North Carolina-NC Highway Signs-March 24

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-March 24

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

I traveled to South Carolina over the weekend and made one quick observation as a general rule the North Carolina roads were in better condition. One exception was a newly paved section of SC 34 was smooth as a baby bottom. The South Carolina Signs were also a little more art than a North Carolina sign.

sc 215

The North Carolina Highway System consists of a vast network of interstate, US Routes, and state roads all maintained by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

All roads in the state of North Carolina are either maintained by the State or the local municipality-I was surprised to learn in North Carolina there are no County Maintained roads. Eliminating the county roads gives North Carolina the largest state maintained roads in the country.

North Carolina State Highways numbered under 1000 are primary NC State Highways.

A North Carolina Highway shield has the route’s number in black inside a white diamond with rounded corners. The diamond shape does not alter to accommodate larger route numbers; the numbers are reduced in size to fit within the diamond. That is why a two digit sign has always been easier for me to see than a three digit sign.



Roads with a number of a 1000 or higher in North Carolina are referred to as Secondary Roads (SR). The most popular number is  SR 1101  which has been used in past nearly 100 times by almost every county in the state.

Those roads in rural areas are often marked with white signposts. The state has replaced a number of these so when you see them they are often old.

white signs



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