U.S. 64 East - Hayesville to the Outer Banks

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U.S. 64 splits into a business and bypass separation through the Clay County seat of Hayesville. The bypass travels one mile to the south along a commercialized arterial while the business loop serves downtown. This shield assembly follows the north end of N.C. 69. Photo taken 07/09/10.
U.S. 64 East
U.S. 178 shield assembly posted on U.S. 64 eastbound near the town of Rosman in Transylvania County. The forthcoming intersection represents the northern terminus of U.S. 178, a two-state US highway between Rosman and Ridgeville, South Carolina. Photo taken 07/23/04.
U.S. 64 eastbound at the southbound beginning of U.S. 178 near Rosman. U.S. 178 snakes its way southward six miles to the South Carolina state line near Rocky Bottom. The US highway reaches Pickens, South Carolina in 25 miles. Photo taken 07/23/04.
Ascending away from the north end of U.S. 178 on U.S. 64 eastbound. U.S. 64 continues a short distance to the community of Cherryfield along the eastern edge of the Pisgah National Forest. Photo taken 07/23/04.
More of the Appalachian Mountains unfold as U.S. 64 eastbound continues northeast toward the Transylvania County seat of Brevard. Photo taken 07/23/04.
Eastbound reassurance shield posted at Cherryfield after the intersection with SR-1388 (Old U.S. 64). U.S. 64 once traveled south into Rosman and than northeast to Cherryfield. U.S. 64 widens ahead into a four-lane divided highway on the six mile drive to Brevard. Photo taken 07/23/04.
A look at the four-lane highway for U.S. 64 northeast of Cherryfield. Photo taken 07/23/04.
Once in the town of Brevard, U.S. 64 eastbound splits into a mainline and truck route component. U.S. 64 Truck follows Caldwell Street one block to the west of the U.S. 64 mainline along Broad Street. Photo taken 07/23/04.
U.S. 64 turns north from the Rosman Highway onto Broad Street at Country Club Drive for a northward trek into downtown Brevard. Photo taken 07/23/04.
Eastbound reassurance shield posted on Broad Street northbound after its intersection with Miner Street. Photo taken 07/23/04.
Entering downtown Brevard at the signalized intersection with Jordan Street on U.S. 64 (Broad Street) eastbound. U.S. 276 (Main Street) intersects Broad Street in one block. Photo taken 07/23/04.
U.S. 64 east & U.S. 276 west merge from Main Street northward out of Downtown Brevard. The overlapped highways continue three miles to their split at North Carolina 280. U.S. 64 than turns northwest to Waynesville as U.S. 64 continues east to Hendersonville. Photo taken 07/23/04.
A closer look at the signal mast arm and U.S. 64 & 276 shield assembly at the intersection of Broad and Main Street in downtown Brevard. U.S. 276 eastbound travels 11 miles to Cedar Mountain and 16 miles to Caesars Head, South Carolina. Like U.S. 178, U.S. 276 is a Carolina only route linking Greenville, South Carolina with Cove Creek, North Carolina. Photo taken 07/23/04.
U.S. 64 departs Interstate 440 east at the Exit 14 tri-level stack interchange near Crabtree Creek. The highway turns eastward onto its own freeway, the Knightdale Bypass, with U.S. 264. The tandem quickly meet New Hope Road (Exit 420). Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 64 and the eastbound beginning of U.S. 264 continue one half mile to New Hope Road. The freeway reduces from an initial eight lanes to six lanes beyond the folded diamond interchange of Exit 420. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Exit 420 loops onto New Hope Road from U.S. 64 & 264 east. New Hope Road travels south by industrial parks to Poole Road and north to the commercial strip of New Bern Avenue (U.S. 64 Business). Photo taken 05/30/07.
Typical reassurance sign assembly used by NCDOT on freeways for U.S. 64 & 264 east. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Rogers Lane passes over U.S. 64 & 264 east at the crossing of Crabtree Creek, 1.5 miles west of Hodge Road (Exit 422). Photo taken 05/30/07.
U.S. 64 & 264 continue 17 miles together to Zebulon before parting ways on separate freeways to Rocky Mount and Wilson respectively. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Interstate 540 appears for the first time on the one-mile sign bridge for Hodge Road (Exit 420). Hodge Road stems south to Poole Road before ending in a rural area near the Neuse River. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Eastbound drivers span the Neuse River and the Crabtree Creek Trail greenway over a pair of three lane bridges east of the Anderson Point Drive overpass. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Exit 422 is the first of four interchanges serving the town of Knightdale. Hodge Road north to U.S. 64 Business (Knightdale Boulevard) travels through western reaches of the town. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Just east of the folded diamond interchange at Exit 422 is the partially complete directional cloverleaf interchange with Interstate 540 west. Interstate 540 begins here and travels north ten miles to U.S. 1 in northern Raleigh. The route encircles the city between U.S. 64 & 264 and North Carolina 55 at Research Triangle Park. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Exit 423 will eventually facilitate movements to Interstate 540 east to Interstate 40 and U.S. 70 at Garner. Funding for the completion of this stretch of highway is unsecured presently, so the time table for work ranges between 2015 and 2022. Photo taken 05/30/07.
Continuing east, U.S. 64 & 264 next meet Smithfield Road at a folded diamond interchange. This interchange sequence sign includes Smithfield Road (Exit 425) and U.S. 64 Business, the end of the Knightdale Bypass. The empty space is allocated for the future folded diamond interchange with planned SR 2502, the Taylor Road extension. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Eastbound reassurance sign posted after Exit 423. U.S. 64 & 264 share 15 miles. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Bethlehem Road passes over the freeway one mile out from Smithfield Road. Smithfield and Bethlehem Roads lead south from the Knightdale town center to rural areas of southeast Wake County. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Another interchange sequence sign posted down the center of U.S. 64 & 264 east before the Exit 425 off-ramp. The future exit with Taylor Road will link U.S. 64 & 264 with Knightdale-Eagle Rock Road to the west and Martin Pond Road to the east. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Development fills in much of the rural areas south of U.S. 64 & 264 with new subdivisions feeding off Smithfield Road. Smithfield Road north meanwhile leaves Knightdale for U.S. 64 Business (Knightdale Boulevard) and its end at Forestville Road. Photo taken 01/02/08.
Crossing the 1990-built Roanoke Sound Bridge of U.S. 64 eastbound between Manteo and Manns Harbor. The bridge represents the eastern gateway of the Outer Banks from Raleigh, Rocky Mount, and other points west. Photo taken 12/16/01.
Now on the Virginia Dare Trail, U.S. 64 approaches U.S. 158 (Croatan Highway) west and North Carolina 12 (Cape Hatteras National Park Road) south. The upcoming intersection comprises the eastern terminus of U.S. 64 and the historic eastern terminus of U.S. 264. U.S. 264 was truncated westward to Manns Harbor when the Virginia Dare Bridge opened to traffic in 2002. Photo taken 12/16/01.
U.S. 64 concludes at the transition to U.S. 158 westbound. North Carolina 12 (Virginia Dare Trail) ties into the transition from the beaches to the east and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore entrance to the south. The U.S. 264 end shield was removed in 2002. Photo taken 12/26/00.

Photo Credits:

  • 12/26/00 by AARoads.
  • 12/16/01 by AARoads.
  • 07/23/04 by AARoads.
  • 05/30/07 by AARoads.
  • 01/02/08 by AARoads.
  • 07/09/10 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan.

Connect with:
U.S. 178
Interstate 40
Interstate 440 / Cliff Benson Beltline
Interstate 540 - Northern Wake Expressway
Interstate 95
U.S. 158

Page Updated 01-14-2010.