Interstate 85 North - Granville, Vance & Warren Counties

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Interstate 85 U.S. 15 North
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U.S. 15 parts ways with Interstate 85 north via Exit 186A for Northside, Creedmoor, and Hester. U.S. 15 travels 5.6 miles northeast into Creedmoor at North Carolina 56 (Lake Road / Wilton Avenue). Durham Avenue carries the route out of town on the 11.6 mile drive back to Interstate 85 at Exit 202. Photos taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 North
Exit 186B loops onto Gate One Road (SR 1100) north from Interstate 85 north. Gate One Road arcs through Cozart to become B Street to the Butner street grid. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 continues solo from Butner to Henderson. Photo taken 06/01/12.
A forested median separates the roadways of Interstate 85 over the course of nearly two miles as the freeway nears the town of Butner. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Oxford, the Granville county seat, lies 18 miles to the northeast along Interstate 85. South Hill, Virginia, where U.S. 58 crosses the freeway, appears on this sign at 63 miles away. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 189 connects Interstate 85 with the Butner town center via Central Avenue in one mile. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Approaching the Exit 189 diamond interchange for Central Avenue (Gate Two Road) on Interstate 85 north. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Central Avenue / Gate Two Road (SR 1103) leads northwest from Cash Road at U.S. 15 to Exit 189 with I-85 and C Street (North Carolina 56 east) in Butner. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Posted just beyond the Exit 189 gore point is the first guide sign for Exit 191 (North Carolina 56). NC 56 follows C Street east from Central Avenue in Butner 2.4 miles to Interstate 85 at Lyons. Photo taken 06/01/12.
A second sign for Exit 191 follows in one half mile for North Carolina 56. A 43-mile route, NC 56 stretches eastward from Butner to Franklinton, Louisburg and NC 58 near Castalia in Nash County. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Pine trees line both sides of Interstate 85 to Lyons. The town of Butner was incorporated from the former site of Camp Butner, a World War II era U.S. Army base.1 Photo taken 06/01/12.
One mile south of the Exit 191 diamond interchange with North Carolina 56. Lyon Station Road branches northward from NC 56 nearby to Brogden Road (SR 1127) to the town of Stem. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Exit 191 departs I-85 north for N.C. 56. Creedmoor lies 2.6 miles to the southeast, where N.C. 56 briefly combines with U.S. 15. Exit 191 also serves the South Campus of Vance - Granville Community Colleges. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 continues 13 miles to Oxford on the 58-mile drive to South Hill, Virginia. Photo taken 06/01/12.
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North and southbound rest areas lie along Interstate 85 north of the Bryans Hill Road (SR 1192) overpass. Photos taken 06/01/12.
The longest exit less stretch of Interstate 85 within the state of North Carolina exists between Butner and Exit 202. It concludes where U.S. 15 crosses paths with I-85 for the final time. Photo taken 06/01/12.
One mile south of Exit 202 diamond interchange with U.S. 15 on I-85 north. U.S. 15 angles northeast three miles along Lewis Street to the Oxford city center. The US highway continues from there to Stovall on the 25 mile journey to Clarksville, Virginia. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Traffic to U.S. 15 northbound leaves Interstate 85 north at Belltown and Exit 202. U.S. 15 merges with U.S. 158 Business for 0.8 miles along College Street through Oxford. North Carolina 96 also ties into the fray downtown from Linden Avenue. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 reassurance marker posted ahead of Fishing Creek outside Oxford. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Henderson is the next destination of Interstate 85 north beyond Oxford in 13 miles. 31 miles of I-85 in North Carolina remain. Photo taken 06/01/12.
The second of three interchanges for Oxford joins North Carolina 96 (Linden Avenue) with the freeway, 1.25 miles southeast of the business district. North Carolina 96 enters the state as Virginia 96 from Virgilina, 19 miles northwest of Oxford. Photo taken 06/01/12.
North Carolina 96 (Linden Avenue) sees a diamond interchange with Interstate 85 at Exit 204. The state highway turns south from Oxford 13 miles to Wilton and 23 miles to Youngsville. North Carolina 96's 107 mile course ends at North Carolina 55, west of Newton Grove near the Interstates 40 & 95 junction at Benson. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 158 intersects Interstate 85 at the Exit 206 diamond interchange east of Oxford. West from Exit 206, U.S. 158 splits with a business loop west along Williamsboro Street as the main route turns north along Oxford Loop to bypass the city. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 varies over 100 feet in elevation to Exit 206. Photo taken 06/22/05.
U.S. 158 parallels Interstate 85 east from Exit 206 to Henderson. The route partitions into a Business / Bypass split 1.6 miles to the east.
Intrastate U.S. 158 travels 350 miles between Mocksville, near Winston-Salem, and Nags Head on the Outer Banks. Photo taken 06/01/12.
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Interstate 85 continues east to a roadway split ahead of the Vance County line. Meeting the freeway next is Poplar Branch Road (Exit 209). Photo taken 06/22/05. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
South Hill reappears on mileage signs 40 miles southwest of the Virginia town. Henderson is now just seven miles away as I-85 crosses Poplar Creek. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 158 Bypass passes under Interstate 85 one mile ahead of the Exit 209 diamond interchange with Poplar Creek Road (SR 1126). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Entering Vance County, the home of Kerr Lake, along Interstate 85 north. An estimated 45,419 people called the county home per 2010 census. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Poplar Creek Road entails 3.2 miles of roadway between U.S. 158 Business and Dabney Road (SR 1304) to the north. Vance - Granville Community College lies just north of Exit 209. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 passes under Poplar Creek Road ahead of the Exit 209 loop ramp. Poplar Creek Road intersects U.S. 158 Bypass 0.3 miles north of Interstate 85 on the trek to Dabney. Use Dabney Road west to Salem Road for Henderson-Oxford Airport (HNZ). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 curves east northeast to cross Ruin Creek on the approach to Henderson. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Ruin Creek Road crosses paths with Interstate 85 at the Exit 212 diamond interchange in west Henderson. The north-south road meets Dabney Road and U.S. 158 Bypass within 0.75 miles of the freeway. Photo taken 06/01/12.
South from Exit 212, Ruin Creek Road (SR 1295) transitions to Tiny Broadwick Boulevard nearby. Together with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, the north-south road comprises a four-lane divided highway to Old Country Home Road (SR 1101), south of U.S. 158 Business. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 north at Exit 212 in west Henderson. I-85 was reconstructed from milepost 206 to 214 between 2008 and 2009. Work focused on rebuilding both roadways with 11 inches of concrete.2 Photo taken 06/01/12.
An auxiliary lane adds capacity along Interstate 85 between Ruin Creek Road and the Dabney Road half diamond interchange. Dabney Road (SR 1162) steers southeast from Ruin Creek Road and U.S. 158 Bypass two miles to U.S. 158 Business (Oxford Road / Garnett Street) just west of downtown Henderson. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 158 Bypass merges onto Interstate 85 beyond the Exit 213 off-ramp to Dabney Drive. Dabney Drive joins U.S. 158 Business two blocks west of U.S. 1 Business (Raleigh Road). U.S. 1 & 158 Business follow Garnett Street northeast from there into the city center. Photo taken 06/01/12.
A reassurance shield follows the Exit 213 gore point before the Dabney Drive and former Southern Railroad overpasses. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 North U.S. 158 Bypass East
Exit 214 serves western reaches of Kerr Lake and the Kerr Lake State Recreation Area via North Carolina 39. The state highway travels through Williamsboro and Townsville to Virginia. Photo taken 06/22/05.
The first reassurance markers of the Interstate 85 north & U.S. 158 Bypass east overlap. U.S. 158 Bypass joins Interstate 85 northbound via a wye interchange east of the retail area surrounding Dabney Drive to Exit 215 in north Henderson. Photo taken 06/22/05.
North Carolina 39 (Andrews Avenue) enters downtown Henderson from the Kerr Lake area to the north. The state highway ends 16 miles to the north of Interstate 85 & U.S. 158 Bypass at the Virginia state line.
A parclo interchange facilitates the movements between the three routes at Exit 214. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 158 Bypass parts ways with Interstate 85 north via a wye interchange (Exit 215) to Garnett Street (U.S. 1 & 158 Business) in one quarter mile. Photo taken 06/01/12.
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Interstate 85 north & U.S. 158 Bypass east near their split at Exit 215. U.S. 158 Bypass recombines with U.S. 158 Business to form U.S. 158 alongside U.S. 1 Business (Garnett Street) east from North Henderson to Middleburg.
Richmond replaces Petersburg as the northbound control city of I-85. Photo taken 08/08/04. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
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U.S. 158 Bypass eastbound leaves Interstate 85 northbound via Exit 215. U.S. 158 & U.S. 1 Business meet the U.S. 1 Henderson freeway 2.2 miles to the east. There U.S. 1 Business ends and U.S. 1 joins U.S. 158 east for the 3.5 mile journey northeast to Middleburg. Photo taken 06/22/05. Second photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 North
Interstate 85 remains solo from Henderson north to Petersburg, where the freeway combines with U.S. 460 for its final miles to Interstate 95. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Satterwhite Point Road (SR 1319) crosses paths with Interstate 85 midway between the U.S. 158 Bypass and U.S. 1 bypass interchanges. The local road migrates northward from U.S. 1 Business & 158, 2.7 miles to Flat Rock. Photo taken 06/01/12.
A second reassurance shield appears after the three-quarter diamond interchange with Parham Road (SR 1312). Photo taken 06/01/12.
Mileage sign posted for Interstate 85 north at the Spring Valley Road (SR 1317) over crossing. Richmond, via I-95 north from I-85's end, is listed at 110 miles away. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Satterwhite Point Road (SR 1319) connects Interstate 85 with the Satterwhite Point and Nutbush Bridge parcels of Kerr Lake State Recreation Area. Nutbush Road (SR 1308) leads west from SR 1319 across the reservoir to NC 39 at Harris Crossroads. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 northbound at the Satterwhite Point Road diamond interchange (Exit 217). Satterwhite Point lies seven miles north of Henderson along the shores of Kerr Lake. Photo taken 06/01/12.
The Henderson bypass freeway (SR 1437) continues from U.S. 1 to merge onto Interstate 85 north at a wye interchange ahead of this shield assembly. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Nearing the Mabry Mill Road (SR 1322) overpass, northbound drivers are 14 miles from the Virginia state line and 107 miles from the capital of Virginia. Photo taken 06/01/12.
One mile southwest of the folded diamond interchange (Exit 220) with U.S. 1 & 158 and Flemingtown Road (SR 1371) on Interstate 85 north. Photo taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 1 & 158 parallel Interstate 85 between Henderson and Middleburg. The tandem veer eastward from Exit 220, 8.6 miles through Middleburg, Manson, and Ridgeway to the town of Norlina. Once at Norlina, U.S. 158 joins U.S. 401 south for 1.2 miles while U.S. 401 north joins U.S. 1 seven miles to Interstate 85. U.S. 401 south connects Norlina with the Warren County seat of Warrenton in four miles. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 northbound passes over Flemingtown Road (SR 1371) ahead of the Exit 220 off-ramp to U.S. 1 & 158. U.S. 1 returns to Interstate 85 with U.S. 401, 13 miles to the northeast near the Virginia state line. U.S. 158 travels 34 miles east from Norlina and U.S. 401 to Roanoke Rapids and the Interstate 95 corridor. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 skims the circular town limits of Middleburg just beyond Exit 220. The community was home to just 133 as of the 2010 census. Photo taken 06/01/12.
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Two miles west of the Exit 223 diamond interchange with Manson Road (SR 1369) on I-85 north. Photo taken 06/01/12. Second photo taken 06/22/05.
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Manson Road provides access to Kerr Lake State Recreation Area including Bullocksville, County Line, and Kimball Point, all individual recreation areas within the park. Additionally Exit 223 provides the most direct route to John H. Kerr Dam in Virginia. Photo taken 06/01/12. Second photo taken 06/22/05.
Interstate 85 crosses the Warren County line, its final in the Tar Heel State. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Manson Road ventures 2.3 miles north from Exit 223 to Bullocksville Park Road / Ridgeway Road (SR 1224) near Drewry and 0.9 miles south to U.S. 1 & 158 at Manson. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Rural Interstate 85 continues through northwest Warren County. Traffic counts varied between 23,000 and 24,000 vehicles per day in 2012 through the county. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Ridgeway Road (SR 1224) travels 2.4 miles east from Manson Road to a diamond interchange with Interstate 85 at Exit 226. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 northbound at the Ridgeway Road off-ramp (Exit 226). Ridgeway Road (SR 1124) ends 2.5 miles to the east at U.S. 1 & 158 by the settlement of Ridgeway. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 north crosses Smith Creek east of this shield assembly. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Oine Road leads 3.3 miles north from U.S. 1 & 158 outside Norlina to intersect Interstate 85 near the settlement of Oine at Exit 229. Photo taken 06/22/05.
Northbound I-85 at the Exit 229 ramp departure to Oine Road. Oine Road splits into Kerr Lake Cole Bridge Road (SR 1208) and Rooker Dairy Road (SR 1210) nearby. SR 1208 leads north to Mecklenburg County, Virgina, east of SR 4 and John H. Kerr Dam and west of Palmer Springs, Virginia. Photo taken 06/01/12.
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Four miles remain of Interstate 85 north in Virginia. Richmond is 97 miles away while I-85 ends in 74 miles. Photos taken 06/01/12.
U.S. 1 returns with U.S. 401 at the Exit 233 diamond interchange near the Virginia state line. U.S. 401 originally ended in Norlina at the U.S. 1 & 158 split. However in 2001 NCDOT extended the US highway northward six miles with U.S. 1 to tie it into Interstate 85. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Interstate 85 north reaches U.S. 1 and the southbound beginning of U.S. 401 at Exit 233. The pair travel 3.5 miles south from I-85 to the community of Wise. U.S. 1 northbound otherwise crosses the Virginia state line in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 06/01/12.
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Taking the Exit 233 off-ramp to U.S. 1 and U.S. 401 south from I-85 north. U.S. 401 parallels the U.S. 1 corridor south from Norlina to Warrenton, Louisburg, and Raleigh. Northward U.S. 1 travels ten miles to merge with U.S. 58 at Big Fork for their overlap east into South Hill. Photos taken 06/01/12.
The next rest area of Interstate 85 north doubles as the Virginia welcome center. The facility lines a bluff between Smith Creek and Reedy Branch in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 06/01/12.
Passing by a Virginia welcome sign, Interstate 85 exits the Tar Heel State for a 69-mile path to Interstate 95 in Petersburg. U.S. 1 parallels the freeway closely through most of its Virginia alignment. Photo taken 06/01/12.


 

Sources:

  1. Butner, North Carolina @ Wikipedia.org.
  2. "I-85 construction holds holiday delays in store." WRAL, November 25, 2008.


Photo Credits:

  • 08/08/04 by Carter Buchanan.
  • 06/22/05 by AARoads.
  • 06/01/12 by AARoads.

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Page Updated 09-12-2013.