U.S. Highway 1 South - Franklin & Northern Wake Counties
U.S. Highway 1 South
Southbound U.S. 1 shield posted after the Tar River and Vance County. Photo taken 07/12/05.
U.S. 1 approaches the town of Franklinton and junction North Carolina 56 (Green Street). North Carolina 56 connects the four-lane bypass of U.S. 1 with downtown to the east and Creedmoor 14 miles to the west. Photo taken 07/12/05.
U.S. 1 Alternate follows the original U.S. 1 alignment along Main Street through Franklinton. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Main Street travels through the heart of Franklinton east of U.S. 1 along a 2.7-mile alignment of U.S. 1 Alternate. Photo taken 07/12/05.
One half mile north of the North Carolina 56 (Green Street) diamond interchange of U.S. 1 southbound. Photo taken 07/12/05.
North Carolina 56 travels 42 miles between Butner and North Carolina 58 near Castalia. Heading east, the state highway follows Green Street, with much of Franklinton's growth along its path. Eight miles east, North Carolina 56 merges with U.S. 401 outside the Franklin County seat of Louisburg. Photo taken 07/12/05.
U.S. 1 Alternate (Main Street) returns to U.S. 1 in a rural area south of Franklinton. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Southbound at the merge with U.S. 1A; U.S. 1 bypassed Franklinton in 1953.1 Photo taken 07/12/05.
U.S. 1 continues 2.2 miles south to another split with its original alignment. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Another U.S. 1 Alternate route splits from U.S. 1 south ahead of Youngsville in southwestern Franklin County. U.S. 1A travels nine miles through both Youngsville and Wake Forest before returning in north Raleigh suburbs. Photo taken 07/12/05.
U.S. 1 bypassed Youngsville also in 1953. The four-lane serves a handful of industrial businesses at the junction with North Carolina 96. Photo taken 07/12/05.
North Carolina 96 joins Youngsville with Oxford 25 miles to the north. The state highway travels 108 miles between the Virginia state line and North Carolina 55 west of Newton Grove. Photo taken 07/12/05.
North Carolina 96 represents the first traffic light encountered on U.S. 1 since Norlina. Heading south, the state highway merges with U.S. 1A along College Street before turning east onto Main Street. Ten miles separate the signal from Wilton and junction North Carolina 56. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Holden Road intersects U.S. 1 at the next traffic light. Holden Road extends west from Main Street to rural subdivisions at Jonah Davis Road. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Pushing southward, U.S. 1 enters Wake County and slowly gains suburban characteristics as Capital Boulevard nears Raleigh. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Purnell Road west and Harris Road east come together at U.S. 1 south near the county line. Harris Road connects with U.S. 1 Alternate in suburban Wake Forest; Purnell Road meanders westward to Purnell and New Light through a mixture of rural subdivisions and forest. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Continuing south on U.S. 1 along the outskirts of Wake Forest toward Wake Forest Golf Course. Photo taken 07/12/05.
One mile north of the diamond interchange with North Carolina 98 west and North Carolina 98 Business (Durham Road). North Carolina 98 travels 50 miles between Durham and U.S. 64 Alternate/North Carolina 231 near Spring Hope. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Jenkins Road and Stadium Drive meet U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard) at the next signalized intersection. Stadium Drive connects with North Avenue and U.S. 1 Alternate (Main Street) in Wake Forest. Jenkins Road stems northwest to Thompson Mill Road. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Southbound U.S. 1 mileage sign with distances to Raleigh and Sanford posted after Stadium Drive. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Wake Union Church Road provides a back route to North Carolina 98 (Durham Road) behind the shopping centers along U.S. 1 southbound. The road begins opposite a shopping center of Capital Boulevard northbound. Photo taken 07/12/05.
North Carolina 98 Business (Durham Road) east provides the preferred route to downtown Wake Forest from U.S. 1 south. Durham Road carries the business loop to a brief merge with U.S. 1 Business on Front Street before entering the business district. Photo taken 07/12/05.
North Carolina 98 was partially relocated in 2005 with the opening of a four-lane Wake Forest bypass to the south. The new roadway ends at U.S. 1 currently, with a planned continuation west to Durham Road under construction as of March 2008. The Durham Road off-ramp departs U.S. 1 south otherwise after a shopping center entrance. Photo taken 07/12/05.
By 2008 the North Carolina 98 guide sign was altered to only reference the westbound direction. North Carolina 98 east follows U.S. 1 south one mile to the new bypass route. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Looking south at the North Carolina 98 SPUI during construction. Completion of the 1.55-mile western segment of North Carolina 98 is expected by January 2010.2 First photo taken 07/12/05. Second photo taken 07/12/05.
North Carolina 98 heads east past Wake Forest to Wait Avenue, New Hope, and Bunn. First photo taken 01/02/08. Second photo taken 01/02/08.
Passing through the North Carolina 98 SPUI on U.S. 1 south. The westbound off-ramp serves a bevy of new retail added from 2005 onward that fronts the southbound side of what otherwise is a freeway section of U.S. 1. First photo taken 01/02/08. Second photo taken 01/02/08.
Cary replaces Sanford as the second control city on U.S. 1 southbound mileage signs. Cary neighbors Raleigh to the west where U.S. 1 leaves the Cliff Benson Beltline. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 1 Alternate returns to U.S. 1 via Main Street south from Wake Forest at the signalized intersection with New Falls of Neuse Road. New Falls of Neuse Road represents a fairly new arterial route connecting U.S. 1 with Wakefield Pines Road in northern sections of Raleigh. Much of the area around the U.S. 1 & 1A intersection is heavily developed with retail. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Burlington Mills Road ventures east from U.S. 1 (Capital Boulevard) to Walkers Crossroads and U.S. 401 (Louisburg Road) near Rolesville. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Thornton Road follows at the next traffic light of U.S. 1 south, spurring east to the tightly packed subdivisions surrounding Thornton Commons Drive. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Durant Road heads northwest from U.S. 1 at Neuse Crossroads to Six Forks Road through suburban north Raleigh. Perry Creek Road begins at the same intersection and links Capital Boulevard with U.S. 401 (Louisburg Road) north of Interstate 540. Photo taken 07/12/05.
The first sign of U.S. 1's interchange with Interstate 540 appears before the intersection with Gresham Lake Road. Interstate 540 (Northern Wake Expressway) provides a direct connection between U.S. 1 and Raleigh Durham International Airport. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Dropping into the directional-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 540, U.S. 1 intersects Gresham Lake Road. Gresham Lake Road arcs west through industrial parks north of Greshams Lake itself. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Traffic interests west to junction U.S. 70, RDU International Airport, and Durham (via Interstate 40 west) depart U.S. 1 south. Interstate 540 was completed west from U.S. 1 to Interstate 40 by August 12, 2002. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Continuing to the eastbound on-ramp for Interstate 540. Interstate 540 continues east three miles to U.S. 401 (Louisburg) and ten miles to its current end at junction U.S. 64 & 264. This section of the Northern Wake Expressway opened on January 16, 2007. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Interstate 440 & U.S. 64 west and U.S. 1 south
Westbound on the Benson Beltline at the three-quarter cloverleaf interchange of Exits 7A/B. Crossing paths with Interstate 440 here is U.S. 70 & North Carolina 50 (Glenwood Avenue). The Exit 7A ramp of westbound features an additional ramp for Ridge Road southbound. The overpass in the background travels to Ridge Road from the U.S. 70 & North Carolina 50 eastbound cloverleaf ramp. Photo taken 12/31/03.
Interstate 440 & U.S. 1 turn southward at Lake Boone Trail interchange (Exit 5). Lake Boone Trail is an east-west roadway between Blue Ridge Road and U.S. 70 & North Carolina 50 (Glenwood Avenue) through the Ridgewood neighborhood of the city. Photo taken 12/31/03.
The 0.75 mile overhead for the Wade Avenue (Raleigh Chapel Hill Expressway) junction is posted on the Exit 5 sign bridge at Lake Boone Trail. Briefly part of Interstate 40 at the onset of the Interstate's extension into the capital city, Wade Avenue constitutes a freeway between Interstate 440 & U.S. 1 to the newer Interstate 40 at Exit 289. Photo taken 12/31/03.
There is no signed route number of any kind for the Wade Avenue freeway between the beltline and Interstate 40, but the route is a part of State Secondary 1728. The highway does offer a direct connect for motorists wishing to continue westward onto Durham and the Raleigh-Durham (RDU) International Airport. Exit 4A links with Wade Avenue eastbound through the Ridgewood and Edgewood neighborhoods of the city. Photo taken 12/31/03.
Guide sign for North Carolina 54 (Hillsborough Street) on Interstate 440 & U.S. 1 southbound at Exit 3. A parallel railroad line forces the need for a folded cloverleaf interchange between the two highways. North Carolina 54 interacts with Interstate 40 at Exit 290 to the west and the campus of North Carolina State University to the east. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Continuing southward along Interstate 440 west & U.S. 1 south between North Carolina 54 and junction Interstate 40 & U.S. 64. A guide sign proclaims the freeway as the Cliff Benson Beltline along this stretch. Cliff Benson Sr. was the Transportation Secretary under Democratic Governor Dan Moore between 1965 and 1969. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Bannerless Interstate 440 reassurance marker posted along the Cliff Benson Beltline westbound. Interstate 440 featured Inner and Outer loop banners or markers along its routing until the removal of the Interstate 440 overlap with Interstate 40. The designation now sees east and westbound banners along its remaining stretch. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Nearing the three-quarter cloverleaf-interchange with Western Boulevard on Interstate 440 west & U.S. 1 south. Intersecting the Benson Beltline ahead is Western Boulevard, an east-west surface route between North Carolina State University and Cary. Photo taken 07/12/05.
An example of the Interstate 440 Benson Beltline reassurance signs featuring Inner or Outer Loop. These signs were found throughout the Interstate 440 routing north of Interstate 40 to compliment the bannerless shields like the one pictured above. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Drawing to within one half mile of the Exit 2B/A off-ramps to Western Boulevard on Interstate 440 west & U.S. 1 south. Western Boulevard intersects Gorman Street 0.75 miles to the east and Cabarrus Street outside of the Raleigh central business district in 2.6 miles. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Use Exit 2B for the city of Cary via Western Boulevard west and Exit 2A for Shaw University in downtown Raleigh. Western Boulevard merges with Hillsborough Street 1.2 miles west of Interstate 440 and 1.5 miles east of the Cary city line. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 2B leaves Interstate 440 west & U.S. 1 southbound for Western Boulevard (former U.S. 64) west and the city of Cary. Western Boulevard merges onto Hillsborough Street which becomes Chatham Street upon entering Cary. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 2A loops onto Western Boulevard eastbound for the campus of North Carolina State University and downtown Raleigh. Western Boulevard becomes splits into Dorothea Drive (eastbound) and Cabarrus Street (westbound upon entering downtown. The boulevard passes through the college campus between Gorman Street and Ashe Avenue. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 1D quickly departs the Benson Beltline outer loop just south of Western Boulevard at the Hinton and Wynnewood neighborhoods of west Raleigh. A half-diamond interchange joins Melbourne Road with Interstate 440 & U.S. 1 between Kaplan and Powell Drives. Melbourne Road serves local interests between the Western Boulevard and Athens Drive through streets. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Pushing southwest along Interstate 440 & U.S. 1 toward the Melbourne Drive overpass. A lone Interstate 440 reassurance marker is the last posted along the Cliff Benson Beltline before the junction with Interstate 40 & U.S. 64. Photo taken 07/12/05.
The one-mile guide sign of Exit 1 for the former Interstate 440 merge with Interstate 40 & U.S. 64 exists at the Melbourne Drive overpass. The U.S. 64 shield was added after the initial installation of the guide sign because the federal route used to follow New Bern Avenue through the city. The federal highway now follows Interstate 440 from the Knightdale Bypass south to Interstate 40 at its junction with U.S. 1 & Interstate 440 ahead. Photo taken 07/12/05.
The ramps to Interstate 40 & U.S. 64 eastbound depart Interstate 440 west & U.S. 1 south via a collector/distributor roadway system. The same c/d roadway continues beyond the Interstate 440 merge onto Interstate 40 east to the U.S. 1 & 64 interchange with Walnut Street to the southwest. Therefore traffic interests to Cary via Walnut Street, Buck Jones Road north, or the Cary Towne Center should use the forthcoming Exit 1 c/d roadway. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 1C departs Interstate 440 west & U.S. 1 southbound before the Cliff Benson Beltline end at Interstate 40 & U.S. 64. The partial-cloverleaf interchange joins the freeway with Jones Franklin Road in western Raleigh. Athens Drive passes over Interstate 440 ahead of the Exit 1C off-ramp. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Westbound at the ramp departure of Exit 1C to Jones Franklin Road into the Wynnewood neighborhood of Raleigh. Use Jones Franklin Road south for Macedonia and north for Athens Drive. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Jones Franklin Road passes over Interstate 440 & U.S. 1 one-quarter mile ahead of the full-cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 40 & U.S. 64. U.S. 64 westbound departs Interstate 40 for a merge with U.S. 1 south through the city of Cary. Photo taken 07/12/05.
An Inner Beltline Interstate 440 shield directed motorists onto the Exit 1 c/d roadway for the former continuation of the designation onto Interstate 40 & U.S. 64 east. Interstate 40 & U.S. 64 share eight miles of pavement between Cary and southeast Raleigh at present. At Exit 301, U.S. 64 turns north onto the Cliff Benson Beltline while Interstate 40 departs the area toward Benson (junction Interstate 95) and Wilmington. Photo taken 07/12/05.
A second auxiliary advises motorists of the partial-cloverleaf interchange with Walnut Street and Buck Jones Road via U.S. 1 south & 64 west. Walnut Street stems southeast of the Cary town center to Tryon Road at Macedonia. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Exit 1B departs from U.S. 1 south at the junction to Interstate 40 & U.S. 64 east. U.S. 1 & 64 continue along a freeway southwest to Apex where they split. Interstate 40 westbound continues northwest to Durham and Burlington. Photo taken 07/12/05.
A view of the Exit 1B sign bridge from the U.S. 1 southbound mainline. Interstate 40 westbound meets Interstate 540 in ten miles and North Carolina 147 in 14 miles. Photo taken 07/12/05.
U.S. 64 traffic merges onto the Exit 1 c/d roadway ahead of the Exit 1A ramp departure for Interstate 40 & U.S. 64 east to south Raleigh, Garner, and Benson. U.S. 1 continues southwest from Raleigh as a freeway to Apex and Sanford. U.S. 64 joins the highway briefly before parting ways toward Pittsboro, Siler City, and Asheboro. Photo taken 07/12/05.