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I-95 Corridor Improvements

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Project Overview & Purpose

The 182-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in North Carolina was built between 1956 and 1980 as a four-lane interstate highway. Over the years, there were not any major improvements or widening done to the interstate.

Beginning in the early 2000s, the N.C. Department of Transportation undertook several studies to evaluate how to upgrade I-95 and what those improvements would cost. By 2009, NCDOT determined the venerable highway needed a thorough assessment for planning purposes. After completing a Financial Plan Update​ for I-95 in 2016, NCDOT began identifying and prioritizing sections of the interstate to improve using the Strategic Transportation Investments process. Federal grants that were awarded to NCDOT in 2018 and 2019 helped speed up some of the I-95 construction contracts.

Corridor Improvement Projects

NCDOT intends to widen the interstate to either six or eight lanes, replace bridges and interchanges to meet modern design standards, and make other improvements so the highway is more resilient against floodwaters. The upgrades will improve safety, ease congestion and help ensure the highway can manage anticipated growth in traffic.

NCDOT has funded five widening projects in the current State Transportati​on Improvement Program (STIP)​ that are spread over Robeson, Cumberland, Harnett and Johnston counties Click on each project below to view maps, estimated costs, timelines and other details.

Also listed are smaller funded projects that will upgrade I-95 with taller and wider bridges that will allow for future widening.

Widening north of Fayetteville
Widening in Lumberton
Widening south of Fayetteville 
​Upgrade the Gold Rock interchange at N.C. 4 and Halifax Road; the N.C. 33 interchange; and Watson Seed Farm bridge replacement (Nash County)
Upgrade U.S. 70 Business interchange*​
Reconstruct bridges and interchanges at Pittman Road (Exit 101), East Main Street (Exit 102), and Bagley Road (Exit 105)
​Starts 2026
​Upgrade Brogden Road interchange*
​In development 
​Replace I-95 bridges over CSX railroad*
​Starts 2026
Replace I-95 bridges over Black Creek and Neuse River bridges​*
​Starts 2028
​Upgrade U.S. 701/N.C. 96 interchange*
​In development 
​Convert Sunset Avenue bridge​ into int​erchange (Nash County)
​​​*Johnston County​​​​ ​

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