NCDOT began researching the feasibility of upgrading I-95 in 2009. The study was completed in 2016.
The I-95 study, coupled with a $22.5 million federal grant (awarded in the fall of 2019), allowed the N.C. Board of Transportation to accelerate the timeline to widen and modernize a 27-mile section of the interstate between I-74 (Exit 13) in Robeson County and I-95 Business/U.S. 301 (Exit 40) in Cumberland County.
NCDOT held open houses in 2019 to review preliminary plans for the portion of the corridor between exits 22 and 40 — project I-5987 in the State Transportation Improvement Program.
was mailed to residents and property owners in the project area in May 2020. The newsletter included information on the proposed improvements, current project schedule, and invited comments to project representatives. Functional Roadway Designs are being developed using data collected during the initial development process and will be approved in summer.
Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, NCDOT will not be conducting an in-person meeting for the section between Exits 13-22. Instead, a virtual meeting took place on Sept. 29, 2020