Work is underway to complete the western portion of the Fayetteville Outer Loop (I-295) from U.S. 401 Business/Ramsey Street – north of Fayetteville – to I-95 just across the Cumberland-Robeson county line.
The 39-mile outer loop will provide unprecedented interstate connectivity for the region and provide Fort Bragg direct connections to I-95.
The Fayetteville Outer Loop is critical for the region in that it will help support the military, promote continued economic growth and strengthen North Carolina's ability to attract and retain business and industry.
Other benefits include:
- Reducing the volume of traffic on portions of the local street network
- Connecting major routes in the south, west and north portions of Fayetteville
- Providing an additional crossing of the Cape Fear River
The project, as shown in the chart below, is divided into five sections and includes segments of roadway that are complete, under construction or in the planning stages.
|U.S. 401 Business/Ramsey Street to All American Freeway
|All American Freeway to Cliffdale Road
|Cliffdale Road to U.S. 401/Raeford Road
||Design-build contract underway
|U.S. 401/Raeford Road to Camden Road
|Camden Road to I-95
|Design-build contract underway
U.S. 401 Business/Ramsey Street to All American Freeway
Work on the Fayetteville Outer Loop (I-295) from U.S. 401 Business/Ramsey Street to All American Freeway – referred to as Section DA – is being completed in three stages:
- I-295 from Ramsey Street to Murchison Road, which was completed in August 2016
- I-295 from Murchison Road to Bragg Boulevard, which was completed in August 2014
- I-295 from Bragg Boulevard to All American Freeway, which was completed in December 2016
All American Freeway to Cliffdale Road
Referred to as Section CB, I-295 from All American Freeway to Cliffdale Road is under construction and expected to open to traffic in October 2018.
Cliffdale Road to U.S. 401/Raeford Road
NCDOT awarded an $85.2 million design-build contract in June 2016 to the project team of Barnhill Contracting Co., Sanford Construction and HDR Engineering for work on Section CA, a 3.1-mile stretch from Cliffdale Road to U.S. 401/Raeford Road.
Design-build allows all aspects of a project from design through construction to be completed under a single contract.
Work also includes replacing the Lake Rim Runoff bridge on Old Raeford Road over Bones Creek.
Construction is underway on the Lake Rim Runoff bridge, and construction for the Outer Loop section is scheduled to begin as early as August 2017. It is expected to be completed by May 2021.
U.S. 401/Raeford Road to Camden Road
Design is underway for work on Section B – U.S. 401/Raeford Road to Camden Road – with a contract scheduled to be awarded in fall 2018. Construction is to be completed by 2022.
Camden Road to I-95
In December 2017, a $129.7 million design-build contract was awarded to the Wilmington-based team of Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., Branch Civil Inc. and STV Engineers Inc. The team will design and build Section A – Camden Road to I-95 – with a scheduled completion by July 2021.
Planning for the Fayetteville Outer Loop began in the late 1980s, and the first phase of the project – from I-95 to U.S. 401/Ramsey Street – opened in 2005.
In August 2014, NCDOT opened a 1.7-mile section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop from Murchison Road to Bragg Boulevard.
In August 2016, a $146 million, 6.5-mile portion from Bragg Boulevard to Ramsey Street opened, providing a direct eastward connection from Fort Bragg to I-95, which is critical to deployment and national security. It is also a key factor in future plans to close Bragg Boulevard through the base.
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