Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation is accelerating plans for the Camden Road to I-95 section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop.
Officials are developing a design-build contract for the section and the project should be awarded in late 2017, a year ahead of schedule, which means in turn it can be completed earlier than originally planned.
A design-build project is awarded to a team composed of a contractor and design firm that will complete the design, purchase the right of way, obtain the proper permitting, coordinate the utility relocations and construct the project, all under a single contract. Making it a single contract helps reduce overall construction time and project cost inflation, and allows the contractor to make innovations that save taxpayers money, lessens environmental impacts and lessens driving delays for motorists.
It was just last week that another section of the Outer Loop opened between Bragg Boulevard and the All-American Freeway, after more than a year of construction. This past August, the section between Bragg Boulevard and Ramsey Street also opened, providing a direct connection from Fort Bragg to I-95.
The news also comes in conjunction with the Friday, Dec. 9, opening of Murchison Road (N.C. 210) to six lanes from the Outer Loop to north of N.C. 24/87/210 in Spring Lake.
The entire 39-mile Outer Loop project will be completed by 2025. It will improve traffic flow on local roads in the area, and provide interstate connectivity for the region, improving regional mobility. That in turn will encourage economic development, enhance freight movement and strengthen military connections involving Fort Bragg.