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Photo: NC 43 splitting from NC 58 (Adam Prince)
|N.C. 43 120 miles|
|The Road:||Begins at US 17-70 New Bern (Craven County) and ends at NC 58 Liberia (Warren County).||Towns and Attractions:||Craven Co.: New Bern, Vanceboro
Pitt Co.: Greenville
Edgecombe Co.: Pinetops, Rocky Mount
Nash Co.: Rocky Mount
Halifax Co.: None
Warren Co.: None
NC 43 was born about 1928, running from US 17-1/NC 40 (current US 301 Business) Rocky Mount northwest to NC 58 Liberia.
In 1931, NC 43 was extended southeast as new primary routing ti Pinetops; replaced a smidge of NC 42; more new routing to Greenville; replaced NC 301 #2 to end at US 17/NC 30 (now US 17 Business) Vanceboro.
About 1936, NC 43 was rerouted to leave NC 561 at Essex instead of Hollister.
In 1958, NC 43 was given its current Greenville routing, leaving behind: Charles Ave, 10th St, Albemarle St. and 5th St.
Between 1988-90, NC 43 was extended south to its current end with US 17 in southern New Bern. This was accomplished with a short multiplex with US 17 Bus and US 17 in Vanceboro, an upgrade to SR 1401 Washington Post Rd and Weyerhauser Rd, a short multiplex with NC 55 and an upgrade to Glenburnie Rd. This extension was signed as a recommended bypass of Bridgeton-New Bern on both ends for US 17 through-traffic.
Per e-mail from Bryan Zellmann, in June 2009 (officially NCDOT did this in Nov 2009), NC 43 was rerouted to end at US 17-70 a little west of New Bern. The old route down to what is now US 17 Business became SR 1309.
A few years back I drove NC 43 end to end. It is still largely rural in nature save for Greenville and Rocky Mount.
When the NC 43 New Bern piece was first opened I thought they would eventually attach US 17 to it to form a New Bern Bypass. Guess I missed the boat on that one.