US 264 and 276 in North Carolina

US 264 in North Carolina

US 264
Get started zebulon
End Manns Harbor
Length 199 mi
Length 320 km
  • Zebulon
  • NC-39
  • Middle sex
  • Bailey
  • Sims
  • US 264 alternate
  • West Wilson
  • Southwest Wilson
  • South Wilson
  • Black Creek Road
  • East Wilson
  • Saratoga
  • Saratoga
  • Walstonburg
  • US 264 alternate
  • Farmville
  • Wesley Church Road
  • Bellarthur
  • West Greenville
  • NC-43
  • Belvoir Highway
  • North Greenville
  • Washington
  • Bellhaven
  • Manns Harbor

US 264 is a US Highway in the United States, located entirely in the state of North Carolina. The road is a branch of US 64, which begins at Zebulon and then runs east and rejoins US 64. The route is 320 kilometers (320 miles).

Travel directions

US 64 (I-495 between 2013 and 2017) around Knightdale near Raleigh.

The road begins as a freeway east of Raleigh when US 264 branches off US 64, the highway to Rocky Mount. The road then heads east and after 30 kilometers intersects Interstate 95, the highway from Fayetteville to Richmond and Washington. The road is a highway for a total of 101 kilometers. At Wilson, US 117 exits as a short highway to Goldsboro in the south, after which US 264 continues as a highway to Greenville. The road then becomes a 2×2 lane trunk road all the way to Washington at Pamlico Sound. After that, US 264 is a one-lane main road in each direction, passing through sparsely populated wetlands parallel to Pamlico Sound, a vast lagoon between mainland North Carolina and the Outer Banks. US 264 rejoins US 64 at Manns Harbor and ends there.


US 264 was added to the network in 1932 and at the time formed a route from Zebulon to Englehard on the Pamlico Sound. In 1951 the route was extended to US 158 at Nags Head and shortened again in 2002 to US 64 at Manns Harbor.

The first upgrades to US 264 were in the 1960s, when Wilson approach roads were widened to 4 lanes. The road was constructed as super two between US 64 at Zebulon and Wilson, which was upgraded to a 2×2 lane freeway in 1979 to I-95 at Wilson. The bypass around Wilson opened between 1987 and 1990, as did a stretch of freeway from Farmville to Greenville. Between 1991 and 1993, the highway around Farmville opened. In 2004, the highway around Wilson opened. This completed the 90 km freeway between Zebulon and Greenville.

In the 1980s, US 264 between Greenville and Washington was widened to a 2×2 divided highway. The freeway bypass of Greenville is believed to have been constructed in the early 1990s, which is also part of US 13. Before that, traffic went through Greenville on an easterly bypass.

Interstate 587

The section from Zebulon to Greenville is run as a freeway. On September 7, 2016, it was announced that the state of North Carolina was applying to designate this section as a Future Interstate Highway. Shortly before that, the Future Interstate Highway numbers I-42 and I-87 in North Carolina have already been assigned. The US 264 would become an auxiliary route, partly because it connects directly to the future I-87. In 2016, the number Interstate 587 was approved by the AASHTO. As of November 2021, the route is officially an Interstate Highway between I-95 and Greenville. On June 22, 2022, the first 60-mile section to Greenville formally became Interstate 587.

US 276 in North Carolina

US 276
Get started Cedar Mountain
End Cove Creek
Length 53 mi
Length 85 km
  • South Carolina
  • Brevard
  • Waynesville
  • Cove Creek

US 276 is a US Highway in the US state of North Carolina. The road forms a north-south route in the western part of the state, from the South Carolina border to Interstate 40 at Cove Creek. The road mainly leads through hilly to mountainous area, and has a secondary character. The route is about 85 kilometers long.

Travel directions

US 276 at Brevard.

US 276 in South Carolina enters the state of North Carolina from the town of Greenville and then runs north through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. At Brevard a short double numbering follows with the 2×2 US 64, which comes from Franklin and runs to Hendersonville. US 276 then runs through mountainous terrain through the Pisgah National Forest and reaches approximately 1,380 feet (1,380 m) at Pisgah Ridge, where it connects to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then, after about 50 kilometers, US 276 reaches the town of Waynesville, where it crosses 3 US Highways in quick succession, US 19 and US 23 from Murphy and Franklin to Asheville and theUS 74 also runs from Murphy to Asheville. US 276 then becomes a 2×2 trunk road and ends 10 kilometers further on Interstate 40, which runs to Knoxville.


US 276 was added to the network in 1932. The northern terminus at the time was Brevard, and US 276 ran just a few miles through North Carolina. Since 1968, US 276 has ended at the current terminus of I-40 at Cove Creek. US 276 is a secondary route in North Carolina, so the road has remained mostly single-lane, only around Waynesville are sections of a divided highway with 2×2 lanes. In the 1960s, a small stretch between US 19 at Dellwood and the then end of I-40 at Cove Creek was widened to a 2×2 divided highway. US 276 then handled through traffic for some time before I-40 opened.