U.S. Route 52 (South Carolina)
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U.S. Route 52 South Carolina

U.S. Route 52 marker

U.S. Route 52
Route of US 52 in South Carolina highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by SCDOT
Length159.7 mi[1] (257.0 km)
Major junctions
South endLine Street in Charleston
North end at the North Carolina line near Cheraw
CountiesCharleston, Berkeley, Williamsburg, Florence, Darlington, Chesterfield
Highway system

U.S. Route 52 (US 52) is a 159.7-mile-long (257.0 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 U.S. 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 shares a concurrency with US 78 for 11 miles (18 km), splitting near Goose Creek. In Moncks Corner it connects with US 17 Alt briefly as it enters and traverses through Francis Marion National Forest. Continuing north, it goes through St. Stephen, Kingstree and Lake City, before joining 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. 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.

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.

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 southboudn 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.[6][7]

Junction list

CharlestonCharleston0.00.0Line StreetSouthern terminus of US 52 (unmarked)
0.60.97 west / north - Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, ColumbiaNational east end of I-26, exit 221B
south (Morrison Drive) to / Mount Pleasant Street
No US 52 Spur signage at intersection
North Charleston3.15.0 west - ColumbiaI-26 exit 217. Northbound exit, southbound entrance; access to I-26 east via Spruill Avenue
4.36.9 east (Rivers Avenue)East end of US 78 overlap
4.97.9 south (Cosgrove Avenue)
5.08.0 west (Dorchester Road) - Summerville
8.012.9 - Mount Pleasant, SavannahI-526 exits 18A-B
12.720.4 east - CharlestonI-26 exit 209A; no northbound exit
14.222.9 west (University Avenue) / N.A.D. Road - SummervilleWest end of US 78 overlap; to Charleston Southern University and Navel Weapons Station
BerkeleyGoose Creek16.025.7 west (St. James Avenue) / Red Bank Road - Holly Hill
Moncks Corner30.549.1 west (Main Street) - Holly Hill
south (Live Oak Drive) - Summerville
South end of US 17 Alt overlap
33.053.1 To  - Cordesville, Huger
north - Georgetown
North end of US 17 Alt overlap
St. Stephen46.374.5 (Ravenell Drive) - Jamestown, Pineville
Williamsburg56.490.8 (Gourdin Road) - Gourdin, Greeleyville
61.498.8 - Salters, Greeleyville
68.4110.1 north (Manning Highway) - ManningNorth end of SC 261 overlap
Kingstree71.0114.3 south (Main Street) / south (Longstreet Street) - Andrews, HemingwaySouth end of SC 261/SC 527 overlap
71.5115.1 north (Academy Street) - SumterNorth end of SC 527 overlap
Cades80.4129.4 east / Cade Road - Cades, Hebron
FlorenceLake City86.6139.4
/ (Main Street) - Johnsonville, Olanta, Sumter
87.9141.5 - Conway, Sumter
Coward93.3150.2 west (Salem Road) - Olanta
Effingham100.0160.9 south (Olanta Highway) / north (Effingham Highway) - Evergreen, Olanta, ManningSouth end of US 301 overlap
Florence106.0170.6 north (Freedom Boulevard) - MarionNorth end of US 301 overlap
107.6173.2 south (Pamplico Highway/Second Loop Road)
109.5176.2 (Palmetto Street) - Marion, TimmonsvilleTo Francis Marion University
112.8181.5 - Fayetteville, SavannahI-95 exit 164; to Myrtle Beach via I-95 and SC 327
north (Main Street) - Darlington
119.1191.7 - Darlington, Timmonsville
119.7192.6 south (Lamar Highway) - SumterSouth end of US 401 overlap
120.0193.1 / (Harry Byrd Highway) - Hartsville, Darlington, CharlotteInterchange
south (Main Street) - Darlington
134.0215.7 south (Hartsville Highway) - HartsvilleSouth end of US 15 overlap
Society Hill136.2219.2 north / north (Main Street) - BennettsvilleNorth end of US 15/US 401 overlap
Chesterfield147.2236.9 - McBee, CamdenSouth end of US 1 overlap
Cheraw149.6240.8 north (Market Street) - ChesterfieldNorth end of SC 9 overlap
150.9242.9 north / south (Power Street) - Wallace, Bennettsville, RockinghamNorth end of US 1 and south end of SC 9 overlap
159.7257.0 north - WadesboroContinuation into North Carolina
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ a b Google (November 10, 2013). "Overview map of US 52 in South Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "South Carolina Garden Club - Blue Star Memorial Program". Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Highway dedicated to trooper killed in 1938". Continuous News Desk. Florence, SC: CarolinaLive.com. August 2, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "Ptl. L. Lawson Rhodes". Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Patrolman L. Lawson Rhodes, South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina". Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ General Highway Map, Darlington County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1971. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ General Highway Map, Darlington County, South Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by SCDOT. South Carolina Department of Transportation. 1973. Retrieved 2013.

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