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Photo: NC 11 beginning north from US 74-76 (Adam Prince)
NC 11
N.C. 11  196 miles
The Road: Begins at US 74-76 near Freeman (Columbus County) and ends at US 158 Bus-US 258 Murfreesboro (Hertford County).
Towns and Attractions: Columbus Co: None
Bladen Co: None
Pender Co: Atkinson, Penderlea
Duplin Co: Kenansville
Lenoir Co: Pink Hill, Kinston
Pitt Co: Grifton, Ayden, Winterville, Greenville, Bethel
Edgecombe Co: None
Martin Co: Oak City
Bertie Co: Lewiston-Woodville, Aulander
Hertford Co: Murfreesboro
History: NC 11 was designated as an original numbered state route about 1921. NC 11 initally ran from NC 40 (current NC 11-50 west split) Kenansville, northeast to Kinston where it crossed its parent NC 10. NC 11 continued north through Greenville and ended at NC 90 (now US 64 ALT) Bethel.
In 1929 or 1930, NC 11 was extended as new primary routing north to Oak City, via Hassell to end at NC 125.

1925 Official
NC 11: 1921-30
1931 Official
NC 11 extended to Oak City


In 1940 or 1941, NC 11 was extended south to Tin City replacing part of US 117 and then duplexed with US 117 a short piece, then west to the NC Coastal Experimental Station. The mile from US 117 to the Experimental Station was a replacement for NC 401.

1936 Official
NC 11 ending in Kenansville
1941 Official
NC 11 extended south of Tin City


About 1942, NC 11 was rerouted between Bethel and Oak City to its current more direct routing. The road to Oak City via Hassell became secondary, though today it is part of NC 142 to Hassell and SR 1002 to Oak City.

1938 General Drafting
NC 11 in Martin County 1930-42
1942 General Drafting
NC 11's route no longer a Hassell after 1942

Kinston changes
Between 1942-44, NC 11 was reoruted within Kinston. Initially, NC 11 entered on Caswell St, north on Queen St, then east on Vernon and northeast on Minerva St out of town with NC 11. Now NC 11 duplexed with NC 55 east at Jackson Store and picked up US 258 north which is Queen St. The old route on Caswell appears to have gone unnumbered for a number of years.
Between 1945-49, NC 11-55 was rerouted on Quuen St to King St east to East St north to Washington St east to Minerva St on out of town. The old route through central Kinston became NC 11-A.
In 1952, NC 11-55 was rerouted to use King St across the Neuse River as it runs today. This left behind US 70-258 and today's SR 1341 between Jacksons Store and US 258.
Sometime after 1968, NC 11-55 was rerouted to use King to Tiffany instead of East and Washington.
1936 Lenoir County map
NC 11 approaching Kinston from the southwest
1944 Lenoir County map
NC 11-55 through central Kinston
1949 Lenoir County map
NC 11-55 rerouted away from central Kinston
1953 Lenoir County map
NC 11-55 rerouted onto King
2007 Lenoir County map
NC 11-55 modern routing


Between 1956-58, NC 11 was rerouted in Greenville to its current routing. Initially NC 11 followed Dickinson Ave to Greene St.

1955 Official
NC 11 in central Greenville
1958 Official
NC 11 avoiding downtown


Between 1959-63, NC 11 south was truncated to US 117 below Tin City. The stub out to the Experimental Station has been secondary ever since.
In 1967, NC 11 was extended north as new construction across the Roanoke River to end at NC 305 Connaritsa.
In 1970, NC 11 was placed on new 4-lane construction to bypass Grifton, leaving behind Highland Blvd and a small piece of extended NC 118.
In 1971 NC 11 was placed on new 4-lane construction bypassing Ayden and Winterville, leaving behind Lee St and SR 1149.

1969 Official
NC 11 original alignment
1970 Official
NC 11 bypassing only Grifton
1971-72 Official
NC 11 bypassing everybody


About 1974, NC 11 was rerouted north of Lewiston-Woodville to near Aulander (new construction), then northeast to Ahoskie as a duplex with NC 350. NC 11 then duplexed with US 13 north 2 miles before angling northwest as new routing to US 158-258 Murfreesboro.
About 1975, NC 11 was extended south along US 117 for 2 miles, then west as new primary routing through Willard to US 421, then with US 421 south to NC 53, then with NC 53 through Atkinson to the Black River. From there, NC 11 replaced NC 141 south to US 74-76.

1954 Official
NC 141 running south to US 74-76
1978-79 Official
NC 11 replaced NC 141


Around 1980, NC 11 was put on a new road bypassing Ahoskie to the west, which met the old NC 11 on its way to Murfreesboro without touching US 13. The old route south of Ahoskie became part of NC 42.

1972-73 Official
NC 11 ends at Connaritsa 1967-74
1974-75 Official
NC 11 extended to Ahoskie and Murfreesboro (1974-80)
1980-81 Official
NC 11 bypasses Ahoskie, since 1980


In 2004, NC 11 was given an expressway bypass of Bethel to the east. The old route through town became NC 11 Business.

2003 Official Map
NC 11 through Bethel
2004 Official
NC 11 Bus in Bethel

Comment: NC 11 offers an attractive alternative to US 13 from Bethel to north of Ahoskie, even with the US 13-64 freeway in place in Martin County. North of NC 125 the road is quite straight and empty through swampland.
NC 11 was 4-laned from Kinston to Greenville in pieces from the late 60s to 1971. North of Greenville was 4-laned in 2001 or 2002. Kinston southward to PInk Hill is also 4-laned.
Although a Kenansville bypass exists that NC 11 could use, the 2004 Duplin County map shows it as only NC 903.
NC 11 is slated to become part of the Southwestern Greenville Bypass. and is also part of Corridor 53 of the NC Strategic Vision Corridors.

Last Update: 3 July 2008

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