Overall a north-south route in the Tar Heel State, U.S. 52 travels through central North Carolina, joining Lexington, Winston-Salem and Mount Airy as a freeway and Concord, Albemarle and Wadesboro as a two to four-lane highway. U.S. 52 between I-85 and I-40 doubles as Interstate 285. North from Interstate 40 to Mount Airy, the US highway is the future corridor for Interstate 74. A lengthy overlap also sees U.S. 52 share freeway with Interstate 85 between Concord (Exit 76) and Lexington (Exit 87).

U.S. 52 North Carolina Highway Guides


U.S. 52 north
U.S. 52 north joins North Carolina 24-27-73 west for just one third of a mile at the city of Albemarle. After spanning the Winston-Salem Southbound Railroad, U.S. 52 north & North Carolina 73 west part ways for another 0.9 miles of shared pavement to Main Street. North Carolina 138 (Aquadale Road) ties into split from Aquadale to the south. Photo taken 07/12/05.
North Carolina 138 begins and heads 14.5 miles southwest to North Carolina 742 at Oakboro. U.S. 52 north continues north from Albemarle to Rockwell and Interstate 85 at Salisbury. North Carolina 73 branches westward from U.S. 52 22 miles to Concord. North Carolina 24 & 27 travel 27 miles west to Interstate 485 at Mint Hill. Photo taken 07/12/05.
U.S. 52 south
A reassurance marker for U.S. 52 Bypass lines the southbound on-ramp from North Carolina 89 (Pine Street) at Mount Airy. U.S. 52 follows an older at-grade bypass route of Mt. Airy through the western and southern reaches of the city. Photo taken 07/09/10.
A freeway-style mileage sign lists the distances to Winston-Salem (36 miles) and Lexington (57 miles). U.S. 52 exists as a full freeway from south of Bannertown to Interstate 85 at Lexington. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Snowhill Drive stems east from South Franklin Road to become Worth Street east of U.S. 52 Bypass (Andy Griffith Parkway) to South Main Street (U.S. 52 Business & N.C. 89) in Mt. Airy. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 52 Bypass leaves Worth Street and approaches the northern terminus of U.S. 601 and Rockford Street. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 601 leads south from Mt. Airy 22 miles to Yadkinville and 40 miles to Mocksville. The route bypasses its former alignment through White Plains to meet Interstate 74 instead at a diamond interchange. Photo taken 07/09/10.
Rockford Street north of U.S. 52 Bypass was U.S. 601 to Main Street (former U.S. 52) historically. U.S. 601 otherwise travels 319 miles to end at U.S. 321 near Tarboro in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Photo taken 07/09/10.



Photo Credits:

07/12/05, 07/09/10 by AARoads

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Interstate 74
Interstate 77
Interstate 85
U.S. 29
U.S. 70

Page Updated 04-24-2009.