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Photo: NC 24 exiting its Jacksonville Bypass routing (Doug Kerr)
|N.C. 24 287 miles|
|The Road:||Begins at SR 2004 just west of I-485 in the Croft area of Charlotte (Mecklenburg County) and ends at US 70 near Morehead City (Carteret County).||Towns and Attractions:||Mecklenburg Co.: Charlotte
Stanly Co.: Albemarle
Montgomery Co.: Uwharrie National Forest; Troy; Biscoe
Moore Co.: Carthage; Cameron
Harnett Co.: None
Cumberland Co.: Fort Bragg; Spring Lake; Fayetteville; East Fayetteville
Sampson Co.: Roseboro; Clinton
Duplin Co.: Warsaw; Kenansville; Beulaville )
Onslow Co.: Richlands; Camp Lejune; Jacksonville; Swansboro
Carteret Co.: Cape Cateret; Croatan National Forest; N.C. 24 here runs along Bogue Sound, and the Intracoastal Waterway parallels it, before hitting U.S. 70.
NC 24 is an original state highway that initially ran from NC 20 (now US 74 Bus) Laurinburg to Raeford, Fayetteville, Roseboro, and Clinton, before ending at NC 40 (current NC 24 Bus-NC 50 split) in Warsaw.
In 1925, NC 24 was extended south to South Carolina as new primary routing to connect to SC 38 heading for McColl and ultimately Myrtle Beach.
Also in 1925, NC 24 was extended east along NC 40 to Kenansville, then replaced NC 301 through Catherine Lake to now end at NC 30 (current US 17) Jacksonville.
By 1929, NC 24 was given a more direct route from Laurinburg to Wagram as improved routing. The old route became NC 241 to where 24 used to turn eastward and secondary after that. Today it is US 15-501 Bus north; Watch Plant Rd; Old Laurel Hill Rd and NC 144.
In 1930, NC 24 was rerouted south of Laurinburg to be more direct to McColl, SC. Previously, 24 went south to Hasty via today's 501 Business and US 501 to McQueen Rd and Dan Hasty Rd. NC 24 actually crossed into S.C. on today's Pea Ridge Rd at Gum Swamp Creek.
In 1953, NC 24 bypassed Richlands leaving behind secondary routing.
In 1962 or 1963, NC 24 was extended far west to Charlotte - it multiplexed with US 301 Bus (Person St) to US 401 (Gillespie St), then north to NC 87-210 (Rowan St), then west becoming Bragg Blvd. to leave Fayetteville. NC 24 continued with NC 87 through Spring Lake before leaving as an upgraded route at Spout Springs (which had been the east end of NC 27 a few years earlier) northwest to Johsonville, where it picked up NC 27 and multiplexed with it all the way to US 74 in Charlotte (106 miles!), with NC 24 now going to Cameron, Carthage, Biscoe, Troy, and Albermarle. At this time NC 24 was routed over the historic Swift Island Bridge
NC 27 Charlotte to NC 87
NC 24 added to NC 27
In 1966, NC 24 was rerouted in Fayetteville. From Clinton Rd, NC 24 turned north at US 301 Byp, then west on Grove St (among with NC 87-210) which turns into Bragg Blvd. The Person St route remained US 301 Bus, though it is unnumbered today.
In 1967 or 1968, NC 24 was rerouted to avoid Clinton using the routing it has now. The 1968 Official Map clearly shows no NC 24 Business here. The old route through Clinton is Sunset Ave and Warsaw Rd.
In 1975 or 1976, NC 24 was re-routed in Fayetteville again, this time with new construction of a Cape Fear River Bridge that allowed NC 24-210 to cross US 301 without making any turns at all.
About 1982, NC 24 was routed onto newly built limited access highway to allow access to the newly completed I-95. This new NC 24 routing bypassed Vander in the process.
Around 2000, NC 24 was moved onto I-40 from Exit 364 to Exit 373, where NC 24 then followed NC 903 to NC 11, and continued on as new construction to meet back up with the existing NC 24 a mile east of Kenansville. The old route through Warsaw and Kenansville became NC 24 Business.
In March 2003 (Adam Prince post to mtr) NC 24 was re-routed in the Charlotte area. NC 24 was placed on Harris Blvd. north from Albermarle Rd. all the way around to I-77. Harris Blvd. had been there a while, but unnumbered as a primary route. Albermarle Rd west from Harris to US 74 continues to be part of NC 27. This last change to NC 24 eliminates the useless multiplex with NC 27 at its endpoint, but it doesn't really get rid of the absurdity of having a 100-mile multiplex.
In 2005, NC 24 was placed on new expressway to bypass Jacksonville, leaving behind a second NC 24 Business.
In Nov 2008, Chris Curley reported that NC 24 was extended west along Harris Blvd to Mount Holly-Huntersville Rd, which is just west of I-485.
NC 24 is the longest state highway.
NC 24 is a priority corridor for North Carolina, with the 2004 Official Map showing it 4-lanes from Warsaw to Morehead City (88 miles).
There is a labeled "Old NC 24" east of Beulaville in the DeLorme Atlas.