway continues northeastward to Greenville and then turns to the north until reaching US 64 near Bethel. US 13 and US 64 run concurrently to the east until Williamston where US 13 diverges to the north, concurrent with US 17. In Windsor, US 13 diverges from US 17 and runs northward through Ahoskie. US 13 turns to the northeast near Winton and continues in that direction until reaching the Virginia state line near Gates.

In the 1925 plan for the U.S. Numbered Highway System, US 13 was to enter North Carolina south of Norfolk, Virginia, and continue southward to Wilmington. However, the finalized 1926 plan moved the southern terminus of US 13 to Norfolk while US 17 was assigned the corridor to Wilmington. In 1952, US 13 was extended south of Norfolk to Windsor, entering North Carolina at its modern-day location. US 13 was extended south to US 70 and US 117 in Goldsboro in 1957 and to I-95 near Eastover in 1963. Since 1963, US 13 has undergone some minor realignments and widening along its route, but the corridor has remained the same.

Route description

Interstate 95 to Newton Grove

US 13 begins at a hybrid interchange incorporating elements of a cloverleaf, a directional T, and a diamond, consisting of a junction with I-95 (exit 58) and I-295 (Fayetteville Outer Loop) near Fayetteville in Cumberland County. It quickly reduces its lane count from the four of the I-295 freeway to two lanes with dirt shoulders. It bears eastward, passing through sparsely developed forest and farmlands and quickly crossing the county border and entering Sampson County. The route turns slightly northeast and passes through Spivey's Corner, where the road intersects US 421, otherwise known as Spivey's Corner Highway.

Nearing Newton Grove, US 13 passes over I-40 with no direct access. The route then enters the small town and is interrupted by a large roundabout which brings three routes—itself, North Carolina Highway 50 (NC 50) along Raleigh Street from the west and Mount Olive Drive from the east, and US 701 along Main Street from the north and Clinton Street from the south—to a central point in the city.

Newton Grove to Goldsboro

Continuing north from Newton Grove, US 13 enters Wayne County, traveling more easterly through more farmland and forests. After several miles, it curves northeast and meets US 117 at an intersection. Here, it turns north on the four-lane, divided highway and begins to travel around the west side of Goldsboro, the beginning of a partial beltway around the city. Before turning east again, US 13 leaves US 117 at an at-grade intersection, the latter of which upgrades into a freeway. US 117 travels along with US 13.

US 13 circles around the city on a four-lane, divided freeway alignment after another at-grade intersection, immediately interchanging with NC 581. Shortly after, it meets US 70 at a partial cloverleaf interchange, and US 70 joins the other two routes on its path east. The next interchange sends US 117 north at a partial trumpet interchange; US 117 continues north until it intersects US 301. US 13 and US 70 continue east, next interchanging NC 111. The road interchanges Wayne Memorial Drive and Spence Avenue before curving southward. The freeway then interchanges with Berkeley Boulevard, where US 13 leaves. US 70 continues on the freeway, while US 13 turns northeast on Berkeley Boulevard, leaving the Goldsboro area.

Goldsboro to US 64

US 13 continues northeast, passing through one last community of Goldsboro before entering open fields and forests once again and entering Greene County. Outside Snow Hill, NC 58 joins US 13 and becomes Kingold Boulevard. US 13 leaves Kingold Boulevard once in the center of town, continuing northeast via Contentnea Boulevard.

Contentnea Boulevard outside the city meets an intersection with US 258 and NC 903, which join US 13. The other side of the four-way intersection continues as NC 91. NC 903 leaves after two curves of the road, leaving US 13 and US 258 to continue northeast through farmland. US 13 leaves US 258 after a stretch, turning east to meet and run concurrent with US 264, Dickinson Avenue. This arrangement continues until Greenville, where US 264 leaves, and US 13 bisects the city on Memorial Drive, forming concurrencies with NC 43, NC 903, and NC 11. The concurrency eventually drops NC 43 and later picks up NC 33 and drops it, also dropping NC 903 before it heads northward. Still a four-lane divided road, it bypasses the town of Bethel before it meets a diamond interchange with the US 64 freeway in the corner of Edgecombe County. US 13 turns east onto this freeway, while NC 11 continues northward.

US 64 to Virginia

US 13 and US 64 travel eastward to Williamston. The roadway curves around the south and east sides of the city, where US 17 joins and US 64 leaves. US 13/US 17 continue north on a four lane alignment until Williamston, where it bypasses the town to the west. On the north side, though, US 13 leaves at an interchange on North King Street, traveling north on a two-lane road, while US 17 carries the freeway east towards the ocean.

The road continues through the farm and forest medium until it enters Ahoskie on city streets, forming concurrencies with NC 42 and NC 561. These leave in the city before US 13 exits, finally crossing into Gates County along with US 158. The concurrency travels for a few miles, the roads separating before the Virginia state border. Here, US 13 continues into Virginia as Whaleyville Boulevard.

Scenic byways

Blue-Gray Scenic Byway is an 82-mile (132 km) byway from Four Oaks to Trenton. US 13 overlap a short four-mile (6.4 km) section of the byway, from Bentonville Road to Grantham School Road, northeast of Newton Grove. The byway is noted for its Civil War history.[2]

Edenton-Windsor Loop is an 87-mile (140 km) is a double loop byway connecting the cities of Edenton and Windsor. US 13 and US 13 Business (US 13 Bus.) together form a short 2.7-mile (4.3 km) section of the loop, in Windsor. The byway is noted for historical homes in Edenton, the Sans Souci Ferry, the scenic river and coastal views, and history.[2]

Lafayette's Tour is a 173-mile (278 km) byway from Halifax to Lynch's Corner, in the Great Dismal Swamp. US 13 overlap a short four-mile (6.4 km) section of the byway; from US 258, near Winton, to NC 137. The byway is noted and named after the French General Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, who visited the area in 1825. It is also noted for the Parker Island Cable Ferry, swamps/bogs, and history.[2]


Established in 1952, US 13 came south from Virginia, replacing NC 97 from the state line to Windsor and ending at US 17 (now NC 308).

Around 1956, US 13 was extended south to Goldsboro following US 17 to Williamston, US 64 to Bethel, NC 11 to Greenville, US 264 to Farmville, US 258 to Snow Hill, and NC 102 to Goldsboro. Following west on US 70, it ended at the US 117 interchange.

In 1957, Windsor was bypassed, creating US 13 Bus. following the old downtown route. By 1960, US 13 was extended southwest again, replacing NC 102, to its current southern terminus at I-95. In 1970, US 13 moved onto cutoff road between US 258 and US 264, removing Farmville completely from the route. In 1974, Winton was bypassed, the old alignment became part of NC 45 and NC 461.

By 2000, US 13 was placed on new freeway from Bethel to Robersonville, with US 64; the old alignment became US 64 Alternate. In 2002, it was extended to Williamston. In 2004, Bethel was bypassed, creating US 13 Bus. following the old main street route.[3]

Junction list

I-95 / I-295 south – Fayetteville, Lumberton, Benson
Road continues as I-295
To US 301 / Pembroke Lane
NC 82 west (Herb Farm Road) – Falcon
Eastern terminus of NC 82
SampsonSpivey's Corner16.626.7 US 421 / NC 242 (Plain View Highway / Spiveys Corner Highway) – Dunn, Clinton
Newton Grove25.040.2
US 701 / NC 50 / NC 55 (Weeks Circle) to I-40 – Clinton, Mount Olive, Smithfield, Raleigh
US 117 south (R.B. Nelson Highway) – Mount Olive
South end of US 117 overlap
NC 581 south (Arlington Bridge Road)
South end of NC 581 overlap

US 117 Bus. north (George Street)

NC 581 north to I-795 north / US 70 west – Wilson, Raleigh
North end of NC 581 overlap
To NC 581 / Ash Street

US 70 west / US 70 Bus. east (Grantham Street) – Raleigh
West end of US 70 overlap
US 117 north – Wilson
North end of US 117 overlap

US 117 Bus. / NC 111 north (William Street)
North end of NC 111 overlap
52.584.5Wayne Memorial Drive
53.886.6Cuyler Best Road / Spence Avenue

US 70 east / NC 111 south – Kinston
East end of US 70 and south end of NC 111 overlap

US 70 Byp.
NC 58 north – Wilson
North end of NC 58 overlap
Snow Hill70.1112.8

NC 58 south / NC 903 south (Kingold Boulevard) – Kinston
South end of NC 58/903 overlap

US 258 south / NC 91 north – Walstonburg
South end of US 258 overlap
NC 903 north – Maury, Ayden
North end of NC 903 overlap
NC 123 south (Vandiford Thomas Road) – Maury
Northern terminus of NC 123
US 258 north – Farmville
North end of US 258 overlap

US 264 Alt. west – Farmville
West end of US 264 Alt overlap

NC 11 Byp. – Greenville, Kinston
Exit 119 of NC 11 Bypass

US 264 Alt. east (Greenville Boulevard) – Washington
East end of US 264 Alt overlap

NC 11 south / NC 43 south / NC 903 south (Memorial Drive) – Kinston
South end of NC 11/43/903 overlap
NC 43 north (5th Street) – Rocky Mount
North end of NC 43 overlap
NC 43 north (5th Street) – Rocky Mount
North end of NC 43 overlap
NC 33 east (Greene Street)
East end of NC 33 overlap
NC 33 west (Belvoir Highway) – Tarboro
West end of NC 33 overlap

US 264 / NC 11 Byp. south (Martin Luther King Jr Highway) – Washington, Wilson
Exit 80 of US 264
NC 903 north (Briley Road) – Stokes, Robersonville
North end of NC 903 overlap
NC 30 east – Stokes, Washington
Western terminus of NC 30

US 13 Bus. north / NC 11 Bus. north (Main Street) – Bethel
US 64 Alt. – Bethel, Parmele

US 13 Bus. south / NC 11 Bus. south (Main Street) – Bethel

US 64 west / NC 11 north – Tarboro, Oak City
West end of US 64 and north end of NC 11 overlap
MartinRobersonville116.0186.7502 NC 903 (Main Street) – Robersonville, Hamilton
118.8191.2505Robersonville Products RoadTo Martin County Airport
US 64 Alt. (Main Street) – Everetts
125.0201.2512 NC 125 (Prison Camp Road) – Williamston

US 17 south / US 17 Bus. north – Williamston, Washington
South end of US 17 overlap
US 64 east – Plymouth, Manteo
East end of US 64 overlap
US 64 Alt. (Jamesville Road)

US 17 Bus. south (Main Street)

US 17 / US 13 Bus. north – Windsor
North end of US 17 and south end of US 17 Bypass overlap
142.9230.0 NC 308 (Sterlingworth Street) – Lewiston Woodville

US 17 Byp. north / US 13 Bus. south (King Street) – Edenton, Windsor
North end of US 17 Bypass overlap
NC 305 north – Aulander
NC 42 east (Main Street) – Aulander
East end of NC 42 overlap
NC 561 east – Harrellsville
East end of NC 561 overlap
NC 42 west (Academy Street) – Aulander
West end of NC 42 overlap
NC 561 west (1st Street) – Rich Square
West end of NC 561 overlap
To NC 11 / Short Cut Road – Murfreesboro, Greenville
NC 461 west – Rich Square, Halifax
West end of NC 461 overlap
NC 461 east (Old Highway 13) – Winton
East end of NC 461 overlap

US 158 west / NC 45 east (Mulberry Street) – Murfreesboro, Winton
West end of US 158 overlap
NC 137 east – Gatesville
Western terminus of NC 137
US 158 east – Elizabeth City
East end of US 158 overlap; to Merchants Millpond State Park
Drum Hill188.1302.7
NC 37 south – Gatesville
Northern terminus of NC 37
US 13 north – Suffolk
Continuation into Virginia
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b Google (January 23, 2013). "US 13" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "NCDOT: Scenic Byways". Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  3. ^ "NCRoads.com: U.S. 13". Retrieved January 24, 2013.

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