South Carolina Highway 9
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Route of SC 9 highlighted in red
|Maintained by SCDOT|
|Length||258.3 mi  (415.7 km)|
|South end||SC 65 in Cherry Grove Beach|
|North end||NC 9 at North Carolina state line near New Prospect|
|Counties||Horry, Marion, Dillon, Marlboro, Chesterfield, Lancaster, Chester, Union, Spartanburg|
South Carolina Highway 9 (SC 9) is a 258.3-mile-long (416 km) major state highway in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The route runs from North Myrtle Beach to the North Carolina border upstate. The road is currently the longest state highway in South Carolina. It is signed as a north–south highway (with North Myrtle Beach as its southern terminus and the North Carolina border as its northern) though overall it runs in an east–west direction. 
This article or section is written in the wrong direction. U.S. road articles are generally written in a south-to-north and west-to-east direction in order to follow the order of their mileposts.
Finally, SC 9 enters the northeast section of Spartanburg and crosses over Interstate 85 and Interstate 585. Then SC 9 joins up with US Route 176. While concurrent, it intersects US Route 29 and a couple of other state highways. Finally, after the ten-mile concurrency with US Route 176 ends, SC 9 leaves the Spartanburg metro.
About 1.5 miles (2.5 km) east of this concurrency, SC 9 intersects SC 150 in downtown Pacolet. In another five miles (8 km) or so, SC 9 enters Jonesville, where SC 9 merges with SC 18. SC 9 merges off SC 18 nearly a mile out of town.
Eight miles east of Chester, SC 9 crosses over Interstate 77 and enters Richburg. SC 9 merges with SC 901 for about a mile. Once in downtown, SC 9 turns left and out of Richburg. It then enters Fort Lawn, where it goes under US Route 21.
Finally, SC 9 enters the rural area of north central SC and rolls through the countryside at interstate speeds, with the biggest thing on the road to Pageland being an intersection with SC 522. While entering Pageland, SC 9 merges with US Route 601. US 601 merges off with SC 151 in downtown Pageland.
SC 9 curves left when it serves as the eastern terminus to SC 265 one mile (1.6 km) from Ruby. Having turned east, SC 9 enters Chesterfield, South Carolina. Once again, it breaks off in a business route and then it meets SC 102 and SC 145.
SC 9 then proceeds onto Cheraw. While entering downtown, SC 9 merges with US Route 52 and then onto US Route 1 to get out of town. SC 9 merges off US 1 after downtown, and SC 9 heads east, where it shortly meets SC 177 and then SC 79.
Seven miles southeast of Cheraw, SC 9 runs into Bennettsville. SC 9 merges with SC 38 for one mile (1.6 km), entering downtown Bennettsville, where SC 9 runs eastward with US Route 401 for nearly a mile before merging off again. There is another SC 9 Business Route.
A further ten miles (16 km) to the east, SC 9 meets up with SC 41 in Lake View, South Carolina. Here SC 9 comes very close to the NC border (about two miles (3 km) south), but as soon as SC 9 leaves town, it heads due south into deep rural land for nine to ten miles (16 km).
Finally, SC 9 enters Nichols where it merges with US Route 76 for a little more than a mile. Another six miles (10 km) goes by before SC 9 begins to enter the beach zone, as another SC 9 Business Route merges off. With SC 9 Bus, SC 9 is able to avoid downtown Loris, go by the Twin City Airport, and have an interchange with US Route 701.
After meeting back up with its Business Route, SC 9 heads towards the NC border, this time as close as a mile. Yet again, SC 9 bends south where it meets SC 905 in Longs, an interchange with SC 31; and then heads into downtown North Myrtle Beach. There it crosses over US Route 17 and SC 90 and goes through one mile (1.6 km) of beach, where it continues as SC 65 along the beachfront.
Established in 1922 as an original state highway, it traversed from SC 23 in Dillon, west to SC 10, in Enoree. By 1926, SC 9 was extended east to Lake View, then replacing SC 47 to Green Sea, then southeast on new primary routing to Little River. On its northern end, SC 9 rerouted from Kelly to SC 19, near Spartanburg, replacing SC 92. The route from Kelly to Enoree was renumbered SC 92.
In 1927, SC 9 was rerouted between Pageland to Lancaster on a more southern route, avoiding the Tradesville area; The old alignment was briefly downgraded to secondary before being renumbered as SC 906. In 1933, SC 9 was realigned on a straight path from Loris to Little River; most of the old route was downgraded to secondary, with exception to Wampee and eastward becoming SC 90. In 1936, SC 9 was extended north through Spartanburg and Boiling Springs to its current northern terminus at the North Carolina state line; replacing SC 177.
In 1940, SC 9 was extended south as a new primary routing to Cherry Grove Beach. Between 1943-1946, SC 9 was rerouted onto Pine Street between Pacolet to Spartanburg; the old route was downgraded to secondary, but then later became SC 295 in 1948. In 1948, SC 9 south end was truncated at US 17, at Nixons Crossroads; the route to Cherry Grove Beach was downgraded. In 1949, SC 9 was given a southern bypass of Chesterfield, leaving its first business loop through the downtown (since decommissioned). Also in that same year, SC 9 was moved on a more direct routing between Pageland to Lancaster, replacing SC 906; the old routing was renumbered as SC 902 and SC 903 (today US 601).
In 1956, SC 9 was given a southern bypass of Chester, leaving a business loop through downtown. By 1962, SC 9 was rerouted in Spartanburg, utilizing Pine Street to Interstate 585, then north along Boiling Springs Road. Part of the old routing through the downtown area beame part of SC 56. By 1967, SC 9 was given a northern bypass of Lancaster, leaving a business loop through downtown. In 1974, SC 9 was rerouted north into Dillon via US 301/ US 501; leaving 3rd Avenue (later becoming Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard).
From 1982-1985, SC 9 moved onto bypass route from Loris to Green Sea, leaving a business loop through downtown Loris. Also around that same time, SC 9 was moved onto a western bypass of Bennettsville, leaving a business loop through downtown. By 1988, SC 9 was re-extended to its current southern terminus at Cherry Grove Beach, replacing part of SC 65. 
|Horry||Cherry Grove Beach||0.0||0.0||SC 65 south (Ocean Boulevard) – North Myrtle Beach|
|North Myrtle Beach||1.5||2.4||US 17 south (Kings Highway) – North Myrtle Beach||Interchange; south end of US 17 overlap|
|Little River||2.3||3.7||SC 90 to US 17 north – Conway, Wilmington||Interchange|
|2.6||4.2||US 17 north – Wilmington||Interchange; north end of US 17 overlap; no southbound exit|
|4.5||7.2||SC 31 south (Carolina Bays Parkway) – Myrtle Beach, Georgetown||Interchange|
|Longs||9.7||15.6||SC 905 (Pireway Road) – Conway, Pireway|
SC 9 Bus. north – Loris
|Loris||23.3||37.5||US 701 – Loris, Tabor City|
SC 410 / SC 9 Bus. south – Green Sea, Loris
|||41.1||66.1||US 76 east – Fair Bluff||East end of US 76 overlap|
|Marion||Nichols||42.8||68.9||US 76 west (Mullins Street) – Mullins, Marion||West end of US 76 overlap|
|Dillon||Lake View||51.3||82.6||SC 41 (Richard Temple Boulevard) – Marion, Marietta|
|Dillon||63.6||102.4||SC 57 south (Lockemy Highway) – Mullins||South end of SC 57 overlap|
|64.4||103.6||US 301 south / US 501 south / SC 34 west – Latta, Darlington||South end of US 301/501 overlap|
|65.3||105.1||US 301 / US 501 north (Second Avenue) – Fayetteville||North end of US 301/501 overlap|
|66.5||107.0||I-95 – Florence, Fayetteville||I-95 exit 193|
|Little Rock||69.8||112.3||SC 57 north||North end of SC 57 overlap|
|Marlboro||Clio||81.6||131.3||SC 381 (Society Street/Red Bluff Street) – McColl, Blenheim|
|||I-73||Proposed interchange  |
|Bennettsville||89.1||143.4||US 15 north / US 401 north – McColl||North end of US 15/401 overlap|
SC 38 south / SC 9 Bus. north / SC 38 Bus. north (Broad Street) – Marion, Myrtle Beach
|South end of SC 38 overlap|
|91.1||146.6||US 15 south / US 401 south – Society Hill, Hartsville||South end of US 15/401 overlap|
|91.6||147.4||SC 385 (Main Street) – Hartsville|
SC 38 north (Oakwood Street) / SC 9 Bus. south (Cheraw Highway) – Hamlet
|North end of SC 38 overlap|
|||97.4||156.8||SC 79 north – Laurinburg|
|||98.6||158.7||SC 912 south (Willamette Road)|
|Wallace||103.8||167.0||SC 177 north – Hamlet|
|104.6||168.3||US 1 north – Rockingham||North end of US 1 overlap|
|Chesterfield||Cheraw||106.5||171.4||US 52 north (2nd Street) – Morven, Wadesboro||North end of US 52 overlap|
|107.7||173.3||US 1 south / US 52 south – Camden, Columbia||South end of US 1/52 overlap|
|Chesterfield||119.0||191.5||SC 102 south (Craig Street) – Hartsville|
|119.3||192.0||SC 145 – McBee, Wadesboro|
|Ruby||123.2||198.3||SC 265 west – Jefferson|
|125.1||201.3||SC 109 south (Market Street)||South end of SC 109 overlap|
|Mount Croghan||128.2||206.3||SC 109 north / SC 268 south (Depot Street) – Jefferson, Wadesboro||North end of SC 109 overlap|
|Pageland||137.4||221.1||SC 151 (Van Lingle Mungo Boulevard) – Hartsville, Monroe|
US 601 north / SC 151 Bus. (Pearl Street)
|North end of US 601 overlap|
|138.4||222.7||SC 207 north (Elm Street) – Monroe|
|141.5||227.7||US 601 south – Kershaw||South end of US 601 overlap|
|Lancaster||Buford||152.0||244.6||SC 522 – Heath Springs|
US 521 south (Lancaster Bypass) / SC 9 Bus. north (Arch Street) – Lancaster, Heath Springs
|South end of US 521 overlap|
|161.0||259.1||SC 200 (Monroe Highway) – Lancaster|
US 521 north / US 521 Bus. south (Charlotte Highway) – Van Wyck, Charlotte
|North end of US 521 overlap|
SC 9 Bus. south (Meeting Street) / Riverside Road – Lancaster, Van Wyck
|Chester||Fort Lawn||168.3||270.9||US 21 (Catawba River Road) – Rock Hill, Great Falls|
|||173.2||278.7||SC 99 south (Richburg Road) – Great Falls|
|Richburg||176.5||284.0||SC 901 south (Mountain Gap Road) – Richburg||South end of SC 901 overlap|
|176.9||284.7||SC 223 east (Wylies Mill Road)||To Landsford Canal State Park|
|||178.0||286.5||SC 901 north (Edgeland Road) – Edgemoor||North end of SC 901 overlap|
|||178.4||287.1||I-77 – Charlotte, Columbia||I-77 exit 65|
|||181.5||292.1||SC 909 west (Oakley Hall School Road)|
SC 72 west /
SC 97 north /
SC 121 north (J.A. Cochran Bypass)|
SC 9 Bus. north (Lancaster Street)
|East end of SC 72 and north end of SC 97/121 overlap|
US 321 south / US 321 Bus. north / SC 97 south (Columbia Road) – Winnsboro
|South end of US 321 and SC 97 overlap|
|191.2||307.7||SC 72 west / SC 121 south (West End Street) – Carlisle||West end of SC 72 and south end of SC 121 overlap|
SC 9 Bus. east (Pinckney Street)
|192.3||309.5||US 321 north (Lowrys Highway) – York||North end of US 321 overlap|
|||206.5||332.3||SC 49 north (Lockhart Highway) – York||North end of SC 49 overlap|
|Union||Lockhart||207.2||333.5||SC 49 south (Lockhart Highway) – Union||South end of SC 49 overlap|
|||209.6||337.3||SC 105 (Mount Tabor Church Road) – Union|
|||218.6||351.8||SC 114 – Gaffney, Union|
|||220.5||354.9||SC 18 south (Jonesville Highway) – Union||South end of SC 18 overlap|
|Jonesville||221.6||356.6||SC 18 north (Pacolet Street) – Gaffney||North end of SC 18 overlap|
|Spartanburg||Pacolet||228.4||367.6||SC 150 (Glenn Springs Road) – Glenn Springs, Gaffney|
|230.3||370.6||US 176 east – Union||East end of US 176 overlap|
|230.6||371.1||SC 295 north (Southport Road)|
|Spartanburg||238.8||384.3||US 29 (Saint John Street) – Cowpens|
|239.2||385.0||SC 296 west (Daniel Morgan Avenue)|
|240.5||387.0||US 221 (Whitney Road) – Chesnee||South end of I-585 overlap; exit 25B|
|240.7||387.4||I-585 north / US 176 west||North end of I-585 and west end of US 176; exit 25A|
Access to northbound via Milliken Road
|242.2||389.8||I-85 Bus. – Charlotte, Greenville||I-85 Business exit 6|
|Boiling Springs||243.6||392.0||I-85 – Charlotte, Greenville||I-85 exit 75|
|||250.8||403.6||SC 292 south – Inman|
|New Prospect||253.7||408.3||SC 11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway) – Campobello, Chesnee|
|||258.3||415.7||NC 9 north – Mill Spring||Continuation beyond North Carolina state line|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
|Location||Loris, South Carolina|
|Length||13.5 mi  (21.7 km)|
SC 9 Business begins nearly 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Loris, heading due south from SC 9. However, it only goes south for about a mile, before turning eastward at the eastern terminus of SC 917. SC 9 BUS then makes the run into downtown Loris, the downtown being at the intersection with U.S. 701. As soon as SC 9 Business passes US 701, it heads a mile and a half back to SC 9.
|Location||Bennettsville, South Carolina|
|Length||2.4 mi  (3.9 km)|
SC 9 Business begins one mile (1.6 km) north of Bennettsville when SC 9 merges with SC 38. SC 9 Business heads straight into downtown Bennettsville, where just before downtown SC 9 merges with SC 385. There it runs just north of downtown before moving south in the outskirts of town and ends again at SC 9.
|Location||Chesterfield, South Carolina|
|Length||2.2 mi  (3.5 km)|
South Carolina Highway 9 Business was a business loop along Main Street in Chesterfield. Established in 1949, when SC 9 was moved onto new road, bypassing south of Main Street; however, by 1956, SC 9 Business was already decommissioned. Though official maps from the state show that Main Street is a secondary road (SC-S-13-1), some online mapping sites still label it as a branch of SC 9.  
|Location||Lancaster, South Carolina|
|Length||5.3 mi  (8.5 km)|
SC 9 Business merges off SC 9 Bypass (F.W. McWhirter Expressway) about 2 miles (3.2 km) northwest of Lancaster. After going south for half a mile, SC 9 Business bends eastwards and heads straight eastwards. SC 9 Business merges onto US 521 for one block and then merges back off, crosses over SC 200, and quickly SC 9 Business is out of downtown on E. Arch St. A half mile after crossing over SC 200, SC 9 Business ends at SC 9 Bypass. Other than Spartanburg, the City of Lancaster is the largest urban area SC 9 runs through before reaching the North Myrtle Beach area.
|Location||Chester, South Carolina|
|Length||2.7 mi  (4.3 km)|
Like all the numbered highways in Chester, SC 9 Business goes straight through downtown, and the bypass route makes a half-moon path around Chester. SC 9 Business shares a brief concurrency with US 321 Business and SC 97 Business, and then with SC 72/ 121 Business.
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