Interstate 85 South - Granville, Vance & Warren Counties

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Interstate 85 South
Interstate 85 south at the southbound beginning of U.S. 401 and U.S. 1 (Exit 233). U.S. 1 & 401 share 7.1 miles of pavement south to the town of Norlina. There U.S. 401 turns southeast to Warrenton while U.S. 1 joins U.S. 158 west to Ridgeway and Henderson. Photo taken 07/09/10.
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The first shield of Interstate 85 in North Carolina was posted at the U.S. 1 & 401 overpass within the Exit 233 diamond interchange. It was removed by 2008 and replaced with a new assembly beyond the southbound return ramp. Photo taken 07/11/05. Second photo taken 07/09/10.
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A welcome center and rest area follow Exit 233 on Interstate 85 southbound. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Local control cities are used in place of Durham along Interstate 85 south in Warren County. Henderson, the Vance County seat, is 18 miles to the southwest.
Concrete along I-85 through Vance County was repaved with asphalt as part of $8.4-million project between October 2007 and October 2008.1 Photo taken 07/09/10.
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A welcome center and rest area follow Exit 233 on Interstate 85 southbound. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Oine Road (SR 1210) intersects Interstate 85 at the community of Oine and Exit 229. The road loops north four miles from U.S. 1 & 158, west of Norlina, to the split of Kerr Lake Cole Bridge (SR 1208) and Rooker Dairy (SR 1210) Roads nearby. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Southbound at the Exit 229 ramp departure to Oine Road. Use Oine Road north for Virginia 4 and Palmer Springs, Virginia and John H. Kerr Dam in addition to the Kerr Lake State Recreation Areas of County Line and Kimball Point. Beaver Dam Road (SR 1213) stems east nearby to U.S. 1 at Wise. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Reassurance marker posted west of Oine and east of Cabin Branch. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Ridgeway Road (SR 1224) travels 2.1 miles east from Manson Road (SR 1237) to a diamond interchange with Interstate 85 at Exit 226. Use either Ridgeway Road west or Manson Road north for the Bullocksville area of Kerr Lake State Recreation Area. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 southbound at the Ridgeway Road off-ramp (Exit 226). Ridgeway Road (SR 1224) ends 2.5 miles to the east at U.S. 1 & 158 and the settlement of Ridgeway. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The next exit along Interstate 85 south is the Exit 223 diamond interchange with Manson Road (SR 1237). Manson Road north provides the final exit to the Bullocksville, County Line, and Kimball Point areas of Kerr Lake State Rec. Area. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 223 leaves Interstate 85 south for Manson Road. Manson Road (SR 1237) continues a short distance southeast to U.S. 1 & 158 at the settlement of Manson. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Interstate 85 crosses the Vance County line just west of the Manson Road on-ramp. The freeway remains rural with 2012 traffic counts varying between a county high of 38,000 and low of 27,000. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The city of Henderson, with a population of 15,368 as of the 2010 census, is nine miles southwest along I-85. Oxford in Granville County follows in 20 miles. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 next meets Flemingtown Road (SR 1371) adjacent to U.S. 1 south & 158 west outside the town of Middleburg. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Jacksontown Road (SR 1369) passes over Interstate 85 from Middleburg, one mile northeast of the Exit 220 folded diamond interchange with Flemingtown Road. Flemingtown Road (SR 1371) spurs north from U.S. 1 & 158 to a boat ramp on Kerr Lake while the US highway pair kiss the northbound side of the freeway. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Southbound at the Exit 220 ramp departure to Flemingtown Road and U.S. 1 & 158. U.S. 1 & 158 parallel the freeway closely to Exit 218.
Sign changes made by 2010 on I-85 updated Exit 220 from Fleming Road to Flemingtown Road. Photo taken 07/11/05.
U.S. 1 parts ways with U.S. 158 south of the Exit 218 wye interchange for its own freeway around Henderson. A short connector (SR 1437) provides southbound drivers along Interstate 85 direct access to U.S. 1 for interests to Franklinton, Wake Forest, and Raleigh. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 218 consists of a left side off-ramp to U.S. 1 south toward Raleigh. U.S. 1 branches southward from U.S. 158 nearby. The old alignment through Henderson carries U.S. 1 Business along Garnett Street west to Raleigh Road south. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 south continues through the northern reaches of Henderson with five interchanges for the Vance County seat. U.S. 1 provides a four-lane route, varying between expressway and arterial, to Interstate 440 and the capital city. Photo taken 07/11/05.
Satterwhite Point Road (SR 1319) heads south from Kerr Lake State Recreation Area at Satterwhite Point to Flat Rock and a diamond interchange with Interstate 85 at Exit 217. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 217 departs Interstate 85 south for Satterwhite Point Road south to U.S. 158 & U.S. 1 Business and northeast Henderson. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 south reaches the Henderson city line at the half diamond interchange (Exit 215) with Parham Road in one mile. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Parham Road (SR 1312) connects I-85 with U.S. 1 Business & 158 (Garnett Street) by their split at North Henderson. U.S. 158 Bypass west merges onto I-85 south at an adjacent wye interchange. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 south & U.S. 158 Bypass west
North Carolina 39 (Andrews Avenue) angles northwest from downtown Henderson to cross paths with Interstate 85 & U.S. 158 Bypass west at Exit 214. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Traveling 78.6 miles overall, NC 39 leads north from Henderson to Harris Crossroads, Williamsboro, Townsville and the Virginia state line. Southward the route links Henderson with the Franklin County seat of Louisburg. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 158 partitions into Bypass and Business branches through the Henderson area. U.S. 158 Bypass represents the mainline as it shares a 1.75-mile overlap with I-85 south. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A parclo interchange joins Interstate 85 with North Carolina 39 (Andrews Avenue) at Exit 214. NC 39 follows Andrews Avenue southeast across the city to an interchange with U.S. 1. The state route concludes at Selma, 62 miles to the south. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 south & U.S. 158 Bypass shields posted ahead of their split. U.S. 158 runs 350 miles wholly within North Carolina from Nags Head on the Outer Banks to U.S. 64 & 601 at Mocksville. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Nearing the Exit 213 wye interchange, where U.S. 158 Bypass leaves the freeway for an adjacent commercialized stretch anchored by big box retail. Signs pictured here, including a button copy pull-through panel for I-85 south, were replaced by 2012. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 158 arcs westward from Exit 213 to cross paths with Interstate 85 again beyond Exit 209. This off-ramp connects I-85 south with Dabney Drive (SR 1162) southeast to U.S. 158 Business (Oxford Road west / Garnett Street east).
Sign changes were made by 2012. U.S. 158 Bypass is now displayed simply as U.S. 158 and the new panel continues to omit a tab for Exit 213. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 South
Interstate 85 veers southward from U.S. 158 Bypass to a half diamond interchange (Exit 213 on northbound) with Dabney Drive (SR 1162). Photo taken 07/09/10.
Ruin Creek Road (SR 1295) stems south from Dabney Drive by Maria Parham Medical Center to meet Interstate 85 at a diamond interchange (Exit 212) in 0.75 miles. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A third southbound lane accompanies Interstate 85 between the Dabney Drive on-ramp and Ruin Creek Road (Exit 212) off-ramp. 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 07/09/10.
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 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 leaves the city of Henderson for the 1.5-mile trek west to Poplar Creek Road (Exit 209). Photo taken 07/09/10.
The Granville County seat of Oxford lies seven miles ahead as Durham debuts on mileage signs, 36 miles to the southwest. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Poplar Creek Road (SR 1126) ventures less than a mile north from U.S. 158 Business to cross paths with I-85 at a parclo interchange (Exit 209). Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 209 serves adjacent Vance-Granville Community College, which resides between Interstate 85 and U.S. 158, east of SR 1126. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Southbound at the Exit 209 off-ramp to Poplar Creek Road (SR 1126). SR 1126 continues north another 2.2 miles to the settlement of Dabney at SR 1304 (Dabney Road). Photo taken 07/09/10.
A roadway split lies west of Exit 209 as Interstate 85 crosses over U.S. 158 Bypass. Photo taken 07/09/10.
14.62 miles of I-85 through Vance County transition into the 23.63-mile stretch through Granville County just west of Poplar Creek. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 158 Business and Bypass west from Henderson reconvene 1.6 miles east of the Exit 206 diamond interchange. The US highway partitions again a half mile to the west, with U.S. 158 Business following Williamsboro Street to downtown Oxford and the U.S. 158 mainline bypassing the city along the Oxford Loop. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Drivers bound for Oxford and Roxboro part ways with Interstate 85 south at Exit 206. U.S. 158 stays north of Oxford on the 28-mile trip to the Person County seat. Photo taken 07/09/10.
An Interstate 85 southbound shield follows the Exit 206 gore point. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 turns more southerly on the 30-mile drive to Durham. Burlington, midway along the Interstate 40 & 85 overlap, is the next control city at 64 miles away. Photo taken 07/09/10.
The second of three Oxford interchanges on Interstate 85 south departs in one half mile for North Carolina 96 (Linden Avenue). NC 96 angles northwest to downtown Oxford, where the route combines with both U.S. 15 and U.S. 158 Business along Hillsboro Street. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Entering the Exit 204 diamond interchange with North Carolina 96 (Linden Avenue) in south Oxford. Together with Virginia 96, North Carolina 96 comprises part of a 115-mile route from Newton Grove to the south and U.S. 501 near Cluster Springs, VA. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Leaving the Oxford city limits, Interstate 85 sees this reassurance marker. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 15 enters North Carolina from Clarksville, Virginia by way of Stovall to Oxford. A diamond interchange (Exit 202) with Interstate 85 lies one mile to the southwest. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Following Lewis Street south from the Oxford city center, U.S. 15 serves the industrialized west side of town before meeting I-85 at rural Belltown. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 202 partitions with the I-85 southbound mainline for U.S. 15. U.S. 15 parallels the Interstate 85 corridor southwest through Creedmoor before joining the freeway at Butner. The northbound control cities for U.S. 15 are better reached via Exit 206 and U.S. 158. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Forested frontage continues as the dominant landscape of Interstate 85 south through Granville County. Speed limits through the county were increased from 65 to 70 miles per hour in March 2013.3 Photo taken 07/09/10.
Durham is 25 miles ahead, followed by Burlington in 59 miles along Interstate 40 west & 85 south. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A pair of rest areas line Interstate 85 just northeast of the Tar River. Photo taken 07/09/10.
North Carolina 56, a 43-mile route east from Butner to NC 58 outside Castalia, meets Interstate 85 in two miles at Exit 191. Photo taken 07/09/10.
East from Exit 191 at Lyon, North Carolina 96 travels through Creedmoor en route to Franklinton and the Franklin County seat of Louisburg. Connections with Lyon Station Road north lead motorists to Brogden Road (SR 1127) and the town of Stem. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Locally North Carolina 56 heads east by Lake Rodgers into the city of Creedmoor. Westward, NC 56 follows C Street to its western terminus at Central Avenue in Butner. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Southbound drivers reach the Exit 191 diamond interchange with North Carolina 56 (C Street) at Butner. Butner is a town of 7,591 (per the 2010 census) that was incorporated in 2007. The municipality is the former site of Camp Butner, a World War II era U.S. Army base.4 Photo taken 07/09/10.
Central Avenue (Gate Two Road) angles southeast from the Butner street grid to Exit 189 of Interstate 85. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Southeast of Exit 189, Central Avenue (Gate Two Road) continues to U.S. 15 at Cash Road (SR 1728). Photo taken 07/09/10.
A diamond interchange facilitates the movements between Interstate 85 and Central Avenue (SR 1103) at Exit 189. Central Avenue arcs northward from Butner to Old NC 75 near the N.C. National Guard Camp Butner Training Site. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 expands to accommodate a forested median on the departure from Butner to Falls Lake. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 15 and Gate One Road south come together at a parclo interchange (Exit 186) with Interstate 85 in 1.5 miles. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 15 maneuvers 4.5 miles southwest from the Creedmoor city line to merge with Interstate 85 south across Falls Lake. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Gate One Road (SR 1100) extends northward from U.S. 15 to Cozart and central Butner from Exit 186. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Exit 186 departs Interstate 85 south for U.S. 15 north to Creedmoor and Gate One north back into Butner. U.S. 15 travels 792 miles from Painted Post, New York to Walterboro, South Carolina. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 overtook portions of the original alignment of U.S. 15 across the Neuse River from Roycroft Road (SR 1224) just to the west and Geer Street (SR 1670), south of Falls Lake. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Interstate 85 & U.S. 15 south
Reassurance markers for Interstate 85 & U.S. 15 south, posted on the causeway traversing Falls Lake. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Just north of the bridge over Falls Lake and the Neuse River, southbound drivers enter Durham County. Photo taken 07/09/10.



  1. "Transportation board OKs $28.8M in local road work." Triangle Business Journal, September 6, 2007.
  2. "I-85 construction holds holiday delays in store." WRAL, November 25, 2008.
  3. "Limit goes up on I-85." The Daily Dispatch (Henderson, NC), March 22, 2013.
  4. Butner, North Carolina @

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07/11/05, 07/09/10 by AARoads

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Page Updated 09-12-2013.