Originating at Durham and ending at Oriental along Pamlico Sound, NC 55 travels 195.13 miles across eastern North Carolina. Within the Research Triangle region, NC 55 heads south from U.S. 501 Business near I-85 around Downtown Durham to Research Triangle Park (RTP) and western reaches of Cary. Continuing through Apex and Holly Springs, NC 55 leaves Wake County through the town of Fuquay-Varina.
NC 55 turns east alongside U.S. 421 from Erwin to Dunn and I-95. The state route advances east along a rural course to Newton Grove, Mount Olive and Lenoir County. Combining with NC 11 for 8.37 miles, NC 55 angles northeast through the city of Kinston.
Paralleling the Neuse River, NC 55 runs southeast to New Bern, where it joins U.S. 17 and U.S. 70/Future I-42 across the Trent River south of Downtown. NC 55 branches east from U.S. 17 beyond The Neuse River Bridge to Grantsboro and Bayboro in Pamlico County. The route concludes at the Oriental Road (SR 1308) bridge spanning Greens Creek Broad within the town of Oriental.
SR 1600 along Broad Creek Road spurs 7.07 miles south to Fairfield Harbour and Rowland Point along the Neuse River. SR 1600 follows Half Moon Road northwest to Dickerson.
A mileage sign at Broad Creek Road lists Camps Vandemere (20), Seafarer (21, Sea Gull (23), Don Lee (24) and Caroline (25).
NC 55 continues eight miles from Olympia to Grantsboro and 12 miles to Bayboro. This mileage sign was replaced by 2018.
Olympia Road (SR 1126) south at NC 55 in the community of Olympia. NC 55 west crosses into Craven County nearby. Grantsboro is seven miles to the east.
NC 55 meets U.S. 17 at a trumpet interchange one mile southwest of the traffic light with Half Moon Road north and Broad Creek Road (SR 1600) south.
SR 1600 forms a 9.17 mile long arc along Half Moon Road from Vanceboro Road north of Dickerson to Fairfield Harbor along Broad Creek Road south of NC 55.
U.S. 17 south / NC 55 west combine across The Neuse River Bridge to an elevated exchange with U.S. 70/Future I-42 at New Bern.
12/30/17, 01/17/19 by AARoads
Page Updated 08-06-2020.