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US 601

U.S. Route 601 marker

U.S. Route 601
US 601 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 1
Length316.3 mi[] (509.0 km)
Major junctions
South end near Tarboro, SC
North end in Mount Airy, NC
StatesSouth Carolina, North Carolina
CountiesSC: Jasper, Hampton, Colleton, Bamberg, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Richland, Kershaw, Lancaster, Chesterfield
NC: Union, Cabarrus, Rowan, Davie, Yadkin, Surry
Highway system

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NC ->

U.S. Route 601 (US 601) is a north–south United States highway that runs for 316.3 miles (509.0 km) from U.S. Route 321, near Tarboro, South Carolina, to U.S. Route 52, in Mount Airy, North Carolina. In North Carolina, it is one of the main north-south corridors connecting the cities of Salisbury, Mocksville, and Mount Airy.

Route description

US 601 in Midway, from SC 903

South Carolina

US 601 begins at US 321 near Tarboro, SC and intersects with such highways as US 278 in Hampton. Beginning in Bamberg US 601 has an overlap with US 301, then intersects US 78. Within the vicinity of Orangeburg, the overlap with US 301 ends at US 21, then it encounters Interstate 26 at Exits 145A and 145B. In the vicinity of Lugoff, US 601 encounters Interstate 20 at exit 92 near then begins another short overlap with US 1 which last until Camden where that concurrency is replaced by US 521 which last slightly longer than the previous one, ending in Kershaw. The route joins SC 9 three miles west of Pageland, then leaves SC 9 when it arrives in downtown Pageland before eventually crossing the North Carolina border.

North Carolina

After crossing the north–South Carolina border, US 601 intersects with such highways as US 74 in Monroe, which it shares a short concurrency with until the interchange with the northern terminus of NC 207. Just as it leaves the city limits, it runs past the site of a future interchange with the Monroe Bypass. Traveling north along what is now known as "Concord Highway" it encounters another intersection with the NC 24/NC 27 overlap in Midland and later an interchange with NC 49 south of Concord. Also in Concord, it joins US 29 which it overlaps until Interstate 85 at Exit 58 and runs along the interstate until it reaches Salisbury, at exit 75, then joins a brief concurrency with US 70. In Mocksville, the road has a short concurrency with US 64 beginning at the western terminus of US 158, and after leaving that overlap encounters Interstate 40 at exit 170. Further north it has an interchange with US 421 in Yadkinville, Interstate 74 at exit 11 near White Plains, and finally terminates at US 52 in Mount Airy.


Established in 1927 as an original US Highway; the original routing was from US 1, in Cheraw, to US 17/US 76, in Florence.

In 1932, US 601 was extended north into North Carolina, replacing SC 96. In North Carolina US 601 was placed on concurrency with almost all of NC 80, from the South Carolina state line, near McFarlan, to downtown Mount Airy. In 1934, NC 80 was expunged from US 601.

In 1935, most of US 601 was replaced by the arrival of US 52. From Salisbury, North Carolina to Florence, South Carolina, the route was converted to US 52; which marked its departure from South Carolina.

Around 1952, US 601 was extended south from Salisbury. Starting with a concurrency with US 29 to Kannapolis, from there it followed US 29A to downtown Concord. Replacing NC 151, it continues south through Monroe and to the state line. In South Carolina, US 601 returns by replacing SC 151 from the border to Pageland. From there it replaced SC 902 and part of SC 265 to Kershaw. Between Kershaw and Camden, it overlaps with US 521, replacing SC 26 (SC 52 before 1935) from Camden to Orangeburg, then in concurrency with US 301 to Bamberg. Then finally replacing SC 36 to US 321, where it continues and ends with US 321 in Hardeeville.

In 1965, US 601 was realigned on new road bypassing west of downtown Concord, leaving a business loop.[1] In 1970, US 601 was realigned on new road bypassing east of Dobson, leaving a business loop.[2] In 1974, US 601 was extended to Interstate 95 in Hardeeville; however, by 1977, US 601 was truncated to its current southern terminus at US 321, near Tarboro. In 1979, US 601 was rerouted west of Salisbury, with concurrency with US 70; Innis Street was downgraded to secondary status. In the late 1980s, US 601 was rerouted onto Interstate 85, in Salisbury from exit 68 to exit 74; which was extended in the late 1990s, going south to exit 58 in Concord.[3][4]

In 1999, US 601 was truncated to its current northern terminus at US 52 in Mount Airy.[5]

South Carolina Highway 26

South Carolina Highway 26

South Carolina Highway 26 (SC 26) was an original state highway that was established in 1935 as a renumbering of SC 52 from U.S. Route 21 (US 21; now US 21/US 176) in St. Matthews to US 76 near the Wateree River. In July 1936, it was extended north to the Kershaw County line, east of Fort Jackson. In May 1937, SC 26 was extended again to US 1 in Lugoff. In November of that year, its path from the Eastover area to Lugoff was re-routed on new roadway. Its former path through Eastover was redesignated as SC 26 Alternate (US 26 Alt.) In 1940, its path in Richland County was straightened instead of a zigzag shape. Approximately 1948, its crossing of the Congaree River was shifted slightly to the east. In 1950, it was extended south to replace US 21 and ended at US 301 (now SC 33 in Orangeburg. The next year, SC 26 was decommissioned and redesignated as part of US 601.

Eastover alternate route

South Carolina Highway 26 Alternate

South Carolina Highway 26 Alternate (SC 26 Alt.) was an alternate route that was established in November 1937 as a renumbering of SC 26 through Eastover. Around 1942, it was decommissioned. It was redesignated as SC 764 east outside of the town and SC 263 north outside of it.

South Carolina Highway 52

South Carolina Highway 52
LocationSt. Matthews-Eastover

South Carolina Highway 52 (SC 52) was a state highway that was established around 1926 from SC 31 / SC 45 (now US 601 and SC 6) in St. Matthews, through Wateree and Eastover, to SC 3 (now US 76/US 378) northwest of Eastover. In 1935, it was decommissioned and redesignated as SC 26. Today, most of its path is known as US 601 and SC 764.

South Carolina Highway 96

South Carolina Highway 96
LocationCheraw, South Carolina

South Carolina Highway 96 (SC 96) was a state highway that was established in 1926 on a path from U.S. Route 1 (US 1) and SC 9 in Cheraw to the North Carolina state line, where the roadway continued as North Carolina Highway 80. In 1933, it was decommissioned, and its entire length became part of the original routing of US 601. Today, most of its path is part of US 52.

Junction list

South CarolinaJasperTarboro0.00.0 (Cotton Hill Road) - Hardeeville, Estill
3.35.3 east (Calf Pen Bay Road)
Pineland3.76.0 (Gillison Branch) - Robertville, Grays
HamptonFurman9.214.8 west (Scotia-Furman Highway) - Scotia
14.022.5 (Browning Gate Road) - Estill, Grays
Hampton23.638.0 east / east (Elm Street) - VarnvilleEast end of US 278 and SC 363 overlap
24.238.9 west / west (Elm Street) - BrunsonWest end of US 278 and SC 363 overlap
Colleton36.759.1 (Confederate Highway) - WalterboroTo Rivers Bridge State Park
BambergEhrhardt41.867.3 (Low Country Highway) - Barnwell, Walterboro, Charleston
Bamberg55.288.8 (Main Highway) - AllendaleSouth end of US 301 overlap
56.190.3 (Railroad Avenue) - Denmark, Summerville
Orangeburg61.799.3 west (Slab Landing Road) - Cope, Norway
68.2109.8 west (Binnicker Bridge Road) - Denmark, Barnwell
Edisto71.4114.9 west (Neeses Road) - NeesesWest end of SC 4 overlap
Orangeburg73.3118.0 east (Russell Street)
73.4118.1 east (Stonewall Jackson Boulevard)East end of SC 4 overlap
(Broughton Street) - North, Bowman
north / south (Magnolia Street) - Santee, Branchville
North end of US 301 and south end of US 21 business overlap
74.6120.1 (Russell Street) - Cameron
75.6121.7 / (Chestnut Street) - North, Columbia, BowmanNorth end of US 21 business overlap
79.5127.9 - Columbia, Charleston
CalhounWertz Crossroads85.7137.9 (Old State Road) - Columbia, Cameron
St. Matthews87.5140.8 (Old State Road) - Swansea, Columbia, Santee
Wiles Crossroads95.0152.9 (Fort Motte Road) - Fort Motte, Lone Star, Elloree
96.4155.1 south (McCords Ferry Road) - Lone Star, Elloree
RichlandWateree102.6165.1 west (Bluff Road) - GadsdenTo Congaree National Park
106.8171.9 west (Old Eastover Road) - Eastover
109.5176.2 (Vanboklen Road) - Eastover, Sumter
112.3180.7 / (Garners Ferry Road) - Columbia, Sumter
Leesburg112.3180.7 west - Columbia
KershawLugoff129.8208.9 / west (Fort Jackson Road) - Columbia, Florence
132.2212.8 south (Jefferson Davis Highway) - ElginSouth end of US 1 overlap
132.6213.4 west (Ridgeway Road) - RidgewayWest end of SC 34 overlap
Camden137.3221.0 north / south / east - Sumter, Bishopville, McBeeNorth end of US 1, south end of US 521, and east end of SC 34 overlap
139.4224.3 north (Liberty Hill Road) - Great Falls
north / north (Hampton Street)
158.9255.7 north (Matson Street) - Heath Springs, LancasterNorth end of US 521 overlap
/ south (Hampton Street)
164.4264.6 east (Old Jefferson Highway) - Jefferson, Chesterfield
Midway166.0267.2 north (Flat Creek Road) - LancasterNorth end of SC 903 overlap
166.2267.5 south (Flat Creek Road) - McBee, Myrtle BeachSouth end of SC 903 overlap
Chesterfield175.9283.1 north - LancasterNorth end of SC 9 overlap
Pageland178.9287.9 north (Elm Street) – Monroe
south (McGregor Street) / south (Pearl Street) - Chesterfield, Jefferson
South end of SC 9 and SC 151 business overlap
180.3290.2 south (Van Lingle Mungo Boulevard) - Jefferson, DarlingtonNorth end of SC 151 business overlap
South CarolinaNorth Carolina state line
North CarolinaUnionMonroe12.420.0 east (Roosevelt Boulevard)East end of US 74 overlap
13.722.0 north (Morgan Mill Road) - Stanfield, LocustNorth end of NC 200 overlap
14.924.0 west / south (Roosevelt Boulevard) - Charlotte
south (Skyway Drive) – Monroe Business District
West end of US 74 and south end of NC 200 overlap
(Monroe Expressway) - Charlotte, Rockingham
All-electronic toll road
Fairview24.839.9 - Mint Hill, New Salem
CabarrusMidland33.353.6 /  - Charlotte, Locust, AlbemarleTo Reed Gold Mine Historic Site
39.162.9 south - Locust, Stanfield
Concord42.768.7 - Charlotte, RichfieldInterchange
42.969.0 north (Union Street)
46.975.5 south (Concord Parkway) - CharlotteSouth end of US 29 overlap
49.179.0 west (Davidson Highway) - HuntersvilleWest end of NC 73 overlap
49.579.7 east (Davidson Drive)East end of NC 73 overlap
50.581.358 south / north (Cannon Boulevard) - Charlotte, KannapolisSouth end of I-85 and north end of US 29 overlap
Kannapolis52.384.260Dale Earnhardt Boulevard / Copperfield Boulevard
55.088.563Lane Street – Kannapolis
RowanChina Grove60.597.468 /  - China Grove, Rockwell
62.8101.170Webb Road
64.0103.071Peeler Road
64.7104.172Peach Orchard Road
Salisbury66.1106.474Julian Road
67.0107.875 north - Lexington, GreensboroNorth end of I-85 overlap
68.3109.9 / east (Main Street) - Salisbury, China GroveEast end of US 70 overlap
69.0111.0 (Mooresville Road) - Salisbury, Mooresville
71.4114.9 west (Statesville Boulevard) - StatesvilleWest end of US 70 overlap
73.2117.8 To / Innes StreetTo Catawba College
Davie82.6132.9 - Cooleemee, Advance
Mocksville87.2140.3 east (Lexington Road) / east (Main Street) - LexingtonEast end of US 64 overlap
88.4142.3 west (Wilkesboro Street) - StatesvilleWest end of US 64 overlap
90.1145.0 - Winston-Salem, Statesville
97.9157.6 south - Farmington
YadkinYadkinville104.8168.7 - Winston-Salem, Wilkesboro
Boonville113.5182.7 (Main Street) - East Bend, Jonesville
Surry120.7194.2 - Pilot Mountain, Elkin
north (Main Street) - Dobson
125.2201.5Atkins Street / Turkey Ford Road – Dobson
south (Main Street) - Dobson
Mount Airy131.2211.1 - Winston-Salem, Wytheville
133.6215.0 (Andy Griffith Parkway) - Winston-Salem, Hillsville
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ "US 601 Route Change (1965-10-08)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. October 8, 1965. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "US 601 Route Change (1970-09-03)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 3, 1970. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page: US 601". Retrieved 2013.[unreliable source]
  4. ^ " U.S. 601". Retrieved 2013.[unreliable source]
  5. ^ "US 601 Route Change (1999-06-30)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. June 30, 1999. Retrieved 2013.

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