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An old Brunswick County map shows N.C. 133 as a TS-SC-Gravel road. What does that mean?

Ken Little
StarNews

Q. I have been researching historic roads by old county and state maps. As I looked over the Brunswick County map I learned the road between Belville and Southport (N.C. 133) was unpaved in 1930 and known as a TS-SC-Gravel road. What does the TS and SC stand for? Also, the state used an A, B, C Class designation for different types of roads they maintained. What did each letter represent?

A. N.C. Department of Transportation staff members researched N.C. DOT records for the out-of-use designations, and their efforts paid off.

Benjamin T. Hughes, Wilmington-based senior assistant district engineer, relayed the following information:

  • Class A: Highways whose major purpose is to serve intercommunity traffic.
  • Class B: Highways serving approximately equal proportions of farm and intercommunity traffic.
  • Class C: Highways whose major purpose is to serve traffic between farms, mills, camps, et cetera, and roads of classes A and B.
  • TS is top soil and SC is sand clay.

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2 Responses to “ An old Brunswick County map shows N.C. 133 as a TS-SC-Gravel road. What does that mean?”

  1. On February 24, 2014 at 9:23 pm Don Eggert wrote:

    Not sure the reference to TDOT is correct. Seems it should be NCDOT.

  2. On February 25, 2014 at 11:49 am Si Cantwell wrote:

    The reporter I used lives in Tennessee (formerly of Wilmington). I imagine he tried NCDOT but got better results across the state line.



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