U.S. Route 52 in South Carolina

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U.S. Highway 52

US 52 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length159.960 mi[1][2][3][4][5][6] (257.431 km)
Major junctions
South endLine Street in Charleston
Major intersections
North end US 52 at the North Carolina line near Cheraw
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
CountiesCharleston, Berkeley, Williamsburg, Florence, Darlington, Chesterfield
Highway system
SC 51 SC 53

U.S. Route 52 (US 52) is a 159.960-mile (257.431 km) north–south U.S. Highway that travels from Charleston to the North Carolina state line near Cheraw. It serves as a strategic highway through the central part of the state. Though an even-numbered U.S. Highway, which are typically signed east–west, it is signed north–south in South Carolina. In some other states along its route, it is signed east–west. The South Carolina segment is signed such that US 52 north corresponds to the general westward direction of the highway, and vice versa.

Route description

US 52 begins at the intersection of Meeting and Line Streets, in Charleston. Going northwest along Meeting Street, it connects with I-26/US 17, followed by Morrison Drive (US 52 Spur hidden); US 52 signage begin to appear north of Morrison Drive. In North Charleston, it is concurrent with US 78 for 11 miles (18 km), splitting near Goose Creek.[7]

From Moncks Corner, US 52 is briefly concurrent with US 17 Alt as it enters the Francis Marion National Forest and crosses the Dennis C. Bishop Bridge over the Tail Race Canal of the Cooper River just below Lake Moultrie. The route traverses the Francis Marion National Forest as it continues northward to St. Stephen. From there is proceeds to Kingstree and Lake City, before another short concurrency with US 301 from Effingham to Florence. Through downtown Florence, it goes northwest and bypasses Darlington and joining another concurrency with US 401.[7]

At Society Hill, it merges briefly with US 15 before continuing north again solo to Cheraw, where it overlaps briefly with US 1 and SC 9. US 52 crosses the North Carolina state line, after traveling 159.7 miles (257.0 km) through South Carolina, continuing on towards Wadesboro.[7]

US 52 is a major highway between Charleston and Florence, all of which is four-lane or more with some sections signed 60-mile-per-hour (97 km/h). North of Darlington, it becomes mostly a two-lane rural highway through the remainder of its route. Though the majority of its routing and signage is north-south, some sections will also be signed east-west at various parts of the state.[7]

Dedicated and memorial names

US 52 in South Carolina feature a few dedicated or memorialized stretches of freeway.


US 52 was established in 1935 as a renumbering of US 601 from the North Carolina state line to Florence and US 17 from Florence to Charleston. In 1939, US 52 was rerouted into a concurrency with US 78 in North Charleston, leaving a section of Meeting Street. Also in the same year, Cheraw to the North Carolina state line was the last section to be paved; while the first section of US 52 was widen to four-lane from Charleston to Durant Avenue, in North Charleston.

In 1940, US 52 was rerouted onto new alignment west of Lake City. In 1948, US 52 was taken off King Street and placed on Meeting Street to Lee Street, in Charleston. Around 1952-1969, US 52 was split during that period in Florence, with northbound along Irby Street and southbound along Coit Avenue; before and after it was solely on Irby Street. Also around 1952, US 52 was bypassed west of Kingstree on new primary routing; the old route through town remained part of SC 261 while Academy Street, Kelly Street and Third Avenue were downgraded to secondary roads (all three SC-45-8).

In 1971, US 52 was moved onto new alignment south of Moncks Corner, leaving behind Old Highway 52 (S-8-791). By 1973, US 52 was placed on new primary routing bypassing west around Darlington, leaving behind US 52 Bus.[12][13]

Major intersections

CharlestonCharleston0.0000.000Line Street / Meeting Street eastSouthern terminus; Meeting Street continues past terminus.

US 17 north – Mount Pleasant
No access to US 17 south from US 52
I-26 west – North Charleston, Columbia
No access to I-26 east from US 52; I-26 exit 221B
Morrison Drive (US 52 Spur south) to US 78 / Mount Pleasant Street
Northern terminus of US 52 Spur
North Charleston3.220–

I-26 west – Columbia
Northbound exit and southbound entrance; access to I-26 east via Spruill Avenue; I-26 exit 217
US 78 east (Rivers Avenue)
Southern end of US 78 concurrency
SC 7 south (Cosgrove Avenue)
Northern terminus of SC 7
SC 642 west (Dorchester Road) – Summerville
Eastern terminus of SC 642
I-526 – Mount Pleasant, SavannahI-526 exits 18A-B

US 52 Conn. south to I-26 east – Charleston
No northbound exit; northern terminus of US 52 Conn.; I-26 exit 209A

US 78 west (University Boulevard) / N.A.D. Road – Summerville
Northern end of US 78 concurrency; southern terminus of N.A.D. Road; interchange; to Charleston Southern University and Naval Weapons Station
BerkeleyGoose Creek15.87025.540
US 176 west (St. James Avenue) / Red Bank Road east – Holly Hill
Eastern terminus of US 176; western terminus of Red Bank Road
Moncks Corner30.460–

SC 6 west (Main Street) / SC 6 Truck begins / Main Street Extension east – Holly Hill
Southern end of SC 6 Truck concurrency; eastern terminus of SC 6 and Main Street; western terminus of SC 6 Truck; western terminus of Main Street Extension

US 17 Alt. south / SC 6 Truck west (Live Oak Drive) – Summerville
Northern end of SC 6 Truck concurrency; southern end of US 17 Alt. concurrency
32.48752.283Dennis C. Bishop BridgeCrossing of Tail Race Canal
To SC 402 – Cordesville, Huger
Western terminus of unnamed access road

US 17 Alt. north – Georgetown
Northern end of US 17 Alt concurrency
St. Stephen46.24074.416 SC 45 (Ravenell Drive) – Jamestown, Pineville
Williamsburg56.35090.687 SC 375 (Gourdin Road) – Gourdin, Greeleyville
61.27098.605 US 521 – Salters, Greeleyville
SC 261 north (Manning Highway) – Manning
Southern end of SC 261 concurrency

SC 261 south (Main Street) / SC 527 south (Longstreet Street) – Andrews, Hemingway
Northern end of SC 261 concurrency; southern end of SC 527 concurrency
SC 527 north (Academy Street) – Sumter
Northern end of SC 527 concurrency
SC 512 east / Cade Road – Cades, Hebron
Western terminus of SC 512
FlorenceLake City86.600139.369
US 378 Bus. / SC 341 (Main Street) – Johnsonville, Olanta, Sumter
US 378 – Conway, Sumter
SC 541 west (Salem Road) – Olanta
Eastern terminus of SC 541

US 301 south (Olanta Highway) / SC 327 north (Effingham Highway) – Evergreen, Olanta, Manning
Southern end of US 301 concurrency

US 52 Truck north / US 301 north (Freedom Boulevard) – Marion
Northern end of US 301 concurrency; southern terminus of US 52 Truck
107.430172.892 SC 51 (Pamplico Highway / Second Loop Road)
107.580173.133Pamplico Highway south (SC 51 Conn. south) / James Jones Avenue northNorthern terminus of SC 51 Conn.; southern terminus of James Jones Avenue
109.400176.062 US 76 (Palmetto Street / US 52 Conn. north) – Marion, TimmonsvilleSouthern terminus of US 52 Conn.; to Francis Marion University
110.200177.350West Lucas Street east (US 52 Truck south) / North Irby Street northNorthern terminus of US 52 Truck; US 52 turns left off of North Irby Street and onto West Lucas Street.
110.470177.784Coit Street south (US 52 Conn. south)Northern terminus of US 52 Conn. and Coit Street
I-95 – Fayetteville, SavannahI-95 exit 164; to Myrtle Beach via I-95 and SC 327

US 52 Bus. north (Main Street) / SC 34 Truck east (Governor Williams Highway east) – Darlington
Southern end of SC 34 Truck concurrency, which takes on the Governor Williams Highway name; southern terminus of US 52 Bus.
119.000191.512 SC 340 – Darlington, Timmonsville
US 401 south (Lamar Highway / SC 34 Conn. east) – Sumter
Southern end of US 401 concurrency; western terminus of SC 34 Conn.
119.930193.009 SC 34 / SC 151 (Harry Byrd Highway) – Hartsville, Darlington, CharlotteNorthern end of SC 34 Truck concurrency; interchange

US 52 Bus. south (Main Street) – Darlington
Northern terminus of US 52 Bus.
US 15 south (Hartsville Highway) – Hartsville
Southern end of US 15 concurrency
Society Hill136.290219.337

US 15 north / US 401 north (Main Street) – Bennettsville
Northern end of US 15 and US 401 concurrencies
US 1 south – McBee, Camden
Southern end of US 1 concurrency

US 1 Truck / US 52 Truck (Cash Road) to SC 9 / SC 9 Truck
Southern terminus of US 1 Truck and US 52 Truck
SC 9 north (Market Street) – Chesterfield
Southern end of SC 9 concurrency

US 1 north / SC 9 south (Powe Street) – Wallace, Bennettsville, Rockingham
Northern end of US 1 and SC 9 concurrencies

US 52 Truck south / SC 9 Truck south (Front Street)
Southern end of SC 9 Truck concurrency; northern terminus of US 52 Truck
151.788244.279Patrolman Gilbert "Gil" Halma BridgeCrossing over Huckleberry Branch

SC 9 Truck north (Four Mile Loop Road) – Chesterfield
Northern end of SC 9 Truck concurrency
US 52 north – Wadesboro
Continuation into North Carolina
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

==See also==* Special routes of U.S. Route 52


  1. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Highway Logmile Report". South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d Google (November 10, 2013). "Overview map of US 52 in South Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "South Carolina Garden Club - Blue Star Memorial Program". Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  9. ^ "Highway dedicated to trooper killed in 1938". Continuous News Desk. Florence, SC: CarolinaLive.com. August 2, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  10. ^ "Ptl. L. Lawson Rhodes". Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  11. ^ "Patrolman L. Lawson Rhodes, South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina". Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  12. ^ General Highway Map, Darlington County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1971. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  13. ^ General Highway Map, Darlington County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1973. Retrieved November 10, 2013.

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