Interstate 95 North - Nash County

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Interstate 95 north
Interstate 95 northbound leaves the Wilson vicinity and crosses into rural Nash County southwest of Rocky Mount. Photo taken 06/25/05.
The first of six Nash County interchanges joins Interstate 95 with North Carolina 97. North Carolina 97 skims the southern reaches of the county between Zebulon, Stanhope, and Rocky Mount. Locally the state route serves Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Northbound at the diamond interchange (Exit 127) with North Carolina 97. Stanhope lies six miles to the west; Winstead Crossroads is three miles to the east at North Carolina 58 and the Regional Airport is a five mile drive eastward near Tar River Reservoir. Photo taken 06/25/05.
North Carolina 58 passes over Interstate 95 near mile marker 130. Sandy Cross Road connects the freeway with North Carolina 58 at Sandy Cross, west of Exit 132. Photo taken 06/25/05.
North Interstate 95 at Exit 132. Sandy Cross Road transitions to West Mont Drive en route to Langley Crossroads, Easonburg, and U.S. 301 in south Rocky Mount. North Carolina 58 meanwhile leads north to Nashville. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Interstate 95 next crosses paths with the U.S. 64 freeway on the outskirts of Rocky Mount. U.S. 64 constitutes a long-distance freeway west to Raleigh and east to Williamston. The limited-access highway also provides direct access to downtown Rocky Mount via U.S. 301 Business south. Rocky Mount derives its name from the rocky mound located at the falls of the Tar River. The town first appeared on maps with the establishment of a post office on March 22, 1816 and a settlement based upon cotton mills. In 1845, the Wilmington-Weldon Railroad extended to Rocky Mount, and that coupled with the Raleigh-Tarboro stage route made the town an exchange point for travelers between the railroad and stage route. Incorporation of Rocky Mount occurred on February 19, 1867, with tobacco crops and trade spurring growth in the late 19th century.1 Photo taken 06/25/05.
One mile south of the full cloverleaf interchange with U.S. 64. U.S. 64 travels six miles east to central Rocky Mount and 20 miles to Tarboro. The US highway continues east all the way to Manteo and Whalebone Junction near Nags Head on the Outer Banks. Photo taken 06/25/05.
A collector distributor roadway (Exits 138A/B) partitions for U.S. 64 from Interstate 95. Nashville, the Nash County seat, lies six miles to the west via U.S. 64. U.S. 64 Business and U.S. 64 Alternate follow the pre-freeway alignment of U.S. 64 through Spring Hope, Nashville, Rocky Mount, Hartsease and Tarboro. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Exit 138 departs Interstate 95 northbound for U.S. 64 east to Rocky Mount, Tarboro, and Wiliamston. Long distance interests to Elizabeth City, and the Tidewater Region of Virginia should use U.S. 64 east to U.S. 17 north. U.S. 64 ends near the north end of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Manteo, 146 miles to the east, is also home to a North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Travelers destined for U.S. 64 west to Nashville, Zebulon, Knightdale and Raleigh depart Interstate 95 northbound via Exit 138. U.S. 64 also serves Nash Community College. Photo taken 06/25/05.
The last state named shield for I-95 on the mainline was this assembly between Exits 138 and 141. A companion shield was posted southbound as well. Photo taken 06/25/05.
A diamond interchange (Exit 141) joins North Carolina 43 (Main Street) with Interstate 95 near Dortches northwest of Rocky Mount. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Exit 141 takes drivers to North Carolina 43 for Dortches and Rocky Mount to the south and Red Oak and Aventon to the north. North Carolina 43> travels overall between New Bern and Liberia. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Interstate 95 sees a set of rest areas after Exit 141 and before North Carolina 4 (Exit 145) east. Photo taken 06/01/05.
North Carolina 4 comprises a four-lane highway east from North Carolina 48 near Exit 145 to U.S. 301, five miles north of central Rocky Mount. The routing represents the northern leg of defunct Business Loop Interstate 95, a business route that used to follow U.S. 301 southward through Rocky Mount, Wilson and Kenly. Photo taken 06/01/05.
Halifax Road passes over Interstate 95 ahead of the trumpet interchange (Exit 145) to North Carolina 4 & 48. A short access road joins the freeway with the state routes nearby at Gold Rock. North Carolina 4 ends four miles to the east at a wye interchange with U.S. 301 near the campus of North Carolina Wesleyan College. North Carolina 48 meanwhile heads south to Drake and Rocky Mount along a six-mile course. NC 4 & 48 combine seven miles north to Glenview and 16 miles to their split at Brinkleyville. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Two miles south of North Carolina 33, the last the last Nash County exit on I-95 north. North Carolina 33 ends nearby at North Carolina 4 & 48 in Hickory. The east end lies along Phallic Sound at Hobucken. Photo taken 06/25/05.
North Carolina 33 travels four miles east from the diamond interchange at Exit 150 to Whitakers and U.S. 301. Beyond there the state route turns southeast 13 miles to Leggett. Photo taken 06/25/05.
Interstate 95 northbound at Exit 150 to N.C. 33. Swift Creek Road continues west from N.C. 33 at Hickory to Salem all the way to N.C. 43 near Aventon. N.C. 4 & 48 continue north parallel to Interstate 95 three miles to Glenview. Photo taken 06/25/05.


 

Sources:

  1. City of Rocky Mount History. http://www.ci.rocky-mount.nc.us/history.html
  2. NC State Hwy 481 Ends, State-Ends.


Photo Credits:

    06/01/05 by AARoads. 06/25/05 by Carter Buchanan.

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