One mile east of the Exit 84 folded-diamond interchange with Old U.S. 1. Old U.S. 1 parallels a CX Railroad line from Apex southward into Haywood. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Exit 84 loops to Old U.S. 1 at the settlement of Merry Oaks. Old U.S. 1 arcs southward to Haywood and Moncure before crossing U.S. 1 again at Blacknel. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 1 south next meets Pea Ridge Road at the Exit 81 diamond interchange in two miles. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Sanford is 18 miles to the southwest, followed by Southern Pines in 42 miles. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Pea Ridge Road provides another link between the U.S. 1 freeway and Jordan Lake to the north. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Southbound at the Exit 81 ramp departure for Pea Ridge Road. Pea Ridge Road ends at Old U.S. 1 near Haywood to the south near Corinth Road. Corinth Road stems south from Old U.S. 1 to Brickhaven, and North Carolina 42 near the settlement of Corinth. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 1 spans the Haw River on the 1.50-mile approach to Exit 79 with Moncure-Pittsboro Road. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Moncure School Road passes over U.S. 1 one half mile east of the Exit 79 diamond interchange. Moncure-Pittsboro Road and Moncure School Road both spur north from Old U.S. 1 in Moncure. Connections with Jordan Dam Road serve B. Everett Jordan Dam. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Exit 79 leaves U.S. 1 south for Moncure-Pittsboro Road. Moncure-Pittsboro Road does as the name suggests, linking the village of Moncure and the Chatham County seat of Pittsboro. Heading north, the road ends at the junction of U.S. 15 & 501 with North Carolina 87. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Old U.S. 1 also spans the Deep River and meets U.S. 1 again at the Exit 78 diamond interchange. Photo taken 07/12/05.
U.S. 1 crosses the Deep River over the Trooper J.T. Brown Memorial Bridge, entering Lee County in the process. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Deep River Road travels west from Exit 78 along the original U.S. 1 alignment to U.S. 15 & 501 and North Carolina 87 (Hawkins Avenue) outside Sanford. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Farrell Road interchanges with U.S. 1 southbound at the next exit. The local road connects the freeway with Sanford Lee County Regional Airport via Rod Sullivan Road. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Southbound U.S. 1 reassurance shield posted along the forested freeway near Goat Hill Lane. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Pinehurst joins Southern Pines as the destinations south of Sanford for U.S. 1. Pinehurst and Southern Pines are neighboring cities in southern Moore County west of Fort Bragg. Photo taken 05/30/07.
One mile north of the Exit 76 diamond interchange with Farrell Road on U.S. 1 south. Farrell Road spurs heads from the freeway to Deep River Road. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Farrell Road continues south from Exit 76 of U.S. 1 to Lower Moncure Road near Osgood. Lower Moncure Road provides a back route into eastern Sanford. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Zion Church Road passes over the U.S. 1 freeway nine miles north of the Lee County seat of Sanford. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Colon Road stems east from Deep River Road and crosses U.S. 1 at the Exit 74 diamond interchange. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Colon Road turns southward at Exit 74 and parallels U.S. 1 to 7th Street in the city of Sanford. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 15-501 & North Carolina 87 travel southward through industrial areas north of Sanford to merge with U.S. 1 at the first of six interchanges serving the city of Sanford. Hawkins Avenue continues south from their departure as U.S. 1 Business. Photo taken 05/30/07.
A CSX Railroad line passes over the U.S. 1 freeway one mile north of the Exit 70 partial-cloverleaf interchange. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 15-501 & North Carolina 87 join Sanford with the Chatham County seat of Pittsboro. U.S. 1 Business (Hawkins Avenue) southbound provides a direct route into downtown Sanford, the historic district, and the area potteries. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Southbound at the U.S. 15-501 & North Carolina 87 northbound and U.S. 1 Business (Hawkins Avenue) southbound off-ramp on U.S. 1. U.S. 1 Business follows Hawkins Avenue south to Charlotte Avenue west and a merge with North Carolina 42. U.S. 15 & 501 share pavement together southward from Durham, with North Carolina 87 joining at Pittsboro from Graham. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 15 & 501 combine with the U.S. 1 freeway through Sanford. North Carolina 87 follows the trio southward to its merge with U.S. 421 through downtown Sanford. Note also that U.S. 1 is considered U.S. 1 Bypass with U.S. 1 Business on surface streets to the east. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Approaching the full-cloverleaf interchange with the future U.S. 421 & North Carolina 87 Sanford Bypass. The freeway presently runs east from U.S. 1-15-501 to North Carolina 42 (Avents Ferry Road) on the east side of Sanford. First photo taken 07/12/05. Second photo taken 05/30/07.
Completion of the future U.S. 421 Sanford bypass westward awaits. Note that the new freeway includes collector/distributor roadways for the ramps to U.S. 1-15-501. Photo taken 05/30/07.
The construction of the Sanford Bypass interchange overrode the original diamond interchange with McNeill Road. McNeill Road was also severed and redirected southward as frontage roads along side U.S. 1-15-501 to the Burns Drive folded-diamond interchange nearby. Photo taken 07/12/05.
A loop ramp carries drivers onto the Sanford Bypass east to Colon Road, Kelly Drive, and junction North Carolina 42 (Avents Ferry Road). The four-lane freeway was opened to traffic by February 2008 leading east from U.S. 1-15-501. U.S. 421 and North Carolina 87 will use the bypass once the eastern connection to their routes is built. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Burns Drive ties U.S. 1-15-501 & North Carolina 87 with parallel U.S. 1 Business (Hawkins Avenue) to the east and a residential area west of McNeill Road at Exit 69B. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Southbound travelers pass over a Norfolk Southern Railroad line ahead of the folded-diamond interchange with U.S. 421 & North Carolina 87 south. U.S. 421 travels a varying four-lane surface road and freeway northwest to Siler City and Greensboro. Southward, North Carolina 87 joins the U.S. route through downtown Sanford onto Horner Boulevard. East of the city, U.S. 421 continues to Lillington and Dunn (junction Interstate 95) while North Carolina 87 ventures southward to Spring Lake and Fayetteville. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Spring Lane follows with a diamond interchange at U.S. 1-15-501. The surface road travels west to Cool Springs Road and east to Gulf and Weatherspoon Streets. Shopping centers occupy three quarters of the surrounding exit with U.S. 1. Photo taken 05/30/07.
One mile north of the diamond interchange with North Carolina 42 (Wicker Street) and U.S. 1 Business north on U.S. 1-15-501 southbound in Sanford. North Carolina 42 departs the city of Sanford at Cool Springs on a 45-mile drive to Asheboro. Photo taken 05/30/07.
North Carolina 42 east & U.S. 1 Business north follow Wicker Street east to Carthage Street and downtown Sanford. This is the last interchange of U.S. 1-15-501 through Sanford. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Westover Drive parallels U.S. 1-15-501 southbound closely from North Carolina 42 to Pendergrass Road. A reassurance shield assembly posted after the Wicker Street on-ramp reflects the triplex with U.S. 1 incorrectly shown as Bypass. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Cameron represents the next town of interest along U.S. 1 southbound. U.S. 15 & 501 part ways for Carthage ahead of Cameron, but return to U.S. 1 by Southern Pines. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 1-15-501 transition into an at-grade facility ahead of the merge with Carthage Street south of Sanford. Carthage Street represents the original route of U.S. 1-15-501, and later U.S. 1-15-501 Alternates when the freeway opened by 1958.1 Photo taken 05/30/07.
Reassurance shields posted for U.S. 1-15-501 before the signalized intersection with Pendergrass Road. Pendergrass Road stems northwest to Steel Bridge Road near its intersection with U.S. 421 west of Sanford. Photo taken 07/12/05.
Approaching the western terminus of North Carolina 78 (Tramway Road) on U.S. 1-15-501 south. North Carolina 78 travels just 4.6 miles east from Tramway to Jonesboro Heights and junction U.S. 421 & North Carolina 42-87 (Horner Boulevard). Photo taken 01/02/08.
Center Church Road ties into the signalized intersection with North Carolina 78 at Tramway from Plank Road to the west. North Carolina 78 was created in 1940 between U.S. 1-15-501 and Lee Avenue (old U.S. 421) in Jonesboro Heights.2 Photo taken 05/30/07.
The final U.S. 1-15-501 reassurance shield markers posted along the first overlap of the three highways exists in Tramway. Note that the older style U.S. 1 shield was replaced by 2007. First photo taken 07/12/05. Second photo taken 05/30/07.
Hickory House Road leads east from the traffic light with U.S. 1-15-501 to North Carolina 78 at Sanford Lee County Brick Airfield. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 15 & 501 prepare to part ways with U.S. 1 southbound for a 10.7-mile drive southwest to Carthage. U.S. 1 meanwhile remains southward toward Cameron and Vass. Photo taken 01/02/08.
U.S. 15 & 501 are signed as the most direct route to Pinehurst while U.S. 1 travels a varying four-lane at-grade highway and freeway to Southern Pines east of Pinehurst. Rocky Fork Church Road loops southeast from the U.S. 15 & 501 (White Hill Road) intersection along a pre-1933 alignment of U.S. 1.1 Photo taken 07/12/05.
An exit sign is posted at the U.S. 15 & 501 split with U.S. 1 south at an otherwise at-grade intersection. U.S. 15 & 501 return to U.S. 1 for a second overlap between Southern Pines and Aberdeen after 25.1 miles. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Continuing south from U.S. 15 & 501 by the Quail Ridge Golf Course on U.S. 1. Rural environs remain the landscape of U.S. 1 through to Southern Pines. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Approaching the intersection with Eakes Road west on U.S. 1 south. In an effort to promote through traffic movements, the intersection with Eakes Road prohibits left-hand turns from the side road. Drivers are instead directed to the right for u-turn lanes within the median of U.S. 1. This arrangement also exists along U.S. 17 in Brunswick and Pender Counties. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Eakes Road links U.S. 1 with Cedar Lane Road south of the Quail Ridge Golf Course. Photo taken 05/30/07.
A u-turn lane follows to provide access to U.S. 1 northbound from Eakes Road eastbound. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Frontage roads come into view beyond the u-turn ramp for U.S. 1 north after Eakes Road. The northbound side road represents the original alignment of U.S. 1 before the highway was four-laned in the 2000s. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Heading southward with rural frontage roads along both sides of U.S. 1 in southern Lee County. The wide swath of land on the horizon is reserved for a future interchange with U.S. 1 Business. U.S. 1 otherwise exists as a controlled-access expressway from this point southward. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 1 Business currently utilizes Cedar Lane Road west briefly to connect with the original U.S. 1 alignment into Cameron. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Cedar Lane Road meets U.S. 1 opposite Pine Forest Road, but drivers are required to utilize the u-turn lanes in either direction of U.S. 1 to continue onward in addition to making left-hand turn movements. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 1 Business follows the original U.S. 1 alignment before the Cameron and Vass freeway bypass opened in June 2005. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Nearing the u-turn lane for Cedar Lane Road and U.S. 1 Business travelers bound for U.S. 1 north or Pine Forest Road southeast to Nicholson Road. The u-turn lanes were added after 2005 to eliminate a portion of the at-grade intersection with Cedar Lane and Pine Forest Roads. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Pine Forest Road acts as a northbound side frontage road briefly for the U.S. 1 freeway that otherwise does not include service roads. Note also that U.S. 1 Business veers away from U.S. 1 in this scene. Photo taken 05/30/07.
One mile north of the diamond interchange with North Carolina 24 & 27 on U.S. 1 south. North Carolina 24 & 27 provide a second route into Cameron via Carthage Street. The state highways share pavement east nine miles to Johnsonville and west eight miles to a merge with U.S. 15 & 501 outside Carthage. Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 1 exits Lee County after 22.1 miles for Moore County. A CSX Railroad line passes under the freeway just south of the county boundary. Photo taken 05/30/07.