U.S. 64 is the longest numbered route in the state, stretching from the Tennessee state line in Cherokee County to Whalebone Junction on the Outer Banks. A winding mountainous route carries U.S. 64 east from Franklin to Transylvania County. Other portions of the highway in the Appalachians consist of four lanes with sweeping curves and higher speed limits.
North from Rutherfordton, U.S. 64 heads to Morganton and Interstate 40. An overlap originally carried both U.S. 64 and 70 from Morganton eastward to Statesville. U.S. 64 later shifted to a routing north via N.C. 18 to Lenoir and east via N.C. 90 to Taylorsville and Statesville.
East from Statesville, U.S. 64 mirrors Interstate 40 to Mocksville before branching southward to Lexington and Asheboro. The highway expands to four lanes from Asheboro east to Siler City, Pittsboro and Cary. Through the Raleigh area, the US route joins the freeway network before following its own limited-access highway from the Knightdale bypass east to Zebulon, Nashville and Rocky Mount.
The U.S. 64 freeway continues from Interstate 95 to Tarboro and Williamston. This stretch coincides with U.S. 13 from Bethel east to U.S. 17. U.S. 13 & 17 split with U.S. 64 for Windsor to the north while U.S. 64 remains a four-lane corridor varying between arterial and freeway to Plymouth and Columbia.
The final stretch of U.S. 64 traverses the lowlands of Terrell and Dare Counties to a terminus at U.S. 158 on the Outer Banks. Before the completion of the Alligator River bridge, U.S. 64 ended at Fort Landing. A more recent realignment shifted the route south from a loop through Manteo onto a new four-lane crossing of Croatan Sound.
U.S. 64 North Carolina Guides
||U.S. 64 Business (New Bern Avenue) westbound at Interstate 440 near East Raleigh. U.S. 64 Business combines with the Cliff Benson Beltline south 1.08 miles for the return to U.S. 64 at I-87. Photo taken 12/24/00. |
||The Knightdale bypass opened in July 2005 as the new alignment for U.S. 64/264. With completion of the freeway, New Bern Avenue became U.S. 64 Business. Interstate 440 was resigned as an east/west route coinciding with the removal of its overlap with I-40. Photo taken 12/24/00. |
||An end shield for U.S. 264 was previously posted along U.S. 64/264 (New Bern Avenue) west at Interstate 440. U.S. 64/264 were subsequently realigned onto the Knightdale Bypass (I-87). New Bern Avenue west into Raleigh is the old alignment of U.S. 64. Photo taken 12/24/00. |
||U.S. 64 Business east at the parclo interchange with Interstate 540 outside Knightdale. Photo taken 05/30/07. |
||Cold wintry day at the U.S. 64 Business bridge spanning Croatan Sound between Manns Harbor and Manteo on Roanoke Island. U.S. 64 followed this bridge from 1955 to 2002, shifting to the Virginia Dare Bridge upon its completion. The temperature was 20 degrees Fahrenheit with 30+ mph wind gusts at the time of this photograph! Photo taken 12/24/00. |
||The Washington Baum Bridge of U.S. 64 links Manteo with Bodie Island. Carrying five lanes of traffic, the span opened in 1990. Photo taken 12/26/01. |
||Smithfield Road north at the U.S. 64/64 westbound on-ramp outside Knightdale. Photo taken 01/02/08. |
Page Updated 01-30-2013.