U.S. Highway 64
U.S. 64 is the longest numbered route in the state, stretching from the Tennessee state line in Cherokee County to Whalebone Junction on the Outer Banks. A winding mountainous route carries U.S. 64 east from Franklin to Transylvania County. Other portions of the highway in the Appalachians consist of four lanes with sweeping curves and higher speed limits.
North from Rutherfordton, U.S. 64 heads to Morganton and Interstate 40. An overlap originally carried both U.S. 64 and 70 from Morganton eastward to Statesville. U.S. 64 later shifted to a routing north via N.C. 18 to Lenoir and east via N.C. 90 to Taylorsville and Statesville.
East from Statesville, U.S. 64 mirrors Interstate 40 to Mocksville before branching southward to Lexington and Asheboro. The highway expands to four lanes from Asheboro east to Siler City, Pittsboro and Cary. Through the Raleigh area, the US route joins the freeway network before following its own limited-access highway from the Knightdale bypass east to Zebulon, Nashville and Rocky Mount.
The U.S. 64 freeway continues from Interstate 95 to Tarboro and Williamston. This stretch coincides with U.S. 13 from Bethel east to U.S. 17. U.S. 13 & 17 split with U.S. 64 for Windsor to the north while U.S. 64 remains a four-lane corridor varying between arterial and freeway through to Plymouth and Columbia.
The final stretch of U.S. 64 traverses the lowlands of Terrell and Dare Counties to a terminus at U.S. 158 on the Outer Banks. Before the completion of the Alligator River bridge, U.S. 64 ended at Fort Landing. A more recent realignment shifted the route south from a loop through Manteo onto a new four-lane crossing of Croatan Sound.
U.S. Highway 64 Highway Guides
- U.S. 64 & 74 East - Tennessee to Murphy
- U.S. 64 East - Hayesville to the Outer Banks
- U.S. 64 West - Outer Banks to Rosman
- U.S. 64 West - Macon County
- U.S. 64 West - Clay & Cherokee Counties
|U.S. 64 Business - New Bern Avenue|
|U.S. 64 scenes|
|The Washington Baum Bridge of U.S. 64 links Manteo with Bodie Island. Carrying five lanes of traffic, the span opened in 1990. Photo taken 12/26/01.|
|Smithfield Road northbound at the U.S. 64 & 264 westbound on-ramp outside Knightdale. Much of the area south of the diamond interchange is home to suburban subdivisions. Photo taken 01/02/08.|
2000-12-24, 2001-12-26, 2007-05-30, 2008-01-02 by AARoads
Page Updated 01-30-2013.