U.S. 21 & 221 south
U.S. 21 & 221 enter North Carolina from Independence, Virginia along a 7.1-mile shared stretch of highway. Photo taken 06/17/05.
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Scenery abounds along the drive south from the New River valley on U.S. 21 & 221. Photos taken 06/17/05.
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Twin Oaks lies at the southbound split between U.S. 21 & 221. U.S. 21 turns southeast three miles to the Alleghany County seat of Sparta and 34 miles to the Interstate 77 corridor at Elkin. U.S. 221 curves west 22 miles to the Ashe County seat of Jefferson. Photos taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 21 continues south from Twin Oak to Elkin, Statesville, and Charlotte either along or parallel to Interstate 77. What's left of the route stretches 393 miles from Wytheville, Virginia to Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina. U.S. 221 almost doubles in length at 734 miles between Perry, Florida and Lynchburg, Virginia. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 21 leaves U.S. 221 and Twin Oaks between Doughton and Fender Mountains and enters Sparta where the route meets North Carolina 18. Photo taken 06/17/05.
U.S. 21 south
Southbound reassurance marker posted after the U.S. 21 (Charlotte Highway) modified full cloverleaf interchange with North Carolina 150 (West Plaza Drive) in Mooresville. The two highways come together in a growing suburbanized area east of Interstate 77. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Brawley School Road east and Wilson Avenue west meet at this traffic light along U.S. 21 (Charlotte Highway) in Mooresville. Wilson Avenue connects Charlotte Highway with North Carolina 115 (Broad Street). Brawley School Road continues the avenue west to industrial parks past Interstate 77. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Suburban sprawl encroaches upon a power line corridor west of U.S. 21 via Cypress Landing Drive. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Waterlynn Road travels northwest from North Carolina 115 (Mecklenburg Highway) to U.S. 21 (Charlotte Highway), serving densely packed single family home and apartment complex development on the north side. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Gateway Boulevard north and Medical Park Road south stem from U.S. 21 (Charlotte Highway) outside the Exit 33 parclo interchange with Williamson Road. Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 21 turns northwest briefly onto Williamson Road to make the connection onto Interstate 77 south. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Interstate 77 north heads 15 miles to Statesville and 17 miles to Interstate 40. Williamson Road veers northwest across an arm of Lake Norman through heavily developed areas south of North Carolina 150 (River Highway). Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 21 south follows a loop ramp onto Interstate 77 for a five-mile overlap to Cornelius. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Leaving the busy intersection with North Carolina 73 (Sam Furr Road) along U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) south in Huntersville. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Stumptown Road crosses Interstate 77 east from residential areas to meet U.S. 21. East of Statesville Road, Stumpton Road continues to North Carolina 115 (Old Statesville Road). Photo taken 12/30/08.
Southbound U.S. 21 shield posted after Stumptown Road. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Nearing the signalized intersection with Gilead Road on U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) south. Gilead Road interchanges with Interstate 77 nearby at Exit 23. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Gilead Road travels east to North Carolina 115 (Old Statesvlle Road) at the traditional center of Huntersville. Westward the arterial serves the Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville area and far reaching suburban sprawl toward North Carolina 73 near Hicks Crossroads. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A number of car dealerships occupy the narrow strip of land between U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) and Interstate 77 between Gilead Road and Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road. Photo taken 12/30/08.
A folded-cloverleaf interchange facilitates movements between U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) and Mt Holly-Huntersville Road. Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road meanders southwest from North Carolina 115 (Old Statesville Road) in Huntersville to Mt. Holly Road and Charlotte Avenue in Mt. Holly. Much of the route parallels Interstate 485. Photo taken 12/30/08.
U.S. 21 scenes
North Carolina 73 (Sam Furr Road) leaves I-77 and approaches U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) within Huntersville's commercial center. Photo taken 12/30/08.
Entering the signalized intersection with U.S. 21 (Statesville Road) on North Carolina 73 east. North Carolina 73 links Huntersville with Concord six miles to the east. U.S. 21 generally serves local traffic between Cornelius to the north and the city center of Huntersville to the south. Photo taken 12/30/08.



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06/17/05, 12/30/08 by AARoads

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Interstate 85
U.S. 221

Page Updated 04-30-2009.