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U.S. Highway 321 North - Lincoln and Catawba Counties

U.S. Highway 321 North - Lincoln County
North Carolina 27 and 150 intersect U.S. 321 at the partial cloverleaf interchange of Exit 24. Both routes serve Lincolnton 1.6 miles to the west. Photo taken 07/27/04.
Railroad tracks parallel North Carolina 27 and 150 at Exit 24. North Carolina 27 runs southeast to Charlotte while North Carolina 150 runs east to Mooresville. West of Lincolnton, North Carolina 27 travels northwest 15 miles to end in Toluca at North Carolina 10. North Carolina 150 stems southwest to serve the nearby towns of Cherryville and Shelby. Photo taken 07/27/04.
Business U.S. 321 returns to U.S. 321 at the diamond interchange of Exit 28. Photo taken 07/27/04.
Business U.S. 321 continues northeast of U.S. 321 connecting the U.S. highway with Maiden 4.6 miles to the north in nearby Catawba County. Photo taken 07/27/04.
U.S. Highway 321 North - Catawba County
Now within Catawba County, U.S. 321 approaches Exit 33 and Startown Road. U.S. 321 briefly enters the city limits of nearby Maiden. Photo taken 07/27/04.
The residential Startown Road connects with North Carolina 10 to the north while backtracking to Lincolnton heading south. Photo taken 07/27/04.
Reassurance shield north of Exit 33. Nearby Baker Mountain can be seen in the background. Photo taken 07/27/04.

North Carolina 10 meets U.S. 321 at Exit 37. The state highway stretches 48.3 miles beginning in Polkville to the southwest and ending at Interstate 40 (Exit 138) to the northeast. Photo taken 07/27/04.
The town of Newton is reached via North Carolina 10. The state highway briefly hooks up with North Carolina 16 as it heads northeast toward the town of Catawba. Photo taken 07/27/04.
The diamond interchange of River Road at Exit 41 intersects U.S. 321 next. Photo taken 07/27/04.
River Road provides an indirect connection with North Carolina 127 via Zion Church Road just west of the interchange. Photo taken 07/27/04.
One half mile separates River Road with North Carolina 127 at Exit 42. The state highway is the first interchange with U.S. 321 that directly serves nearby Hickory. Photo taken 07/27/04.
North Carolina 127 (Brookford Boulevard) is a north-south state highway connecting with North Carolina 10 seven miles south of Exit 42 and with U.S. 64 18.8 miles north of the interchange. Photo taken 07/27/04.
U.S. 321 approaches the cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 40 at Exit 43AB. Photo taken 07/27/04.
North of Exit 42 U.S. 321 gains an auxiliary lane for the upcoming interchange with the transcontinental interstate. Signage warns motorists that access to Interstate 40 is reached via the right lane. Photo taken 07/27/04.
A collector/distributor (c/d) roadway assists the movement of traffic from U.S. 321 onto Interstate 40 at Exit 43AB. Photo taken 07/27/04.
For motorists on the c/d roadway, use Exit 43A to head east on Interstate 40 to reach Statesville and points beyond while westbound motorists continue straight for the upcoming Exit 43B. Photo taken 07/27/04.
The c/d roadway also serves to collect traffic leaving Interstate 40 east onto U.S. 321 north. Motorists along the c/d roadway as well as on the mainline are alerted to the approaching interchange with U.S. 70 at Exit 44. Photo taken 07/27/04.
Motorists wishing to access Interstate 40 west prepare to exit the c/d roadway. Asheville is still 86 miles to the west. Photo taken 07/27/04.
Directly north of the interchange with Interstate 40 U.S. 321 encounters the east-west U.S. 70 (American Ex-Prisoners of War Highway) at Exit 44. Nearby North Carolina 127 can be reached via U.S. 70 east in southeastern Hickory. The interchange also serves as the silent northern terminus of Business U.S. 321. Photo taken 07/27/04.
North of the diamond interchange with U.S. 70, U.S. 321 (Martin Luther King Memorial Highway) loses its expressway characteristics and quickly approaches the at-grade signalized intersection with S.W. 13th Street. The downtown business district of Hickory can be reached via S.W. 13th Street north and S.W. 2nd Avenue east. Photo taken 07/27/04.
S.W. 2nd Avenue and S.W. 14th Street both cross over U.S. 321 with no direct access north of the intersection with S.W. 13th Street. The bridge for S.W. 1st Avenue can be seen in the background. Photo taken 07/27/04.
U.S. 321 crosses over the Catawba River into Caldwell County from Burke County. The northbound lanes cross over a newer span built in 1983 with the southbound lanes utilizing the original 1962 bridge over the river. The Catawba River meanders for 220 miles, flowing from the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville draining into the piedmont area of South Carolina. Photo taken 07/27/04.
U.S. Highway 321 North - Caldwell County
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Photo Credits:
2004-07-27 by AARoads

Connect with:
Interstate 40
U.S. Highway 70

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