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NCDOT Opens Murchison Road Section of Fayetteville Outer Loop

Fayetteville - Braving cold winds, officials from the N.C. Department of Transportation, Fort Bragg, the City of Fayetteville and the Town of Spring Lake held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the widening of Murchison Road.

This project widens 3.6 miles of the highway to six lanes from the Fayetteville Outer Loop to north of N.C. 24/87/210 in Spring Lake. The stretch from the Outer Loop to Honeycutt Road is already complete, and the section celebrated today runs from Honeycutt Road to north of N.C. 24/87/210. Barnhill Contracting began work on this $32.3 million project in January 2013, and final completion is scheduled for Dec. 31, 2016.

The widening of Murchison Road was necessary to support the closure of Bragg Boulevard through Fort Bragg. The boulevard closed to northbound traffic in August, and all traffic in September. It was funded jointly through NCDOT and the Department of Defense (Defense Access Road Program).

This work coincides with the completion of several key sections of the Fayetteville Outer Loop, which has been fully funded through the Strategic Transportation Investments Law:

  • The stretch from Ramsey Street to Bragg Boulevard, which establishes an interstate connection between Fort Bragg and I-95, was completed this past summer.
  • The section from Bragg Boulevard to the All-American Freeway opened Dec. 2.
  • The section from the All-American Freeway to Cliffdale Road is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in October 2018.
  • This summer, an $85.2 million design-build contract for the section of the loop from Cliffdale Road to U.S. 401/Raeford Road was awarded. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2017 with completion set for May 2021.
  • Design is underway for the next stretch from U.S. 401/Raeford Road to Camden Road, with construction to begin in 2018.
  • A design-build contract will be developed for the section from Camden Road to I-95, and the project should be awarded in late 2017.
  • Overall loop completion is currently scheduled for 2025.

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2/19/2018 7:47 AM