North Carolina Roads - US 64/13

US 64 and US 13/64

All photos until the breakline are courtesy Lou Corsaro. Most on this page also appear on another page, thanks to US 64's insatiable multiplexing.

All in the Nantahala National Forest area. The first two are a WB progression from Highlands and the third is EB leaving Rosman.

Business US 64/70 split in Morganton, where despite what the sign in the background of the first photo says, Business US 64 EB does not turn both ways. (Burkemont Ave., the road to the left, is Business US 64, and the road straight ahead, the continuation of W. Union St., definitely is not.) Above the intersection hangs this old yellow yield sign, which appears to be modifying the traffic signal also present at the intersection as an additional caution (the other option is that it was for some reason left up after the signal was put in - either way, it's redundant to standard traffic practice).

Just west of US 321, US 64 and NC 18 turn left in Lenoir, spawning NC 90 straight ahead into town.

NC 18 gets a little big for its britches and tries to kick US 64 out of the multiplex. US 64 responds by saying NC 18 is barely good enough to multiplex with even the Business route, and to prove it sends NC 18 on its way into Morganton. The BUSINESS banner is much too big for the US 64 assembly, but so long as it dwarfs NC 18, mama bear is happy.

EB railroad trestle east of Mocksville.

EB at and with... well, look, there's the photo. The Business shield is an error, as it lacks the word "Loop" inside to properly characterize the nature of the route. Speaking of loops, the first photo is at NC 8, Winston Rd. in Lexington, which used to have four tight ones as part of a cloverleaf and now just has two. (Both in this direction were removed.)

Old Lexington Rd., the original US 64, at Caraway Mountain Rd. west of Asheboro, courtesy Lou Corsaro. These are typical older secondary road guide signs. Based on where each of the destinations are, I'm pretty certain the top signs in the first photo don't help anyone (they face would-be NB traffic, but there is no street). Second photo is SB.

Old WB signs.

Business US 64 WB in Pittsboro at the side of the Chatham County Courthouse, courtesy Lou Corsaro. To see more of it, visit the page for US 15, which intersects here along with US 501 and NC 87.

EB heading away from said courthouse.

WB after crossing Jordan Lake.

Tody Goodwin Rd. EB at New Hill Rd. in Apex, courtesy Lou Corsaro. The style of these signs never changed, but you can still tell these are old.

The black background doesn't belong on this WB sign at Fern Valley Lane. Second right to NC 55? What about this right here?

US 64 EB catches a ride on US 1 NB, leaving before it turns into I-440 to shoot the breeze with I-40 for a little while on the south side of Raleigh, all courtesy Lou Corsaro. The signs are generally aging; the ones on US 1 appear to predate the completion of I-40 to Wilmington, and may read "Benson" underneath the patch (from I-40's temporary end at I-95). The only modern sign is the third one, and not only is the US 64 very poorly tacked on from when it was pulled off of surface roads, but the left pull-through BGS (over a roadway temporarily closed for construction) once had that 64 shield (or a close facsimile) on it. There are some more US 64 signs in the Raleigh section of the I-40 page - see the big link below.

Enjoy these poor-resolution remnants of the old route of US 64 through Raleigh. The first sign is overhead on Blount St. SB in downtown, and the second is an old distance sign to Wendell and Zebulon (both on Business US 64, still its old alignment) on New Bern Ave. EB.

WB in Rocky Mount.

EB with US 13 NB, problem #1: ALT should just be written in white on green instead of trying to replicate a banner. I could also pick at the Series "E" font used inside the shield.

Problem #2: This sign was clearly made for only one shield in the middle. The words above the shields are almost illegible at speed. Replace the sign, or use auxiliary signs and shields. It doesn't have to look pretty, but it has to be usable. At the exit, there's another shield with Series "E".

Problem #3: Destinations shouldn't be in all caps. Also, the exit number should be larger. US 60 exits itself here, so I wonder if the destinations were originally along US 13 and 17, and then NCDOT inexplicably flipped the numbering, or if they just decided they didn't like the destinations originally listed. An exit number should never be used for its own road.

Three of the four angles at the intersection of US 64, NC 345, and Business US 64 (note lack of Business banners), courtesy Lou Corsaro. The only angle missing is the newest one, US 64 EB on the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge. This longer bridge cuts off a few miles from the old route, which traverses the old William B. Umstead Memorial Bridge to the north. Like NC 400 on the Misc. page, this intersection also has brown recreational signage, and that may just be a feature of Roanoke Island.

Onto I-40 and US 64/I-40
Onto US 13 alone

Onto (regular) US 70
Onto NC 55
Onto I-440 and US 1
Onto US 1 alone
Exit 298A to US 401
Onto I-95
Exit 514 to US 17
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