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Photo: US 15 in Downtown Oxford (Doug Kerr)
|U.S. 15 160 miles|
|The Road:||Enters from South Carolina below Laurinburg (Scotland County) and ends at the Virginia state line above Bullock (Granville County). Nationally the road runs from US 17-A Walterboro, SC to I-86 Painted Post, NY||Towns and Attractions:||Scotland Co.: Laurinburg
Hoke Co.: None
Moore Co.: Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Carthage
Lee Co.: Sanford
Chatham Co.: Pittsboro
Orange Co.: Chapel Hill
Durham Co.: Durham
Granville Co.: Creedmoor, Oxford
US 15 is an original US Highway. Here is a geographic look at its history.
South Carolina to Pinehurst:
US 15 appeared in North Carolina in 1927. It was assigned to the entirety of original NC 75. It began at US 1-74 Rockingham (jct of Washington Av and Hancock) and headed west with US 74 along Hancock over to Broad west to Old Ellerbe Hwy. Here US 15 split with US 74 and headed north. It picked up today's US 220.
In 1956 or 1957, US 15 was rerouted in Aberdeen to avoid central Pinehurst, as it runs now. This was additional duplex with US 1 and new construction. The old route to Pinehurst became part of NC 211 (now NC 5). Leaving Pinehurst the route became NC 2 and Page Rd.
In 1956 or 1957, US 15 was placed on its current western bypass of Laurinburg. Most of the old route through town became mainline US 501 except at the southern end of the old route was part of US 401-A (now it is all US 15 Business).
US 15 originally used Lea Rd, Blues Siding Rd and Shady Lane Rd sprinkled with current US 15-501 motoring from Pinehurst toward Carthage. US 15 used NC 22 into Carthage, then NC 24-27 out the east side.
Between 1954-57, US 15 was removed from BluesSiding Rd and Shady Lane Rd.
In 1956 or 1957, US 15 was rerouted to the east of Carthage like it is today, leaving behind pieces of NC 22 and NC 27.
Also in 1956 or 1957, US 15 was put on the new bypass west of Sanford, leaving behind US 1A-15A-501A.
US 15 wasn't removed from Old Sanford Rd and Walter Bright Rd until after 1968.
Originally, US 15 cut east on Morehead Ave, then Kent St, then east on Chapel Hill St. US 15 turned north on Magnum St, then cut over to US 501 Bus on Markham Ave. US 15 followed US 501 Business north to Geer St, east out of town.
About 1934, US 15 was rerouted to leave Chapel Hill Rd at Foster St which it used north to Geer.
About 1951, US 15 was moved onto the current US 15 Bus-501 Bus routing, with US 15 still using Geer St leaving Roxboro Rd.
In 1956 or 1957, US 15 was rerouted to follow US 501 out to the newly extended US 70 Bypass (current I-85), but cutting west on Geer to Magnum, then north out to US 70. US 15 followed today's I-85/US 15 northeast out of town.
In 1960, US 15 was moved to its current bypass west of Durham, which is shown as complete on the 1957 County Atlas with no number (1959 Official Durham inset also shows unnumbered bypass). This left behind US 15-501 Bus.
US 15 is shown with much uncertainty on 1935 maps:
1935 Official shows entering NC from South Carolina like now, but still shows the Rockingham to Pinehurst routing as US 15. There is no US 15-74 duplex shown. US 15 from Laurinburg to Pinehurst is shown as solo US 501
1935 General Draft shows sorta the correct thing.
1935 Gousha shows US 15 running Laurinburg, Fayetteville, Raleigh, Cary, then northwest to Durham. US 15 from Laurinburg to Durham is shown as solo US 501.
US 15 is a fairly minor road for a US Route. Especially below Sanford where it loops back and forth to US 1. Other than Chapel Hill to Durham it is still essentially 2-lane almost everywhere, just like it is almost everywhere in Virginia and South Carolina where it runs as a solo route.