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The Highways of South Carolina SC 540 to 549 
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SC 541
From: SC 341 Olanta (Florence County)
To: US 52 Coward (Florence County)
Total Length: 10.8 miles  
ROUTE LOG
SC 341: 0 - 0
SC 403: 3.1 - 3.1
US 52: 7.7 - 10.8
Creation: Appeared in 1948 as upgraded routing. Ran as it does today. This is the 2nd SC 541.
Adjustments: None
Improvements: SC 541 wasn't paved until 1954. No multilane sections.
Comment: Not much excitement to SC 541, though it does require a couple turns to complete. For years in the 70's-80's SC 541 was not posted from either direction on US 52, just a lone reassurance marker if you stumbled upon it.
Previous SC 541's: SC 541 #1: Appeared in 1940 as new primary routing. Ran from SC 94 (current S-45-28) to SC 54 (current US 378) near Barrineau Crossroads.
In 1941 or 1942, SC 541 was extended north to SC 341 Olanta, bringing SC 541's length to 9 miles.
In 1948, SC 541 was downgraded to S-45-32, S-14-18, and S-21-37.
I have no evidence that current SC 541 was an extension of the original SC 541.

 
 
SC 542  not currently assigned
Previous SC 542's: SC 542: Appeared in 1941 or 1942 as new primary routing. Ran from US 301 Wilson Crossroads northwest to SC 54 (current US 378) just west of the Black River.
In 1948, the 8 miles of SC 542 was downgraded to S-14-50 and S-43-35.
SC 543  not currently assigned
Previous SC 543's: SC 543: Appeared in 1941 or 1942 as new primary routing. Ran from SC 54 (current US 378) southeast through Beards Crossroads (US 301) then east to today's S-14-34. SC 543 was 4 miles long.
In 1948, SC 543 was downgraded to S-14-45.

 
 
SC 544
From: US 17 Bus Surfside Beach (Horry County)
To: US 501 Bus Red Hill (Horry County)
Total Length: 14.2 miles  
ROUTE LOG
US 17 Bus: 0 - 0
US 17: 1.9 - 1.9
SC 707: 2.7 - 4.6
US 501: 9.4 - 14
US 501 Bus: 0.2 - 14.2
Creation: Appeared in 1949 as a resurrected route, running from US 17 Murrells Inlet to US 501 near Conway. From Socastee to Conway was a renumbering of US 501. SC 544 was at its longest here at 21 miles.
Adjustments: Between 1980-82, SC 544 was rerouted at Socastee to go to Surfside Beach along what had been a secondary road. Socastee to Murrells Inlet became part of today's SC 707.
Improvements: Fully paved since resurrection. Mulitlaned between US 17 and US 17 Bus between 1997-2000.
Comment: SC 544 will become a useful bypass of Myrtle Beach once SC 31 is extended to it.

 
 
SC 545  not currently assigned
Previous SC 545's: SC 545: Appeared in 1941 or 1942 as new primary routing. Ran from SC 279 (current S-31-31) to US 15 just north of where I-20 is today.
In 1948, the 6 miles of SC 545 was downgraded to S-31-29.

 
 
SC 546  not currently assigned
Previous SC 546's: SC 546: Appeared in 1941 or 1942 as new routing. Ran from US 178 just west of SC 3 to SC 215 (current SC 302) at the N. Edisto River Bridge. THe 1942 map implies SC 546 jogged north on SC 215 1/2 mile and continued west 2 miles on today's S-32-53.
In 1948, the other 5 miles of SC 546 were downgraded to S-32-45.

 
 
SC 547  not currently assigned
Previous SC 547's: SC 547: Appeared in 1941 or 1942 as new primary routing. Ran from SC 92 (current S-44-4) near Union north 4 miles to SC 9 near Kelly
In 1948, SC 547 was downgraded to S-44-30.
SC 548  not currently assigned
Previous SC 548's: SC 548: Appeared in 1941 or 1942 as new primary routing. Ran from SC 51 (current SC 261) Hemingway northeast 3 miles to Crooks Crossroads (S-45-40).
In 1948, SC 548 was downgraded to S-45-34.

Last Update: 2 December 2004

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