US 23 and 25 in North Carolina
US 23 in North Carolina
According to toppharmacyschools, US 23 is a US Highway in the US state of North Carolina. The road forms a north-south route through the west of the state, from Norton on the Georgia border through Asheville to the Tennessee border. The road is largely double numbered with other roads and is 180 kilometers long.
At the village of Norton, US 23 in Georgia enters the state of North Carolina from Gainesville and then becomes a 2×2 trunk road north. US 441 also runs over it. One passes through forested and mountainous Macon County. After about 25 kilometers you reach the town of Franklin, where you cross the US 64, the road from Murphy to Hendersonville. The road then continues northeast through Jackson County in 2×2 lanes to Sylva, where US 441 exits toward Knoxville, merges with US 74 from Murphy and continues east together as a 2×2 trunk road. Around Waynesville the road becomes a highway, after which US 23 turns east, parallel to Interstate 40, over which US 74 also runs. US 19 from Bryson City then merges and is double-numbered for almost the entire remaining route through North Carolina. One then passes through the Pisgah National Forest, through Haywood and Buncombe County.
Not much further on you reach the town of Asheville, the largest town in western North Carolina. It intersects with I-40, which continues to Winston-Salem, then US 19 and US 23 run along Patton Avenue north of Asheville, then a short distance on Interstate 240 to Interstate 26 north. The US 19, US 23 and US 70 hitchhike here over the I-26 towards Johnson City. US 25 is then crossed, over which US 70 also exits towards Newport in Tennessee. US 19 then turns northeast at Mars Hill, while US 23 follows I-26 to the Tennessee borderat Faust. This area is mountainous with the Appalachian Mountains. US 23 in Tennessee then continues to Johnson City and Kingsport over I-26.
US 23 was created in 1926, but did not run south than Ohio at the time. In 1930, the route was extended south to Atlanta, through western North Carolina. The route of US 23 in North Carolina has not changed substantially since then. The route is well developed.
North of Asheville, US 23 has been converted to a freeway and has been numbered I-26 since 2003, and south of Asheville, US 23 is a divided highway with 2×2 lanes. The highway around Waynesville opened to traffic in 1968. In 1974 the Sylva bypass opened to traffic. US 23 between Sylva and Waynesville was also widened to 2×2 lanes in the 1970s. During the 1980s, US 23 between Franklin and Sylva was widened to 2×2 lanes.
Every day, 13,000 to 18,000 vehicles drive between the Georgia border and Franklin, and 15,000 to 19,000 vehicles drive between Franklin and Sylva. After that, 22,000 to 25,000 vehicles run between Sylva and Waynesville and 25,000 vehicles on the Waynesville highway bypass, peaking at 42,000 vehicles at the confluence with US 19 west of Clyde. The rest of the route coincides with I-40 and I-26.
US 25 in North Carolina
US 25 is a US Highway in the US state of North Carolina. The road forms a north-south route through the west of the state, from the South Carolina border at Tuxedo through Hendersonville and Asheville to the Tennessee border in the Great Smoky Mountains. The road is 125 kilometers long.
US 25 in South Carolina enters the state of North Carolina at the town of Tuxedo from the town of Greenville as a 2×2 road, and then is grade-separated along Tuxedo. Here begins the US 176 that leads back to Spartanburg. US 25 then runs to Hendersonville as a 2×2 trunk road, where it crosses US 64, which runs from Franklin to Morgantown. US 25 then merges with Interstate 26, over which also US 74 runs to Charlotte. One then reaches the town of Asheville from the south, whereupon US 25 turns off onto Hendersonville Road, passing through downtown Asheville. One crosses two highways here, the Interstate 40and Interstate 240 which forms a northern bypass around Asheville. Then the road goes on Merrimon Road parallel to I-26, US 19, US 23 and US 70 which are all double numbered. On the north side of Asheville, US 25 merges with it, and then merges with US 70 a little further towards the northwest. The other routes continue to Johnson City in Tennessee. US 25 and US 70 then run into the Appalachian Mountains, crossing the Tennessee border past Hot Springs, where US 25 continues in Tennessee to Knoxville.
US 25 was created in 1926. The route through North Carolina has remained more or less the same from the start. The part south of Asheville has been replaced by I-26, over which US 25 has been routed. The section north of Asheville was expanded as the US 19 freeway, and was later renumbered as I-26.
During the 1970s, US 25 south of Asheville was widened to 2×2 lanes parallel to I-26. In the 1980s, the stretch from Weaverville to Marshall was widened to 2×2 lanes. This gave Asheville four-lane approach roads from all directions. However, the part further north has not been upgraded and is characterized by a very winding route.
Every day, 15,000 vehicles drive between the border with South Carolina and Hendersonville, on the part between Hendersonville and Asheville that does not coincide with I-26, about 30,000 vehicles a day drive in urban areas. From I-26 at Weaverville, 18,000 vehicles per day drive down to 5,000 vehicles in the Appalachian Mountains and only 1,000 vehicles per day at the Tennessee border.