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Photo: US 13 ending at I-95/295 (Doug Kerr)
|U.S. 13 194 miles|
|The Road:||Begins at I-95/295 near Eastover (Cumberland County) and ends at the Virginia state line above Gates (Gates County). Nationally the road runs from Eastover, NC to US 1 Morristown, PA||Towns and Attractions:||Cumberland Co.: None
Sampson Co.: Newton Grove
Wayne Co.: Goldsboro
Greene Co.: Snow Hill
Pitt Co.: Greenville, Bethel
Edgecombe Co.: None
Martin Co.: Robersonville, Williamston
Bertie Co.: Windsor
Hertford Co.: Ahoskie, Winton
Gates Co.: None
US 13 is an original US Highway, but it did not come to North Carolina until about 1952. It came in from Virginia and replaced NC 97 from the state line to Windsor, where it ended at US 17 (now NC 308).
Around 1957, US 13 was placed on a western bypass of Windsor, leaving behind US 13-A (now US 13 BUsiness).
In 1959 or 1960, US 13 was rerouted in Greenville to continue south with NC 11 to the southern Greenville Bypass, then headed west on mainline US 264. This left behind US 264 Business.
In 1963, US 13 was extended southwest again, further around the Goldsboro Bypass on US 70 and US 117, then replaced NC 102 through Newton Grove and ending at I-95. For some reason it was not extended to very nearby US 301. Oddly the 1962 Wayne County map shows the extension, but not the 1962 County maps of Sampson and Cumberland.
Mainline maps from at least 1963 forward imply that US 13 was restored to the Dickenson Ave west exit from Greenville. However, the 1968 Pitt County map shows US 13 south to the Greensville Bypass, so it is uncertain when US 13 actually moved but it was before the late 1970s based on personal experience.
At least twice in the late 1960s, North and South Carolina tried to have AASHTO approve an extension of US 13 southwest to Abbeville SC. In North Carolina US 13 would've followed US 401 to Laurinburg, then NC 79 into South Carolina. The summary of change requests did not say why this was disapproved. For starters, though, there was no corresponding US route for US 13's proposed endpoint, so that might have been a factor...
In 1970, US 13 was given its current cutoff between US 258 and US 264, which was an upgrade to Pitt SR 1140 and Greene SR 1346.
In 1974, US 13 was given a western bypass of Winton. The old route through town used Main St, Brickell St and King St across the Chowan River. Some of the Main St piece became part of NC 45 (today some is also part of NC 461).
US 13 is the last US route to have come to North Carolina.
US 13 was in North Carolina in the 1925 plan, using today's US 17 corridor from Wilmington north to Virginia.
US 13 does not have much prestige as it seems to be the sidekick to most of its older friends.
A local controversy has arisen regarding widening US 13 from Windsor to Winton. Apparently residents would rather NCDOT do this to NC 11 instead, which is shorter and much more rural than the current US 13 routing.
US 13 is blown off by I-40 in Newton Grove.