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Interstate 95 North - Nash County

Interstate 95 north
Interstate 95 northbound leaves the Wilson vicinity and crosses into Nash County, home of Rocky Mount. Despite coming close to Rocky Mount, the freeway remains rural in nature with just four lanes. Photo taken 06/25/05.
The first of six Nash County interchanges joins Interstate 95 with North Carolina 97. North Carolina 97 skims the southern reaches of Nash County between Zebulon, Stanhope, and Rocky Mount. Locally the state highway serves Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Northbound at at the Exit 127 diamond interchange with North Carolina 97. Stanhope lies six miles to the west; Winstead Crossroads is three miles to the east at junction North Carolina 58 and the Regional Airport is a five mile drive eastward near Tar River Reservoir. Photo taken 06/25/05.
North Carolina 58 passes over Interstate 95 near mile marker 130. Sandy Cross Road connects the freeway with North Carolina 58 at Sandy Cross, west of Exit 132. Photo taken 06/25/05.
North Interstate 95 at Exit 132. Sandy Cross Road transitions to West Mont Drive en route to Langley Crossroads, Easonburg, and U.S. 301 in south Rocky Mount. North Carolina 58 meanwhile leads north to Nashville. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Interstate 95 next crosses paths with the U.S. 64 freeway on the outskirts of Rocky Mount. U.S. 64 constitutes a long-distance freeway west to Raleigh and east to Williamston. The limited-access highway also provides direct access to downtown Rocky Mount via U.S. 301 Business south. Rocky Mount derives its name from the rocky mound located at the falls of the Tar River. The town first appeared on maps with the establishment of a post office on March 22, 1816 and a settlement based upon cotton mills. In 1845, the Wilmington-Weldon Railroad extended to Rocky Mount, and that coupled with the Raleigh-Tarboro stage route made the town an exchange point for travelers between the railroad and stage route. Incorporation of Rocky Mount occurred on February 19, 1867, with tobacco crops and trade spurring growth in the late 19th century.1 Photo taken 06/25/05.
One mile south of the full-cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 64. U.S. 64 travels six miles east to central Rocky Mount and 20 miles to Tarboro. The US highway continues east all the way to Manteo and Whalebone Junction near Nags Head on the Outer Banks. Photo taken 06/25/05.

A collector/distributor roadway serves movements to U.S. 64 (Exits 138A/B) from Interstate 95. Nashville, the Nash County seat, lies six miles to the west via U.S. 64. U.S. 64 Business and U.S. 64 Alternate follow the original routing of U.S. 64 parallel to the freeway through Spring Hope, Nashville, Rocky Mount, Hartsease, and Tarboro. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Exit 138 departs Interstate 95 northbound for U.S. 64 east to Rocky Mount, Tarboro, and Wiliamston. Long distance interests to Elizabeth City, and the Tidewater Region of Virginia should use U.S. 64 east to U.S. 17 north. U.S. 64 ends near the north end of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Manteo, 146 miles to the east, is also home to a North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Travelers destined for U.S. 64 west to Nashville, Zebulon, Knightdale, and Raleigh depart Interstate 95 northbound via Exit 138. U.S. 64 also serves Nash Community College. Photo taken 06/25/05.
A lone state-named shield remains in use on the northbound mainline between Exits 138 and 141. A companion North Carolina I-95 shield lies on southbound nearby. Photo taken 06/25/05.
North Carolina 43 (Main Street) interchanges with Interstate 95 near the village of Dortches northwest of Rocky Mount. A diamond interchange (Exit 141) joins the two highways. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Exit 141 carries drivers to North Carolina 43 for Dortches and Rocky Mount to the south and Red Oak and Aventon to the north. North Carolina 43 travels overall between New Bern and Liberia. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Interstate 95 sees a set of rest areas after Exit 141 and before junction North Carolina 4 (Exit 145) east. Photo taken 06/01/05.
North Carolina 4 comprises a four-lane highway east from North Carolina 48 near Exit 145 to junction U.S. 301, five miles north of central Rocky Mount. The routing represents the northern leg of defunct Business Loop Interstate 95, a business route that used to follow U.S. 301 southward through Rocky Mount, Wilson, and Kenly. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Halifax Road passes over Interstate 95 ahead of the Exit 145 trumpet interchange to North Carolina 4 & 48. A short access road joins the freeway with North Carolina 4 & 48 nearby at Gold Rock. North Carolina 4 ends four miles to the east at a partial "Y" interchange with U.S. 301 near the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College. North Carolina 48 meanwhile heads south to Drake and Rocky Mount on a six-mile routing. North Carolina 4 west & 48 north share pavement seven miles north to Glenview and 16 miles to their split at Brinkleyville. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Two miles south of the last Nash County exit, junction North Carolina 33 at Exit 150. North Carolina 33 ends nearby at junction North Carolina 4 & 48 in Hickory. The east end lies along Phallic Sound at Hobucken. Photo taken 06/25/05.
North Carolina 33 travels four miles east from the Exit 150 diamond interchange to Whitakers and junction U.S. 301. From there the state highway turns southeast 13 miles to Leggett. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Interstate 95 northbound at the Exit 150 off-ramp to North Carolina 33. Swift Creek Road continues west from North Carolina 33 at Hickory to Salem all the way to North Carolina 43 near Aventon. North Carolina 4 & 48 continue north on their parallel routing of Interstate 95 three miles to Glenview. Photo taken 06/25/05.



Sources:

  1. City of Rocky Mount History. http://www.ci.rocky-mount.nc.us/history.html
  2. NC State Hwy 481 Ends, State-Ends.
Photo Credits:
    2005-06-01 by AARoads. 2005-06-25 by Carter Buchanan.

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