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 Highway 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. |
||A closer look at the Interstate 440 sign bridge of U.S. 64 Business westbound on New Bern Avenue. A bypass of the community of Knightdale opened in July 2005 to carry relocated U.S. 64 & 264. With completion of the route, New Bern Avenue became U.S. 64 Business. Note also that Interstate 440 is now signed with east and west banners to coincide with a truncation of the route from its overlap with Interstate 40. Photo taken 12/24/00. |
||U.S. 264 westbound end shield that was posted at the Exit 13 interchange of Interstate 440. U.S. 264 saw relocation to the Knightdale bypass and now ends at the tri-level stack interchange with Interstate 440 (Exit 14). New Bern Avenue otherwise continues into Raleigh as the former U.S. 64 routing to downtown. Photo taken 12/24/00. |
||Peering upwards from Interstate 540 at the U.S. 64 Business eastbound sign bridge at the westbound on-ramp. U.S. 64 Business (Knightdale Boulevard) meets the freeway at a parclo interchange just outside Knightdale, between two commercialized sections of arterial highway. 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 northbound at the U.S. 64 & 264 westbound on-ramp outside Knightdale. Much of the area south of the diamond interchange is home to suburban subdivisions. Photo taken 01/02/08. |
12/24/00, 12/26/01, 05/30/07, 01/02/08 by AARoads
Interstate 440 / Cliff Benson Beltline
Page Updated 01-30-2013.