U.S. Route 521

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US 521.svg
U.S. Route 521
U.S. Route 521
US 521 highlighted in red
Route information
Auxiliary route of US 21
Length177.3 mi [1]  (285.3 km)
Existed1932–present
Major junctions
South endUS 17.svg US 17 in Georgetown, SC
Major intersections
North endI-485.svg I-485 in Charlotte, NC
Location
Country United States
States South Carolina, North Carolina
CountiesSC: Georgetown, Williamsburg, Clarendon, Sumter, Kershaw, Lancaster
NC: Mecklenburg
Highway system



I-520.svg I-520 SC South Carolina 522.svg SC 522
US 501.svg US 501 NC NC 522.svg NC 522
US 521 in Indian Land, South Carolina US 521 in Indian Land.jpg
US 521 in Indian Land, South Carolina

U.S. Route 521 (US 521) is a northsouth United States Highway that traverses 177.3 miles (285.3 km), from Georgetown, South Carolina, to Charlotte, North Carolina. Though numbered as an auxiliary route of US 21, it does not actually intersect its parent or any of its sibling routes, though it is in the same general part of the country as other routes from its family. Historically, it once connected to US 21 in Pineville, North Carolina, but various changes have left it terminating a few miles short of the current US 21.

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Route description

South Carolina

Starting at the city of Georgetown, US 521 runs through the town Andrews to Greeleyville. From here to the city of Manning it is known as the Greeleyville Highway. There is a brief section right before Manning where it runs concurrent with SC 261. In Manning SC 261 branches off and US 521 merges with US 301 for a short distance. It crosses over Interstate 95 (I-95) and heads to the city of Sumter. In Sumter, it runs together with US Business 378. Leaving Sumter, US 521 is known as Camden Highway. It passes under I-20 and proceeds to Camden. It then goes on to the town of Kershaw, running concurrent with US 601. The final city it goes through before going into North Carolina is Lancaster.

North Carolina

US 521 traverses 3.8 miles (6.1 km) from the South Carolina state line to I-485. The entire route is a four- to six-lane divided highway, split in naming between Lancaster Highway and Johnston Road.

History

Established in 1932, it was overlapped entirely with SC 26, from Georgetown to the North Carolina state line, where it continued with NC 26 into Pineville, where it ended at U.S. Route 21/NC 261 (now NC 51). In 1933, SC 26 was decommissioned; followed in 1934 with the decommissioning of NC 26.

In 1949, US 521 was rerouted in Williamsburg County to run directly from Andrews, through Salters and Greeleyville, to Manning; which replaced SC 171 and part of SC 261, the old alignment became part of SC 377 and SC 261. Between 1962 and 1964, US 521 was rerouted at the Sumter-Kershaw county line to Camden; the old alignment became an extension of SC 261.

In 1969, US 521 was extended 19 miles (31 km) north, via South Boulevard, and Wilkinson Blvd, then in 1981, by way of Woodlawn Road, and Billy Graham Parkway, to I-85 in Charlotte.

Between 1986 and 1988, US 521 was moved west onto new highway west of Dalzell, bypassing the town; the old alignment was downgraded to secondary roads.

In 1996, US 521 was rerouted onto I-485, between exits 61 and 65; the old alignment was downgraded to secondary roads. In 2003, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approved US 521 to be truncated at its current northern terminus at the Johnston Road/I-485 interchange; its old alignment north to I-85 was downgraded to secondary roads. [2] [3] [4]

Future

There are plans to make US 521 a four-lane highway from Georgetown to I-95, in Manning. This would improve[ according to whom? ] a route for beach goers traveling toward the Litchfield/Pawleys area.

Junction list

StateCountyLocationmi [1] kmExitDestinationsNotes
South Carolina Georgetown Georgetown 0.00.0US 17.svg US 17 (Fraser Street) Charleston, Myrtle Beach Southern terminus
0.10.16Alt plate.svg
US 17.svg
US 17 Alt. (Exchange Street) Pawleys Island, Myrtle Beach
Southern end of US 17 Alt. concurrency
Sampit 9.515.3Alt plate.svg
US 17.svg
US 17 Alt. (Saints Delight Road) Jamestown, Moncks Corner
Northern end of US 17 Alt. concurrency
16.025.7Business plate.svg
US 521.svg
US 521 Bus.  Andrews
18.529.8To plate South Carolina.svg
Business plate South Carolina.svg
South Carolina 41.svg
To SC 41 Bus.  Andrews
19.531.4South Carolina 41.svg SC 41 (County Line Road) Jamestown, Charleston Southern end of SC 41 concurrency
Williamsburg Andrews 21.033.8Business plate.svg
US 521.svg
South Carolina 41.svg US 521 Bus.  / SC 41 (County Line Road) Hemingway
Northern end of SC 41 concurrency
38.061.2South Carolina 377.svg SC 377 (Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue) Lane, Kingstree
45.573.2US 52.svg US 52 (Williamsburg County Highway) Charleston, Kingstree
Greeleyville 48.578.1South Carolina 375.svg SC 375 south (Gourdin Road) St. Stephen, Charleston Northern terminus of SC 375
Clarendon 60.597.4South Carolina 261.svg SC 261 east (Kingstree Highway) Kingstree Southern end of SC 261 concurrency
Manning 63.5102.2South Carolina 261.svg SC 261 west (Boyce Street)Northern end of SC 261 concurrency
64.0103.0US 301.svg US 301 south (Brooks Street)Southern end of US 301 concurrency
65.5105.4US 301.svg US 301 north Turbeville Northern end of US 301 concurrency
67.0107.8I-95.svg I-95  / Main Street north (US 301 Conn. north) Florence, Savannah I-95 exit 122; southern terminus of US 301 Conn. and Main Street
Alcolu Main Street south (US 301 Conn. south)Northern terminus of US 301 Conn. and Main Street
Sumter SumterSouth Sumter line80.5129.6US 15.svg US 15 (Pocalla Road) Summerton, Bishopville
To plate.svg
US 15.svg
US 15 Conn. south to US 15 south
Northern terminus of US 15 Conn.
Sumter 82.3132.4South Carolina 763.svgHospital sign.svg SC 763 (West Liberty Street) – Genealogical and Historical Research Center, Sumter County Museum
83.0133.6Business plate.svg
US 76.svg
US 76 Bus. east (Broad Street) / Bultman Drive north Sumter
Southern end of US 76 Bus. concurrency; Bultman Drive continues past intersection
86.0138.4Business plate.svg
US 76.svg
US 76 Bus. west (Broad Street) Shaw Air Force Base, Columbia
Northern end of US 76 Bus. concurrency
To plate.svg
US 76.svg
To plate.svg
US 378.svg
South Pike West east to US 76 east / US 378 east Conway
No access from US 521 to westbound US 76/US 378 or from eastbound US 76/US 378 to US 521
Dalzell 93.5150.5South Carolina 441.svg SC 441 (Peach Orchard Road) Bishopville, Shaw Air Force Base
Kershaw 107.0172.2South Carolina 261.svg SC 261 (Boykin Road)
Camden 110.0177.0I-20.svg I-20  Columbia, Florence I-20 exit 98
Truck plate.svg
US 521.svg
Begin plate.svg
Truck plate.svg
US 1.svg
US 521 Truck north (Ehrenclou Drive) / US 1 Truck begins Camden High School
Southern end of US 1 Truck concurrency; southern terminus of US 1 Truck and US 521 Truck
Truck plate.svg
US 1.svg
Truck plate South Carolina.svg
South Carolina 34.svg
US 1 Truck north / SC 34 Truck north (York Street / US 521 Truck north) Camden High School, Alpha Center
Northern end of US 1 Truck concurrency; southern terminus of US 521 Truck and SC 34 Truck
111.0178.6US 1.svgUS 601.svgSouth Carolina 34.svg US 1  / US 601 south / SC 34 (Dekalb Street) Columbia, Cheraw, Bishopville Southern end of US 601 concurrency
Truck plate.svg
US 521.svg
Truck plate.svg
US 601.svg
US 521 Truck south / US 601 Truck south (Boykin Road) / Cool Springs Drive east – Springdale Race Course, Steeplechase Museum, Camden Country Club
Northern terminus of US 521 Truck, US 601 Truck, and Boykin Road; western terminus of Cool Springs Drive
113.0181.9South Carolina 97.svg SC 97 north (Liberty Hill Road) Great Falls Southern terminus of SC 97
Lancaster Kershaw 133.0214.0South Carolina 341.svg SC 341 south (Marion Street) Bethune Northern terminus of SC 341 north
133.3214.5US 601.svg US 601 north (Hilton Street) Pageland Northern end of US 601 concurrency
Heath Springs 139.0223.7South Carolina 522.svg SC 522 south (Caston Street) Liberty Hill
Pleasant Hill 142.0228.5South Carolina 522.svg SC 522 north (Rocky River Road)
148.0238.2Business plate.svg
US 521.svg
US 521 Bus. north (Kershaw Camden Highway)
Southern terminus of US 521 Bus.
Lancaster 149.0239.8South Carolina 903.svg SC 903 (Flat Creek Road) Lancaster, McBee, Hartsville, Myrtle Beach Interchange
150.0241.4South Carolina 9.svgBusiness plate South Carolina.svg
South Carolina 9.svg
SC 9 south (Pageland Highway) / SC 9 Bus. north (Arch Street) Pageland, Lancaster
Southern end of SC 9 concurrency; interchange
Lancaster 152.0244.6South Carolina 200.svg SC 200 (Monroe Road) Lancaster, Monroe Interchange
152.5245.4Business plate.svg
US 521.svg
South Carolina 9.svg US 521 Bus. south (Main Street) / SC 9 north Chester
Northern end of SC 9 concurrency; northern terminus of US 521 Bus.; interchange
159.0255.9South Carolina 5.svgTruck plate South Carolina.svg
South Carolina 75.svg
SC 5 north / SC 75 Truck south (Rock Hill Highway) Rock Hill
Southern end of SC 75 Truck concurrency; southern terminus of SC 5
161.5259.9South Carolina 75.svg SC 75 south (Rebound Road)Northern end of SC 75 Truck concurrency; southern end of SC 75 concurrency
165.0265.5South Carolina 75.svg SC 75 north (Waxhaw Highway) Waxhaw Northern end of SC 75 concurrency
Indian Land 172.0276.8South Carolina 160.svg SC 160 north (Fort Mill Highway) Fort Mill Southern terminus of SC 160
 173.5
0.0
279.2
0.0
South Carolina–North Carolina state line
North Carolina Mecklenburg Charlotte 1.01.6Lancaster Highway Pineville
3.86.1I-485.svg I-485  Matthews, Pineville Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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Four special routes of U.S. Route 521 exist, and two others have existed in the past. In order from south to north they are as follows.

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References

  1. 1 2 Google (January 31, 2011). "Overview Map of US 521" (Map). Google Maps . Google. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  2. "US 521 Route Change (2003-09-15)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 15, 2003. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  3. "Mapmikey's South Carolina Highways Page: US 521" . Retrieved January 15, 2012.[ self-published source ]
  4. "NCRoads.com: U.S. 521" . Retrieved January 15, 2012.[ self-published source ]
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