Fayetteville - The N.C. Department of Transportation will open the next section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop Friday, Dec. 2.
Officials are opening I-295 between Bragg Boulevard and the All-American Freeway after more than a year of construction. The project is finishing on time. This past August, the section of the Loop between Bragg Boulevard and Ramsey Street opened, providing a direct connection from Fort Bragg to I-95,
Planning for the Fayetteville Outer Loop began in the late 1980s, and the first phase of the project between I-95 and Ramsey Street opened in 2005. The section between the All-American Freeway and Cliffdale Road is under construction and set to open in October 2018. The entire Fayetteville Outer Loop project will be completed by 2025.
The 39-mile outer loop will provide unprecedented interstate connectivity for the region, playing an essential role in improving regional mobility, encouraging economic development, enhancing freight movement and strengthening military connections involving Fort Bragg, which has an $11 billion economic impact in eastern North Carolina.
It will also improve traffic flow on local roads in the area, and provides a key connection between major roadways in the north, south and west sections of Fayetteville.