Fact Friday 63 - North Carolina Highway 24
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North Carolina Highway 24 (NC 24) is the longest primary state highway in the state of North Carolina. It travels east–west between the Charlotte metropolitan area and the Crystal Coast, connecting the cities of Charlotte, Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Morehead City.
NC 24 is both one of the longest and most concurrent routes in the state. As a result, there’s a good chance you’ve travelled NC-24 before and didn’t even know it. Besides the approximately 100-mile (160 km) concurrency with NC 27 between Johnsonville and Charlotte, this route also shares long stretches of pavement with:
- WT Harris Blvd (from its western most point near Huntersville to E WT Harris Blvd and Albemarle Rd., where NC-27 begins),
- US 258 between Richlands and Jacksonville (16.5 miles)
- NC 50 between Kenansville and Warsaw (7.5 miles)
- NC 87 between Fayetteville and Spout Springs (18 miles)
- Shorter concurrencies with I-40, NC 903, US 421, US 701, US 17, NC 210 (twice), NC 22, NC 109, and NC 73.
All told, about half of the total length of NC 24 runs concurrent with other routes.
As a route, it is designated as a "High Priority Corridor" for North Carolina, and much of it is highly traveled, providing the most direct access between Charlotte, Fayetteville and Jacksonville. It passes near or through three major Military installations (Fort Bragg, Pope Army Airfield, and Camp Lejeune), as well as Morrow Mountain State Park, Lake Tillery and the Uwharrie National Forest.
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