U.S. Route 1 is a major north-south highway running across Wake County.

Route Description

US 1 enters Wake County in the southwest, following a four-lane freeway through the towns of Apex and Cary. The freeway connects to several major roads, including NC 540, NC 55, Ten Ten Road, and US 64. US 1 and US 64 briefly run concurrently through eastern Cary before splitting apart at I-40 in Southwest Raleigh. US 64 follows I-40 around the south side of Raleigh, while US 1 follows I-440 around the west and north sides of the city's downtown area. At exit 11, US 1 splits from I-440 and follows Capital Boulevard northeast, running concurrent with US 401. 2.25 miles later, US 401 leaves Capital Boulevard to follow Louisburg Road, US 1 continuing north. After an interchange with I-540 near Triangle Town Center, US 1 reduces to four lanes, leaves Raleigh, and bypasses the town of Wake Forest to the west. US 1 continues north across the Franklin County line, ending the Capital Boulevard designation.

Exit List

Exit Number Intersecting Street Name Destination(s) City Notes
89 New Hill Holleman Road   New Hill  
93 NC 540 Durham, Raleigh  
95 NC 55 (Williams Street) Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina Apex  
96 Ten Ten Road    
98A Tryon Road   Cary  
98B US 64 West Apex, Pittsboro, Asheboro  
99 Cary Parkway    
101 Walnut Street, Crossroads Boulevard, Buck Jones Road    
1A I-40 East/US 64 East Wilmington, Rocky Mount, Wilson Raleigh  Begin I-440
1B I-40 West Durham, Greensboro, Winston-Salem  
1C Jones Franklin Road    
1D Melburne Road    
2 Western Boulevard North Carolina State University  
3 NC 54 (Hillsborough Street) North Carolina State University, North Carolina State Fair, Downtown Raleigh  
4 Wade Avenue PNC ArenaCarter-Finley StadiumRaleigh-Durham International Airport  
5 Lake Boone Trail Rex Hospital  
6 Ridge Road    
7 US 70/NC 50(Glenwood Avenue) Crabtree Valley Mall, Durham, Downtown Raleigh  
8 Six Forks Road North Hills  
10 Wake Forest Road    
11 US 1 North/US 401 (Capital Boulevard) Wake Forest, Louisburg, Downtown Raleigh  
US 1 follows Capital Boulevard from I-440 northward
118 I-540 Durham, Knightdale Raleigh Proposed exit number
119 Durant Road/Perry Creek Road   Interchange not yet built
121 Burlington Mills Road   Wake Forest Interchange not yet built
123 Falls of Neuse Road/US 1-A (South Main Street) Raleigh, Wake Forest Interchange not yet built
124 NC 98 (Dr. Calvin Jones Highway) Wake Forest, Durham, Bunn  
125 Business NC 98 (Durham Road) Downtown Wake Forest  
127 Harris Road/Purnell Road   Interchange not yet built


As part of a long-term strategic corridor plan, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) have proposed upgrading a section of US 1 to a freeway between I-540 in Raleigh and Purnell/Harris Roads near the Wake/Franklin County line. Originally scheduled to begin construction in 2021, the $465 million project has been pushed back to 2024 due to rising land value costs in northern Wake County; it was later pushed back to 2025 following severe economic hardships NCDOT faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project widens the corridor to six lanes and would construct or modify interchanges at the following locations:

  • Durant/Perry Creek Roads
  • Burlington Mills Road
  • Falls of Neuse Road/South Main Street
  • NC 98
  • Business NC 98
  • Purnell/Harris Roads

Access to business and neighborhoods along the corridor will be restricted to nearby and proposed frontage roads.