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Photo: Along Wendover Ave in Greensboro is a BGS assembly where US 29-A shields went. (Chris Curley)
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The first US 29-A appeared in late 1934 as a renumbering of NC 10A, running around the north side of High Point using today's NC 68 Westchester, then east on Lexington Rd and Greensboro Rd back to mainline US 29-70 which came in on Montlieu. This was renumbered as mainline US 29-70 in a route swap between 1945-49.
The 2nd US 29-A was born in 1937 when US 29-74 was rerouted to run from Kings Mountain to Gastonia without going to Bessemer City.
The 3rd US 29-A was born in 1938 as new primary routing, running on Fairground Ave from US 29-70 Spring Garden St up to Market, then east with US 421 on Market to Aycock where US 29-70 came in.
The 4th US 29-A was born in 1938 as a renumbering of mainline US 29 through Kannapolis, Landis and China Grove. In 1940 it was returned to being mainline US 29.
The 6th US 29-A was born between 1945-49, running as a loop off Main St in Salisbury using Bank St, Lee St and Liberty St.
The 7th US 29-A was born between 1945-49 in a route swap in High Point with US 29-A #1 (see scan above). US 29-A used English Ave east of Manchester (NC 68), Main St (with US 311), and Montlieu Av out to Greensboro Rd.
In 1967 or 1968, US 29-A was placed on two-way routing using Lee then Aycock to the split routes at Market St.
In 1970, US 29-A was rerouted to use Lee St (NC 6) all the way over to Murrow Blvd north to Summit Av. Friendly Av/Market St remained part of US 421 and the rest became unnumbered.
Between 1991-93, US 29-A was decommissioned to unnumbered routes except some of English St in High point is NC 68 and Lee St in Greensboro remained NC 6 (now also decommissioned).
The 8th US 29-A was born in 1948 as a renumbering of US 29, running with NC 49 from US 29 near UNC-Charlotte through Newell and Harrisburg, then using Old Charlotte Rd and Wilshire Ave into Concord, then Union and Church Sts up to US 29, then a brief US 29 duplex, then used Main Sts through Kannapolis, Landis and China Grove.
In 1953, US 29-A was truncated and rerouted in Concord. US 29-A south left Church St at today's Cabarrus Ave and replaced the short-lived US 29A-1 southwest back out to US 29 where it now ended. The old routing on Union St became part of US 601; Wilshire Av and Old Charlotte Rd became unnumbered; NC 49 remained on the rest southwest back to Charlotte except for Old Concord Rd in Newell.
In 1954, US 29-A south was truncated to US 29-601 north of Concord.
In July 1997 (NCDOT), US 29-A was decommissioned to just plain ol' Main St.
Adam Prince reported that US 29-A was still posted on its I-85 overpass (no interchange) as late as 2004.
The 9th US 29-A appeared in 1952 as a renumbering of mainline US 29 through Thomasville using Main St and Turner Rd. This was absorbed into US 29-A #7 in 1957 and today is unnumbered.
The 11th US 29-A appeared in 1956 or 1957 as a renumbering of mainline US 29 through Reidsville, using Madison St and Scales Ave.
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