US 76
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From: Georgia State Line west of Long Creek (Oconee County)
To: North Carolina State Line east of Nichols (Horry County)
Total Length: 301.6 miles  
Nationally, US 76 runs from US 127 Chattanooga TN to Wrightsville Beach NC.
ROUTE LOG
GA STATE LINE: 0 - 0
US 123 SB: 17.7 - 17.7
SC 183: 0.1 - 17.8
SC 24: 1.2 - 19.0
SC 11: 2.8 - 21.8
SC 28 NB, SC 59: 4.1 - 25.9
SC 130: 2.4 - 28.3
SC 93: 4.4 - 32.7
Pickens-Oconee Line: 0.8 - 33.5
SC 133: 1.0 - 34.5
US 123 NB: 0.3 - 34.8
SC 93: 0.7 - 35.5
SC 28 Bus: 0.5 - 36
Anderson-Pickens Line: 1.8 - 37.8
SC 28 Bus: 2.0 - 39.8
SC 187 SB: 0.7 - 40.5
I-85 (exit 19): 5.7 - 46.2
SC 28 SB, BEGIN SC 28 Bus: 1.8 - 48
US 178 WB: 0.8 - 48.8
SC 28 Bus SB: 1.2 - 50.0
US 29 Bus NB, SC 28 Bus, SC 81 NB: 2.4 - 52.4
SC 24: 0.4 - 52.8
US 29 Bus SB, SC 81 SB: 0.2 - 53.0
SC 28 Bus SB: 0.1 - 53.1
US 29 SB: 1.2 - 54.3
US 29 NB: 0.6 - 54.9
SC 252: 3.6 - 58.5
SC 413: 2.9 - 61.4
SC 20 SB: 2.3 - 63.7
SC 20 NB: 0.1 - 63.8
SC 252 WB: 8.2 - 72
US 178 EB: 0.1 - 72.1
SC 252 EB: 0.5 - 72.6
Greenville-Anderson Line: 4.8 - 77.4
US 25 NB: 2.0 - 79.4
US 25 SB: 1.1 - 80.5
Laurens-Greenville Line: 0 - 80.5
SC 101: 6.0 - 86.5
SC 252: 8.1 - 94.6
US 76 Bus: 1.5 - 96.1
SC 14 NB: 1.3 - 97.4
SC 14 SB: 0.2 - 97.6
US 221: 0.8 - 98.4
US 76 Bus, SC 127: 1.8 - 100.2
SC 56 Bus, SC 72 Bus: 6.5 - 106.7
SC 56, SC 72: 1.6 - 108.3
SC 66: 4.2 - 112.5
SC 560: 3.2 - 115.7
Newberry-Laurens Line: 0 - 115.7
SC 121: 10.9 - 126.6
SC 34 EB: 2.0 - 128.6
SC 219: 0.2 - 128.8
SC 34 WB: 0.8 - 129.6
SC 391: 4.9 - 135.5
SC 773: 3.7 - 139.2
SC 202: 4.4 - 143.6
Lexington-Newberry Line: 3.1 - 146.7
Richland-Lexington Line: 5.0 - 151.7
SC 6: 4.7 - 156.4
US 176 WB: 1.3 - 157.7
I-26 WB (exit 101), US 176 EB: 3.4 - 161.1
SC 60: 0.7 - 161.8
Lexington-Richland Line: 1.2 - 163.0
Richland-Lexington Line: 3.6 - 166.6
I-20 (exit 64): 0.7 - 167.3
I-26 EB (exit 108), BEGIN I-126: 0.6 - 167.9
END I-126, BEGIN I-126 Bus, US 21 SB, US 176 EB, US 321 SB: 3.1 - 171.0
SC 48: 0.6 - 171.6
I-126 Bus END, US 21 NB, US 176 WB, US 321 NB: 0.1 - 171.7
SC 277: 0.3 - 172.0
SC 12: 0.5 - 172.5
US 1 SB, US 378 WB: 0.4 - 172.9
US 1 NB: 0.9 - 173.8
SC 16: 2.3 - 176.1
SC 760: 0.2 - 176.3
SC 262: 1.6 - 177.9
I-77 (exit 9): 0.2 - 178.1
SC 768: 2.1 - 180.2
SC 769: 5.0 - 185.2
SC 764: 4.5 - 189.7
US 601: 5.1 - 194.8
SC 263: 2.3 - 197.1
Sumter-Richland Line: 1.2 - 198.3
SC 261: 6.1 - 204.4
SC 441: 1.7 - 206.1
SC 120: 6.8 - 212.9
US 76 Bus, US 521: 0.3 - 213.2
US 15: 2.6 - 215.8
US 401: 1.5 - 217.3
US 76 Bus, US 378 EB: 0.9 - 218.2
SC 154: 7.2 - 225.4
Lee-Sumter Line: 1.7 - 227.1
SC 527: 0.9 - 228
SC 341: 7.1 - 235.9
Florence-Lee Line: 1.9 - 237.8
SC 403 SB: 5.7 - 243.5
SC 403 NB: 1.7 - 245.2
I-95 (exit 157): 4.3 - 249.5
SC 51: 3.8 - 253.3
I-20 Bus: 0.3 - 253.6
US 52: 2.3 - 255.9
US 301 SB, SC 327 NB: 4.7 - 260.6
SC 327 SB: 1.7 - 262.3
Marion-Florence Line: 6.2 - 268.5
US 301 NB: 1.2 - 269.7
SC 576: 6.3 - 276.0
US 501 Bus, SC 41 ALT: 1.4 - 277.4
US 501: 2.8 - 280.2
SC 41, SC 917 WB: 6.2 - 286.4
SC 917 EB: 0.1 - 286.5
SC 9 WB: 6.9 - 293.4
Horry-Marion Line: 0.9 - 294.3
SC 9 EB: 0.7 - 295.0
NC STATE LINE: 6.6 - 301.6
Creation: Appeared in late 1926 as an original US highway running from US 25-29 (now SC 183) Greenville southeast as an addition to SC 2 to Columbia. US 76 was also then assigned to SC 3 to end at US 17 (now US 52) Florence.
Adjustments: 1927, US 76 was removed from S-23-144 Old Stage Rd and S-23-566 Old Laurens Rd between Mauldin and Simpsonville
In 1928, SC 3 was dropped from US 76, but SC 2 for some reason was not.
In 1929, US 76 was removed from Woodyard Rd in Kinards.
In 1933, US 76 west was rerouted at Laurens to instead replace SC 15 to Honea Path; replace SC 24 through Belton to Anderson; attach to SC 24 through Pendleton, Clemson to Seneca; attach to SC 13 to Westminster; replace SC 18 northwest to the Georgia State Line.

1930 Official
State routes from Laurens westward
1930 Official
1933 Official
US 76 extended west ward to Georgia
1933 Official

The old route from Laurens to Greenville became US 276. Today this is I-385 Bus; US 276 from I-385 to Mauldin; SC 417 to Simpsonville; SC 14 to Fountain Inn; very lengthy Old Laurens Rd from Fountain Inn to Barksdale which is mostly not in the secondary system but is S-30-414 on the northernmost couple miles; SC 101 and S-30-13 Main St in Gray Court; SC 14 to Laurens.

1924 Blue Book
SC 2 from Greenville to (I promise) Columbia
1924 Blue Book
1930 Official
US 76 added to SC 2
1930 Official
1933 Official
US 276 replaces US 76 from Greenville to Laurens
1933 Official

In 1934 by Act of State Legislature, US 76 was placed on a bypass of Mayesville. The old route became US 76 ALT (now SC 154 and S-43-1).
In 1935, US 76 was extended east through Marion, Mullins, and Nichols before heading into North Carolina. This was a replacement for US 17.

1922 Auto Trails
SC 3 Columbia to Florence
1922 Auto Trails

1930 Official
US 76 Columbia to Florence
1930 Official

1935 Official
US 76 replaces US 17 east of Florence
1935 Official

In July 1936 (SCDOT), US 76 was placed on new construction in the Five Points area west of Florence. The old route became US 76 ALT (now S-21-29 S. Cashua Dr).
It appears that in 1936 or 1937, US 76/SC 2 received a bypass of Prosperity. The old route became an extended SC 391 and another primary route (likely an ALT designation of US 76, SC 2, or SC 391) that is now S-36-11.
In 1939 or 1940, US 76/SC 2 was put on new construction in the SC 60 area leaving behind an unknown primary designation (now abandoned routing) and a 0.2 mile extension of SC 60.
Also in 1939 or 1940, US 76 was removed from the still-concrete Old Garners Ferry Rd east of SC 768.
In 1940, US 76 was rebuilt west of SC 261 approaching the Wateree River. The old route used SC 261 to Stateburg and S-42-38 westward from there.
Also in 1940, US 76 was routed around the south of Timmonsville. The old route became SC 403 ALT. Today this is S-21-18.
Between 1939-41, US 76/SC 2 was put on new routing west of Little Mountain, leaving behind SC 2 ALT (now S-36-24); also removed from S-36-575 east of Little Mountain.
In 1945, US 76 was removed from Main St and North St in Westminster and placed on its current routing. The old route remained in the primary system as an unknown designation to 1947 and today is S-37-106 North St and S-37-2 Main St.

1940 Oconee County
US 76 on Main St
1940 Oconee County
1946 Oconee County
US 76 removed from Main St
1946 Oconee County

Between 1944-47, US 76 was given its current more direct routing across the Great Pee Dee River. The old route is 2 miles abandoned alignment on the Marion County side and on the Florence County side it is a little S-21-24 plus private Dupont Rd.

1940 Florence County
US 76 dipping to Mars Bluff Bridge
1940 Florence County
1947 Florence County
US 76 on direct routing to the river
1947 Florence County

In 1947, SC 2 was finally dropped from US 76 between Laurens and Columbia.
Also in 1947, US 76 replaced SC 192 along the Newberry Bypass. The old route became US 76 Bus (now a little SC 121, S-36-642 College St, S-36-60 Main St, S-36-383 Glenn/Adelaide Sts).

1930 Official
US 76 through Newberry
1930 Official
1951 Newberry County
US 76 bypasses Newberry
1951 Newberry County

Between 1943-48, US 76 was removed from Main-Gervais in Columbia and instead used Main-Elmwood-Sumter-Gervais

1932 Texaco
US 76 original Columbia route
1932 Texaco
1948 Richland County
US 76 shifted to Sumter St
1948 Richland County

In 1948, US 76 was removed from Cheves St and placed on Palmetto Ave straight through Florence. Cheves St became S-21-92.

1940 Florence County
US 76 using Palmetto-Irby-Cheves
1940 Florence County
1950 Florence County
US 76 on Palmetto all the way
1950 Florence County

Between 1944-50, US 76 was rerouted in Marion to replace US 76 ALT on Liberty St to US 501, then north back to the city center. The old route became S-34-497 Dunlop St and a little S-34-2 on Main St.
In 1951, US 76 was rerouted onto Millwood Ave to Gervais St in Columbia, replacing US 76 ALT. The old route via Devine and Harden became US 21-76 CONN and S-40-10.
Between 1949-52, US 76 was removed from S-4-449 Eastview St in Honea Path.
Between 1951-53, US 76 was rerouted in Marion to its current routing around the south of downtown. This left behind US 501 (now 501 Bus) and Main St (S-34-2).

1943 Marion County
US 76 ALT in Marion
1943 Marion County
1950 Marion County
US 76 replaces US 76 ALT
1950 Marion County
1953 Marion County
US 76 bypasses central Marion
1953 Marion County

About 1955, US 76 was given a bypass of Laurens around the north side. The old route became US 76 Business.

1952 Laurens County
US 76 through Laurens
1952 Laurens County
1963 Laurens County
US 76 bypasses Laurens
1963 Laurens County

In 1957, US 76 was given a bypass of Seneca around the north side. The old route became US 76 Business (now SC 59 and SC 130).

1951 Oconee County
US 76 through Seneca
1951 Oconee County
1963 Oconee County
US 76 bypasses Seneca
1963 Oconee County

Also in 1957, US 76 was removed from the concrete Arthur Rd loop west of Shaw AFB.
In 1958 (bridge date), US 76 was given a bypass of Clemson on the north side. The old route became US 76-123 CONN (now SC 93 east of Seneca River and abnadoned routing west of it).
In Nov 1958 (SCDOT), US 76 was given a bypass of Sumter around the north side. The old route became US 76 Business.

1953 Sumter County
US 76 through Sumter
1953 Sumter County
1963 Sumter County
US 76 bypasses Sumter
1963 Sumter County

In 1959, US 76 was straightened out from Seneca eastward, avoiding the Newry area. A small piece became part of SC 130, but mostly it became S-37-1.

1951 Oconee County
US 76 via Newry area
(note error SC 25 shield)
1951 Oconee County
1963 Oconee County
US 76 on new dual lane routing
1963 Oconee County

Also in 1959, US 76 was rerouted in Columbia to use Bull St to get from Elmwood to Gervais instead of Sumter St.
In 1961, US 76 was rerouted in Columbia using I-26 and I-126 to get to Elmwood. The old route north from Columbia out to the Irmo area remained part of US 176.

1940 Richland County
US 76 in East Columbia
1940 Richland County
1951 Official
US 76 moves to Millwood
1951 Official
1963 Richland County
US 76 moved to Bull St
1963 Richland County
1962 Official
US 76 moves onto I-26 and I-126 into Columbia
1962 Official

In 1962, US 76 was given a bypass of Pendleton on the west side. The old route bacame SC 28 Bus only.

1960 Anderson County
US 76 through Pendleton
1960 Anderson County
1962 Anderson County
US 76 bypasses Pendleton
1962 Anderson County

Between 1953-63, US 76 was placed on Carolina St all the way through Clinton. Previously it used S-30-104 Peachtree St, S-30-3 Main St, and a little SC 56 Bus Broad St.

1952 Laurens County
US 76 through Clinton using Main St
1952 Laurens County
1963 Laurens County
US 76 through Clinton using Main St
1963 Laurens County

In 1964, US 76 was rerouted in Anderson to use Murray Ave instead of Main St. Main St. remained part of SC 28 (now SC 28 Bus except in downtown which is no longer state maintained).

1960 Anderson County
US 76 on Main St through Anderson
1960 Anderson County
1967 Anderson County
US 76 moved to Murray Ave
1967 Anderson County

In 1965 (bridge dates), US 76 was placed on new alignment bypassing Richland, leaving behind S-37-13.

1963 Oconee County
US 76 through Richland
1963 Oconee County
1967 Oconee County
US 76 bypasses Richland
1967 Oconee County

Improvements: US 76's Greenville to Florence routing was mostly paved upon inception, except from Mayesville to Timmonsville and from Clinton to Kinards
By 1932, US 76 was fully paved except between Princeton and Honea Path; Westminster to the Georgia Line.
In 1940, Honea Path to Princeton was fully paved.
In 1942, US 76 was fully paved from Westminster to Georgia, the last section of US Routing in South Carolina to be paved.
The first pieces of US 76 to be 4-lane were in place by 1946: Columbia north to the Broad River and the US 29 Byp multiplex in Anderson.
By 1954, US 76 was 4-lane from Columbia east to SC 262 and also on the US 521 multiplex in Sumter.
In 1957, US 76 was 4-laned from SC 262 to SC 263 and from SC 441 to Sumter.
In 1959, US 76 was 4-laned from Seneca to Clemson and all of Columbia to the end of the Sumter Bypass except the Wateree Swamp crossing.
US 76 was 4-laned in 1961 on its I-26 and I-126 multiplexes.
In 1962, US 76 was multilaned from Clemson past Pendleton and from Florence east to the US 301 split in Pee Dee.
In 1963, US 76 was 4-laned from Pendleton to I-85
US 76 was 4-laned when placed on Murray Ave in Anderson in 1964.
In 1965, US 76 was 4-laned from I-85 south to central Anderson. Also in this timeframe, US 76 was 4-laned a couple miles west of the Seneca Bypass; also, a mile or so east of SC 24.
In 1968 or 1969, US 76 was 4-laned from Anderson east to SC 252 and also from Clinton to Laurens.
In 1971, US 76 was 4-laned across the Wateree River area.
In 1973, US 76 was 4-laned on the Seneca Bypass.
In 1974, US 76 was 4-laned from SC 252 to Belton and from US 301 Pee Dee to Marion. Also, US 76 is shown as 4-laned a couple miles east of Clinton. Also, US 76 was 4-laned from Florence southwest to I-95.
In 1978, US 76 was 4-laned from Marion to Mullins.
In 1982, US 76 was fully 4-laned from Westminster to Seneca.
The Newberry Bypass was 4-laned by 1985, although the 1997 Map is the first to actually show it.
In 1995 or 1996, US 76 was multilaned from Newberry to Prosperity.
Comment: US 76 was the original main east-west route across South Carolina.
US 76 is not that well traveled anymore because of all the towns, and I-20 and I-26 are more direct.
Only northwest of Anderson and between Florence and Marion does US 76 truly maintain its prominence.
US 76 is the longest route in South Carolina currently.


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