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.
Date posted: February 24, 2014
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