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Photo: NC 42 with NC 22, stretching off into the distance (Adam Prince)
|N.C. 42 226 miles|
|The Road:||Begins at I-73/74, US 220 Asheboro (Randolph County) and ends at NC 45 Colerain (Bertie County).||Towns and Attractions:||Randolph Co.: Asheboro
Chatham Co.: Bennett
Lee Co.: Sanford, Jonesboro Heights
Chatham Co.: None
Harnett Co.: None
Wake Co.: Fuquay-Varina
Johnston Co.: Clayton
Wilson Co.: Wilson
Edgecombe Co.: Pinetops, Conetoe
Martin Co.: Oak City
Bertie Co.: Lewiston-Woodville, Aulander
Hertford Co.: Ahoskie
Bertie Co.: Powellsville, Colerain
NC 42 is an original state highway. The 1921 official implies the corridor ran directly from Wilson to Tarboro, but the 1922 Official shows NC 42 running from NC 40 (current US 301) near Wilson to NC 12 (current US 258) near Pinetops.
In 1931, NC 42 east may have been truncated to NC 43 Pinetops, as NC 43 was extended from Rocky Mount to Greenville.
NC 42 extended to NC 23
In 1935, NC 42 was extended north briefly with NC 39, then west again as new routing through Clayton, duplexed north with NC 50 into Wake County, then proceeded west as new routing to end at US 401 McCullers.
NC 42 extended to McCullers
In 1940, NC 42 was rebuilt west of NC 39. Originally, NC 42 used SR 2116 Renfrow Narrow Rd; NC 39; SR 1733 Antioch Church Rd; SR 1720 Thanksgiving Pine Rd; SR 1700 Covered Bridge Rd through Archer Lodge; NC 1708 N. Oneil St into Clayton. Now, NC 42 began using its current routing to Clayton.
In 1948, NC 42 was rerouted west of NC 50 to use the modern NC 42 from Clayton to its new endpoint at US 15-A (now US 401) Fuquay-Varina. Previously, NC 42 used SR 1551 Guy Rd and SR 1552 Amelia Church Rd west of Clayton; modern NC 42; SR 1010 Cleveland Rd; NC 50; SR 1010 Ten-ten Rd to McCullers.
In 1952, NC 42 was extended east as new primary routing to US 64 Conetoe.
Also about 1952, NC 42 was placed on the new US 70 Bypass of Clayton.
In 1959 or 1960, NC 42 was extended west as new primary routing to US 421 near Sanford.
In 1963, NC 42 was extended in both directions:
west: NC 42 was extended west as a duplex with US 421 into Sanford, then replacing Lee/Chatham SR 1009, Chatham SR 2308, duplexed with NC 22 to Coleridge, then replaced NC 902 to end at US 220-311/NC 49-A (just US 220 Bus now) Asheboro.
east: NC 42 was extended east replacing Edgecombe SR 1528 and Martin SR 1316 through Hassell to end at NC 125-903 near Hamilton.
In 1969, NC 42 was extended west to the US 220 freeway, replacing SR 1004.
Also in 1969, NC 42 was given its current routing around the west and north of Wilson.
In 1975, NC 42 was rerouted at NC 11 to head north through Oak City , Lewiston-Woodville and Aulander (with NC 11); NC 42 cut east to Ahoskie and then to NC 45 Colerain, replacing NC 350. The route through Hassell to NC 125-903 became NC 142.
NC 42 is not a route one would drive from end-to-end...US 64 nearly accomplishes the same result.
In the 70s-early 80s, the Ten-Ten Rd exit on US 1 was labeled "Old NC 42". However, this could only have been true in 1947 based on map evidence I do have.
The Wilson bypass that NC 42 uses is very long compared to circling the other direction, but that would have left the NW segment without a primary route number.