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Photo: NC 96 at NC 56 in a quiet location (Adam Prince)
NC 96
N.C. 96  108 miles
The Road: Begins at NC 55 (Johnston County) and ends at the Virginia state line at Virgilina (Granville County). The route continues several miles as VA 96 to US 501.
Towns and Attractions: Johnston Co: Smithfield, Selma
Wake Co: Zebulon
Franklin Co: Youngsville
Granville Co: Oxford
History: NC 96 was born in late 1940 as a renumbering of NC 562. it ran from NC 56 Wilton to Virgilina.
In 1952, NC 96 was extended south as new routing to Youngsville, then replaced NC 98 and NC 264 to Zebulon, then new routing to Selma, a duplex with US 301 to the Four Oaks area, then south as new routing to end at NC 55.
1933 Official
NC 562 Wilton to Virgilina
1941-42 Official
NC 562 becomes NC 96
1952 Shell
NC 96 extended well to the south

About 1960, NC 96 was rerouted to duplex with US 701 to meet US 301, to accomodate the construction of I-95. This left behind a small bit of SR 1182 as well as a little US 301.
The first NC 96 was born in 1930 as new primary routing running from NC 90 near Taylorsville south to NC 17 (now 3rd Ave) Hickory. It is possible NC 96 was put on the two blocks of NC 17 down to US 70/NC 10 as well.
In late 1934, NC 96 was extended south to NC 73 (now NC 10) Propst Crossroads, replacing part of NC 17.
Between 1931-36, NC 96 was rerouted in two places in Alexander County: It was removed from Willie McLeod Rd near NC 90; It was removed from its original Catawba River crossing which was accessed via today's Cemetary Loop, Catawba Shores Dr and Victoria Ln. The new route used today's Shiloh Church Rd.
In late 1940, NC 96 was renumbered as NC 127.

1930 Official
NC 96 initial routing
1937 Rand McN
NC 96 extended south
1941-42 Official
NC 96 becomes NC 127

Comment: NC 96 south of Zebulon really doesn't have much purpose as it closely parallels other routes, especially NC 39.

Last Update: 27 March 2009

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