Interstate 95 South - Northampton & Halifax Counties
Interstate 95 South
Interstate 95 is designated the Blue Star Memorial Highway and Purple Heart Memorial Highway throughout the state of North Carolina. Meeting the freeway first in the Tar Heel State is N.C. 48, an east-west highway east between Pleasant Hill and Gaston. Photo taken 12/30/12.
One half mile north of the Exit 180 diamond interchange with North Carolina 48. The state highway ends three miles to the east at U.S. 301. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Exit 180 leaves Interstate 95 south. North Carolina 48 travels 50 miles overall, turning south at N.C. 46 in Gaston to Roanoke Rapids and ultimately ending in Rocky Mount. Photo taken 12/30/12.
The first reassurance marker posted in North Carolina lies east of Brewers Crossroads at Jacks Swamp. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Roanoke Rapids, a city along the northeastern extend of the North Carolina piedmont, is nine miles to the south west via Interstate 95. Wilson and Rocky Mount round out the destinations highlighted on southbound mileage signs. Photo taken 12/30/12.
North Carolina 46 turns southeast from N.C. 48 at Gaston three miles to a diamond interchange (Exit 176) with Interstate 95. Photo taken 12/30/12.
East from Exit 176, North Carolina 46 ends in 3.5 miles at U.S. 301 within the town of Garysburg. Photo taken 12/30/12.
The second of two Northampton County exits on Interstate 95 south departs for North Carolina 46. Overall the state highway stretches 16 miles across the county, becoming Virginia 46 north to Blackstone. Photo taken 12/30/12.
U.S. 158, an intrastate route at 354 miles in length, crosses Interstate 95 at the Exit 173 diamond interchange in two miles. Photo taken 12/30/12.
U.S. 158 links Roanoke Rapids to the west with the town of Weldon to the east. U.S. 158 east of Weldon leads to Jackson, Elizabeth City and the Outer banks. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Spanning the Roanoke River, southbound Interstate 95 travelers enter Halifax County. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 95 south parts ways with the Exit 173 off-ramp to U.S. 158. The highway expands into a four-lane commercial arterial east and west of the freeway. U.S. 158 otherwise bypasses Roanoke to the south, with 10th Street (N.C. 125) and N.C. 48 (Roanoke Avenue) serving interests to downtown. Photo taken 12/30/12.
The city limits of Roanoke Rapids line Interstate 95 south from Chockoyotte Creek to Exit 171. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Rocky Mount is just over a half hour to the south. Wilson is 20 miles further and Fayetteville debuts on mileage signs at 126 miles out. Photo taken 12/30/12.
North Carolina 125 begins in Roanoke Rapids and leads south from North Carolina 46 (Roanoke Avenue) to meet Interstate 95 at a partial-cloverleaf interchange (Exit 171). Photo taken 12/30/12.
One half mile north of the Exit 171 off-ramp to North Carolina 125. The state highway continues south six miles to join U.S. 301 at the county seat of Halifax. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Southbound Interstate 95 at the Exit 171 ramp departure to North Carolina 125. N.C. 125 tallies 68 miles overall southeast to Scotland Neck and Williamston. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Leaving Roanoke Rapids, Interstate 95 enters a stretch of forest land surrounding both Little Quankey and Quankey Creeks. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Carriageways of the freeway separate by a tree-lined median on this stretch. Rocky Mount is now 37 miles to the south followed by Wilson in 57 miles. Photo taken 12/30/12.
North Carolina 903, a 203-mile route between Lake Gaston and southern Sampson County, crosses paths with Interstate 95 at the Exit 168 diamond interchange. Photo taken 12/30/12.
N.C. 903 provides the main route to Halifax, five miles to the southeast, from Interstate 95. The state route westbound bypasses Roanoke Rapids to the south en route to U.S. 158 and Littleton. Photo taken 12/30/12.
A handful of traveler services line North Carolina 903 within the vicinity of Exit 168. Pierces Crossroads resides nearby as well. N.C. 903 becomes Virginia Secondary 903 north of the state line. It is one of a handful of North Carolina routes to match numbers with a secondary route in Virginia. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Fayetteville is 121 miles to the southwest of the Aurelian Springs Road overpass near Exit 168. Photo taken 12/30/12.
A hodgepodge of forest and farm land lines Interstate 95 on the stretch preceding Exit 160 with North Carolina 561 near Beaverdam. Photo taken 12/30/12.
North Carolina 561 leads eight miles northeast to U.S. 301 outside Halifax and west three miles to Heathsville and eight miles to N.C. 4 and 48 at Brinkleyville. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Nearing the Exit 160 off-ramp to North Carolina 561 on I-95 south. N.C. 561 continues west from Halifax County to the Franklin County seat of Louisburg, where the 101-mile route ends. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Reassurance shield and mileage sign posted at Burnt Coat Swamp on Interstate 95 south. First photo taken 12/30/12. Second photo taken 12/30/12.
The last of five Halifax County interchanges joins Interstate 95 with North Carolina 481 at Exit 154, six miles west of Enfield. Photo taken 12/30/12.
North Carolina 481 runs wholly within Halifax County for 21 miles between N.C. 4 & 48 at Glenview, two miles to the west, and N.C. 561 at Tillery to the east. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Interstate 95 enters Rocky Swamp at 20 miles north of Rocky Mount and 40 miles out from Wilson. Photo taken 12/30/12.
A set of weigh stations line both sides of Interstate 95 near the Nash County line. Photo taken 12/30/12.
Fishing Creek divides Halifax and Nash Counties east to U.S. 301 near Enfield and west to N.C. 561. Photo taken 12/30/12.