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South Carolina Highway 9

South Carolina Highway 9 marker

South Carolina Highway 9
Route of SC 9 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length258.3 mi[1] (415.7 km)
Major junctions
South end in Cherry Grove Beach
North end at North Carolina state line near New Prospect
CountiesHorry, Marion, Dillon, Marlboro, Chesterfield, Lancaster, Chester, Union, Spartanburg
Highway system

South Carolina Highway 9 (SC 9) is a 258.3-mile-long (416 km) major state highway in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The route runs from North Myrtle Beach to the North Carolina border upstate. The road is currently the longest state highway in South Carolina. It is signed as a north-south highway (with North Myrtle Beach as its southern terminus and the North Carolina border as its northern) though overall it runs in an east-west direction.[1]

Route description

South US 601/North SC 9 in Pageland

SC 9 begins at the North Carolina-South Carolina border, where the road continues as NC 9. This is about twelve miles (19 km) northwest of Spartanburg.

The road slowly heads southeast to Spartanburg. Five miles into its existence SC 9 intersects SC 11 and then two miles (3 km) later, SC 9 intersects SC 292. After this, SC 9 enters Boiling Springs.

Finally, SC 9 enters the northeast section of Spartanburg and crosses over Interstate 85 and Interstate 585. Then SC 9 joins up with US Route 176. While concurrent, it intersects US Route 29 and a couple of other state highways. Finally, after the ten-mile concurrency with US Route 176 ends, SC 9 leaves the Spartanburg metro.

About 1.5 miles (2.5 km) east of this concurrency, SC 9 intersects SC 150 in downtown Pacolet. In another five miles (8 km) or so, SC 9 enters Jonesville, where SC 9 merges with SC 18. SC 9 merges off SC 18 nearly a mile out of town.

The next town, Lockhart, is nearly 7.5 miles (12.1 km) away. On the way there, SC 9 runs across SC 114 and SC 105. Once in downtown Lockhart, SC 9 merges with SC 49 for nearly a half-mile.

The next town is six miles to the east. That town is Chester. There SC 9 avoids the city by going south and merging with SC 97 and SC 121 Bypass.

Eight miles east of Chester, SC 9 crosses over Interstate 77 and enters Richburg. SC 9 merges with SC 901 for about a mile. Once in downtown, SC 9 turns left and out of Richburg. It then enters Fort Lawn, where it goes under US Route 21.

SC 9 then enters the rapidly growing city of Lancaster. Right before it enters town, SC 9 Business spreads off. SC 9 then meets/crosses over US Route 521 and SC 200.

Finally, SC 9 enters the rural area of north central SC and rolls through the countryside at interstate speeds, with the biggest thing on the road to Pageland being an intersection with SC 522. While entering Pageland, SC 9 merges with US Route 601. US 601 merges off with SC 151 in downtown Pageland.

SC 9 is the northern terminus of SC 268 in Mt. Croghan It is another mile to Ruby, during which SC 9 is concurrent with SC 109.

SC 9 curves left when it serves as the eastern terminus to SC 265 one mile (1.6 km) from Ruby. Having turned east, SC 9 enters Chesterfield, South Carolina. Once again, it breaks off in a business route and then it meets SC 102 and SC 145.

SC 9 then proceeds onto Cheraw. While entering downtown, SC 9 merges with US Route 52 and then onto US Route 1 to get out of town. SC 9 merges off US 1 after downtown, and SC 9 heads east, where it shortly meets SC 177 and then SC 79.

Seven miles southeast of Cheraw, SC 9 runs into Bennettsville. SC 9 merges with SC 38 for one mile (1.6 km), entering downtown Bennettsville, where SC 9 runs eastward with US Route 401 for nearly a mile before merging off again. There is another SC 9 Business Route.

SC 9 then proceeds onto the tiny town of Clio where the main intersection is with SC 381.

Nearly seven miles later, after merging SC 57, SC 9/57 crosses under I-95 and enters Dillon. There SC 9/57 merges with US Route 301 before all three go their separate ways.

A further ten miles (16 km) to the east, SC 9 meets up with SC 41 in Lake View, South Carolina. Here SC 9 comes very close to the NC border (about two miles (3 km) south), but as soon as SC 9 leaves town, it heads due south into deep rural land for nine to ten miles (16 km).

Finally, SC 9 enters Nichols where it merges with US Route 76 for a little more than a mile. Another six miles (10 km) goes by before SC 9 begins to enter the beach zone, as another SC 9 Business Route merges off. With SC 9 Bus, SC 9 is able to avoid downtown Loris, go by the Twin City Airport, and have an interchange with US Route 701.

After meeting back up with its Business Route, SC 9 heads towards the NC border, this time as close as a mile. Yet again, SC 9 bends south where it meets SC 905 in Longs, an interchange with SC 31; and then heads into downtown North Myrtle Beach. There it crosses over US Route 17 and SC 90 and goes through one mile (1.6 km) of beach, where it continues as SC 65 along the beachfront.


Established in 1922 as an original state highway, it traversed from SC 23 in Dillon, west to SC 10, in Enoree. By 1926, SC 9 was extended east to Lake View, then replacing SC 47 to Green Sea, then southeast on new primary routing to Little River. On its northern end, SC 9 rerouted from Kelly to SC 19, near Spartanburg, replacing SC 92. The route from Kelly to Enoree was renumbered SC 92.

In 1927, SC 9 was rerouted between Pageland to Lancaster on a more southern route, avoiding the Tradesville area; The old alignment was briefly downgraded to secondary before being renumbered as SC 906. In 1933, SC 9 was realigned on a straight path from Loris to Little River; most of the old route was downgraded to secondary, with exception to Wampee and eastward becoming SC 90. In 1936, SC 9 was extended north through Spartanburg and Boiling Springs to its current northern terminus at the North Carolina state line; replacing SC 177.

In 1940, SC 9 was extended south as a new primary routing to Cherry Grove Beach. Between 1943-1946, SC 9 was rerouted onto Pine Street between Pacolet to Spartanburg; the old route was downgraded to secondary, but then later became SC 295 in 1948. In 1948, SC 9 south end was truncated at US 17, at Nixons Crossroads; the route to Cherry Grove Beach was downgraded. In 1949, SC 9 was given a southern bypass of Chesterfield, leaving its first business loop through the downtown (since decommissioned). Also in that same year, SC 9 was moved on a more direct routing between Pageland to Lancaster, replacing SC 906; the old routing was renumbered as SC 902 and SC 903 (today US 601).

In 1956, SC 9 was given a southern bypass of Chester, leaving a business loop through downtown. By 1962, SC 9 was rerouted in Spartanburg, utilizing Pine Street to Interstate 585, then north along Boiling Springs Road. Part of the old routing through the downtown area became part of SC 56. By 1967, SC 9 was given a northern bypass of Lancaster, leaving a business loop through downtown. In 1974, SC 9 was rerouted north into Dillon via US 301/US 501; leaving 3rd Avenue (later becoming Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard).

From 1982-1985, SC 9 moved onto bypass route from Loris to Green Sea, leaving a business loop through downtown Loris. Also around that same time, SC 9 was moved onto a western bypass of Bennettsville, leaving a business loop through downtown. By 1988, SC 9 was re-extended to its current southern terminus at Cherry Grove Beach, replacing part of SC 65.[2]

Junction list

HorryCherry Grove Beach0.00.0 south (Ocean Boulevard) - North Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach1.52.4 south (Kings Highway) - North Myrtle BeachInterchange; south end of US 17 overlap
Little River2.33.7 to north - Conway, WilmingtonInterchange
2.64.2 north - WilmingtonInterchange; north end of US 17 overlap; no southbound exit
4.57.2 south (Carolina Bays Parkway) - Myrtle Beach, GeorgetownInterchange
Longs9.715.6 (Pireway Road) - Conway, Pireway
north - Loris
Loris23.337.5 - Loris, Tabor City
Green Sea29.848.0
/ south - Green Sea, Loris
41.166.1 east - Fair BluffEast end of US 76 overlap
MarionNichols42.868.9 west (Mullins Street) - Mullins, MarionWest end of US 76 overlap
DillonLake View51.382.6 (Richard Temple Boulevard) - Marion, Marietta
Dillon63.6102.4 south (Lockemy Highway) - MullinsSouth end of SC 57 overlap
64.4103.6 south / south / west - Latta, DarlingtonSouth end of US 301/501 overlap
65.3105.1 / north (Second Avenue) - FayettevilleNorth end of US 301/501 overlap
66.5107.0 - Florence, FayettevilleI-95 exit 193
Little Rock69.8112.3 northNorth end of SC 57 overlap
MarlboroClio81.6131.3 (Society Street/Red Bluff Street) - McColl, Blenheim
Proposed interchange[3][4]
Bennettsville89.1143.4 north / north - McCollNorth end of US 15/401 overlap
south / north / north (Broad Street) - Marion, Myrtle Beach
South end of SC 38 overlap
91.1146.6 south / south - Society Hill, HartsvilleSouth end of US 15/401 overlap
91.6147.4 (Main Street) - Hartsville
north (Oakwood Street) / south (Cheraw Highway) - Hamlet
North end of SC 38 overlap
97.4156.8 north - Laurinburg
98.6158.7 south (Willamette Road)
Wallace103.8167.0 north - Hamlet
104.6168.3 north - RockinghamNorth end of US 1 overlap
ChesterfieldCheraw106.5171.4 north (2nd Street) - Morven, WadesboroNorth end of US 52 overlap
107.7173.3 south / south - Camden, ColumbiaSouth end of US 1/52 overlap
Chesterfield119.0191.5 south (Craig Street) - Hartsville
119.3192.0 - McBee, Wadesboro
Ruby123.2198.3 west - Jefferson
125.1201.3 south (Market Street)South end of SC 109 overlap
Mount Croghan128.2206.3 north / south (Depot Street) - Jefferson, WadesboroNorth end of SC 109 overlap
Pageland137.4221.1 (Van Lingle Mungo Boulevard) - Hartsville, Monroe
north / (Pearl Street)
North end of US 601 overlap
138.4222.7 north (Elm Street) - Monroe
141.5227.7 south - KershawSouth end of US 601 overlap
LancasterBuford152.0244.6 - Heath Springs
south (Lancaster Bypass) / north (Arch Street) - Lancaster, Heath Springs
South end of US 521 overlap
161.0259.1 (Monroe Highway) - Lancaster
north / south (Charlotte Highway) - Van Wyck, Charlotte
North end of US 521 overlap
south (Meeting Street) / Riverside Road - Lancaster, Van Wyck
ChesterFort Lawn168.3270.9 (Catawba River Road) - Rock Hill, Great Falls
173.2278.7 south (Richburg Road) - Great Falls
Richburg176.5284.0 south (Mountain Gap Road) - RichburgSouth end of SC 901 overlap
176.9284.7 east (Wylies Mill Road)To Landsford Canal State Park
178.0286.5 north (Edgeland Road) - EdgemoorNorth end of SC 901 overlap
178.4287.1 - Charlotte, ColumbiaI-77 exit 65
181.5292.1 west (Oakley Hall School Road)
Chester188.2302.9 west / north / north (J.A. Cochran Bypass)

north (Lancaster Street)
East end of SC 72 and north end of SC 97/121 overlap
south / north / south (Columbia Road) - Winnsboro
South end of US 321 and SC 97 overlap
191.2307.7 west / south (West End Street) - CarlisleWest end of SC 72 and south end of SC 121 overlap
east (Pinckney Street)
192.3309.5 north (Lowrys Highway) - YorkNorth end of US 321 overlap
206.5332.3 north (Lockhart Highway) - YorkNorth end of SC 49 overlap
UnionLockhart207.2333.5 south (Lockhart Highway) - UnionSouth end of SC 49 overlap
209.6337.3 (Mount Tabor Church Road) - Union
218.6351.8 - Gaffney, Union
220.5354.9 south (Jonesville Highway) - UnionSouth end of SC 18 overlap
Jonesville221.6356.6 north (Pacolet Street) - GaffneyNorth end of SC 18 overlap
SpartanburgPacolet228.4367.6 (Glenn Springs Road) - Glenn Springs, Gaffney
230.3370.6 east - UnionEast end of US 176 overlap
230.6371.1 north (Southport Road)
Spartanburg238.8384.3 (Saint John Street) - Cowpens
239.2385.0 west (Daniel Morgan Avenue)
240.5387.0 (Whitney Road) - ChesneeSouth end of I-585 overlap; exit 25B
240.7387.4 north / westNorth end of I-585 and west end of US 176; exit 25A
Access to northbound via Milliken Road
242.2389.8 - Charlotte, GreenvilleI-85 Business exit 6
Boiling Springs243.6392.0 - Charlotte, GreenvilleI-85 exit 75
250.8403.6 south - Inman
New Prospect253.7408.3 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway) - Campobello, Chesnee
258.3415.7 north - Mill SpringContinuation beyond North Carolina state line
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Special routes

Loris business loop

South Carolina Highway 9 Business
LocationLoris, South Carolina
Length13.5 mi[5] (21.7 km)

SC 9 Business begins nearly 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Loris, heading due south from SC 9. However, it only goes south for about a mile, before turning eastward at the eastern terminus of SC 917. SC 9 BUS then makes the run into downtown Loris, the downtown being at the intersection with U.S. 701. As soon as SC 9 Business passes US 701, it heads a mile and a half back to SC 9.

Bennettsville business loop

South Carolina Highway 9 Business
LocationBennettsville, South Carolina
Length2.4 mi[6] (3.9 km)

SC 9 Business begins one mile (1.6 km) north of Bennettsville when SC 9 merges with SC 38. SC 9 Business heads straight into downtown Bennettsville, where just before downtown SC 9 merges with SC 385. There it runs just north of downtown before moving south in the outskirts of town and ends again at SC 9.

Chesterfield business loop

South Carolina Highway 9 Business
LocationChesterfield, South Carolina
Length2.2 mi[7] (3.5 km)

South Carolina Highway 9 Business was a business loop along Main Street in Chesterfield. Established in 1949, when SC 9 was moved onto new road, bypassing south of Main Street; however, by 1956, SC 9 Business was already decommissioned. Though official maps from the state show that Main Street is a secondary road (SC-S-13-1), some online mapping sites still label it as a branch of SC 9.[2][8]

Lancaster business loop

South Carolina Highway 9 Business
LocationLancaster, South Carolina
Length5.3 mi[9] (8.5 km)

SC 9 Business merges off SC 9 Bypass (F.W. McWhirter Expressway) about 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of Lancaster. After going south for half a mile, SC 9 Business bends eastwards and heads straight eastwards. SC 9 Business merges onto US 521 for one block and then merges back off, crosses over SC 200, and quickly SC 9 Business is out of downtown on E. Arch St. A half mile after crossing over SC 200, SC 9 Business ends at SC 9 Bypass. Other than Spartanburg, the City of Lancaster is the largest urban area SC 9 runs through before reaching the North Myrtle Beach area.

Chester business loop

South Carolina Highway 9 Business
LocationChester, South Carolina
Length2.7 mi[10] (4.3 km)

Like all the numbered highways in Chester, SC 9 Business goes straight through downtown, and the bypass route makes a half-moon path around Chester. SC 9 Business shares a brief concurrency with US 321 Business and SC 97 Business, and then with SC 72/121 Business.


  1. ^ a b c Google (February 7, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 9" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page". Retrieved 2013.[unreliable source]
  3. ^ Staff. "Project Status: Northern Project". I-73 Environmental Impact Study. South Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ I-73 Northern Map (PDF) (Map). South Carolina Department of Transportation. Bennettsvile inset. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ Google (February 6, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 9 Business - Loris" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ Google (February 6, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 9 Business - Bennettsville" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ Google (February 6, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 9 Business - Chesterfield" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Chesterfield City (PDF) (Map). South Carolina Department of Transportation. July 2009. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ Google (February 6, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 9 Business - Lancaster" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ Google (February 6, 2013). "South Carolina Highway 9 Business - Chester" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013.

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