U.S. Route 117 south - Goldsboro to Faison
Pulling away from the southern terminus of Interstate 795, U.S. Route 117 passes along the west side of Goldsboro, North Carolina, with three lanes in each direction for the time being. Overlapping US 117 here are U.S. Route 13, which has a separate bypass of Goldsboro to the north, and North Carolina Highway 581. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
Shields for all three routes are posted here. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
Further south, after US 117 receives the south end of Goldsboro's iteration of US 117 Business, the route approaches a traffic signal for the NC 581 split. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
Signs with warning flashers sit on each side of the southbound carriageway approaching the signal. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
The designated truck entrance for the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in the city is accessible through a left turn onto NC 581, then left on Westbrook and right on Slocumb. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
NC 581 is known as Arrington Bridge Road (after its crossing of the Neuse River) from here until it bears onto Bill Lane Boulevard, which takes it to an end at North Carolina Highway 111. Arrington Bridge Road then becomes SR 1915. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
The remaining routes (117 and 13) begin to clear of trees as a pond dwells in the highway's median. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
The highway's two carriageways proceed to merge back together. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
After it crosses the Neuse River, US 117 enters the outlying community of Mar-Mac. Less than half a mile to the south of this traffic signal, US 13 leaves the corridor bound for the Fayetteville area to the southwest by way of Newton Grove, leaving US 117 to continue solo. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
Another alternate route of US 117, this one serving Mount Olive and Calypso, begins just ahead. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
In the distance, a green sign announces an upcoming interchange with O'Berry Road, leading east to Dudley. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
The gore of the southbound O'Berry Road ramp. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
The next interchange is with Country Club Road (SR 1135), leading to the Southern Wayne Country Club north of Mount Olive. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
Country Club Road sits just ahead. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
There is then an interchange with North Carolina Highway 55, and is the exit directly serving Mount Olive. From the exit, NC 55 leads west to Newton Grove in Clinton County via NC 50, and east to Kinston in Lenoir County via NC 11. Photo taken 10-02-2023.
Off this exit is the University of Mount Olive as well as the namesake pickle company. Photo taken 10-02-2023.